Dear Ms. Resciniti,
Ana Ruiz gave herself a new name in an effort to create a new identity, to forget who she once was. She sculpted a safe version of her life. This safety involves throwing herself into her work as a high school principal and moving from place to place before her closely guarded secrets can hurt her more than they already have.
Revealing these secrets — her past of childhood sexual abuse and teen prostitution –proved dangerous with those she tried to trust. When she secures an “Actor in the Schools” grant for her school, she does not expect that of all people, visiting high profile television actor Rick Calloran might prove himself the safest and most trustworthy of all.
Rick’s unique blend of charm and sincerity successfully draws her in. But when Ana’s past resurfaces in full force, the line blurs so that Ana is no longer sure who she is protecting, Rick or herself. In spite of Rick’s efforts to win her trust, it will take more than that, more than him, for her to realize that who you are can never escape who you have been.
Readers who enjoy the relationships crafted by Nicholas Sparks and the emotional themes in Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees will resonate with Ana’s journey in Throwaway Lines, a work of commercial women’s fiction complete at 150,000 words.
Thank you for your time and consideration,