Friday, March 30, 2012

Guest Post: Kim Purcell Author of Trafficked

Hannah is an ordinary teenager growing up in Moldova until her parents are killed in a terrorist bombing. While she’s still mourning the loss, she gets an offer that sounds too good to be true: a job as a nanny for a Russian family in Los Angeles.

At first, it seems like her luck has finally turned around, but life with the Platonovs quickly spirals into a nightmare. Lillian, the mother, forces Hannah to work sixteen-hour days cleaning, and won’t let her leave the house. Sergey, the father, is full of secrets. And they refuse to pay Hannah.

Stranded in a foreign land with false documents, no money, and nobody who can help her, Hannah has become a modern-day slave. And the more Hannah unravels this family’s terrible secrets, the more her life—and her family back home—are in grave danger. Desperate and lonely, she reaches out to the boy next door. But in the end, the only one who can save Hannah is herself.

I would love to welcome Kim to Stuck In YA Books! I was soo happy to interview this great author because her book sounds amazing! Be sure to check it out!!

 Hi Amanda,
Thanks for having me on your blog. 


1. What is your book about?

KP: A seventeen-year-old Moldovan girl is orphaned and comes to America for a better life, but instead, is forced to be a slave for a family in Los Angeles.

2.  What inspired you to write your book?   

KP: When I learned that slavery still exists in pretty large numbers in today’s world, I needed to find out how it happens. In every case I researched, the girls and women had chances to leave and they didn’t because they were afraid. They are living in regular neighborhoods and they aren’t chained up. They have the ability to walk out the door, but they don’t go to the neighbor to get help. This was fascinating and horrifying to me. I decided to write about a girl who finds herself in this situation and watches the neighbor boy, also her age, but is too afraid to ask him to help her. I wanted to explore fear and how one gets beyond it. We all have things we want to do and we don’t do them because we’re afraid. Even though the main character in TRAFFICKED is a modern-day slave, I think the book is more about fear, and that applies to all of us.

3.   What was the hardest part of writing your book?

KP:  When I write, I get really into the main character, so if awful stuff happens to her, it also happens to me in my brain. Then, I have to finish writing and go do regular people things like buy groceries and pick up my child from preschool. That transition is really tough for me.

4.      What are your current projects?

KP: I was bullied very badly as a kid and I’m pretty passionate about bullying issues. My next book is about a girl who gets bullied until her criminal biological father comes to town and helps her get revenge.

5.   What book are you reading now?

 KP:  I just finished Amalie Howard’s Bloodspell, which I loved, and tonight I’m going to start reading Nova Ren Suma’s Imaginary Girls. I’m going to be doing events with both of them in the next month.

6.   What do you like to do in your spare time?

KP: I run with my rescue dog, Lola, through the woods near our house. I also love doing anything on the water – kayaking, rowing, sailing, water-skiing, swimming. I think I was a dolphin in another life.

7.  What is your most favorite thing about being an author?

KP: The very best thing is when people contact me and tell me they loved my book and that it touched them in some way. And I get paid for using my imagination. How cool is that?  


I am very excited to read this book!! Thank you again to Kim for coming by  cant wait to read many more books in the future!!! 
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  1. That book sounds very interesting!

    There are some very disturbing stories about modern-day slavery, in particularly with regards to prostitution. For example, this girl went over to her new "friend's" house and was kidnapped, drugged, and forced to work as a sex slave for two weeks until, completely by chance, she was recognized on the street by her brother and rescued. And she was one of the lucky ones...

  2. This sounds like it will be really good. Crazy that stuff like this is still happening in the world today. Great guest post, I love learning more about the authors. I'll have to add this to my list!


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