Author: Erica Kiefer
Series: Lingering Echoes #3 (Standalone)
Published: May 26th, 2015
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Content Warning: Violence, drug usage, abuse
Recommended Age: 14+
A fresh start at college is exactly what Kate needs to ease the burden of her family secrets. When she meets the confident and charming Aaron Jackson, she weaves a new history for herself to fit into his seemingly perfect life. But the past refuses to stay where it belongs, causing a rift between their contrasting worlds.
When Ben reappears in Kate’s life, she is only pulled deeper into the childhood that she’s tried to forget. Driven by the abuse and pain that still lingers within him, Ben seeks Kate’s help in making a change. But in this journey for retribution, lines blur between courage, justice, and revenge.
Bound by their shared and damaged youth, Kate is forced to choose sides, and fast. The final act is almost here, and time is running out.
Vanishing Act is a Lingering Echoes novel that can be read as part of the series or as a stand alone story. Fueled by the scars from an experience in foster care that no child should have to endure, Vanishing Act touches on serious issues that can continue to impact abuse victims well into their adult lives. Vanishing Act is an emotional drama with a sweet romance mixed in.
It is my pleasure to welcome Erica Kiefer, author of Vanishing Act, to Room With Books.
Hi Erica, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Please tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Well, I am a wife of ten years and a mother of three young children at home with me. My interests as an adult have stayed pretty consistent with my interests as a kid. I loved English as a student, and as an adult, writing is still enjoyable and therapeutic for me. I was an athlete in high school and held on to that identity as long as I could! I played college rugby and that was definitely the highlight of college for me. While I don’t have time to play competitive sports anymore, I still love to work out with friends or at the gym. While I enjoy nutrition and working to eat healthy, I have no problem indulging my sweet tooth!
Do you prefer fuzzy or tube socks?
I love fuzzy socks, especially during winter. Give me a good book, cup of hot chocolate, and colorful fuzzy socks on my feet, and you’ve just made my day! (Assuming that someone is also keep my three young kids occupied so I can sit back and relax!)
Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?
I just glanced over my shoulder at the unkempt king-sized bed that is glaring back at me. Nope, most days I do not make my bed. I prefer it made! I think it makes the act of slipping into bed after a long day that much more satisfying. But realistically, with a four-year-old, a two-year-old and a 3-month-old baby, making the bed has become low of my list of priorities!
Be honest, how often do you wash your hair?
Every three days, and my husband thinks that’s gross. It’s a regular argument we have about how for women, it’s actually not healthy to wash your hair every day – nor is it practical because of my aforementioned little children preventing me from getting ready every morning. If I spent every morning washing, drying, and styling my hair, I would get very little done but become frustrated that I’m wasting precious time by getting ready! And unfortunately, I don’t have the type of hair that can be simply washed and left alone to dry without giving the impression of Albert Einstein. (I do feel the need to clarify that I still bathe every day, just not my hair!)
Do you go out of your way to kill bugs? Are there any that make you screech and hide?
Ooh, me and bugs. No, no, no, no, no…. If they are bigger than say, a fly, then I can’t do it. Just the thought of squishing a living thing makes me squirm, and not so much because I am a bug-lover. On the contrary, I hate bugs! I have a very real phobia of cockroaches, developed from my childhood living overseas in Indonesia and Thailand, where roaches were a common pest in the house! My siblings and I laugh (and quiver in fear) when remembering how my mom would chase us around the house with a wadded up tissue, and we had to just assume she was crazy enough to be carrying around a fat, dead roach inside of it! Doors would slam, locks were bolted… and desperate cries of “let me in, let me in!” were ignored, all in the name of “every man for himself!”
What is your favorite quote?
“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” ~ Plato
In college I became a Recreation Therapist, so I am inclined to believe that activities and spending time together bond people faster than a formal sit-down conversation. Not that conversation isn’t important because it absolutely is—but when people play together and share in experiences, barriers are broken down and people are more apt to open up.
