Girl on the Brink
Sometimes the one you love isn’t the one you’re meant to be with.
The summer before senior year, Chloe starts an internship as a reporter at a local newspaper. While on assignment, she meets Kieran, a quirky aspiring actor. Chloe becomes smitten with Kieran’s charisma and his ability to soothe her soul, torn over her parents’ impending divorce. But as their bond deepens, Kieran becomes smothering and flies into terrifying rages. He confides in Chloe that he suffered a traumatic childhood, and Chloe is moved to help him. If only he could be healed, she thinks, their relationship would be perfect. But her efforts backfire, and Kieran turns violent. Chloe breaks up with him, but Kieran pursues her relentlessly to make up. Chloe must make the heartrending choice between saving herself or saving Kieran, until Kieran’s mission of remorse turns into a quest for revenge.
About the Author
Christina Hoag is the author of Girl on the Brink, a romantic thriller for young adults (Fire and Ice YA/Melange Books, August 2016) and Skin of Tattoos, a literary thriller set in L.A.’s gang underworld (Martin Brown Publishing, September 2016). She is a former reporter for the Associated Press and Miami Herald and worked as a correspondent in Latin America writing for major media outlets including Time, Business Week, Financial Times, the Houston Chronicle and The New York Times. She is the co-author of Peace in the Hood: Working with Gang Members to End the Violence, a groundbreaking book on gang intervention (Turner Publishing, 2014). She resides in Los Angeles. For more information, see .
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I won a prize for “writing interesting stories” when I was six years old so I guess writing was always there. It came out as soon as I literally learned how to put pen to paper. I discovered journalism in high school so I knew that’s what I wanted to do as a career. I’ve been a newspaper reporter my whole life. Now I’m accomplishing what I’ve wanted to do since I was a little girl: write novels!
Hobbies, pets, fun facts?
I love dunking cookies in drinks – tea, coffee, lemonade, whatever. They just taste so much better wet. I don’t really know why. The drawback is when the cookie crumbles into the drink –argh, hate when that happens! I also like eating ice cream when it’s slightly melty. I think more flavor comes out when the ice cream is a little warmer.
Tea or coffee?
Two big cups of Cuban café con leche in the morning, then tea English-style (with a spot of milk) through the day if I need a pickmeup.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
I loved writing the developing romance between Chloe and Kieran. The initial stage of a romance is very heady and intense. It’s an exciting time, full of promise and potential. It was so much fun writing Kieran’s quirky nature before he reveals the dark side of his character. That was not so much fun to write!
Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or is it purely all imagination?
This was inspired by something that happened to me and it was also inspired by my own family breakup in high school. As novelists do, I used both elements as launching pads for a work of fiction.
What inspired you to write this book?
I really felt strongly that girls need to know the red flags of abusive guys early on. There’s really a very set pattern of behavior that once you become attuned to it, you can pick out the signs right away. Unfortunately, this isn’t something that’s taught in school (although I think it should be). So hopefully, this is a novel that can be useful to readers.
Is there a particular author or book that influenced you in any way either as a child or an adult?
Many books but I loved The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It has a very glamourous setting among the well-to-do in the 1920s, and it’s a story about obsessive love and messy affairs and their consequences. I also loved how the narrator, Nick Carraway, is also a central character in the story. It made it seem more interesting.
Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Don’t give up! It can be hard to keep going amid the onslaught of rejection –agents, editors, reviewers. If you get a particularly bad rejection or setback, allow yourself to wallow in self-pity for a set period of time, say three days. When that’s over, get back to your PC. You have to develop a thick skin.
Is there anything you would like to say to your fans or readers?
Read, read, read. You’ll have a better vocabulary, be better at writing, be better at critical analysis, be better at cocktail party small-talk, be better at algebra. Er, maybe not that one so much, but you’ll be better at everything else!
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