Author: Catherine Durkin Robinson
Page count: 240
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Catherine Durkin Robinson is an award-winning humor columnist for The Tampa Tribune and Creative Loafing. Her short stories and essays can be found at Ether Books. She is a busy wife, mom, and motivational speaker. In her spare time, she investigates missing socks.
Tell us about your book:
“Carolyn Reardon loved being a full-time mom, but after enrolling her children in preschool, she wanted to do more than just wait for them at home every day. Becoming a high school teacher seemed like the perfect career.
At first, Carolyn found meaning as an educator, helping students who grew to appreciate her enthusiasm and passion for learning. Carolyn’s caring and dedicated co-workers also became her closest friends. But she noticed a disturbing trend. Many teachers turned to drugs in order to deal with the stress of low pay and impossibly high demands. Others lost themselves in illicit affairs, conducted in unused or empty classrooms, and a few risked it all by seducing their own students.
Carolyn tried to ignore the sexually-charged atmosphere and cling to her happy marriage, but when an attractive and flirtatious teacher pursued her, Carolyn got swept up in a scandal of her own.
How long did it take to write the book?
It took about a year to write the book.
What inspired you to write the book?
After I left teaching, many people would ask me about the scandals in my district. This book is my way of explaining how it can happen that students and teachers behave so badly.
Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?
When my boys and husband go to bed, I write for hours.
What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?
“Catherine Durkin Robinson is a great writer!”
Where can we go to buy your book?
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