I am so excited to be a part of the This Is One Moment blog tour. Mila Gray's first novel, Come Back To Me, was one of my favorite New Adult novels of last year, so I am understandably excited to have Didi Monroe, star of her very own companion novel, stop by to tell us about herself and the book centering on her life! We also have a giveaway so make sure to check that out!
“A forbidden romance. A wounded Marine who thinks he’s beyond saving. A girl who’s determined to prove him wrong.
Didi Monroe’s waited her whole life for the type of romance you see in the movies, so when Hollywood heartthrob Zac Ridgemont sweeps her off her feet, Didi believes she might finally have met the one.
While Zac’s away filming for the summer, Didi begins her internship at a military hospital in California. There, she meets wounded Marine Noel Walker. Frustrated on the outside and broken on the inside, Walker’s a pain-in-the-ass patient who refuses all help. Yet Didi can’t help but be drawn to him, and though he’s strictly out of bounds it soon becomes impossible to ignore the sparks flying between them.
As the attraction simmers into dangerous territory, Didi finds herself falling hard for a man she knows is going to break her heart. Because Walker doesn’t believe in love or happy ever afters. So what possible future can there be? Then tragedy hits, shattering both their worlds, and Didi is forced to choose between fighting for love or merely falling for the illusion of it.”
Tell us a little about yourself, Didi.
I live near San Diego in California and I am at college in LA doing my PhD in Psychology. As part of my doctorate I’m currently interning at the rehab hospital on the military base just outside of town. It’s a centre for both physical and mental rehabilitation for Marines who have been wounded and it’s a very challenging place to work. The people are amazing but it’s also been a very eye-opening and humbling experience.
My dad is the head psychologist there. My mom is a famous sex therapist – you might have heard of her as she’s on Oprah a lot and her books are in the bestseller lists (this was insanely embarrassing when I was a teenager but is quite cool now).
I’ve had a few boyfriends but am currently single. Sort of. I had a few dates with an actor I met through my best friend Jessa, but he’s now away filming. Jessa thinks I’m a hopeless romantic and it’s possible she is right. But I think that’s better than being a cynic about love.
What are your thoughts after your first few days at the rehab centre?
I’m really enjoying it – though it’s been a baptism of fire. There’s a lot of banter and teasing but it’s pretty harmless and fun – in fact it amazes me that people with terrible injuries are able to make jokes and act so positive. I’m not sure I could do the same in their position.
Seeing what some of these people are going through has really made me think twice before complaining about the little things in life.
I’m also finding it hard because I want to be able to help and make a difference but some people are just not ready to accept help. Learning when to back away and when to keep trying is key to success.
There’s one guy – a Lieutenant – just twenty three who lost his whole Unit in an ambush in Afghanistan. He’s refusing all help. He won’t talk to anyone, won’t let anyone in and seems to have given up. And then there’s another guy in the next room who has lost an arm and a leg but who’s training for a rehab triathlon and is forever smiling and making jokes.
What were your first impressions of Walker?
Walker is the Lieutenant I mentioned before. I met him on my first day. The first thing I thought was that he had all this pent up energy – not just anger, but sadness, rage, grief. And he’s burying them all. Not letting anyone in. But it’s clear as day that he needs to talk to someone and let it out or else it’s going to destroy him. He reminds me of a bear caught in a trap. He lashes out at anyone who comes near but someone needs to help him out of that trap so he can heal. I just worry that whoever it is might lose their head if they try.
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Mila Gray is the pen name for young adult author Sarah Alderson.
Having spent most of her life in London, Sarah quit her job in the non profit sector in 2009 and took off on a round the world trip with her husband and tutu-wearing daughter on a mission to find a new place to call home.
After almost a year spent wandering around India, Singapore, Australia and the US, they settled in Bali where Sarah now spends her days writing and trying to machete open coconuts without severing a limb. She finished her first novel Hunting Lila just before they left the UK, wrote the sequel, Losing Lila, on the beach in India, and had signed a two book deal with Simon & Schuster by the time they reached Bali. Since then she has published a further four novels and several short stories.
The contemporary thriller The Sound, was published in the US in May 2014, while Out of Control, a thriller with a focus on human trafficking, was released in May ’14 in the UK and May ’15 in the US. Her first adult novel Come Back To Me was released in the summer 2014 by Pan Macmillan in the UK and became an instant bestseller. It will be released in the US in December 2015 by Simon & Schuster. Foreign rights have been sold to Brazil, Australia, US, Canada, Italy and Portugal.
Sarah is also a screenwriter. She adapted her first novel Hunting Lila for the screen (currently in pre-production) and is working on several other screenplays (multi-tasking is one of her favorite things).
Her first adult novel, Come Back To Me, was published in June 2014. The second, This One Moment, will be out in August 2015.
Sarah has co-written the Hunting Lila screenplay, which is currently in the early stages of production, and continues to blog about her life and travels.
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