Because I teach journalism and suffer the headaches of deadlines, possessed computers, staff death threats and other perilous mishaps, people often tell me that I’m either blessed or insane. I say a little of both. Honestly, I just like a life of adventure. Life would be boring if I didn’t live it on “the Edge.” Honestly, if it weren’t for the amazing students I’ve had both on my journalism staffs and in my English classes, I would have never had the courage to write my first novel, The Edge. Although the book is entirely FICTION, I won’t deny that my former students will recognize some of the details. They may even see some of themselves in one more or more of the characters. What can I say? These people have a wonderful way of rubbing off on a person.
The Edge is a story about truth and consequences. It’s a story about finding one’s purpose in life. The main characters are just your typical high school journalists, quirky, creative and a little bit crazy, definitely a little bit crazy.
TJ Westbrook is a skilled traceur, who relies on his parkour skills to help him escape the consequences of his edgy journalistic style. When TJ isn’t running from all sixty-eight members of the football team, he’s likely either stalking a celebrity or interviewing a superhero. Because he’s ALWAYS on the lookout for the “perfect” story, he’s willing to take the necessary risks.
Fortunately, TJ can rely on the help of his cute, yet not so coordinated, best friend, Megan Crosslin. Megan’s number one mission is looking out for TJ. A hopeless romantic, she would like nothing better than to move up in the relationship ranks from best friend to girlfriend, specifically TJ’s girlfriend. But when a good-looking senior catches her eye at the wrong place at the wrong time, she begins to question her future with TJ. She’s tired of waiting on Mr. Right and is willing to settle for Mr. Right Now.
During a serendipitous turn of events, TJ and Megan stumble upon THE story that has the potential to change the lives of everyone at Edgewood High School, especially their own. TJ learns that being a guardian of the truth requires more than an adventurous spirit, and Megan learns people can’t go back once they cross a certain line. In other words, she learns you have to be careful when you’re standing on the edge.
If you’re an adventurous spirit or a hopeless romantic, I’d like to hear more about your adventures. What lessons have you learned serendipitously?
Special note: Many thanks to the fabulous freerunner Tcup for permission to use his images on my blog! Also, much love to bluxhart for his graphics help in the wee hours.