The Closet Geek Girl
by Patricia Josephine
One thing readers may notice when they read Abducted Life is the geek references with Savannah. She wears a Firefly shirt, has Futurama PJs, watches Doctor Who, and there's a reference to Rocky Horror Picture Show. I juxtaposition all that with her being a cheerleader and a popular girl in her high school.
Those two things don't really seem to mix when you look at real life. If left me toying with removing the geek girl parts of Savannah. Maybe I only did it because I'm enthusiastic about that stuff so I can't help but make her that way. In the end, I left Savannah as is because the thought of her being both a geek girl and a popular cheerleader was an interesting character trait that fit her.
Savannah, I hope, comes off as a strong character. She does what she likes and
loves what she loves. No alien abduction can change that about her. If anything, it might have made her a little more aggressive about defending her passions.
Of course, it wasn't always like that. Before her life got turned upside down, I saw her as a closet geek girl. In high school, she kept her fan girling to herself. Only one person knew her secret and she trusted him enough to keep it safe. Then she thought she lost him. At the same time she also fell from grace in the popular circles. It left her with only her fandoms for solace, so by the time the story happens, she no longer cares about popularity or what people think of her geekiness.
Savannah Janowitz’s perfect life was destroyed the night she and her boyfriend vanished without a trace. When she reappears a year later––alone––she’s a shell of her former self. Robbed of her popularity and her boyfriend, she has no memory of what happened to her. Savannah struggles to move forward as strange, new abilities manifest.
Evan Sullivan never gave extra-terrestrials much thought until the night he and Savannah were abducted. While Savannah’s memory was wiped clean, he remembers every horrific detail. Constantly reminded of the experiments that made him less than human, Evan hides in the shadows and watches Savannah rebuild her life without him.
But neither can let the other go. When their paths cross, Savannah and Evan finally see a glimmer of their old lives return. As they face what happened to them, they soon discover they aren’t safe. There’s more to fear than what’s hiding in the stars.
Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo and has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow.