Life in the Heights has never been easy for seventeen-year-old Riley Frost, but when she's publicly dumped and outed at the same time, she becomes an immediate social outcast at her high school. So Riley swears off romance and throws herself into solving the shocking murder of her favorite teacher, Ms. Dunn.
Riley turns to her best friend, budding filmmaker Desmond Brandt, for help. What she doesn't know is that Dez has been secretly directing her life, blackmailing her friends, and hoping his manipulations will make her love him. When his schemes go too far, Dez's web of lies threatens to destroy both of their lives.
Dawn Klehr began her career in TV and though she’s been on both sides of the camera, she prefers to lurk behind the lens. Mostly, she loves to get lost in stories –in film, the theater, or on the page – and is a sucker for both the sinister and the sappy. She’s currently channeling her dark side as she works on her next book.
Dawn lives in the Twin Cities with her funny husband, adorable son, and naughty dog. The Cutting Room Floor is her debut YA novel.
What do you like most about the cover of the book?
First of all, I must say the Flux team does an amazing job with book covers. There are so many great ones out there right now. I love Kelsey Sutton’s Some Quiet Place, Elissa Hoole’s Sometimes Never, Sometimes Always, and J.R. Johansson’s Insomnia. And I absolutely adore the cover of my book, The Cutting Room Floor.
Usually, I tend to favor simplistic, abstract covers. But once my editor presented me with the mock-up of the “framing hands,” I was blown away.
Dez’s hands, framing Riley, just capture the book so completely. Once I saw it, I thought, “they get me, they really get me.”
You can see that the girl (Riley) on the cover is uncomfortable, sensing that something is wrong. And the boy (Dez), is watching, controlling the situation. And there’s a nod to the film theme too! It’s creepy and interesting … which is what I hope the book is as well!