Weeks pass before Melody finally gets her big break when senior partner at Lazlo, Marshdon and Brown assigns her first real case. Melody’s relationship with her best friend, Jewel, becomes strained as her friendship with another associate, Maggie, advances and she develops romantic feelings for her boss’ son, Eric. Her feelings for Eric deepen, her relationship with Jewel sours, the key medical record in her case is lost, and Melody feels her life is crumbling.
After working the entire weekend before trial, Melody finds the record, but before she can celebrate, the record thief catches her. Jewel attempts to free Melody but she is caught and the friends are tied to an office chair, driven out to the middle of nowhere, and left alone. Will they be able to save the case – or themselves?
Targeted Age Group:: 10-16
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I was inspired to write this book when I was a paralegal at a law firm, working on civil cases where people were suing other people money. I was 27 when I started that job, but I felt like I was 16 so I could relate to Melody Madson. Plus, I thought that kids who might be thinking about going into law after high school may not know what it’s really like so I thought this story would be an entertaining way to realistically introduce them to that work.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
It was either random or intuitive, I’m not sure. Of course, I needed Melody to be super smart, but I also wanted her to be like a regular teenager in every way other than being a lawyer. So I gave her a best friend going to regular high school and a couple of love interests.
I am the author of four books, two poetry collections – Crush and Other Love Poems for Girls (2008) and Other Side of Crazy (918studio, 2013) – as well as two novels, Missing Emily: Croatian Life Letters (2012) and Melody Madson – May It Please the Court? (2014). When I’m not writing fiction or poetry, I help people say what they want to say through my professional writing and editing business, Wordsy Woman Word Sales and Service. I also like to walk my beagle, Maizey; go hiking; and do nongram puzzles on my tablet. I live in Iowa with my husband, daughter, son, cat, and said beagle.