About the Book
Title: Love Child
Date Published: July 26, 2016
Tommy Livan Hulette never asked to be born, but it seems like everyone wants to make him pay for it even so. His life is normal enough at first. He's content to live with his mother, and father, and his beloved sister Greta. He has dreams of playing baseball, so he's content to have his stickball where he plays with good friends. He is determined to one day play professional baseball so he could one day move his family out of the ghetto neighborhood they all despise. Tommy is hopeful especially when he meets the lovely and exciting Stephanie Mandan. Things really look up then. However his mother sinks into a deep depression which will lead her to end her life. This devastates Tommy and his life is changed forever. On top of this his father decides he cannot afford to stay with them so he sends Tommy and Greta to a cruel relative Tommy never knew about. And this relative is cruel. He hates Tommy and always has. He wants Tommy to die. He wants him to kill himself the same way his mother did. How will Tommy fight this while keeping his sister safe at the same time?
Describing the abuse was a little difficult. The protagonist Tommy Hulette went through hell. I admire his strength, and the guts he showed, but describing some of the things he endured was a little hard mainly because some of it hit home. But he's a survivor, and that's what I'd remind myself anytime I experienced this difficulty.
Do you prefer reading ebooks, or print books?
I still prefer print books. There's something about holding a book in my hands that I can't replace with ebooks. While ebooks are very convenient, and helpful with book sales, I still prefer the feel of a real book.
Who is your favorite character you've ever written?
Stephanie Mandan, Tommy Hulette's girlfriend and now wife, is probably my favorite character I've ever written. There is so much about her to explore, and that's always fun. For all the good she has done she is flawed in ways I'm still discovering.
Do you ever experience Writer's Block?
I did a long time ago. When I started writing, I experienced my share of it. Thankfully, I don't anymore. Once I start writing I just write. When the urge hits I just let go, and write.
What is your favorite book?
There are many books among my favorites so it's hard to name just one. Flowers in the Attic by V.C Andrews is the most memorable of many books I can name. My love of that book and the series to follow inspired so much of my own writing especially Andrews way of telling a story in such a gripping way. I love reading books that keep me turning its pages, and Andrews books always did that for me. At least the books that she fully authored herself before her death in 1986.
Which do you prefer oatmeal raisin or chocolate chip cookies?
I prefer the oatmeal without raisins for I love oatmeal, which is not as sweet like chocolate chip cookies. However I would choose chocolate chip over Oatmeal with raisins since I'm not crazy about raisins.
Is there a genre you never plan on writing?
To write different genres would be a real challenge which I appreciate when writing. I can't think of too many genres I wouldn't love to try with the exception of Science fiction maybe. I would have chosen paranormal at one time too, but now I'm sure I want to try that genre one day.
Do you listen to music while writing?
Yes it's one of my favorite things to do when I'm writing. Since many of my favorite musicians are also songwriters, listening to their music is often good for my muse for these are some of those moments that are very inspiring to me.
What's something about you that most people don't know?
I was mandated to see a therapist, by a judge.
And most importantly of all, would you ever incorporate a platypire into one of your future books?
Yes. I would be more than willing to consider it.