Andy Parker is a war widow raising her fifteen-year-old daughter on her own. Hayden Grace dreams of becoming a professional snowboarder, and Andy is doing everything she can to make that happen. When Hayden Grace’s passion begins to falter, Andy is at a loss for how to re-inspire her daughter.
Andy does her best balancing Hayden Grace’s competition schedule, practice, and school with her own work schedule at home, in the city, and on the mountain. But work starts to demand more from Andy. Then, Andy receives an opportunity of a lifetime. An opportunity that will turn their lives upside down. But is it too good to be true?
Soon, mother and daughter find themselves in Aspen for Hayden Grace’s first national competition when a chance encounter brings Andy into a passionate, unexpected romance, a romance that could change everything. Will Andy be able to find the happiness she deserves?
ON THE EDGE
BY T.S. KRUPA
It is my pleasure to welcome T.S. Krupa, Author of On the Edge, to Room With Books!
What do you do when you are not writing?
I work full time so writing is my escape! BUT since you can’t write all the time I enjoy running, walking my dog and staying active. In the summer I love laying by the pool and reading J
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
The books I remember reading at a young age were: The Babysitter’s Club, The Berenstain Bear Books, R.L. Stine and Shel Silverstein. These books engaged me and caused me to wonder and imagine. As an adult I read a lot of different books in all genres and find bits of inspiration in everything – which is so important to me because it keeps me coming back over and over again.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
The biggest challenge was learning while doing. Having had no experience and no idea how to go about doing it, it was a lot of trial by error. I learned about what worked for me as an author and what my limits are. It’s such a critical time because you are figuring out who you are as an author and your author brand but at the same time you have no idea what you are doing. You just do the best you can and hope it all works out. Seriously, publishing the first book was hard and there were challenges and rejections but it was so worth it in the end.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
I would be able to transport myself to anywhere with a snap of my fingers. It would make travel SO easy. You could be home for breakfast, Paris for Lunch and then Tokyo for dinner and home for bed. It would be amazing!
What was your first job?
Out of all of your characters, which is your favorite? Why?
So tough!! My favorite character would have to be Jill from Safe & Sound. She went through such an emotional journey and came out stronger at the end. She allowed herself to open up and heal and I think it’s such an important journey in everyone’s life.
What does your writing schedule look like?
It’s pretty sporadic at the moment. I do the majority of my writing during the summer as things at work slowdown but I don’t keep a set writing schedule.
Do you use your own experiences?
Sometimes I do use my own experiences, I think it’s hard not to. I think our experiences influence a lot of what we do and who we are and that translates to my characters. I do find while I start with an experience that happened to me it morphs into something different and usually more exaggerated or more interesting.
Was it easy to pick the title for your book?
For the second book it was much easier. I had the idea for what I wanted it to be pretty quick into the writing process. The title for the first book was much harder and didn’t come until the entire thing was completed. Each process so different for each book.
If you could pick one profession other than author, what would it be? Why does it appeal to you?
I would be a professor. I like being in the classroom and interacting with college-minded individuals. I feel like it keeps me young as well. 🙂
What are you currently working on?
I am working on my third novel, tentatively titled, The Ten Year Reunion. It’s about a 10 year college reunion and all the memories (good and bad) that can come with that.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Chocolate Peanut Butter from Turkey Hill
Night owl, or early bird? Early Bird
Coffee or tea? Tea
Roller Coasters or Water Rides? Roller Coasters
Swimming in the ocean or a pool? Pool
Walking or fitness club? Walking
Any last words?
For anyone wanting to write or do something different:
Do what you want to do NOW and not LATER. Later is defined officially by Webster’s as a time in the future. Who’s future? Is there ever a good time? Is this ‘time’ measureable? We toss the word ‘later’ around so casually…‘I’ll do it later’…’there will be more time later’…’things will slow down, later’…or when your super tired and cranky you go to one word responses, ‘later’ – no explanation needed. But what if we stop doing things ‘later’ and instead start doing them ‘now’. Now is defined as ‘at the present time,’ ‘the very next moment’ or ‘very soon’. Can you imagine what we could accomplish ‘now’ instead of ‘later’? I do.
Thank you for chatting with our readers and for having Room With Books as part of your tour!
T.S. Krupa was born in New Haven, Connecticut. Raised in a Polish household with a blended American culture, she is fluent in Polish. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree from Franklin Pierce University,where she also played field hockey. She earned her Master’s from Texas Tech University and recently graduated with her Doctor of Education from North Carolina State University in 2014. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and her dog.
On The Edge is her second novel. To learn more about T.S. Krupa and her other novels visit www.tskrupa.com.
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