The story behind Run Like Hell – a teen’s worst nightmare come true.

Welcome to Day 5 celebrating A Spy Like Me!

Today we have with us Elena Andrews author of Run Like Hell – a young adult thriller!

RUN LIKE HELL is a young adult thriller involving seventeen-year-old Morgan Butler.  Her parents are out of town, she’s headed to the party of the year to meet up with her boyfriend and things couldn’t be better…until she gets stranded on a dark, desolate road.   With no money, no gas and a dead cell phone, Morgan makes a decision with dangerous consequences.

Several things inspired me to write this book.  First, I loved the movie TAKEN starring Liam Neeson.  If you haven’t seen this film, I’d highly recommend it.  In the movie his naïve, teenage daughter and her friend travel to Europe with horrible results.  I was drawn to the guileless spirit of the girls wanting to travel and enjoy Europe, un-chaperoned.

Secondly, I shared an interesting conversation with someone one day regarding her concerns for her teenage daughter while she was travelling overseas.  She trusted her daughter to make wise decisions, but worried nonetheless. Despite how parents prepare their child to make the right decisions, other influences come into play that are more powerful than a parent’s voice.

Lastly, I thought of my own experiences during my teenage years and early twenties.  I primarily grew up in Miami and during my senior year of high school I went to Miami Beach every weekend with my friends.  We loved dancing till dawn at the coolest alternative clubs.  Sometimes when I think back to those days and the crazy, sometimes dangerous, decisions I made I say to myself, “what was I thinking?” but back then I didn’t have any worries or concerns.

My character Morgan simply wants to go to an amazing party on a Saturday night and hang out with her friends and boyfriend.  My teenage goals were the same – to have a good time.  RUN LIKE HELL allowed me to fictionalize a “what if” scenario that could be terrifyingly realistic — the best type of thriller.

The real terror in life hides behind the face of the person next to you.

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Okay, friends. I read the first couple chapters and was on the edge of seat! Clean writing and will get your heart pounding within paragraphs! And Elena is offering the ebook of Run Like Hell to one lucky winner!

To enter please leave a comment and tweet with @laurapauling

Comment to win Gemma Halliday’s Hollywood Scandals.
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Thanks everyone! And thanks Elena for sharing your story with us.


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7 Responses to The story behind Run Like Hell – a teen’s worst nightmare come true.

  1. Creepy Query Girl May 11, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

    This sounds outstanding! My heart beat fast just thinking about it! Thanks for introducing us to Elena and her work!

  2. Carolina Valdez Miller May 11, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

    Man, I have these concerns for my own kids all the time. I try to give my oldest freedom in most things. And I can do that because she’s always been so responsible. But sometimes it only takes one bad decision to end up in a terrible position. I bet this was a tough story to write! I know I made some pretty awful choices that make me scratch my head, wondering how I made it.

  3. Elena Andrews May 11, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

    Thank you for your comments – I had a good time writing this story and thankfully – it’s just fiction!

  4. Traci Kenworth May 12, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

    Wow. Intriguing.

  5. Leslie Rose May 12, 2012 at 7:17 pm #

    Loved Taken, and not just because of Liam Neeson. I sent my teen daughter off alone to DC – scary stuff. Run Like Hell sounds cool.

  6. Julie Musil May 14, 2012 at 2:31 am #

    This sounds like a great, but scary, read. I loved Taken. My friend and I flew to Hawaii on our own after high school graduation. I was 18 and she was 17. Nothing bad happened, but now when I look back I know we were so lucky. We still can’t believe our parents let us go, but things were different back then :/

  7. Stacy May 15, 2012 at 2:21 am #

    Loved Taken, and this books sounds really interesting. I’ll be adding to my TBR list. Thanks!

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