After losing her mother in atragic accident, Allison Banks takes on the sole responsibility of caring forher little sister, her young niece, and her disabled grandmother. When herlong-term boyfriend walks out, offering little in the way of explanation,Allison is left totally confused and utterly heartbroken. To cope, the24-year-old closes herself off to any serious relationships and dives into herwork as a graduate student.
Needing the extra income,Allison takes a job for the hot, new, reality TV show, Superstardom. Captivatedby the competition’s front-runner, the mysterious and sexy singer, Chris Knots,Allison dismisses her attraction as nothing more than a silly, school-girlcrush. But, when the hunky performer reveals an interest of his own, Allisonmust work through her reservations and decide if there’s room in her life forsomething more.
Where Andrea got the idea/inspiration for Face The Music:
For those who haven’t figured it out yet, Chris Daughtry was the inspiration behind Chris’s character in Face the Music. Shocking, right? I was a HUGE fan when he was on American Idol and was shocked (read: heartbroken) the night he was voted off.
Not too long after that, I started reading the Twilight series books. I can’t pinpoint the exact moment when I decided to write a story (I’d never had any interest in writing before), but somehow Chris’s character had been building in my mind as I read Stephenie Meyer’s books. I really enjoyed her style of writing and thought, why not? I’m a teacher, so it seemed natural to combine that experience with that of the reality TV show theme. It seemed reasonable that the school-aged kids would need to have some kind of education while competing, which is how Allison’s character came to be. The kids and the classroom scenes were the easiest parts of the book for me to write. Once I had my main characters, the rest of the story just kind of poured out! I spent about a year writing, and then another year editing and rewriting. I’d put it away for awhile, come back and tweak it a bit, then put it away again. It ended up being a work-in-progress for about five years. It was a tough but proud moment when I finally called it done.
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Born and raised in easternMissouri, Andrea K. Robbins is a graduate of the University ofMissouri-Columbia and Idaho State University and hold degrees in HumanNutrition, Biological Sciences, and Secondary Education. She currently residesin southern Idaho with her husband and two young daughters and enjoys teachingJr. and High School science and health classes at a local school district.Robbins is also working toward her Masters degree in Science Education throughMontana State University. When not working, she can be found spending time withher family or getting lost in a sappy love story.