Brooke Douger has a knack for helping others with their broken lives, which explains her interest in criminal psychology and profiling. She convinces her childhood friend, Jacob, to move to Tampa after his latest fiasco, where he finds a job at a legal firm, which is defending Zach Barton, a rich, young entrepreneur who is accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend. When Brooke has to provide expert testimony in Barton’s trial, Jacob and Brooke end up on opposite sides of the courtroom. As Brooke prepares to testify, she discovers a pattern of violent, impulsive behavior in Barton’s past, eerily similar to those of the Surfside Killer, the case she has been asked to help profile for the FBI. Brooke is swirling in dangerous waters with the killer lurking on the fringe of her life. Who will be his next victim? Will Brooke’s knack for profiling be enough to keep her safe?
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Over the Borderline was loosely inspired by significant and tragic events in my life that had a huge impact on me. There are two main events that forever changed my life and my view of the human mind. The first event was the heinous murder of my cousin and her unborn child. Sitting through the trial was one of the hardest things I have experienced. I can remember vividly all of the details and photographs shown. Once the trial started and the gory details of her death were revealed, I remember my aunts and grandmother softly sobbing and the judge asking them to leave the courtroom due to their crying having an impact on the jurors. I remember the huge lump in my throat as I tried to remain strong for them, forcing my own tears and quivering lips to be still. I had a job to do at the trial, to support my family. When the trial was over, I found my voice in writing.
The second life changing event was when I worked at a local Florida prison. I have worked firsthand with murderers, psychopaths, narcissists, and borderlines. In this setting, I explored the minds of notorious killers and obtained an insider’s view of their secrets as they recounted their darkest hours. It was in this prison setting that I would encounter my first stalker, be trapped in a room alone and encircled by a large group of male inmates, and have an inmate, who was pending an early release, threaten to kill me. Since this was my job and required training for my doctoral degree, quitting was not an option. Driving to the prison each day knowing that I had a death sentence over my head was torture. It was in this setting that the idea of understanding the mind of a killer really started to become a central focus of my study. Like the trial, I had to hold in my emotions in an attempt to be professional and to project an image of confidence and strength. Writing gave me a voice that had once been silenced. Writing allowed me to have control and, in some way, make sense of the pain and terrifying events that I had to endure. It is these experiences, the murder of my cousin and working in a prison that influenced my first novel, Over the Borderline.
Leanna Floyd has a doctorate in clinical psychology, and her love for helping others is at the forefront of her work. Leanna lives in the Sunshine State, Florida, with her husband, a retired major league baseball player (Gavin Floyd), and their two young boys. She spends her spare time event planning for friends and family, pursuing her love for photography, traveling, philanthropy, and writing.