Thursday, 18 April 2013

Bad Apple by Barbara Morgenroth

Title:  Bad Apple

Series:  Bad Apple, book one

Author:   Barbara Morgenroth

Genre: Mature YA

Buy Links:  Amazon   BN   Kobo

Book Description:  “You tell and next time you won’t even be able to crawl away.”

Neal Marchal lived with this threat for the next eight years. When she finds her neighbor murdered, she knows who did it. The why is the secret the family has been keeping forever. The reminder to never reveal the secret is her limp.

She rebuilt her life and now Neal has everything to live for—music, performing and a growing affection for the young man who pulled her to safety.

Then Joe comes home. Neal knows Joe’s going to finish what he started 8 years ago because she told. But this time Neal vows the outcome will be different.

About the Author
Barbara was born in New York City and but now lives somewhere else. By now, she thinks of herself as a country girl and knows more about gardening and animals than how to ride the subway.
Starting her career by writing tweens and YA books, (and did the cover photography for her first two books published by Atheneum so continuing to do the covers to her ebooks is predictable), she was actually aiming at the small screen. Television seemed like the perfect place for her even if she had no clue how to get there. Life is funny and often presents opportunities. Advice--Grab Them! Through a neighbor, Barbara wound up getting an introduction to a lower honcho at ABC and an audition to write for them. Her hopes were more than dashed, they were disintegrated, evaporated, demolished when ABC couldn't find a place for Barbara on General Hospital. (No Luke and Laura in her future!) To ease the crushing disappointment, Barbara wrote “In Real Life I'm Just Kate” about a 17 year old girl who becomes a star on a soap opera. That became an open sesame moment and shortly thereafter Barbara became the last headwriter for NBC's daytime serial, The Doctors, where she was ordered by the network to kill Alec Baldwin, shooting him not once but twice. With two different guns. From different directions.
Ah, good times.
You can read the book that started Barbara’s television career as the Kindle YA ebook, “Just Kate”, now with a substantial tweak because living life made her smarter.
You can also read about some could-be-hers-could-be-rumors experiences gleaned during Barbara’s stint in daytime television in the Kindle romantic comedy, In Under My Head. Barbara is a recipient of a Writers Guild of America Best Writing Award for her work on One Life To Live.
Whether you're looking for a Mature YA or a romantic comedy, Barbara has a book for you!
Amazon Author Page

Q & A with Barbara Morgenroth

Q:  Tell us a little bit about your main characters.
A:  Neal is a young woman who has seen much sorrow since she lost her mother at an early age and her father not many years later. She’s lived with, and been abused by, a very dysfunctional family but had an aunt who looked out for her interests and a neighbor who helped Neal learn how to play the violin.

Truly has always been a gifted child, now young man. He’s very focused on his music and understands what it’s like to be something of an outsider.

The two outsiders make a good team.

Q:  What was your favorite scene to write?
A:  My favorite scene of the Bad Apple series is in Book 2 Burning Daylight. I like the atmosphere of the Grange Hall performance. Truly and Neal have been abandoned by their bandmates and they have to rely on each other. The situation draws them closer together in a way that makes it impossible for either of them to ignore.

Q:  What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
A:  Since I’m usually writing, I like to have lots of quiet so I can think my thoughts, not thoughts of other writers, television shows, movies. I choose how much of the world should intrude.

Q:  How has your environment/upbringing colored your writing?
A:  I spent a lot of time riding horses when I was growing up, I walked through the woods and fields. I’m sure life would have been much different if my family had remained in the city. There’s so many stimulating activities in a city, so many people, so much to distract you if you’re distractable.

Q:  If you could be any character from your book, who would you be and why?
A:  I think having Truly’s ability to focus would be a wonderful gift. Having Neal’s ability to put the hurts behind her is a real skill.

Q:  What do you do to unwind and relax?
A:  I love to garden, still walk through the fields and I have a camera and enjoy taking photos.

Q:  If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
A:  I would like to go to Australia. It seems like a marvelous country with beautiful and dramatic scenery. The people seem happy and friendly.

Q:  What book are you reading now?
A:  I’m reading Maggie Dana’s Painting Naked, a wonderful contemporary women’s novel. 


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