The Reviews

Four years ago I wrote my first novel constructed from an idea my daughter and I fell upon after watching Vampire Diaries.  Damon…gorgeous, dangerous, charismatic.  Do you trust him, don’t you? Isn’t that the question a million romances are based on.  Damon, Heathcliff, don’t we all crave a bad boy? Don’t we want to be kept on the edge?

But we don’t want a Hollywood beauty, a moody Elena, a spoilt Catherine. No Phoenix Whittle has to be relatable but still a character teens aspire to but for the right reasons.  Her tenacity, her inner strength, her optimism.  This has to be tested.  The life of a teen is never easy: self-doubt, peer pressure, bullying, that feeling you’re trapped in a life you hate.

Then we need a premise.  How does our bad boy meet our struggling young adult.  She’s on the verge of adulthood/in care/about to be homeless.  He’s an ex special forces  contract killer.  He has a grudge; a fellow marine who left him for dead. He exacts revenge and assumes his enemy’s identity – Henry Whittle.

The real Henry Whittle, prior to being shot at point-blank, reached out to Phoenix, offering her a home. They’ve never met…but they’re about to.

When The Rebirth of Henry Whittle was finished I queried agents, I found representation, a year of editing and my novel was sent to publishers.  It was passed over.  But this is what they said:

I’ve had a chance to read some of The Rebirth of Henry Whittle and, sadly, while it’s compelling, it is dark and that’s not what we’re looking for at Bloomsbury.”

Henry Whittle – it was certainly an interesting and unusual read! As we suspected, it is on the older end…Orchard Books”

I really enjoyed The Rebirth of Henry Whittle, the settings are gripping and it has a really nice cast of characters…Orion”

Henry Whittle, I think is one of the most distinct novels I have read in some time and really enjoyed the noir Mean Girls element to it.  For me it was a little too adult focused…Electric Monkey”

My thoughts on Henry Whittle.  Although this obviously has a pretty dark premise at its core, I actually really liked this story.  It was a bit weird and twisty, but I rather like weird and twisty…Hot Key Books.”

But The Rebirth of Henry Whittle was not taken up and I lost heart in writing and took a break.  I came back stronger with RANDOM ATTACHMENT and now a darker, more sensual REBIRTH OF HENRY WHITTLE.


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