Posted by Carey Baldwin
Giveaway alert: One lucky commenter will win a ten dollar Starbucks gift card and Nancy’s latest legal thriller.
I’m super excited today to be hosting my good friend and fellow Witness author, Nancy Allen. Not only is she a sweetheart, to know her is to be awed by her! Nancy has just received a 2015 Missouri Lawyers’ Women’s Justice Award. She practiced law for 15 years as Assistant Missouri Attorney General and Assistant Prosecutor in her native Ozarks. She has tried over 30 jury trials, including murder and sexual offenses, and is now a law instructor at Missouri State University. Her first novel,The Code of the Hills, was published by HarperCollins in 2014. A Killing at the Creek, the second book in the Ozarks mystery series released on February 17, 2015.
I’ve already had the pleasure of reading her latest: A Killing at the Creek and I absolutely loved it. A Killing at the Creek provides an authentic peek into the life of a criminal prosecutor in small-town Missouri. Elsie Arnold, though whip-smart in the courtroom, is all too fallible in the social arena, making her a supremely relatable protagonist. Nancy infuses the story with the flavor of the Ozarks so deftly that the setting seemingly becomes another character in the book. Then she tosses in lively dialogue and an unputdownable murder mystery to create a compelling read that will keep you turning pages late into the night. I think you’ll really enjoy this one and be surprised by how engaging a legal thriller can be.
Okay- that’s enough from me. Without further ado, here’s Nancy:
Ten Pieces of Advice I’d Give to Teen Nancy
By Nancy Allen
We’ve all said it, right? “If I knew then what I know now.” I’ve been thinking about this lately, for several reasons. The antagonist in my latest book, A Killing at the Creek, is an incorrigible teen; and my main character, Elsie Arnold, sometimes acts out like an incorrigible teen; and I have a teenage daughter (not the incorrigible type, thank goodness).
So exactly what would I tell my teenage self, if I had the power to go back and offer advice? I have a pretty good idea of ten things young Nancy would benefit from hearing.
- Go to class, damn it. Those college professors will teach you something you don’t know. And you’re paying cash money for it.
- Do not go on crash diets. Ever.
- Enjoy the time you have with your mother. Relish it, revel in it. It won’t last forever.
- Yes, a lot of people are shorter than you are—so what? Stand tall.
- Don’t bother with a lot of makeup, and don’t worry about name brand clothes or accessories. Youth is an ornament.
- Do not permit yourself to hanker after a boy who shows no interest in you.
- Never let your friends tell you what people say about you behind your back.
- Read your textbook before exam time. In fact, just keep up with the reading over the course of the semester. Maybe you’ll avoid being awakened later in life by the college anxiety nightmares.
- Never fake it, or try to be someone else. Plenty of people will like the real you. Be with those people.
- You will stumble. Own it. Use it. Grow from your mistakes.
Now it’s your turn. What advice would you give your teen self if you could go back in time? Remember, one lucky commenter wins a Nook or Kindle copy of A KILLING AT THE CREEK and a ten dollar Starbucks gift card.
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