Q: Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in The Rose?
A: So, the book duet (two-book series) that I’m writing right now is about Belle and Leo. Belle is a small town girl, raised by her single father on their farm, and is now trying to run that farm herself. She also, due to some traumatic experiences with her negative and critical mother, has developed generalized and social anxiety. She’s learned to hide it over the years because as a daughter of a former deacon at her church and a prominent member of the community, she’s expected to do the social thing. She puts on what she calls “the mask” and effectively hides her anxiety from everyone. When she comes home, she can undo that mask and be herself and unwind. However, that’s no way to live.
Leo, on the other hand, is way more troubled. He was born and raised in Scotland until his family tragically falls apart. They die and he moves to Brooklyn to live with a relative until he can graduate school. The catch is that his life in Scotland is catching up with him and so is his older brother, who caused their family to fall apart in the first place. His brother messes with dark, evil magic that draws demonic energies to him and he’s essentially “cursed” Leo. Betcha were wondering where this story gets its paranormal theme. Right here! Anyway, a demon is attached to Leo and follows him everywhere. It plagues him with depression and bad luck, which drives him to keep moving and never settle down. Until he comes to a small farming community and meets a girl named Belle… And, I’ll stop there.
Def: "The inability the think or act clearly, especially due to being in love"
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