Pre-med student Sarah Jones is back in Beaver, Alaska, for summer vacation. A loyal member of the Gwich’in tribe, she accepts the rules set by her father, the leader of their small town. Raised in a strict household, she learned early on to do what is expected of her and has agreed to an arranged marriage. Despite her reluctance to marry without love, Sarah is unwilling to defy her father’s wishes. She hopes to help usher in an era of independence and stability for the town, but for now, her focus is finishing med school so she can become Beaver’s resident doctor.
Business owner Greg Andrews wants to escape his philandering wife and his life in general. Leaving New York City to join a hunting expedition in Alaska, Greg’s plans are turned upside down when he is shot on Gwich’in land and ends up on Sarah’s operating table. In the absence of a qualified doctor, Sarah must operate to save his life. She refuses to wait for the consent of their tribal leader, and her father banishes her from the tribal land in punishment. Grateful for his life, Greg concocts a scheme to help. Plagued by the side effects of her unconventional operation, he convinces Sarah to become his live-in nurse.
Without the means to support herself, Sarah agrees to the questionable arrangement, but she soon finds herself in even more trouble. Her new problem is that she is falling in love with this infuriating man, and the choices she now must make are must more difficult than the simple act of saving a man’s life.Together, Sarah and Greg must both decide whether they can overcome the vast differences between them, or if the indivisible line that separates their worlds will ultimately pull them apart.
Excerpt from the book
She blinked and pulled her hand back. “I hate nightmares.”
Sarah scrambled to sit up while Greg rose from his kneeling position at the side of her bed.
“I heard your screams, so I came in to check on you.” He watched her with a worried expression. “What got you all scared?”
She tried to remember but came up empty. “How can dreams turn you upside-down, and then leave you wondering what got you all riled up in the first place?” Blinking, she tried to compose her thoughts. “I can’t remember.”
“Do you want a glass of water?” Greg asked without moving from his spot.
Sarah shook her head and shivered, still feeling the effects of the forgotten nightmare. “Lie down with me?”
Why did she always end up speaking without thinking first? This was so wrong on all levels, but she was giving in to her heart’s desire. If it was a mistake, then she’d learn her lesson pretty soon.
Greg hesitated. She couldn’t blame him. He must know how she felt about him, although, she’d fought hard to keep her emotions hidden. Greg was far too beautiful for his own good, and she had been mesmerized by him from the first moment she’d laid eyes on him.
She closed her eyes, waiting for him to turn her down. He didn’t say anything, but then she felt the mattress dip under his weight. “I’ll hold you until you fall asleep.”
Sarah nodded, and then turned her body in his direction. Greg eased himself onto the bed, and face to face, they stared at each other in the darkness. No words were necessary. They were just two people struggling with their lives and everything around them, and they needed each other.
~My Interview with the Author Lorenz Font~
Can you explain why you called the book Indivisible Line?
We have two polar opposites as the main characters in the story. Sarah Jones is a member of the Gwich’in tribe—young, inexperienced about many facets of life. The only reason she has for stepping away from her native Alaskan soil is to attend pre-med school in LA. Greg Andrews is a rich and successful businessman, worldly and terribly unhappy. A stroke of destiny brought them together. Despite the differences in their social and economic backgrounds, they are finding a way to be together. The hurdles are great and will test their love for each other.
Sarah’s tribe seems to be rather strict. Is this a real tribe or did you create it for the book?
The Gwich’in tribe is real, but the circumstances surrounding the story are all made-up. As a product of fiction, I found enough room to manipulate the conflicts based on what I have read about this interesting group of people.
What would you as the author like for us to know about Greg and Sarah?
Their situation is real. It is happening around us. We might be in the twenty-first century, but cultural and racial divides remain a constant struggle for many. It may not be as obvious as it once had been, but if you look close enough, there are lingering prejudices that remain. I wrote this story with hopes of bringing these issues to light.
What inspired you to write such this story that is so full of angst?
Angst is a mainstay in my stories. It inspires me to show how regular people live with constant anxieties and insecurities. These are powerful emotions and could prompt people to act or react on impulse, or even prematurely. I firmly believe that life isn’t all happiness and roses, and I’d like to paint a picture based on the struggles each of us goes through every day.
I know when you wrote Hunted, it took you less than two months. HOw long did it take you to write Indivisible Line and what inspires you to do this so quickly?
This particular story was written in a period of two months, if I remember correctly. Although it is not as long as my first novel, I had other projects I was doing at the same time. I tend to get bored easily. *laughs* To motivate myself, I try to write a chapter a day, or in my case with another fulltime job, a chapter a night. I usually write the bare bones then I will go back for the second draft to add more meat, so to speak.
What you would like for your readers to take with them after reading your books? Are you hoping to change people’s way of thinking and acting? Do you hope they find a deep sense of connection to the story or are you just hoping to entertain the reader?
First and foremost, I aim to entertain. I also hope that each of my characters will trigger a sense of connection within my readers; be it denial, acceptance, courage or motivation. This particular story might hit a certain nerve among the readers who have been subjected to direct or indirect discrimination. Some readers might relate to the issues of family loyalty and the need to forgo one’s own dream in order to provide for their loved ones.
What is the hardest part for you when it comes time to finish a book? Are you able to let go of the story and move on to a new one quickly? I am sure your brain is full of characters that never leave you even when their story is done.
Before I went into writing my original stories, I was writing fan fiction, and I’m used to juggling several WIP’s (work in progress). But as I got deeper into my original work, it became difficult to maintain the pace if I wanted to create unique and believable characters. I have to invest time and energy in developing my characters to give them integrity, and to keep them from sounding and looking like cardboard characters.
Do you let the characters guide you when writing their stories or do you write what you see and feel?
I start with my ideas of how the characters should be, but after a few chapters, they usually take over. The rest will be written according to what each particular characters inspires in me.
Can you tell us about some of your other books that are being released this year?
Let’s see, I have Tormented, the second installment of The Gates Legacy trilogy coming out on September 24. In this particular story, Tor Burns, the hard-nosed bodyguard of Harrow, is the featured vampire. This second book is definitely grittier than the first one and much more intense. It will answer some lingering questions the readers might have after reading Hunted, the first book of the trilogy.
Next, I have Feather Light, an erotic romance, which will be published by The Writer’s Coffee Shop on October 10. This novel has been a challenge for me to write. As many of my readers already know, I’m more into writing supernatural and paranormal stories. Feather Light, though centered on romance, has erotica as its main interest. After the story reached the contests top three finalists, it made the challenge I’d placed on myself well worth the effort.
Do you read your reviews from readers? If so, how important are those reviews to you and your career?
I read every single review from my readers. Being an independent author, reader reviews, comments, and support are very important to me. Since I don’t enjoy the perks as authors signed by marquee publishing houses, my challenge comes in the form of getting my name out there. My loyal readers and their reviews mean a lot to me.
Lorenz Font discovered her love of writing after reading a celebrated novel that inspired one idea after another. She is currently enjoying the buzz from her debut novel Hunted, the first installment of The Gates Legacy trilogy.
Writing is therapeutic for Lorenz, and a perfect day consists of writing and playing with her characters while listening to her ever-growing music collection. She enjoys dabbling in different genres, with an intense focus on angst and the redemption of flawed characters. Her fascination with romantic twists is a mainstay in all her stories.
Lorenz currently lives in California with her husband, children, and two demanding dogs. She divides her time between a full-time job as a Business Office Manager for a hospital and her busy writing schedule.
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