Mystery surrounds the town of Summertime, Indiana, where fifteen-year-old Tommy Walker and his little sister are sent to live with relatives they’ve never met. Tommy soon makes friends with Finn Wilds, a rebellious local who lives with his volatile and abusive stepfather, who also happens to be the town’s sheriff.
Finn invites Tommy to late night meetings in the woods, where Tommy gets to know two girls. He forms a special and unique connection with both girls. The meetings become a place where the kids, who don’t fit in at school, or home can finally belong. As the group of friends begin to unravel clues to a cold case murder and kidnapping— they learn the truth is darker and closer than they ever imagined. Even if they live to tell, will anyone believe them?
What inspired you to write Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced?
It was a combination of my experience working with foster kids and my interest in cold-case crime shows that inspired this story.
Who is your favorite character in Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced and why?
Tommy because he took on an adult role early in his young life and loved his family so deeply. This was a trait I admired so much in some of the kids I worked with in foster care. I have seen many children not only taking care of younger siblings and their parents or parent until they can’t hold things together and the authorities get involved.
I was probably the most like Annie as a teenager. I was shy but weird. I was good at making others feel better but had trouble defending myself.
What made you want to become a writer?
I liked to make-up stories ever since I can remember and used my imagination as an escape. After working as a social worker, I collected a lot of stories along the way.
Do you outline your stories first?
I plan things out in my head but not on paper. Sometimes a scene comes in my head that will play out later in the story, but I go ahead and write it out.
Do you have a favorite scene in Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced?
Probably when Tommy gets the kiss, he always wanted. After tutoring our characters, we have to give them a few happy moments.
What are you working on next?
I am working on two manuscripts. One is contemporary YA suspense, and the other is Si-Fi and the craziest idea I ever had. Hopefully, I can pull it off,
What’s your favorite color?
It changes, but currently, I love cobalt blue.
What’s your favorite book ever? It is so hard to choose just one. I have said it was The Outsiders by SE Hinton because it was the first book I loved.
If you could watch one movie over and over, what would it be?
I like scary movies and dramas but not to watch over and over. In that case, I think it would be a movie with a great soundtrack like Maybe Mulan Rouge or The Wedding Singer. It might be a Disney movie, I love them.
Do you have any advice for writers?
I’m still in the stage where I’m seeking advice. I could say never give up. My brother stuttered as a kid, and I have dyslexia. He is a lawyer now, and I have published my first novel. If you want something bad enough, you can do it.
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What sort of place would you like to have a late night meeting?