I began my journey as a novelist when I went on maternity leave with my first child. It was then, when I held my first child, that I began to understand the depth of grief I still felt over the circumstances of my childhood; a pain I had buried deep and had tried, in vain, to forget. I wrote my first and second novels surrounding those difficult challenges, and although I changed some of the timeline and most of the names, the novels are both inspired and based on my journey.
Nestled in the Golden Coast of California, Danielle Lee lives a lie. As her senior year in high school begins and the escape of her dark secret draws near, she unexpectedly finds someone. Dannie struggles to move past her torments, hide the truth from her friends, and keep it together until she can finally have what she has always wanted—freedom.
Reed is a junior who just moved to California from Kansas. Wildly attracted to Dannie, he is convinced she is everything he has been waiting for. After fate leads them to finally meet in the school library, Dannie first tries to place Reed in the dreaded friend zone. But she, too, cannot ignore the obvious chemistry.
As Reed teaches her how to find hope, trust, and even love, Dannie must decide whether to harbor her secrets or reveal the truth and risk everything.
After years of escaping the past, Danielle Lee decides to return home where she is confronted with facing the people she left behind, including Reed Fischer.
For four years, Reed has been trying to get over his first love, but that feat is made impossible when Dannie unexpectedly walks back into his life. Trying his best to move on, Reed ignores her existence, but she’s suddenly everywhere he is.
A friendship blossoms…until feelings start to blur. Remnants of how they used to be together are still there, but Reed can’t forget how much Dannie hurt him when she left, and Dannie is still struggling with her secretive history while living with the aftermath of an assault by an obsessed stalker.
With the help of her best friends, Melody and Jemma, Dannie is on the path to healing…until the past meets the present, and she comes face-to-face with the one person she hoped never to see again.
The Face Beneath shares the tale of a young woman trying to overcome a traumatic childhood while living with PTSD, but with the love and support of her friends, she finds hope and the courage to face her past, confront her fears, and live again.