Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: February 24, 2014
Book Links: Amazon
Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old, George Vardin, lives in a crappy, ramshackle cottage with no electricity and a roof that’s about to implode. The creaky front porch overlooks the magnificent ancestral mansion that his father lost because of his drug abuse. George is not sure which is more breathtaking; the view or the irony.
George’s life is about to suck even more because school starts next week and he can’t scrape up enough money to pay his cell phone bill let alone the fee to play varsity football. Uncle Morris shows up and offers a creative solution to keep George and his sister together under one roof. It’s a much larger, less leaky roof, with a breathtaking view of the crappy, ramshackle cottage. Crafty Morris reveals a secret tunnel that leads to the mansion and consequently some Vardin family secrets that will make junior year unforgettable.
Interview: Q. How did writing this book affect you? I loved escaping into my imaginary world of Vardin Village so I was almost disappointed when I was done. Then came that feeling of accomplishment when I realized I just wrote a book!
Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you? Writer’s block.
Q. Do you plan any subsequent books? Oh, yes!
Q. What are you currently reading? Great Expectations
Q. Please tell us your latest news (book-related or not!). Life is good.
Q. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk? I have to visualize my settings so I drive around town just looking at stuff.
Q. Please tell us a fun-fact about yourself! I used to be a Scottish dancer.
Q. Is there anything you haven’t written about that you would like to in the future? Yes, eugenics. Look it up. Very dark.
Q. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? Sing.
Q. What gives you the most joy in life? My family.
Q. Which of your characters would you want to be and why? I would love to be George Vardin. Here’s a kid who has his whole life ahead of him and it’s all looking good. He also has the bumpy childhood to remember and learn from.
Q. How do you like to spend your spare time? Writing.
Q. How did you come up with the title? The town where I really live is called Libertyville but it was actually founded by George Vardin who named it Vardin’s Grove. I wanted to incorporate the word “village” in the title to go along with the whole it-takes-a-village metaphor. Plus I liked the alliteration of Vardin Village.
Q. When did you know you would be a writer? Kindergarten.
Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? I would love to hear your thoughts.
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