Leslie Rhoads grew up in a small town, but is on the verge of becoming a supermodel in the Big Apple, when the 24-year-old is chosen to grace the cover of Style magazine and star in the controversial Passion Nights’ perfume ads everything changes. But before she can step into the spotlight, Leslie is assaulted by a drug gang and disfigured with a broken scotch bottle. Without her perfect face, she is lost and no amount of surgery can ever make her what she once was. Now trying to hide her face from the world, Leslie encounters more trouble as she seeks to rebuild her life: unrequited love, thoughts of suicide, and her assailant unknowingly stalking her. Little does she know that a young girl named Angel will turn it all around, showing Leslie the joy and potential in life and the fact that love truly is blind. When I think about it this book is where values meet Hitchcock style suspense.
The favorite part was dealing with a complex lead character. Leslie had to go through a full range of emotions from fear to anguish to rage to insecurity and on and on. That gave me a chance to really get into her fiber as a person. The hardest part to write was the attack and Leslie fighting to stay alive alone and forgotten in an alley.
The kind of things I collect make me a bit different. I have a 1934 Auburn sedan and a 1965 Mustang Fastback, I have two Wurlitzer jukeboxes, a 1949 Coke machine, Hollywood movie stuff from the 1930s and we have a room in our house that looks like a diner from the early 1960s.
A lot of my books are outlined on the back of church bulletins. That might explain why seem to think I am taking notes on sermons during church.
Where do you like to write?
I have an office on a hill overlooking Timber Ridge here in Arkadelphia, so I open the shades and write there. But I get a lot of ideas when I am driving around.
The worst is never knowing how much money I will make each month so I have to put off buying things others with regular incomes just purchase on time. The best is likely I don’t have to deal with a lot of meetings and I can work in t-shirts and jeans.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I am a play-by-play man for Ouachita basketball, I watch a lot of classic movies, I like to run and hike and drive my old cars. I also have a collie that was born blind that I love having fun with.
I write literally everything. My 70+ books included all kinds of fiction and nonfiction. In fiction my favorite is action/adventure/mystery…such as my current ebook release A Date With Death, but I also just released a devotional book.
Is there a place you’d like to visit, but haven’t yet?
I would love to take a train trip across western Canada.
I pretty much think if we would all live by Matthew 25:35-40 the world would be a pretty fantastic place. You will find those verses becoming a subtle thread in many of my fiction and nonfiction books.
Do you have a favorite song and/or movie?
Song varies from day to day but I often find myself coming back to an Elvis hit If I Can Dream. My favorite movie is likely from 1936 – Libeled Lady. Absolutely brilliantly written, acted and directed; classic comedy at its very best. You have to watch it a dozen times to catch all the jokes.
What's your favorite season and why is it your fav?
I live in Arkansas and love each of them equally. Fall is wonderful but the snow on the hills is pretty great too, spring is breathtaking and summer offers a lot of fun. But, as I love Christmas, let’s say winter because we really decorate and enjoy the holidays.
What's your favorite party food?
Is Kettle Corn a party food? If so that ranks #1. If not let’s go with sausage balls.
I love a good thunderstorm. It just sets the mood. Love the smell, the noise and the power.
Chocolate or Vanilla?
Really neither as I am a peanut butter kind of guy.
Tea or Coffee?
Sweet ice tea.
Call or Text?
I would rather call, but as I am around college kids and have scores of them in my life, I text much more than call.
I have three rescue cats and two collies. I like them both.
Early-bird or Night-owl?
In my mind the only way to watch a sunup is to stay up all night. I am a night owl. It is rare when I get to bed before midnight.
Introvert or Extrovert?
I am very outgoing, I like to know everything about everybody. I often describe myself as a raccoon in human form. I never stop moving.
Facebook or Twitter?
Facebook, my thoughts are two wordy to tweet.
Also working on many. I have a romance set in Hollywood in the 1930s, a comedy whodunit set in Chicago in 1945, a courtroom drama set in Mississippi in 1964 and 2014 and the continuing sagas in my series In The President’s Service.
Look for me on Facebook under Ace Collins, my twitter name is @AceCollins and my website is acecollins.com.
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