About The Book:
3rd Degree Secrets (The Chronicles of D.E.A.D. High, #2)
By: Roni O’Connell
Published: December 8, 2014
Like burns, there are degrees of secrets. First-degree secrets are those that girls share with female friends under clouds of giggles and shushed voices, eyes bright, smiles flashing, with furtive glances to ensure that a certain boy doesn’t overhear.
First-degree secrets are relatively painless, subject to no worse than blushes or easy tears depending upon if that boy does or does not return feelings of affection.
Second-degree secrets follow a person from her locker down the school halls—rolling eyes and pointed fingers marking her as surely as a painted X on her back. These secrets don’t leave scars, but injure nonetheless, deep inside where insecurities linger and fester, waiting to explode. The most serious secrets are third degree, just as third degree burns are the worst, leaving the scars, bumpy, pitted, and marred; these secrets irrevocably twist, disfigure, and ruin lives.
I’ve had my share of second-degree secrets that I mostly try to ignore, but my third-degree secrets, well, those I hug to me in a fear born of basic survival instincts. My exterior is unblemished, white with blue veins, road maps traveling to foreign places beneath my skin, but inside, the terrain rises into mountains and ridges, scared, puckered, and ugly, un-crossable except by painful passage that I’m unwilling to take.
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About The Author:
Roni O’Connell lives with her husband and two dogs high in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. She finds inspiration in the forest, wildlife, and lakes around her home.
A former English teacher, Roni enjoys the company of young adults, their spirited opinions, great enthusiasm, and outrageous humor.When Roni isn’t writing novels, you can find her hiking in the forest or contemplating the wonders of nature.
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Author Interview w/Roni O’Connell:
- What’s the craziest writing idea you’ve had? Mt Vesuvius on My Nose. A middle school book about a girl who gets an enormous zit on her nose just as Mr. Popular finally notices her. She spends the week hiding from him.
- What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you? Be friendly with all be intimate with few and let the few be well chosen. From my mother.
- Hidden talent? I practice Tai Chi.
- Favorite Food? Mexican or Tai…wait…Mexican. Yeah, Chinese.
- How do you react to a bad review? I go into my cave and lick my wounds for a while, then suck it up and go on.
- If you were a bird, which one would you be? Peregrine Falcon or Owl
- Which authors have influence you most how? Melissa Marr. Holly Black, Kristin Cashore, Charles de Lint. Their style, the suspense, and the darkness of their books attract me.
- If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be? Conflicted. ;D
- What TV show do you watch that you’d be embarrassed to admit? Hahaha Dance Moms. I danced for 14 years love to watch those talented girls. The squabbling moms and Miss Abby are just bonuses.
- Finish the sentence- one book I wish I had written is…. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. Her writing in this book is lyrical. A gorgeous combination of myth and heartbreak, and love and loss.
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