So I asked myself, “What if, somehow, the characters in a book crossed over into our world?
Two relationship disasters were enough to make Kayla focus on everyone else's love life.
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I was once hired by a major airline to try to smuggle a fake bomb onto a plane. It helped me get a lot of jobs, including the one I have now. I moved to New York in August of 2001 and started teaching one week before September 11th. I have felt the presence of a ghost several times in my life. But I rarely venture out to loud concerts or clubs, and when I do, I wear earplugs.
During those years, I was still writing, and I also went to university, travelled and eventually became a teacher.
But when controversy erupts about the Oracle's advice, Kayla is sent reeling once again. Yet when her friends start seriously needing the Oracle, Kayla begins to focus on what really matters: Viv, Sharese, Amy and Ryan, her true-blue buds. She was dubbed The Oracle of Dating as a teen when she began giving dating advice to her friends.
My students in Ottawa faced different issues than those in Brooklyn, but still compelling ones.
Some of them struggled with family problems, addiction, mental illness.
The idea for the book struck me one day while I was watching the A-Ha video Take On Me on You Tube.
I thought about how we all dream that our favourite characters are real.