This weekend’s snippet comes from Editorial Board, the story of a badly behaving author and the editor who must deal with her. In this section, Spring visits Rachel in her office…and lets her sass get the better of her. Rachel decides that enough is enough.
She sat down, folding her hands across her desk. “Grow up,” she answered, as casually as if she were telling me to tie my shoelaces. “Stop being a brat, shut up, and listen to me.”
Cool air wafted over the top of my tongue, and my ears popped. Even after I realized that my mouth had dropped far enough to threaten unhinging my jaw, I couldn’t close it. It took a quick massage near my ears to loosen my jaw enough to force it to snap back into place.
“What?” she flashed. “No one’s ever told you off before?”
Award-winning author Spring Meadows and newspaper-turned-literary editor Rachel Templeton have one thing in common: they can’t stand each other! Spring is sure that her bestselling talents single-handedly keep her publishing company afloat, while Rachel would like nothing better than to take this smart-mouthed, button-pushing prima donna down a peg or two. When Spring makes the fatal mistake of accusing Rachel of sexual misconduct, Rachel decides to teach her a lesson.
“What is an author to an editor?” Spring asks herself. If only she had been prepared for Rachel’s answer…