“On the highway of life I am road kill.” That is how eighteen year old Mar starts the last assignment of her long high school career. About to graduate after feeling both invisible and unwanted for the past four years, Mar thinks she is only waiting to get out of her small, Canadian town and get the break she deserves. After a sudden breakup with her cheating, musician boyfriend she is steered into an investigation into her mother’s death by the most unexpected visitor: a mangy, sassy cat claiming to be her guardian angel.
When secrets of her dead mother’s past resurface revealing that her ex-preacher dad might not be her biological father Mar risks learning truths she never wanted to know. Why is it that she never felt like she belonged and is it possible that this dead cat is just using her like everyone else? What she doesn’t know is what everyone is scared of, the start of the next World War, might just depend on a choice she needs to make.
What Inspired You to Write Road Kill Girl?
The inspiration for Road Kill Girl comes from a story that I began in high school for a Writer’s Craft course. Both Timothy Findley’s gritty realism of The Last of the Crazy People and Tom Robbin’s fantasy books such as Half-Asleep in Frog Pajamas were stories I got inspiration from. I wanted to explore surrealism by making a realistic story that made the fantastic seem ordinary and could make the reader see the everyday as magical.
At the time I did not realize the impact this class would have on me later as I worked towards becoming a published author.
Although the target audience was originally Young Adult the response from adult readers has demonstrated that the themes in the book are enjoyable by all readers. I hope that every reader has a moment of empowerment in realizing that the smallest actions by any one person can have an incredible impact on the world around them.
Where is Road Kill Girl Available?
Road Kill Girl is available on Amazon as both an e-book and paperback. I have begun donating copies to libraries and other organizations and would like to get copies into high schools. The publishing of the book happened in March of 2020 which was quite a challenging time for marketing a new book.
I hope to be able to promote it as well as my next books in person at book fairs and shows in future dates. My next book Darkness and Blood will be out on Kindle by summer 2021 where I explore vampires in a realistic bun fun Young Adult paranormal fantasy.
Through Author’s Lounge I am hoping to find new readers that might not have otherwise come across my book. Ultimately, I am really happy to be one of the featured authors here. I have already flagged a number of books that I want to read myself!
A Little Bit More About Nicole Herbert
I am a graduate of University of Toronto, with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology, and live in Pickering, Ontario with my husband, son and two cats. My reading goal for 2020 was to read every Agatha Christie and Stephen King book I had yet not read but having failed I will be trying to catch up in 2021. Folks can usually find me on Twitter @rdklgirl.
Cover art for Road Kill Girl by Nolan Mercer.