An all-expenses paid trip to Cancun for spring break? It wasn’t exactly a hard sell for Leigh, Eva, Gia and Joy, frenemies from Arizona Southern University. But all is not well in the land of silver or lead. Soon after arriving, Leigh and the girls stumble upon some cartel carnage—a bloodbath of debauchery that makes even their wildest desert party seem tame.
Instead of doing the proper thing, like contacting the authorities, the girls go down the rabbit hole in this tale of sex, lies and bloodshed. It’s all fun and games until they make the acquaintance of Guero, a cartel kingpin who is none too pleased with their newfound lust for blood money.
These perky coeds aren’t on campus anymore, and after Guero lets them know just how serious he is, they make a run for the border no one will ever forget.
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We have a wonderful treat today LC Kanon, author of Spring Break has stopped by!
Tell me, were you a reader before you were a writer? What do you enjoy reading?
I think every writer begins as a compulsive reader. And one day you just get frustrated that the book didn’t turn out a certain way, so you see if you can do a better job. Then you realize how hard it is, but hopefully you keep going to the finish line. I’m currently writing my next book, so as a rule I try not to read books when I write. I just can’t write with another author’s words in my mind! When I’m not writing, I’m completely addicted to reading murder mysteries. Elizabeth Peters is one of my absolute favorites, Anne Perry is another. And of course throw a good old Agatha Christie my way any day.
Is Spring Break the first book you’ve written?
No, but it’s the one I finished in the shortest amount of time. The storyline for this one, coeds on spring break who run into a Mexican drug cartel, was just so compelling I couldn’t stop writing. That’s when you know you have a good idea, when it just won’t leave you alone until you finish it. I felt like I was seeing my characters around me constantly, it was very inspiring and a great motivation.
What where you particular inspirations the character development or character traits for Spring Break?
I definitely channeled my high school and college years for this one, particularly remembering some mean girl interactions I had during those years. I got to thinking how cruel girls can be and how distinct that is from a very male form of aggression, which of course is violence. I thought about how the two could be combined, and basically this group of girls sort of came into my head. They are all beautiful and popular, and that of course makes them terrifying. I kept thinking what it would be like if they ran into basically the male versions of themselves in Cancun, but these men are linked to a Mexican cartel. The result, I think, is a pretty twisted thrill ride.
There are many roads that lead to becoming a published author, each one littered with its own potholes. What was the most challenging aspect of writing Spring Break ? (dialogue, character development, creating names, etc.)
My worst enemy is always myself. It’s that little voice in the back of my head telling me this story is stupid, my characters have no development, and no one will ever want to read this.
How did you tackle this challenge?
Ignoring that voice is the best thing you can do for yourself, the rest is easy. Well, except when you get your first draft back from your editor. Then you start the cycle all over again. Honestly, having supportive friends and family who know what kind of book you are trying to write and shares the story’s vision is your best asset. Then when they tell you the book is great, you actually believe them.
Being an author is so much more than just writing a good story. Besides writing the story, what is one of the most difficult things you’ve encountered on your journey as a published author? What helped you get a handle on it?
There are so many great books out there, you really have to define what you want to accomplish as an author. I think setting your expectations and being realistic about your reach and commercial success is important. For me, I need to write. I need the stories to come out of me. The fact that I have people willing to read my work is just a blessing.
LC Kanon, thank you for coming today and sharing a little of your experience with us, for helping us avoid a few potholes on the journey to becoming a published author.
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