How it all began …
Like my character, Kit, I too dreamed of a church several times as a child. (Although my dream didn’t end nearly as dramatically as hers did.) My family and I were driving to Milwaukee when we turned off onto a dirt road and ended up at a church.
Even though on the surface, the dream itself didn’t seem very memorable, for years it haunted me. In real life when I would run into a similar church, I would immediately think back to that dream.
I never knew what to do with that dream until the day I passed the man pulling a red wagon with a little girl inside.
It was on a sidewalk, not in a field, but there was something about how the man was pulling the wagon and the way the girl was looking around that made me think “gee, would he even notice if I plucked that little girl off the wagon?”
I turned over that idea in my head, a little girl disappearing off of a wagon, and somewhere when I was turning that idea around it slammed into the church dream.
Again, on the surface, those two ideas don’t seem to work together at all. But, somehow, they completed each other in all sorts of unexpected ways.
The rest, as they say, is history.
When Michele was 3 years old, she taught herself to read because she wanted to write stories so badly.
As you can imagine, writing has been a driving passion throughout her life. She became a professional copywriter (which is writing promotional materials for businesses), which led to her founding a copywriting and marketing company that serves clients all over the world.
Along with being a copywriter, she also writes novels (in fact, she just published her first novel, a psychological thriller/suspense/mystery called “The Stolen Twin” and her second novel “Mirror Image'” is set to be published in May 2016) plus, she is also the author of the “Love-Based Copy” books, which are a part of the “Love-Based Business” series and cover both business and personal development.
She holds a double major in English and Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently she lives in the mountains of Prescott, Arizona with her husband Paul and her border collie Nick and southern squirrel hunter Cassie.
The Stolen Twin
Michele Pariza Wacek
Publication date: November 16th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Psychological Thriller
On the surface, Kit Caldwell has it all. A senior in college with her future ahead of her, lots of friends, lots of parties…not to mention also having the eye of Tommy, the star quarterback of the football team.
But underneath, Kit’s life is a charade, built on a foundation of secrets and lies, including one so dark it threatens to tear her world apart: her twin sister, Cat, was kidnapped when they were both seven, never to be heard from again.
That is, until one dark Halloween night.
But is it really Cat? Or is it someone else, someone playing a sinister and deadly game?
To save herself from imminent danger, Kit, with the help of Tommy and her friends, is forced to go back in time and confront her own personal demons, as she finally discovers what really happened to Cat, all those years ago.
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