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That guy—the one that most girls would run away from—captured Kara’s attention and wouldn’t let it go. As expected, he turned out to be a player. So she cut him off.
But he wasn’t done with her yet. He waited until the memory of their start would have been forgotten—at least, softened a bit. Then he returned to her life, and captured her heart.
Finally blissfully happy, they fall in love and decide to make it official…until his past catches up with him and he destroys her again. But this is it…this is the last time she’ll fall for him.
And she keeps telling herself that until she almost believes it.
This book is for mature audiences.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: The Young and Privileged of Washington, DC, #1
Note from Author:
The book, Flawed, is not erotica, but does include some steamy scenes, and contains adult situations (curse words, drinking alcohol, etc).
A few minutes later, I heard the door open again.
“That was quick,” I said while shuffling cards, not paying attention to Anna’s return. But it wasn’t Anna. It was Naheed…he walked around the corner, and leaned next to me, putting a hand on the back of my chair.
“You forgot your drink,” he said, setting the drink down in front of me while keeping his hand on the back of my chair, essentially enclosing me in his arms.
“Thank you.” I felt the heat emanating from him and I know my face was bright red. I couldn’t breathe. Butterflies were storming around my stomach.
“You’re welcome. Aren’t you going to even say hello? You’re acting like I’m a stranger.”
“Hello,” I said. I haven’t even looked at him yet. I was avoiding that like the plague. I knew our eyes would lock, just like they used to…and I can’t let this get out of hand.
“So, you’re engaged to Dominik. Why him?”
A slight fit of anger made me look up to Naheed; he’s still standing incredibly close to me.
“Why do you care?”
“Because…he’s not the one for you.”
“Ah, how ironic. That’s what my friends said about you.”
“Yeah, I remember.”
“And you still have a girlfriend…so, I guess things ended up the way they were supposed to.”
I got to him; he looked pissed. He was quiet for a minute…then sat in the chair next to me.
“Kara, I’m with her because you walked away. YOU WALKED AWAY from us,” he said loudly.
“What did you expect me to do?”
Please tell us a little bit about your book. What inspired the themes in your story?
Flawed was inspired by the true events surrounding a love story that I experienced. Some portions of the book were factual, others were changed to improve the story or hide the identities of the characters.
A theme of all of my books in the Young and Privileged of Washington, DC series are upper class kids living a normal life while going through school and early careers.
Do you outline before you write? or just dive right in?
I dive right in! As soon as a story hits, I put the story down without thinking it through or developing the characters. Then subsequent rounds of review flesh out the details more and more.
Who are some of your favorite authors? What are you currently reading?
My favorite authors vary depending on my mood. I like Jessica Sorenson, Edgar Allen Poe, Kira Saito, Mary Wollenstonecraft Shelley, and Stephenie Meyer.
Right now, I’m reading The Selection by Kiera Cass. It’s a fun read, and the first of a series by the same name.
If you could visit any setting from one of your books, which one would it be and why?
The second book in the series has a wedding scene in St. Petersburg Russia that is so lovely. It’s decadent, and fully of great food and champagne. I can imagine it would be a great event to attend, and visiting St Petersburg would be pretty cool, too.
Who are your celebrity inspirations? If you were to cast your characters, which actors would you choose?
For the fourth book, actors inspired the lead characters, so this is an easy one for me! Jason Momoa inspired the male lead, and Sarah Hyland inspired the female lead. Both of these actors are too old to play the part, if they were cast in the movie based on the book, but they were the muses while writing the story.
How do you come up with the names of your characters?
Some of the names are close to the real names of people who inspired the characters. For instance, Kara’s story was based on a true story. The actual peoples’ names are very similar to the book’s characters, but changed enough to make it impossible to know definitively who each character represents.
In other stories, I kept the character names the same as people I know, or that came to me in a dream (as in book 3). And sometimes, the names are just made up. I often use people in my life as characters, and sometimes put their real names in (if the character isn’t too much like them). It just depends on the story.
Name one item you can’t live without.
Lip-gloss! I absolutely could not live without it. My lips get dry, but that’s not why I have at least two glosses with me at any given time. I think my obsession is due to my lack of makeup—I rarely wear any—coupled with my very pale lip color. So I slather on lip-gloss constantly, even if I’m sitting alone at home.
What are some of your hobbies?
I read a lot, mostly romance novels. I also like to walk or hike, and we have a lot of National Parks near my home so I have lots of options. I also love to go to restaurants and cafes—that’s not a hobby, but I try to make it one!
If you were presented with the opportunity to travel through time, which period would you choose and why?
I love the times we’re living in now, and don’t really have a desire to go back in time. Perhaps I’d choose a time in the future, like 2300…to see what there is no possibility of me ever seeing.
What’s next for you?
I’m starting to write the sixth novel of the Young and Privileged of Washington, DC series, but I’ve run into writer’s block. I hope to get back to that story soon, and I know I will as soon as the writer’s block is lifted. I’m also writing a couple of screenplays and have a few others in the queue to write.