Gracie has just finished her freshman year of college in Memphis when she takes a job at a local pizza joint in her home town of McKenzie, Tennessee. She is the epitome of innocence when she meets Noah. Noah is unabashedly handsome, intriguingly reckless and just cocky enough to be sexy. Gracie’s instincts tell her to stay far away from him and based on the stories she hears from her co-workers he leaves broken hearts in his wake. But still, she can’t explain her fascination with him.
Noah puts aside his bad boy ways when what he thought was a summer crush has him unexpectedly falling in love. But soon after Gracie transfers to UT Knoxville to be with Noah, their unexpected love becomes riddled with anger, deceit and humiliation.
Jake, Noah’s former roommate and Gracie’s best friend, can no longer be a bystander. Gracie’s world falls out from beneath her and when she breaks she turns to Jake for strength. As Jake talks her through a decision she’s not yet strong enough to make, together they uncover a truth so ugly neither of them is prepared for its fallout. Will Jake pull her to the surface or is Gracie Jordan finally In Too Deep?
Ten Questions with Michelle Kemper Brownlow
1. First I want to talk music. I know music is a big deal for you. Tell me, other than Pearl Jam, what music really gets you going?I love most alternative rock…Eve 6, Jane’s Addiction, Violent Femmes, The Cure. But, truly, Pearl Jam is IT for me.
2.. I noticed that Gracie’s playlist doesn’t have Adele on it. Which makes me curious, does the book take place now or back in the day when music was awesome? How do you feel about today’s “music”?Well, my own story (which In Too Deep is loosely based on) dates back to the early 90’s when MTV actually played videos and, in my opinion, music was REAL. I do enjoy Adele’s depth in her lyrics and her voice is incredible. I have some of her songs on my iPod but I don’t think she is Gracie’s style. I have teenagers so I am forced to listen to a lot of today’s “music” and I have to say it disappoints me. Music entertainment seems to be more about who can outdo the rest with ridiculous costuming, bizarre stage performances or most “bleeps” when played on the radio. Let’s face it, many of today’s artists couldn’t participate in MTV Unplugged because if you unplug their “autotune” there’s not a whole lot left. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t doubt their talent for writing lyrics and performing. I just feel the music from “my day” is genuinely art.
3. What made you decide you wanted to write the book?I have done freelance writing for parenting publications and websites for many years. I was also a popular Mommy blogger for some time. Writing a book has always been a dream of mine but because I am also an artist, I always assumed I would write and illustrate a children’s book so that was my focus for a long time. A couple years ago I started a YA novel just for kicks and when some of my son’s friends read a couple chapters and begged for more, I thought maybe I had been barking up the wrong tree. I started In Too Deep almost as a therapeutic project to work out some issues I was dealing with as residual effects of my experience with emotional abuse. It started as something only I would see.
4. In Too Deep is based on your real life experiences. Would you say it’s hard to write about something so close to your heart or do the words just flow?Honestly, a little bit of both. There were scenes that I struggled through because they dredged up emotions I hadn’t touched on in years. But, at the same time, the emotions Gracie was experiencing literally poured out of my heart and onto the page. Somedays I could barely keep up with what my heart was saying…my fingers weren’t always fast enough.
5. Noah is the emotionally abusive bad boy. We ALL love a bad boy. How do you feel about today’s obsession with the controlling, possessive bad boys we read about , like Christian Grey, Gideon Cross, and Travis Maddox? Do you think these types of books are sensationalizing emotional abuse or just harmless fantasies? I’ll admit it, I love them.I love them, too. And, honestly, I hadn’t even categorized Christian, Gideon and Travis with In Too Deep’s Noah until you asked this question…which is interesting to me because, you are right, they are all emotionally abusive on some level. I think, it’s a harmless fantasy because when we get down to it…don’t we all want to know what it would be like to be with a bad boy? And lying in bed with a hot cup of tea and watching the scenes play out on your Kindle is WAY easier on your heart than living those scenes in your real life. Just stick to the book boyfriends, ladies, don’t fall for a bad boy in real life. They’ll never measure up to what you’ve read! 🙂
6. I like a redeemable bad boy. Bad on the outside, but good deep down. Would you say Noah is redeemable?Good question. Guess you will have to see…
7. If you could describe Gracie, Noah, and Jake each in one word, what would you choose?Gracie – Beautiful
Noah – Tumultuous
Jake – Genuine
8. Will we get a happy ending?Absolutely!
9. For those who don’t already know, when will the book be released and where will it be available?In Too Deep will be released June 6th of this year!! It will be available on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble. You can also order it in-store from a Barnes & Noble near you.
10. If In Too Deep is a success, will you be writing more books?Yes! Yes! Yes!
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