Exposure

Ebook $12.99

May 03, 2011 | 352 Pages

  • Ebook $12.99

    May 03, 2011 | 352 Pages

Praise

Praise for Exposure:

“Provocative, timely, and compelling, Therese Fowler’s Exposure will leave book clubs talking for hours.” – Meg Waite Clayton, author of The Wednesday Sisters and The Four Ms. Bradwells
 
“Complex, gripping, and rich with emotion, Fowler’s 21st-century Romeo and Juliet beautifully blends modern day drama with carefully drawn examinations of family, loyalty, honesty, and the power of love.” – Eleanor Brown, New York Times bestselling author of The Weird Sisters
 
“Telling a page-turning story you can’t wait to pass on to your book club or your best friend, Therese Fowler brings the full force of her talent to bear on a gorgeous, heartrending story of young love and thwarted parental ambitions.” – Joshilyn Jackson New York Times bestselling author of Backseat Saints

“Headlines rarely reveal the truth. Exposure does. I truly couldn’t put it down.” – Randy Susan Meyers, author of The Murderer’s Daughters

 
Souvenir
 
“Compelling . . . The characters are likable, troubled and human, and they’re well worth following on their journey.”—USA Today
 
Souvenir is indeed one of those books you want to sit down and finish all at once. . . . Fowler’s storytelling is what makes this novel shine.”—Durham Herald-Sun
 
“A touching . . . novel with a stunning ending.”—Daily American
 
Reunion
 
“Beautifully written and full of heart, Reunion is a satisfying tale perfect for a weekend escape from real life.”—Bookreporter.com

“Highly emotional, often hysterically funny prose.”—Wichita Falls Times Record News
 
“An enjoyable, breezy escape.”—Booklist



From the Hardcover edition.

Author Q&A

A Conversation with Therese Fowler author of EXPOSURE
 
Q:         EXPOSURE is fiction, but was inspired by your own son’s arrest for what’s become known as a “sexting” crime. Can you tell us about that?
 
A:         I was working on a different book when my son, who had just turned nineteen, told me that a warrant was being issued for his arrest. He’d shared a photo of himself undressed with a girl who’d asked him to send one, and when her father discovered it he called the police. Because my son was over eighteen and the girl was not, he was charged with the crime that one of EXPOSURE’s characters, Anthony, is charged with initially: disseminating harmful materials to a minor.
 
Life for my son and our family became very complicated very quickly, but I felt bound to keep working on that other book and meet my deadline. However, the story just wasn’t doing quite what I wanted it to do, and I was worried that it might be somehow fatally flawed.
 
In the meantime, the idea for EXPOSURE was taking root. I’m sure it grew from my horror and frustration with what was going on, and the effects it had on my son and on our family. I asked him what he thought about my writing a novel inspired by the situation (but completely fictional), and he was fully supportive. I wouldn’t have considered it otherwise. Since he was supportive, I wrote the story outline and took it to my editor and publisher, who gave me their support as well.
 
 
Q:         A lot of people would rather put a troubling time behind them, yet in writing a novel based on your troubles you chose to do the opposite. Why?
 
A:         The subject of teens and sexuality and technology and the law is a fascinating, complex issue, and one I struggled with while my son’s case was ongoing. Where should we place the blame when kids get into trouble for sexting? What’s appropriate in terms of punishment?
 
I’m a novelist, so maybe I’m predisposed to want to explore such questions in story terms. But I also felt obligated; as I researched the issue, I came across many disturbing news stories about these issues and the consequences for everyone involved. If my crafting a cautionary tale could help prevent even one new crisis, wasn’t it my duty to try? It didn’t feel like a choice.
 
 
Q:         Did you know from the outset that the book would get published?
 
A:         No; in fact the whole time I was working on it I was terrified that I’d made a mistake in abandoning the other book. Yes, I had my publisher’s blessing to substitute this story for that one, but I still had to meet a deadline and, as is true with any book an author writes under contract, the final product has to pass muster or it doesn’t get published and the author doesn’t get paid.
 
Fortunately, I met my deadline, and everyone involved was not only satisfied with but also quite enthusiastic about the manuscript.
 
 
Q:         Early book reviews from people as diverse as public school administrators, booksellers, and regular readers are saying EXPOSURE is a must-read for all teens, parents of teens, and adults who care for or work with teens. This sounds like educational advice; isn’t fiction supposed to be read for enjoyment?
 
A:         Absolutely—but that doesn’t mean there isn’t also something of value to be gained from the reading. Whether invented or true, stories have been the vehicles of lessons and warnings and inspiration for as long as humans have had the means to tell them. My philosophy about and my purpose with my all of my novels is to tell an engaging story, and to tell it about something that matters.
 
 
Q:         What do you hope people will take away most from this book?
 
A:         With EXPOSURE, I hope teen readers will gain insights that help them protect themselves and make good decisions. It’s difficult to be a teen today; there are so many messages, so many influences, so many temptations. It’s equally difficult to be a parent or educator or counselor, trying to understand and shape kids’ environments in ways that acknowledge all the challenges. I hope adult readers will gain some additional understanding of this strange new world, and take reasonable action to help children avoid trouble.
 
 
Q:         What’s next for you?
 
A:         I’m at work on my fourth novel, which, like EXPOSURE, is a contemporary drama that also looks at societal issues. Two very close families, a tragedy in which underage drinking plays a role, questions of loyalty, questions of guilt—who, or what, is really to blame? And what will happen when the truth is revealed? It’s scheduled for publication sometime next year.
 
 
 
 
 


From the Hardcover edition.

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