When Zoe Mack moves in with her grandparents to start college, she’s thrown into more mystery than she bargained for. Her cousin, Emma, is terrorized by a stalker who breaks into her house and leaves a photo-shopped image of Emma hanging from a tree. Nothing is as it seems and Emma soon learns that even the man she thinks she can trust is suspect.
Zoe can’t wait to reunite with Nate, the bad boy who doesn’t talk about his feelings much, but the passionate kiss he gave her last summer had to have meant something. When she arrives back in town and discovers that he’s in trouble with the law, she must take matters into her own hands in order to clear his name. She has her hands full with a needy Emma, a cop who gives her the creeps, and Nate, the guy she desperately wants to call her own. Can Zoe solve the mystery, clear Nate’s name, and make him fall in love with her?
Sometimes I get the strangest ideas! I love a good mystery and I love romance, but you don’t find the two together very often. Also, there are very few books available with college-age characters. I pitched the idea of combining all of the above to Desert Breeze and the rest is history.
Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
I had already published several books with Desert Breeze when they opened a young adult line. I’m excited that they liked the idea for this new series.
Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I own two hairless Chinese Crested dogs.
I love sour things….pickles, lemons, sour candy.
I used to ride a Harley, but gave it up in order to have more time to write. (My husband always wanted to stay out way too long and take the scenic route home. He still has his bike, but I don’t miss mine at all.)
What are you working on now and what’s next for you?
I just finished the edits on my April release, Shattered Identity, which is the sequel to Mistaken Identity. I’m now working on the second book in the Zoe Mack series.
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4 thoughts on “The Secret of the Love Letters by K. Dawn Byrd”
Fun interview, Dora. It seems like so many “young adult” books have characters in high school but acting like twenty-somethings. It's good to know there's a book out there aimed at that college age.
A great idea, isn't it? Does your daughter enjoy reading YA romances? Or does she read strictly for school right now?
I'm looking forward to our coffee break, Sandy!
Thanks for the comments. Traditional publishers frown on manuscripts with college age characters. I pitched a manuscript at a conference recently and was told by two agents that I would have to change my character to a high school student instead of a college student. One reason I love my publisher, Desert Breeze, is because they allow me to pretty much write what I want.
Hey K. Dawn. That's interesting. Aren't you thankful for a publisher who believes in you and your writing? I know I am!
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