Seventeen-year-old Julius Monroe hates his life. He hides the truth of his father's abuse with careful lies and a kick-ass jacket that keeps everyone at bay. But Julius' careful facade crumbles after a run-in with the school administration puts him on a collision course with his best friend's sister and her jealous boyfriend.
But escaping the school bully and his father's abuse isn't his only worry. The worst monster is Lela, whose manipulations threaten to expose every secret that Julius is so desperate to hide.
When his worlds collide, Julius must make a choice. Live with the monsters he knows, or take a chance on being free.
Andrew didn't realize he wanted to be an author until he wrote his first words on his step-father's Apple IIe. Fast forward 30 years and that story still isn't finished. He keeps claiming he'll write it...just after he finishes the four hundred other ones in his head.
Born in California, on a now decommissioned army base, Andrew then spent the next four years in Germany before moving to Kansas where he has been ever since. Coming from a long line of librarians, Andrew didn't expect to continue the family trend. Instead, he received his bachelor's in Music Theory from the University of Kansas in 1997. It was during that time that he ended up working in the university library as a student. He found he liked being around the old books and has been hanging around dusty old tomes for the entirety of his adult life.
After 20 years, he decided that he wasn't leaving the world of libraries and received his Masters in Library Science from Emporia State University in 2015. But life changes and Andrew took a leap into the real world and now works as a software developer for a digital marketing firm.
When he's not working or writing, Andrew is an avid gamer, reader, and occasional maker. He currently lives in Olathe, KS with his wife, their combined six children, and a tortoiseshell cat named Lili. She's a princess.