Title: The Broken One
Author: Christine H. Bailey
Publication date: April 5th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
What becomes of the girl left behind after the tragic death of her best friend?
Sixteen-year-old Farris Sloan is picking up the pieces after the untimely death of her best friend Kelsey. But even one year later, Farris can’t seem to find “normal” again—not until Lane Evans pops back into her life and pushes her to face reality. When he offers her the chance to find out the truth about Kelsey’s death, Farris fears what will surface. Is it too much too soon or just what she needs to move forward? The Broken One explores a teen’s struggle to overcome loss and her hope to rediscover what it truly means to live and love.
“A broken girl. A lost boy. Two hearts on the mend after one devastating night.”
About The Broken One:
Q: Where did the inspiration come for The Broken One?
A: I started working on the novel after hearing of a local tragedy. Like my first novel, Girl in the Middle, I was inspired by an event that left me asking why and how—how does a teen come to terms with an untimely death? We all process life events in different ways.
Q: Are the experiences in your books based on people you know or events in your own life?
A: Some of the scenes in my books are loosely based on my own experiences in high school; however, they are more of a blending and morphing of actual events. None of the characters are based on actual people I know, but I do “borrow” idiosyncrasies from people I know.
Check out an excerpt from the book!!!:)
Flashes of the silver car I’d been in a million times flew by in my mind, spliced in with another image—of the body I’d just seen at the bottom of the ravine. I kept seeing it over and over like a trailer for the latest horror movie. But it wasn’t some actress in a film. It was my best friend’s lifeless body at the bottom of that rocky cliff. The stark image taunted me: large, jagged boulders breaking out from a coating of pure white snow forever marked with her blood—her body, splayed across them, crooked and broken.
Christine H. Bailey teaches creative writing and written composition at a private university in west Tennessee. Before teaching English, Christine worked as a journalist, a marketing/public relations writer, and a freelance editor. To learn more about the author and her work, visit her website at www.cibailey.com.