Brighton and Leah have been the best of friends since seventh grade. Where Brighton is the quiet one who is focused on school, Leah is the bold and daring one who craves the adoration of an audience. It’s always worked for them, until now. Heading into their senior year, Brighton is challenged with an opportunity that can change the course of her future. The only problem? She just might have to step out of her best friend’s shadow. But when Leah doesn’t support the choices she makes, Brighton is forced to reevaluate what true friendship is. Brighton is changing and exciting doors are opening. A new world of music, friends, and even love are falling at her feet. But it’s hard to enjoy it when Leah’s life is spiraling out of control. Now Brighton must try to not only save her friendship, but also her friend, before it’s too late.
The Upside of Regret by T.K. Rapp Publication Date: May 17, 2017
Does writing energize or exhaust you? A little of both. When I’m living in my head, getting to know these characters, I feel like I see the world through different eyes. But it takes a lot of mental and emotional strength sometimes and that’s tough when you have a family to contend with. I think with any “job” there are ups and downs and I’ve definitely experienced my share. But I love the journey and then sharing it with the world. Knowing there’s a piece of me out there, whether people love or hate it, it’s out there and it was all mine. That’s pretty cool.
What are common traps for aspiring writers? In my opinion, I think it’s falling prey to vanity press companies. It all sounds appealing, but many have learned the hard way that they will spend a lot of money and the chances of making it back are slim.
Does a big ego help or hurt writers? I think it hurts. I think that we have to remember that our readers are everything when it comes to our work. If they love our books, and us they will form a relationship with us. I think that if you have a big ego, it’s a turn off. Readers want to relate to you and if you are so inaccessible because you’re better than the readers who buy your books, it can be a quick fall. There’s a difference between having a big ego and being confident in your work. Confidence is beautiful.
What is your writing Kryptonite? Home. Hahaha. I have a laptop and I tend to write in my living room. I’ve learned that I cannot write well in my house. I have to go somewhere else where chores, kids, and tv aren’t there to distract me.
Have you ever gotten reader’s block? I have and I hate it. I love when I lose myself in a book and realize that it’s almost time for me to get the kids up. To read a book and after only a few pages dread turning to see what happens, is a nightmare. And the thought of doing that to reader with one of my books is horrifying. Lol.