It’s 1984, and sixteen-year-old Nick Cooper hates his life. His dad is dead; his mother is depressed, and his stepfather is a jerk. Bored with school, he quits—a decision that outrages his stepdad. As a result, the man kicks Nick out. Having no place to go, he attempts to take shelter in the backroom of his godfather's arcade, but someone tries to burglarize the business. Nick thwarts this event, sending the criminal to jail.
As an adolescent, I loved to read. I spent many summers sitting under a walnut tree reading my favorite young adult novel. In my late teens, I started Death-Talk Silence (differently named at the time) but put it aside for several years. A few years ago, I added finishing it to my bucket list. I am currently working on my second YA novel. I work as a clinical social worker, have an amazing daughter and loving husband, and reside in the Midwest.