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About the author:
Hi. I’m Micalea. Ma-call-e-uh. Weird name, I know. My mom must’ve known I was going to be odd even in the womb. I’ve written a lot of books. Like a lot. Don’t ask me how many, I don’t remember at this point. I have an unhealthy addiction to Diet Coke but I can’t seem to break the habit. I listen to way too much music and hedgehogs have taken over my life. Crazy is the word that best sums up my life, but it’s the good kind of crazy and I wouldn’t change it for anything.
What inspired you to write your book?
I've written since I was very young, like I'm talking before I even knew my alphabet. The Game That Breaks Us came to me because I wanted to write a book about a child from my Trace + Olivia series. The whole thing blossomed from there.
Here is a short sample from the book:
“Home sweet home,” I say, coming behind her.
I close the door and flick the lights on, dropping our bags on the floor again.
She looks around, and I wonder what this place looks like from her eyes. Probably pretty plain. The walls are white and gray and the kitchen has the same color scheme topped off with stainless steel appliances.
The floors are all some sort of dark hardwood—no rugs. My couch sits in front of a large flat-screen TV and every gaming console I could get my hands on. There’s a wall of windows across from us that overlooks the city of Boston. It’s the reason I bought an apartment in this building: the view is unparalleled.
Grace crosses her arms over her chest and looks out the windows.
“It’s beautiful,” she comments.
I step up beside her, our arms brushing against each other, and I swear she shivers.
“It is,” I agree.
But I’m looking at her.
I’m always looking at her.