Today I am happy to introduce author Missy Fleming.
Tell us about your book(s). Is there one in particular you are promoting right now? What is it about?
My current book is called ‘Who I Am With You’. It’s been a labor of love for years and one I have finally gotten to a place where I feel it is ready for the world. It’s about how tragedy changes people, how those people deal with that tragedy, and who we are once we come out on the other side. The backdrop deals with the after-effects of September 11th and how it continues to torment two survivors—a firefighter and the young woman he saved that day. Addiction, survivor’s guilt, emotional walls, it is all present daily in my main characters’ lives. I think they are both surprised by where they end up. It’s not all depressing! There’s romance and reconnection, forgiveness, self-discovery. It’s messy, just like life.
Tell us about your main character? What makes her so special?
Olivia, before 9/11, was a bit of a golden child. Daughter to wealthy parents, heiress to a global empire, her life was on the fast track and she never wanted anything different. Her parents were in the towers when they came down, and she was on the ground, waiting to meet them for breakfast. Dealing with literally watching them die hit Olivia hard, not to mention all the other horrors of that day. She had to leave and there’s a part in the book when someone asks her, ‘why California?’. For her, it was as far from New York as she could get geographically and culturally. She masked her pain with drugs—cocaine and heroin—they were the only way for her mind to be free, for her to sleep without night terrors. When we meet her in the book, she is nearly a year sober…this time. Her grandmother, who she hasn’t spoken to in almost ten years is dying and Olivia has to finally return home to face her past, which her grandmother interprets as taking her place in the company. This new Olivia loves to bake and finds joy in the simple things, so there is a bit of a battle of wills there.
Duncan is still a firefighter, relying on prescription meds and avoiding his family at all costs. He is fearless on the job and careless with his personal life. His survivor’s guilt fuels him. In his mind, he didn’t do enough that day, didn’t save enough lives. That was his one job and in his mind, he failed…except for the young woman he did save. He runs into Olivia randomly and they strike up a relationship. Through her, he is able to realize how badly he hurt his family, his children, and he begins rebuilding those foundations, but only after hitting rock bottom. Read more