Twelve Years in the Making, Teach Her a Lesson Finally Arrives!

Infatuation, threats, and lies are all on the menu in this thriller from Kate Flora. When high school teacher Alexis Jordan becomes the focus of a disturbed teen things quickly spiral out of control. And as the danger intensifies Alexis learns that not all of her friends are allies. With more twists and turns than a mountain highway, Teach Her a Lesson will keep you turning pages late into the night. — Bruce Robert Coffin, award-winning author of the Detective Byron mysteries

Kate Flora: I confess: I am practically dancing in the street I am so happy that Encircle Publications loved the book as much as I do. It has been a long journey to publication. I wish I’d kept better track of the many iterations of this book. Probably they would fill a filing cabinet. It used to be much longer. It used to have another voice character, a sleazy reporter. It has probably been more than twelve years. Over those years, I’ve hired two different editors to help me, editors who wanted to take the book in two very different directions. During those rewrites, trying to respond to their advice, I’ve sometimes felt like I was being pulled in opposite directions. I had to give myself the advice I give other writers: consider the advice but never lose sight of your own intentions for the book.

As the book description says, this is a story that feels pulled from the headlines. A dedicated young teacher willing to give her all for her students is stunned when she’s propositioned by a student she is coaching for his role in a school play. She has no way of knowing that he’s been obsessing about her for months. He’s been studying her, invading her home when she’s not there, building an entire fantasy in which she reciprocates his passion.When she rejects his repeated advances, moving from gentle and polite to firm and angry, he sets out to destroy her. Suddenly, her marriage, her job, and possibly her freedom are at risk when he takes his story to the school administration and then to the police. Abandoned by her husband, frightened, judged, and isolated, she realizes that her student is dangerous. Unable to have what he wants, he will stop at nothing to get revenge. But no one will believe her.

We writers are frequently asked: Where do you get your ideas? I often say from the newspaper. My first Thea Kozak mystery was inspired by an Ann Landers column. This book started when I read a bunch of stories about teachers seducing their students, and I asked: What if it’s the student who is the bad actor? Some early readers found it implausible that a sixteen-year-old boy could possibly be such a schemer. I disagreed. The downside of snowplowing a child’s way through life and giving the message that they should be able to have what they want can be very dangerous. In this story, as you will learn, the boy has a long history of terrible acts, a history which vanishes whenever his protective mother moves him to a new town.

I’m excited to share this book trailer, which I think captures the tension of the book very well.

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5 Responses to Twelve Years in the Making, Teach Her a Lesson Finally Arrives!

  1. Brenda Buchanan says:

    Congratulations, Kate! You must be thrilled this book is out in the world at long last. I look so forward to reading it!

  2. I’m looking forward to this. Your twelve-year story is an inspiration to us all!

  3. matthewcost says:

    Awesome. Perseverance can be the most rewarding!

  4. kaitcarson says:

    Congratulations, Kate! What a compelling story. On my must read list.

  5. maggierobinsonwriter says:

    Happy book birthday! Congratulations!

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