She has vowed to be a good mother. To honor, love, and raise her adopted daughter in a home that promises to be a sanctuary and offer her safety after years of abuse and horrendous neglect. But to her daughter, Jessie, the love is unfamiliar and frightening.
Home becomes a combat zone, the walls painted with the white rage and constant barrage of hatred Jessie unleashes. Her psychological problems fester for years, growing more violent, causing the family to slowly unravel. When Jessie kills the beloved family cat, she triggers such terror that no one in her wake will ever be the same.
Especially Mom, who is determined to do the right thing and protect everyone involved. From Jessie. From herself. From the people who caused them both so much pain.
Even if she has to do it one bullet at a time.
A: My roots are in Indiana. I grew up in Greencastle and attended Indiana University in Bloomington. Presently my husband and I live in rural Illinois, where we enjoy the endless oceans of corn and the small town hospitality that keeps us slightly sane.
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Q: Can you tell us some interesting tidbits about yourself?
A: I abhor all condiments. Mayo is the worst. I can barely stand to be in the same room with someone who is eating it. I'd rather eat a plate of live roaches than a tuna salad sandwich.
People call me The Crazy Recycler. I recycle everything, and haul carloads of waste home from my job as a retail manager, which my husband dutifully hauls to the curb on pick up day. One week we had 72 bags of plastic that we collected, mostly hangers and shrink wrap, but also quite a few bottles.
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Q: Can you tell us how you create your characters?
When I heard about Torry, I might have been the only person in the world who completely related to her. She is exactly the type of character I love, a good person gone bad. A woman trying to do something wonderful, who gets hammered into a corner and escapes only into madness. What does it take to push any of us over that edge? What is the story behind the little blurb we hear on the news?
A: My links: www.cynthiatottleben.com, https://www.facebook.com/ctottleben I maintain a blog on the Mother Nature Network, under local correspondents for the State of Illinois http://www.mnn.com/local-reports/illinoisand I HATE twitter, so I don't participate.