Willow Rose - A Gripping Mystery with a Heartbreaking Twist

Willow Rose - A Gripping Mystery with a Heartbreaking Twist
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Willow Rose is a multi-million-copy best-selling Author and an Amazon ALL-star Author of more than 80 novels. Several of her books have reached the top 10 of ALL books on Amazon in the US, UK, and Canada. She has sold more than six million books all over the world. She writes Mystery, Thriller, Paranormal, Romance, Suspense, Horror, Supernatural thrillers, and Fantasy. Willow's books are fast-paced, nail-biting pageturners with twists you won't see coming. That's why her fans call her The Queen of Plot Twists. Willow lives on Florida's Space Coast with her husband and two daughters. When she is not writing or reading, you will find her surfing and watching the dolphins play in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. As our Author of the Day, she tells us about her latest book, Such a Good Girl, and why this story is so close to her heart.

Please give us a short introduction to what Such a Good Girl is about.

This was by far the hardest and most personal book I ever had to write. I can’t believe I actually did it. Big parts of this book are taken from my own #metoo story. I have been dealing with this for the past year and felt it needed to be told.

It all began when I was contacted by a journalist from Denmark, where I am from. She told me she was doing a documentary about sexual harassment in the Danish media. She contacted me because my name kept coming up during her research. I used to be a reporter at a prominent national TV network and was also an anchor for a period of time before moving to the States, where I started writing books. When the journalist contacted me, I hadn’t thought about any of those old stories for twenty years. Suddenly, it was all I could think about. It came back to me in these violent flashbacks that completely floored me. Just like Rachel in the book, I found myself crying for entire days and unable to function properly. I had repressed this for so long; I had almost completely forgotten it. But now, it was back, and it almost knocked me out. I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t sleep, but worst of all, I couldn’t write, and that’s what I love to do. I spoke to a therapist, and she told me I needed to talk about it. I had to go through a healing process, and part of it was talking about it. So, I finally told my story. First to my loved ones, then to some lawyers, and finally to the journalist while on camera. A few months later, two of the three men involved were fired from the network. One of them was the most prolific anchor our nation has ever had, so it was a big story back home. We all grew up with him, watching him deliver the news or be funny on quiz shows, and now he had his own talk show. Until he was fired. Because of my story, that is similar to the young woman who is killed in this book. It all happened while I was an intern, but I never told anyone. I decided to hide it away because I was so embarrassed and blamed myself. The last guy who became the news director back then doesn’t work at the network anymore but is an editor-in-chief of a big newspaper, so nothing has so far happened to him. But the documentary hasn’t been aired yet. It will be soon, and then we’ll see what happens. I am super nervous about when it does since the entire country will know my story, but I also know that telling my story is important, and hopefully, it will help someone else to stand up for themselves. Maybe it can hinder this from happening to more women.

Tell us more about Eva Rae Thomas. What makes her so special? Why did you dedicate a mystery series to her?

Eva Rae Thomas is a strong character in my opinion because she's so relatable. She messes up a lot and makes some questionable choices every now and then and it gets her in trouble. But deep down she does it because her heart breaks for those in need and you cannot help but root for her along the way.

Why did you title this book "Such a Good Girl”?

Because the girl in this book is one of those 'good girls' who always does what she is told and doesn’t question authorities even when she should. She wants to please everyone and be perfect and that gets her in serious trouble.

The book contains quite a couple of plot twists. Did you plan them all out before you started writing?

I always plan a lot of twists along the way. I make an outline for myself and I stay with it as much as possible. Yet often there are deviations along the way the closer I get to the ending, and some of the twists appear while I write.

What was your greatest challenge when writing Such a Good Girl?

It was so difficult for me to write that I had to take many breaks along the way. Because the storyline is so personal to me, it took me a very long time to write it. Every time I wrote a scene that was personal, I felt sick to my stomach and had to stop for the day. Some days I cried while writing it.

What is the best writing advice you’ve received?

To go where the pain is. That's what I tried with this one.

What are you working on right now?

I have just started writing a prequel to this series which I am very excited about. It’s fun to dive back into my main character’s past.

Where can our readers discover more of your work or interact with you?

They can become a member of my Facebook group called WILLOW ROSE - MYSTERY SERIES. Just click here:

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