A few months ago, I participated in the reveal of the lovely cover
for Secret for a Song
by S. K. Falls
, however, back then she was going by the pen name of Adriana Ryan. Since I’m lucky enough to know the super sweet S.K. in real life, I actually know what the ‘S’ stands for, although I just realized I don’t know what the ‘K’ stands for – a topic for discussion during our next coffee/writing session!
Anyway... Secret for a Song was released last week, and I’m honored to be part of the blog tour. For my leg of the journey, S.K. is interviewing her main character Saylor. Take it away, S.K.!
Saylor is the main character in Secret for a Song. She has Munchausen syndrome, which is described by the Mayo Clinic as “a serious mental disorder in which someone with a deep need for attention pretends to be sick or gets sick or injured on purpose. People with Munchausen syndrome may make up symptoms, push for risky operations, or try to rig laboratory test results to try to win sympathy and concern.” I thought it’d be enlightening to interview her.
Check your pockets. What’s in them?
Not so long ago I’d have said a syringe. But right now…a wallet, a letter from someone I used to know, and the keys to my own apartment and car. I don’t think there’s anything else I need.
Saylor, do you have any normal memories of your childhood involving your parents? From the book, it seems like your relationship with both of them has always been…strained, to say the least.
Yeah, our relationships haven’t been conventional in any way. But I do have some normal memories, rare as they are. For instance, they took me to a pumpkin patch one year. We did the whole hay maze thing where I ran through and tried to find my way out. Of course, my parents followed behind me fighting the whole time. But still, with the chilly air and multicolored trees, it was almost enough to pretend we were normal in that moment. Almost.
What was the last book you read?
The last book I finished was about multiple sclerosis… but you probably read about that in Secret for a Song. The book I’m currently reading is Wuthering Heights. It’s for my English class at college. I only just began, but I think I’ll like it. I’m sort of trying to figure out what my likes and dislikes are. It’s interesting getting to know myself.
Saylor sounds like a complicated gal - I can't wait to read more about her! Here's the synopsis of Secret for a Song:
Saylor Grayson makes herself sick. Literally.
She ate her first needle when she was seven. Now, at nineteen, she’s been kicked out of college for poisoning herself with laxatives. The shrinks call it Munchausen Syndrome. All Saylor knows is that when she’s ill, her normally distant mother pays attention and the doctors and nurses make her feel special.
Then she meets Drew Dean, the leader of a local support group for those with terminal diseases. When he mistakes her for a new member, Saylor knows she should correct him. But she can’t bring herself to, not after she’s welcomed into a new circle of friends. Friends who, like Drew, all have illnesses ready to claim their independence or their lives
For the first time, Saylor finds out what it feels like to be in love, to have friends who genuinely care about her. But secrets have a way of revealing themselves. What will happen when Saylor’s is out?
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A huge fan of spooky stuff and shoes, I enjoy alternately hitting up the outlet malls and historic graveyards in Charleston, SC where I live and imbibe coffee. My husband and two small children seem not to mind when I hastily scribble novel lines on stray limbs in the absence of notepads.
Since no writer’s biography is complete without mention of her menagerie of animals, you should know I have one dog that doubles as a footstool, a second that functions as a vacuum cleaner, and a cat that ensures I never forget that my hands are, first and foremost, for pouring cat food.
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