Writing has always been a part of me. Some girls played with Barbies or Polly Pocket, but I chose to write. Mostly about horses. And sometimes dynamite, though not in the same story. Now I write the types of books that are really hard to describe in a way that makes them sound interesting. When people ask me what they’re about, I always start with, “Well, it’s about this girl…” and then fumble around for awhile until their eyes glaze over. What many of my stories deal with is that moment when you realize things you were raised to believe in—God, goodness, peace—aren’t always embraced by the world around you. I remember when I discovered that not everybody believed in Jesus, or even a Creator, and having to figure out how my religious beliefs fit into the reality of my world. This happens in so many different ways that I’m constantly thinking of new tactics to explore this pivotal moment.
Welcome to the world of Skylar Hoyt, a high school senior whose exotic Hawaiian looks have propelled her to the height of the “in” crowd, but who’s no longer sure that’s where she really fits. New friends, old friends, a reluctant romance, and a family crisis swirl around Skylar as she tries to keep it together and figure out who she really wants to be.