Genre: NA, Romance, Contemporary
Re-Release: August 6th 2013
Author: C.C Dalton
Publisher: Twist Literary
Purchase It!: B&N
"Markham Savoy is Colebrook Academy's most infamous student...
He's also the most attractive, most deviant, and most charming, but who's counting? Every Colebrook matriculant knows that Markham is in the business of making problems disappear. And Colebrook students have no shortage of problems. But his aid comes at a price—an obligation to one day repay the favor. Given the number of kids who get in trouble at Colebrook, Markham has a veritable army of willing minions to do his bidding. So the question is, after years of collecting and collating the secrets of his peers, what exactly does Markham have in mind?
Even though he safeguards the secrets of his classmates, Markham wouldn't be caught dead sharing his own, and he never lets romantic entanglements get the best of him. But when Piper Harrington marches into his life, he’s forced to give her something in exchange for her cooperation in his schemes--his very own Colebrook Confession. And that's not the only time Piper brings out an unexpected side of himself.
Will the dirty secrets of Markham Savoy be his crowning glory...or his undoing?"
First of all, I would like to welcome C.C Dalton to my blog! So pleased that she is here. My question is .....
What authors have made an impact on your life and writing?
First, Kim, thanks so much for having me in your blog! I’m so happy to be here. Second, this is a great question—because it’s a tricky one! I think most writers are influenced by everything they read. Even when you don’t necessarily love a book while you’re reading it, you still find yourself thinking about all the thins you would have done differently. I thin that exercise makes you a better writer. Of course I love it when I find a book so magical that I actually lose myself and turn off that inner critic. And the sad thing is the more I hours I log as a writer, practicing and practicing, the harder it gets to just give into the fun and read a book with reckless abandon.
As far as lifelong influences, I’m a huge fan of Shel Silverstein. He taught me that reading meant laughter and being delightful twists and turns. I’m a huge fan of Oscar Wilde’s wry and clever humor. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks was also a pretty big gateway drug—an introduction into both YA and boarding school stories. The part of that particular book that stuck with me most was the idea of a secret society and someone with a hidden agenda tricking people into playing a part in their master plan. Then there’s also the fact that when I was in high school, boarding school sounded pretty amazing—who wouldn’t want to get away from their parents and annoying little brother and live with all their friends? When Twist approached me with the idea behind Colebrook, I signed right on!
And I actually just cracked open ELEANOR AND PARK, which has totally convinced me to lose track of time and read like a maniac. I wouldn’t exactly call it an influence, yet, but I’m happy to have found a book that makes me remember how much I love to read. Because ultimately, reading and writing are intertwined.
I hope you’ll check out the first book in COLEBROOK ACADEMY SERIES (my darling book) THE DIRTY SECRETS OF MARKHAM SAVOY. The fun part about writing for Twist is that each installment of a series is told from a different character’s point of view. So you get a totally fresh perspective on events in the story—and you get to see each character from the outside and the inside. I know you’ll love the series as much as I do.
Thanks C.C Dalton!!
C.C. Dalton lives in Denver and divides her time between writing, painting, and amateur acrobatics. She loves quirky romance and finding humor in unanticipated places.