Piper Punches is a bestselling fiction novelist from the St. Louis metro area. In late fall of 2013, Piper made her literary debut with the Amazon bestselling, women’s fiction novel, The Waiting Room. She quickly followed up on that success with her groundbreaking, deeply moving short novella, Missing Girl, which explores the topic of sexual slavery and human trafficking.
Currently, Piper is working on a full-length sequel to Missing Girl, titled 60 Days. She is also the creator of the SHE series and blogs regularly about human interest stories and also writing and publishing topics for emerging writers.
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THE WAITING ROOM
Date of Publication: October 29, 2013
Charlotte thought she knew her mother. A highly regarded, small town doctor in the rural farming community of Marion, Missouri, Dr. Sylvie Day was successful, respected, and responsible for delivering nearly half the town’s population. She was a single mother, forced to raise her daughter alone after her husband’s tragic and sudden death. But Sylvie wasn’t merely a devoted mother. She was a woman with secrets – Secrets and lies that threaten to destroy Charlotte’s memory of her.
On the day of Sylvie’s funeral, Charlotte comes face to face with Harold Klein, the one person in Marion her mother loathed and shunned. It is during this fateful meeting that Charlotte learns of the lies and betrayal that were always lurking in the shadows of her childhood. Now, Charlotte is forced to confront not only her mother’s past but her own failures as a daughter, learning to forgive herself, while accepting her mother for the woman she really was.
An Amazon bestselling novel, The Waiting Room is a riveting tale of love, family, loss, and betrayal that reveals the complexities of relationships, the invisible bonds that connect people, and the pain that reverberates through generations because of the choices we make. As Charlotte delves into the past, the true story of Dr. Sylvie Day becomes clearer and clearer with each turn of the page, reminding us that the secrets we keep aren’t always ours to take to the grave.
“This book provides a very believable view of small town life through several generations. . . By the time I finished reading, I felt like I knew these people and I really cared about them.” – Elle Meyer, Chronicle of the Mound Builders: An Angela Hunter Mystery
“Even imperfect history must be shared. The Waiting Room is a lovely story that reveals the downfalls of never seeing our parents as people.” – Stacy Overman Morrison, Comfort of Fences
Author: Piper Punches
In life my name was Sophia Lucia Cruz. In death it is simply missing girls. Not even singular, but plural, as if there was never one single part of me that was unique or separate from all the other girls that were buried in that harsh Mexican dirt; victims of circumstance, irrevocable choices, and just plain bad luck. If I still had the capacity to cry, I would, because it is that sad and tragic. But, when the knife slid deep into my belly and the blood gurgled at the base of my throat, I knew that tears wouldn’t save me and they won’t change my story now. . .
Sophia Cruz was an average 17-year-old girl from Mission Valley, until the day she had a knife put to her stomach and fear inserted into her heart. Some may have called it stupidity. She called it a necessary sacrifice. Why else would she leave everything behind and walk arm in arm with the devil into the world of sex trafficking and human imprisonment? This is Sophia’s story. She wants you to know who she was before that day. Before she became just another missing girl.
Missing Girl is a powerful, provocative story that explores the depths of familial love, and the horrors of the human trafficking epidemic that plagues our global community. Sophia’s story is a fictional account of what so many real-life women and children experience every single moment of their lives when they are forced into sexual slavery and imprisonment.
Note to Reader: Missing Girl is a short novella that is the first of two stories that are part of a human trafficking fiction series. The full-length novel that continues the story, 60 Days, is due to release in 2016.
60 DAYS – COMING SOON
Author: Piper Punches
Piper Punches grew up in a rural Missouri town in the far west suburbs of St. Louis. As early as kindergarten, Piper began her adventure as a storyteller. It wasn’t long before others caught on that her talented storytelling was actually a disguise for her tendency to be a pathological liar. Luckily, by the time high school rolled around she got her act together and began to channel her bad girl tendencies into something constructive.
By the age of 16 she had written her first novel, Silent Witness; a John Grisham- like tale about the treachery and brutality of the Colombian cartel. Before ever hitting the book shelves, Silent Witness was adapted into a screenplay and, miraculously, picked up by a major Hollywood studio. It was at this time that Piper learned the harsh lessons of Hollywood and the literary world.
- NEVER pay an agent one measly dollar until you have a contract in your hands and listen to your parents when they advise you against blindly sending $500 to have your dreams come true overnight.
- Sometimes parents actually know what they are talking about when they warn you of scammers trying to steal your money and dreams.
For the next several years (okay, about 20 years) Piper held onto her dream of becoming a published novelist, but decided to take up procrastination instead. It didn’t pay well, but it sure felt great to get nothing accomplished and pursue other random dreams. Finally, in 2012, after an eight-year period as a social worker and a seven-year stint as a business owner, Piper decided it was time to get back into the habit of storytelling . . . err, writing. She began freelancing and ghost writing for several popular websites while continuing to postpone writing her original work.
Piper’s mother had told her during her teenage years that writers write what they know. Of course, she didn’t take her mother’s advice back then and continued to write about drug cartels (because didn’t you know that every 16-year-old living in rural Missouri knows about drug cartels? Meth – maybe. Colombia drug runners – no). However, in true Piper fashion, after 20 years she finally took that parental advice.
In late fall of 2013, Piper debuted her first novel as a bona fide adult. The Waiting Room is an Amazon bestselling, women’s fiction novel that started as the title of a short story collection, but quickly proved it could be so much more. It evolved into a story about the complexities of family, the invisible bonds that connect people, and pain that reverberates through the choices we make.
Since debuting The Waiting Room, Piper has released a short novella, Missing Girl, and was part of a project titled, Legacy, an Anthology, published by Velvet Morning Press.
Her newest book, 60 Days, is a psychological thriller that continues where Missing Girl ends. 60 Days has had a few false starts and a bumpy road toward publication, but in 2016 readers will finally be able to get their hands on this much-anticipated novel.
Piper Punches lives 45 minutes from downtown St. Louis with her husband and two daughters. She continues to procrastinate and write on a daily basis and is excited to share her stories with new readers each and every day!
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