Friday, September 18, 2015

SpotLight and Review: Wash Me Away by Wendy Owens

* A story about what happens after secrets 

Monsters have a way of following you. 
Immersed in a new world at boarding school, Addy Buckley learns she’s not the only one with secrets. While trying to navigate the minefield of painful lies that seem to be rattling around her family’s past, she meets soft on the eyes and heavy on the heart, Napoleon Blake. 

When faced with the darkness, Addy must decide to cling to her new life and friends or let the monster carry her away. The choice is hers, sink or swim. 

*story includes mature life situations and language (contains some trigger topics, please be aware) 

Author Interview: 

Question: What made you want to write Wash Me Away? 
Wendy: In the past year we watched friends struggle with the loss of a child due to teen suicide. It in no way is similar to the story we find in Wash Me Away, but it was the seed. I couldn't seem to wrap my mind around how I would ever be able to handle something like that as a parent. Then there were also the thoughts of, what if something more would have been done. More than anything you want to rewind time for that family and try to make the pieces fall differently. I wanted to write something that maybe could give teens who were in a dark place a sliver of hope. We can't magically fix problems, but sometimes, in life we just have to find enough hope to make it to tomorrow, and then tomorrow might just be better. 

Question: You touch on other sensitive subject matter in the book. Was there a reason you chose to tackle so many issues? 
Wendy: Honestly? I turned to the internet. I read the horror stories of what some teens were facing from one day to the next. I tried to use a trigger for depression that many young girls are unfortunately faced with. Incest, sexual abuse, suicide, abandonment, divorce, death, secrets, adoption, all of these issues teens are facing today, either themselves or someone they know. I wanted to talk about these issues in a way that was real and relatable. 

Question: Without spoiling anything, why did you choose to end it the way you did? 
Wendy: Okay, I know I am known for Happily Ever Afters in a lot of my books, and while this ending isn't tragic, it's not what a lot of readers are used to from me. This goes back to the sliver of hope. I really didn't want anyone reading this book to think "well my knight in shining armor is never coming," because there is a good chance you will have to be the hero of your own story. I wanted to empower readers to right their own heroic next scene. 

Question: Will there ever be more books in the series? 
Wendy: I originally intended for this to be a stand alone, but there is an entire other story to be told around Julia. I suppose we will just have to wait and see what the readers want. 


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Oh my, what an emotional rollercoaster ride. This book tugs on your heart and you want to reach out to help those who can't help themselves.

Addison having to endure a horrible father is emotionally scarred and damaged. After her father has drowned in a flash flood, she moves in with her Aunt and Uncle. She is sent to a therapist to help deal with the death of her father and meets Leo, the therapist's son.

I loved Leo; he's funny, loving and quotes 80’s movies all the time. Lol, he kept me in stitches with his quotes.

We are given a glimpse of teenagers and their problems throughout this story. This story deals with suicide and how each Leo and Addison handle the stresses within their own lives.

Addison finds letters from her Uncle to her mother and learns the truth of what happened between them prior to her mother’s death. Unable to cope, she runs to find solace in the clouds. The most amazing written scene is where Addison is standing near the edge of a cliff and Leo talks her down.

Wendy has written an emotional story about depression, suicide and the hope for the future, which kept me page turning to see if Addison and Leo survived. Wendy gave each character depth and I could feel their emotions in waves.

I would highly recommend this story, but have the tissues near by as you will definitely need them.

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Wendy Owens was born in the small college town, Oxford Ohio. After attending Miami University, Wendy went onto a career in the visual arts. After several years of creating and selling her own artwork she gave her first love, writing, a try. She has released the YA fantasy series, The Sacred Guardians. She also has a NA Romance series, The Stubborn Love Series.

When she's not writing, this dog lover can be found spending time with her tech geek husband, their three amazing kids, and two pups. She loves to cook and is a film fanatic.

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