GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY!
So, yesterday, Grift (YA Thriller) went live. If you want to learn more, I suggest you look below. I think you'll enjoy the Top 10 List. It reveals not only the main character's personality but the writer's conscious decisions when creating her. I think both writers and readers would benefit from reading the list!
I want to thank Jason Mosberg for taking the time to write a Guest Post and I hope you check out the book as well as the GIVEAWAY at the bottom!
Genre: YA Thriller
Why would a 17-year-old girl pretend to be a high-class escort?
Piper is a con artist whose canvas is the city of Las Vegas. She rolls with a crew of young grifters including a card-counting genius, a tourist-hustling pool shark, and a pocket-picking magician. Together, this crew of teenage outlaws live with their mentor Max in the penthouse of a hotel casino. They work hard and play harder. But unlike the others, Piper must balance her hyper-real Vegas fantasy with the reality of raising her 14-year-old half-sister Sophie. Disaster strikes when the Las Vegas mafia kidnaps Sophie and demands a multimillion-dollar ransom. With only five days to piece together the money, the crew races the clock to save her.
10 Things That Make Piper From Grift A Great Protagonist By Jason Mosberg
- She does bad things for good reasons. Piper is a con artist. She takes money from others. What she does is illegal and she definitely doesn’t pay taxes. But she does these things to provide for her younger sister.
- She does bad things to bad people. If Piper were stealing from single parents or charities, she might not be likeable. But Piper’s marks are gamblers and scumbags.
- Coinciding with the first two reasons, Piper is a morally ambiguous character. Her character inhabits that fascinating middle ground that sits in between good and bad.
- Her background. If Piper had run away from her happy family and become a con artist, it would be difficult to sympathize with her. But knowing that her mother was a prostitute and a junkie, the reader can sympathize with some of her more subversive behavior.
- Piper’s character and mentality are grounded in reality. Her decisions are believable, and that makes her relatable.
- Though her character is grounded in reality, compared to most teenagers, she’s in an extraordinary situation. A 17-year-old orphaned con artist pretending to be an escort to con men in Las Vegas allows the reader a window to an exciting world outside of their normal lives.
- She would do anything for her friends and family.
- She’s analytical. With the story being in first person, it’s a great fit to have Piper constantly analyzing the situation and trying to figure everything out.
- She’s strong and independent in the best and most stubborn of ways.
- She’s not perfect. She falters.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Having grown up in Delaware, Jason attended Wake Forest University before he lit out for the west coast. His top five TV shows of all time are The Wire, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Six Feet Under, and Twin Peaks.
His one vice is claw machines.
On the book side, he is represented by Andrea Somberg at Harvey Klinger.
Author Links: Facebook | Twitter @ThreeStoryJason