Twenty-year-old Brooke Mead gathers her inspiration from longboarding Southern California under the stars and exploring new places.
“Too many people can be overwhelming, so I like to go out at night be free to see things without the clutter of crowds.” Brooke possesses street smarts (her grandfather taught her to hunt at age eight, and her father taught her mechanical skills with vehicles), and although survival is ingrained in her (she is double-majoring in Accounting and Creative Writing– Accounting is her back up plan!) her true passion is writing.
In between school and literary projects, Brooke works with the youth in her community and rescues animals when she can (she is the current mama of an abandoned kitten named Shadow). She also enjoys playing video games, especially Overwatch. She grew up on films like Back to the Future and Indiana Jones and appreciates alternative/classic rock like Metallica, the Killers, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
“Sometimes I feel like I am in the wrong decade. But I do love watching current shows like Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”
It’s not just cops and detectives that interest her, it’s the idea of motive. What makes people do what they do-- and is it always cut and dry? Do people make what they consider ‘rational’ decisions when committing crimes? Are there certain environments that might influence somebody to commit a crime?
Brooke explores these themes in her first novel, New Perspective, out in October 2019. She currently resides in Simi Valley, California, with her boyfriend of two years, Cody.
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What causes someone to commit a crime? What is the element or the decision-making process that makes something go from an intent to an action? Should someone dying at the hand of another always be considered a crime? Are crimes inevitably done out of hostility, rage, revenge, or fear? Do emotion or impulse always overrule logic? These are questions that rookie cop Officer Raleigh must ask himself. See through the eyes of ten different ‘criminals’ to explore the question of why people behave the way they do.
"A fantastic exploration of good and evil. Powerful and disturbing" --Amy Asbury, Author
"Mead moves the story along two timelines, creating a stomach-clenching thrill ride." --Pam Green, ASG Examiner
"The danger from within may be the greatest danger of all. Mead laces action scenes with plausible stories, creating entertaining scenarios." --Hal Darron, Wayfield Times
"This was a terrific read from beginning to end! A great mix of supporting characters, settings, and plot-developments." --Tessa McClain, Valley Post