Series: The Seven Deadly #1
Published by Independently Published
Publication Date: December 24th, 2012
Genres: New Adult
If you’re looking for a story about a good, humble girl, who’s been hurt by someone she thought she could trust, only to find out she’s not as vulnerable as she thought she was and discovers an empowering side of herself that falls in love with the guy who helps her find that self, blah, blah, blah...then you’re gonna’ hate my story.
Because mine is not the story you read every time you bend back the cover of the latest trend novel. It’s not the “I can do anything, now that I’ve found you/I’m misunderstood but one day you’ll find me irresistible because of it” tale. Why? Because, if I was being honest with you, I’m a complete witch. There’s nothing redeeming about me. I’m a friend using, drug abusing, sex addict from Los Angeles. I’m every girlfriend’s worst nightmare and every boy’s fantasy.
I’m Sophie Price...And this is the story about how I went from the world’s most envied girl to the girl no one wanted around and why I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.
My goal in life was to rule my tiny, elite world, so I did.
When I read the synopsis for Vain I was worried. Sophie is every girl’s worse nightmare. She is the epitome of spoiled rotten. With unlimited access to Daddy’s money, stunning good looks, and the moral compass of a hamster, Sophie is is one girl I didn’t think I could feel an ounce of sympathy for. But over the course of this book I did.
Sophie is so incredibly sad. Not that I can excuse any of her actions, but she is a complex character with intense self destructive habits.
And eventually, her lifestyle catches up with her.
After getting caught with drugs for the second time, Sophie is sent to an orphanage in Uganda in order to serve out her court-sentence.
For the first time in Sophie’s life, she cannot manipulate her way out of this situation.
But what starts out as a sentence soon turns into salvation.
Sophie meets Ian, or ‘Dingane’ as the orphans call him. He is drop dead gorgeous. But Ian is not fooled by Sophie’s good looks like most men are. In fact, their meeting is met with hostility. He views who Sophie for what she is. A spoiled, over privileged brat.
But despite his assumption, Sophie sets out to prove him wrong. And over the course of Vain, Sophie starts growing into a person that has meaning, value, and respect for herself and those around her.
Men wanted me. They all did, however briefly, but none of them wanted to keep me. That’s what I needed. I needed to be owned, loved. BUT NOT BY A MAN. I knew then that I never needed to be kept by a man. What I needed was to love myself, to want to keep myself around. And in that revelation, I knew that if I wanted to keep myself, that a man wanting to keep me would just be a by-product.
Vain is not what I expected. Not to spoil this book for anyone, but what I expected from this, and what I got, were two different things. I thought I would just be reading about a spoiled girl that manages to mend her ways in fall in love. While some of that is true, it does not compare to the depth of this story. Vain is more than just a romance novel. In fact, I was schooled about the horrors happening in areas like Uganda. I try to make myself aware of such happenings, but ignorance is bliss.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. By the end I grew to love Sophie and the woman she became. And ladies, don’t forget about Ian ::sigh:: he is one beautiful, kind, amazing man.
You have no idea what you do to me. I’ve felt things for you these past few months that don’t seem healthy. I’ve wanted you so desperately I’m afraid it may not be natural. You consume my thoughts, Sophie…You’ve arrested my senses and I can’t seem to get enough of you. That’s what scares me. I’m so deep there’s no getting out for me. You own me, you know?”
The title of the book may be Vain, but the underlying message is anything but.
1. How did you come up with the idea to write Vain?
Three years ago, my hubs and I were sitting on the couch like the lazy gits we are, flipping channels and we stumbled across this interview with Sam Childers, the Machine Gun Preacher. Not many know who he is but the impossibly yummy Gerard Butler portrayed him in the film of the same name. The film was…okay. LOL! Anyway, the interview was nothing short of devastating. It exposed Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army, their deeds and goals and we both walked away from it a little damaged. Immediately after, we decided to give a little money to the organizations opposed to Kony and it appeased our consciences for a little while but the images of these broken and beaten children would stay in my mind. I knew not a lot of America was aware of who Kony was, not even the infamous “KONY 2012” video really put into words or images of just how terrible Kony is. So, last year we began sponsoring a little boy and his family in a dangerous part of Uganda. His story would forever brand itself onto my heart and soul. He is the reason I will forever fight for Kony’s capture. He is the reason I focus on Uganda. He is the reason I wrote this book.
