July 14, 2015

"Naked" Blog Tour

by Stacey Trombley
Release Date: 07/07/15
Entangled Teen
305 pages

Summary from Goodreads: A teenage prostitute looking for redemption must face her secrets before they destroy her... When tough teenager Anna ran away to New York, she never knew how bad things would get. After surviving as a prostitute, a terrifying incident leaves her damaged inside and out, and she returns home to the parents she was sure wouldn't want her anymore. Now she has a chance to be normal again. Back in school, she meets a boy who seems too good to be true. Cute, kind, trusting. But what will he do when he finds out the truth about her past? And when a dark figure from New York comes looking for Anna, she realizes she must face her secrets...before they destroy her.

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Guest Author Post
The number one question I get about my book is “Why this subject?”

You mean, why write about prostitutes?  People assume I’d have to have been through something similar, or known someone who has. Why would a normal suburb brat write about a teen prostitute?

No, I don’t have any personal experience with prostitution. I’ve never known a prostitute. I’ve never been sexual abused.

While researching this topic I read a book called Girls Like Us, about a woman who had been forced into prostitution as a child and now runs a nonprofit to help girls who’ve had similar experiences. At one point she goes to talk to some girls in prison and they are amazed to see someone who’d been like thembut isn’t dead, in prison or addicted to drugs. One of the girls says they usually only hear from people who’ve had a “Luv Luv life”, a.k.a. someone who’s lived an innocent, good life. Someone who couldn’t possibly understand girls like them.

Well, I’ve had a Luv Luv Life.  
In fact, I was a prude. A Christian girl who didn’t have much interest in guys at all. (I’m much more like Jackson than Anna.) Some boys I knew started calling me “Fort Nox” because no guy could “get” me (not the cleverest of all nick names but these were high school guys, just go with it.) To this day I have never more than kissed anyone but my husband.

So why in the world would someone like me, the prude of the school, write a story about a prostitute? Anna, a girl who even down to the basics of her personality is nothing like me. Don’t worry, it seems weird to me too. But sometimes when an issue, a story, a person, jumps into your head it’s really bestnot to ignore it. And I’ve never been one to be afraid of weird.

At some point I felt called to write this story. Out of nowhere. No real reason I can come up with.

First, I became interested in the topic of teenage prostitution. I realized that it’s an issue that’s prominent in the United States that not many people know about. In fact, when I was writing and shopping this book to agents and publishers that was some of my most common comments by other writers just trying to help. “That doesn’t seem very realistic.”

Well, actually it is. You’ve just never heard of about it. Their story isn’t one that’s been told very often.

Truthfully, I like dark emotional stories. I like things that are different. Things that really make you think about your life, the world, in a different way.

I was interested in learning more about these children, what happens to them. It’s a scary thing to delve into but something had me possessed. There was something there that had me hooked.

There was definitely a time when all I knew was that I wanted to write a story about a teen prostitute. I didn’t know how or why, but I knew there was a story there, somewhere. A life waiting to be explored. It took me a while but I did end up finding it, finding Anna.

I don’ know why I was the one to tell this story. Why not someone else with more experience? Maybe because I was the one brave enough to tackle it. Maybe there is something in here that only I could see.

Really, the answer to your question, “Why this topic?” is really “I don’t know.”

All I know is that when the call came, I answered.

About the Author Stacey 
Trombley lives in Ohio with her husband and the sweetest Rottweiler you’ll ever meet. She thinks people are fascinating and any chance she has, she’s off doing or learning something new. She went on her first mission trip to Haiti at age twelve and is still dying to go back. Her “places to travel” list is almost as long as her “books to read” list.  She wants to bring something new to the world through her writing, but just giving a little piece of herself is more than enough. 

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