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Interim by [Walden, S.]
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About the Author

S. Walden used to teach English before making the best decision of her life by becoming a full-time writer. She lives in Georgia with her very supportive husband who prefers physics textbooks over fiction and has a difficult time understanding why her characters must have personality flaws. She is wary of small children, so she has a Westie instead. She is the USA Today bestselling author of Going Under. When she's not writing, she's thinking about it. She loves her fans and loves to hear from them. Email her at swaldenauthor@hotmail.com and follow her twitter feed at @swaldenauthor.

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  • File Size: 2032 KB
  • Print Length: 394 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Penny Press (April 14, 2015)
  • Publication Date: April 14, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00UB2UOQM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,636 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a book about a school shooting, but it's not about a school shooting. This is a book about a would-be mass murderer, but it's really not about a mass-murderer. This is a book about kindness, compassion, vengeance and justice, but mostly, I think this is a book about love and the lack of, about how violence and anger and cruelty can change people, and how love can change the shape and color of all things.

If you've read Ms. Walden's books before, you may have run across one or two that were somewhat controversial. You may be wondering why she'd take on a topic like a school shooting. I don't know, exactly, but I'd guess because these characters came to her and asked to be heard; and because she is brave and honest, so if a story needs to told, she tells it, no matter what. So, you can go into this with your own prejudices, political views, and biases, but you should be prepared to feel them slip away from you without your control.

I can honestly say that I didn't want to love Jeremy. I didn't even want to like him. I was afraid of him, afraid of what he could do; and I was afraid of what my deep affection for him said about me. Who loves a killer? Who loves someone who has such a deep desire to do harm to others? But here's the thing: Jeremy has no more capacity for vengeance and hate than the rest of us. Don't we all hold a dark and secret space that we keep a lid on? How many of us would admit to our ugliest thoughts, even when they were fleeting, heat-of-the-moment ideas with no chance of being brought to life?
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If I'm being completely honest, S. Walden had me really nervous with this story. Nervous that she wrote a book that many readers might get angry at her for writing. Nervous over what I was about to experience. Nervous over what this story would make me feel. Then I started reading and got nervous that I was feeling all the wrong things, connecting with all the wrong characters, wanting things I wasn't supposed to want. Then I got nervous that this story might not live up to the expectations I set for it in my head. Nervous that, after my very vocal love for this author's previous stories, I might not love this story quite as much. And then something happened, something that stopped my heart, stole my breath and left me sobbing real tears. And I wasn't nervous anymore. Because this story is EVERYTHING this author intended it to be, everything I hoped it might be and so much more. Interim pulverized me, demanding that I feel and hurt and love and break and heal and hope. S Walden has just blown my mind.

I look to books for an escape, those minutes, hours, days that I can put real life issues on the backburner and get lost in someone else's drama, their romance, their struggles, their truth. I think the gravity of Interim might be too much for some readers to take. But I'm a reader that can separate fact from fiction, reality from storytelling and I did that with Interim. I can do that because it feels better to feel pain and loss and fear for fictional characters in fictitious circumstances than it does to turn on the news and face the reality of it. It feels so good to get lost in pretend, even if that pretend makes you feel real, profound, painful emotions. I can close Interim and sigh with relief that, despite the pain and the violence and the gravity of this story, it wasn't real.
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Twenty-three years ago, Pearl Jam released the alternative rock single named Jeremy. Jeremy is one of the most widely-recognized songs performed by Pearl Jam and is based on two different true stories. The main inspiration for Jeremy was a newspaper article about Jeremy Wade Delle of Richardson, Texas. On the morning of January 8, 1991, Jeremy Delle shot himself in front of his second-period English class. This song is also inspired by a student songwriter Eddie Vedder knew when he was in junior high school in San Diego. Instead of taking his own life, this student decided to gun down his classmates.

Now that you know the story behind the song, have you ever taken a moment to focus on the words of Jeremy? Go on.....pull out your iPod or do a search of YouTube videos and listen. It's a very deep and dark song about a troubled teenager who decides to take control of his life and fight back on his own terms. It didn't take long for me to recall Pearl Jam’s Jeremy once I began reading Interim, and the song will forever mean more to me now that I have read this novel.

It wasn't easy for S. Walden to write her story about Jeremy Stahl. It took her a long time to come to terms with what was bouncing around in her head. Walden wants readers to know she is not speaking to a point. She has no agenda. She just has a story. Knowing Walden’s proclivity to write about dark and controversial subjects, I was nervous about reading Interim. In fact, I have never feared the content of a novel like I did with Interim. I had a healthy respect for this story based on the synopsis and personal discussion with the author before I began reading.

Walden truly agonized over writing Interim. Bullying. Parental neglect and abuse. Gun violence in schools.
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