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Meet the characters in The Secret Side of Empty

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  M.T. – M.T., or Monserrat Thalia (her “real” name she wants everyone to forget) is smart, popular and something else nobody knows… undocumented.  Learn more about the main character in The Secret Side of Empty.  Click here.     Chelsea has been M.T.’s best friend since kindergarten, but doesn’t know her secret.  And Chelsea is […]

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Resources for readers of The Secret Side of Empty

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For victims of domestic violence National Domestic Violence Hotline—www.thehotline.org Domestic violence:  National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, www.ncadv.org, 1-800-799-7233 For suicide prevention The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide—www.sptsusa.org TEEN Nineline Suicide and Crisis Hotline—1-800-999-9999 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-TALK National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center – 1-866-SAFEYOUTH Centers for Disease Control Suicide Fact Sheets:  Click […]

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My own story and The Secret Side of Empty

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People often ask me which parts of TSSoE are fiction and which are based on my life.  The truth is that it’s all fiction and it’s all real life.  No writer, no matter how inventive, makes every story up out of whole cloth.  We all “borrow” things – some big, some small – from our […]

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Music from The Secret Side of Empty

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Music played a big part in the writing of The Secret Side of Empty, both from the way I envisioned certain scenes to songs that put me in the right mood for writing.  Since the story is inspired by my own story, there are a few songs, there are a few “oldies” mixed in. Here […]

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