Hi, Cheryl! Let me start by thanking you for hosting me today.
There’s so many things we could talk about in my first book release, Girl Spoken for, but let’s touch on a few messages and themes throughout, not only this book, but the series.
Girl Spoken For was born from one simple idea. One simple story; a girl’s rough road when she has a child while in high school. And as the story blossomed into this other world, I intentionally wanted not only Tatum Duncan’s story told, but I wanted to sneak a few messages in along the way. Maybe they’re not so subtle to the reader which would be great.
Some parents typically make a huge mistake (NOT ALL PARENTS) in raising teens.
When a woman gives birth they’re are guilty of having a vision of how their child’s lives will be (yes, I’ve done this too). So you take that picture in your head and never see anything else.
A common picture some parents miss is reality—what’s really happening in their child’s life. Or maybe you’re lucky enough that you were spot on. But most are not.
Is that what happens to parents? From birth they wear blinders? See what they only want to see? Yes. That’s what I believe. And again, NOT all parents are like this.
But in Girl Spoken For, Tatum’s parents were, especially her mother. She ignored how Tatum wanted to broaden her horizons. It can be fun for a parent to watch their child spread their wings, but Tatum’s mom couldn’t. Throughout the book Tatum jokes about how her mother wasn’t happy unless she were dressed like Shirley Temple, the way her mother preferred. Her mother wanted the sweet, innocent young girl who did what she wanted. Again, Tatum’s mother wore the birthing life blinders.
What else does Tatum’s mother have issues with? Mutual respect.
Tatum’s mother didn’t show nor give Tatum much respect. Tatum had that with her grandmother, not her Mom. In the first chapter Tatum reads to her little sister, Toni. A small gesture, but Tatum already knew that since their grandmother was gone they were on their own emotionally. Their mother couldn’t relate to them. Tate’s mother was fearful of her girls growing up, and not being able to control them in the big bad world. So, instead she chose to make them fearful of her. Instead of conversing and relating to how tough it can be as a kid, she took the unhealthy route. Maybe that’s all she knew?
One thing I love about one of my characters is how she provides Tatum with comfort and support. Diane is a great friend to Tatum—no matter what, she’s got her back. Think how much better it is if you have (or had) a friend like that in your teen years. Someone who respects you and makes it clear they’re always on your side. Parents can be like that for their kids, but Tatum’s mother wasn’t. Luckily, Diane steps in to fill the void left when Tatum’s grandmother passes away.
As former (or current) teenagers, we have some kind of bully story or another. We’ve all had family issues. But the difference is communication and mutual respect. Respect each other’s differences. Respect each other’s growth. Respect each other’s ideas. Respect each other. Period.
Sure, life can suck at times. It’s hard. But respect and communication can make it so much better.
About Girl Spoken For:
I was “spoken for” by a Mob grandson, which was either terrifying or kind of cool – I wasn’t sure which one yet.
When the realities of life shatter her fragile innocence, Tatum Duncan’s courage and resilience are tested. She’s determined to be in control of her future. But the love of her life, Zach Bertano, and his mob family may have other plans.
Will she “speak for” Zach, like he has “spoken for” her? Or will Tatum walk away?
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About Suzie T. Roos:
Suzie T. Roos is from, and has settled in, St. Louis with her husband, two children and a number of foster pets at any given time.
She and her husband have lived everywhere from Philadelphia, PA to out West in Santa Monica, CA. They’re thankful they could expose their children to different American lifestyles and cultures.
Besides writing, Suzie’s hobbies include movies, traveling, and especially concert going with her husband and friends.
She’s always been an animal lover and animal rights advocate. She is certified by FEMA in IS-00011.a Animal in Disasters: Community Planning. She’s also an active volunteer at the Humane Society of Missouri.
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