2. Just by reading the synopsis we already know that Sophie is pretty much every girl’s WORST nightmare. Was there a Sophie in your life that inspired her character?
Sophie is a combination of every vile, filthy person I’ve ever encountered or read about. I literally took all I despised about a human and filled Sophie with those qualities.
3. Did you worry that readers would have a hard time connecting to her?
When I began this book, I didn’t think a single soul would truly read it save for a handful of lovely die-hard fans so I wrote it the way I wanted. It sounds strange to say, but I felt so uninhibited. I wrote it without apologies. I filled her with every terrible attribute I could possible think of and I knew people would have a tough time reading her but I decided that was okay. She needed to be terrible for the story to be any good and I wasn’t going to change her for anything in the world, sales be darned.
4. If you could cast people to play Sophie and Ian who would you choose?
I get asked this a lot and I’m afraid my answer will disappoint but I couldn’t imagine anyone famous as Sophie or Ian. They’re too real, too innocent for anyone in Hollywood to play them. I’d have to cast virtual unknowns to play them in order for me to be satisfied. I have this perfect idea in my head of what they look like and I’m afraid it would be impossible for reality to live up to it.
5. What was your favorite scene?
My favorite scene to write was probably the scene where Ian teaches Sophie how to shoot a gun. When he works his fingers through her braids! Gah! He’s so…swoony!
6. I noticed on your blog that you have a playlist for Vain. What songs would you say describe Sophie and Ian?
The scenes where their lives are hanging by a thread: Breath of Life by Florence + The Machine
The scene where Soph gets on the plane: Hearts a Mess by Gotye
The Epilogue: Between Two Points by The Glitch Mob
7. I read that Vain is the start of a series you are writing about the Seven Deadly Sins. Can you tell us anything about that?
Of course! VAIN is book one of The Seven Deadly Series and I’m writing the second, GREED, starring Spencer, as we speak. Each book is a companion novel to the last featuring an entirely new leading character and story and will cover one of the seven deadly sins.
8. When you aren’t busy writing what are you reading?
I read a lot, lot, lot of my genre but I also read a little fantasy, dystopian, adult contemporary. I like whodunit’s, romances, paranormals. Still enjoy the classics. I like it all, baby. Reading is my favorite thing in the world besides my family.
9. Out of all the books you have written (Callum & Harper, Thomas & January, VAIN) is there one character that you have related to the most?
I think I’m most like Ian. I sort of judge too hastily but I’m not too proud to admit when I’m wrong. When I love, I love fiercely. I hate goodbyes. I’m in love with the innocence in children. I would die for them, even if they were a stranger. I don’t understand how people could hurt them. I have the same playful relationships with my siblings that Ian has with his brother. I understand that wealth means absolutely nothing. A house is a house. Cars are just cars. I recognize, like he does, that life is only worth living if you’re living it for others. I’m not as steady headed as he his though or as generous. I wish I was more like that. I suppose Ian is a manifestation of who I’d like to be, really.
10. If you could impart any wisdom or advice for the “Sophie’s” of the world, what would you say?
I’d probably tell them all that it’s never too late. I’d tell them that their lives may feel attractive but there’s more to it than living in the façade. That there’s something transcendent in recognizing that life is way more than we’re all lead to believe.
“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway. – Mother Teresa”
Thanks again for Ms. Fisher Amelie for taking the time to let us interview her!
Check out the trailer for Vain below
As well as the playlist!
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