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
For Vanishing Act, the idea came from my days working as a recreation therapist. I loved working with at-risk youth in Utah, though I was often saddened by the family situations these teenagers came from or the tough experiences they had been through. Vanishing Act touches on kids who have been placed in abusive foster care homes, and while I do not have a specific family in mind, I did see some lack of care in some of the foster care facilities I worked at (though not even close to the fictitious drama I elaborate on in the storyline). I make a note in Vanishing Act that fortunately, I have met much more loving, compassionate people in this field than neglectful ones.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
There are a number of themes touched on in Vanishing Act, namely family, courage, and justice. But one element I hope readers pick up on is how much a person’s childhood can impact their life as an adult. All the things we experience as a child create the perspective we carry with us later in life. While a difficult childhood should not become a crutch and an excuse for misguided behavior as an adult, I think we can all understand a person better when we take the time to learn about the hardships each person has been through. That’s what I love exploring most with my characters. Why do we do the things we do? Why do we feel the way we feel about certain things? It’s fascinate and humbling trying to figure this out for my characters, as well as real people in my life.
Do you see writing as a career?
My career right now is a stay at home mom with my three young kids ( a four-year-old daughter, two-year-old son, and a 3-month-old baby boy). They are my life and career for now! However, I do enjoy writing as a hobby as much as I can. There is definitely a time and season for everything, and right now, writing one book after the other is not realistic for me. But I love keeping my foot in the door and taking my writing at a comfortable pace. Then, who knows what I might be able to accomplish down the road…
Any final thoughts?
Thank you so much for having me! I hope your followers take a look at Lingering Echoes and Rumors, which are related to my current release, Vanishing Act. I appreciate your time!
Erica Kiefer was born on Christmas Eve in Southern California to an American father whose ancestors arrived from Europe during colonial times and a Thai mother who moved to the US during high school. Adding to her rich and varied heritage, Erica grew up living abroad in Asia, including Taiwan, Fiji, Thailand and Indonesia. She gained a great respect for the beautiful mosaic of cultures found in various parts of the world. After graduating from International School Bangkok, she attended Brigham Young University in Utah, where she earned a degree in Recreation Therapy. Her career as a Recreation Therapist has allowed her to work with at-risk youth since 2007. Erica made the best decision of her life by marrying her husband in 2005 and is currently a mother of three, one of whom awaits her in heaven. Erica also loves singing, reading, writing, and satisfying her sweet-tooth with chocolate-chip cookies. Playing collegiate rugby was one of the most memorable experiences of her life, thus far. Erica’s first book, Lingering Echoes, was signed by Clean Teen Publishing and released in early November 2013.
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from Vanishing Act by Erica Kiefer
My vision blurred like I was walking outside in the rain. It may as well have been raining, with how emotionally drenched and defeated I felt as I marched out of my neighborhood. I didn’t know where I was going. Despite the familiar street, I felt lost and confused. I just knew I needed to keep moving, afraid that if I stood still, the storm of emotions would drown me.
Aaron became a silent companion at my side, keeping fast pace with my hurried steps. My thoughts stewed inside my head, a dangerous concoction of fear, hurt, and fury. My whole life I had worked to salvage this family. My entire purpose for going to college was to help us survive, even if our heads were barely above water. But it seemed the minute I’d left the house, both father and son were falling apart, sabotaging my efforts.
Aaron seemed to sense I was about to boil over because he eventually took my hand and pulled me onto the grass. He stood in front of me with both hands on my shoulders, trying to look into my eyes. I shook my head, knowing if I spoke one word that too many more would spew out of my mouth—bitter and resentful—and I’d never be able to take them back. Aaron’s hands moved to my back and he wrapped me in his arms, pulling my face against his chest. His strong hands pressed into my shoulder blades, holding me together like fractured porcelain.
I let the warm tears fall, one by one. I hoped that by keeping my eyes pulled tightly shut, that the tears wouldn’t find an exit. But they did—streaming one after the other until each droplet became a river, a driving current of emotion merging together. It would have felt dangerous without Aaron’s embrace, but I felt safe anchored in his arms.
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