What to Read Wednesday with author Charlee Fam ~ Giveaway

12 Nov

Thank you for joining me on What to Read Wednesday. Today we have author Charlee Fam visiting. She’s sharing a deleted scene from her release Last Train to Babylon.

I think you’ll enjoy her visit and afterward don’t forget to sign up for her wonderful giveaway 🙂

Take it away Charlee…


Deleted Scenes


If you’ve read Last Train to Babylon, you already know that Aubrey Glass is the novel’s

22-year-old, slightly contentious narrator. In it’s finished form, the book is written

entirely in first person POV.

But fun fact: I originally intended to write Last Train in alternating POVs between

Aubrey and her high school boyfriend, Adam Sullivan. I was about halfway through

writing when I realized I had way more Aubrey than Adam chapters. So as I made a

conscious effort to beef up the Adam scenes, they started to feel forced and extraneous

— like I was rewriting the exact same scenes with different commentary for the sake of

word count.

I struggled with it for a while. I even put the whole writing process on hold while I tried

to figure out how to finish the book. I considered everything short of cutting out the

Adam chapters. I’d put a lot of heart into some of those scenes, and the thought of axing them felt sort of like betrayal. I eventually realized this was Aubrey’s story, not Adam’s.

And in the end, I had to let go of his side of the story. But I saved his chapters, just in



Here’s a deleted scene:


She’s in her room. It looks the same as it did back in high school. She doesn’t notice me at first, and just sort of moves around the place like she’s in a hurry. But she’s definitely not dressed like she’s going anywhere — at least not to a funeral. So I just stand in the doorway, not really sure how to break the silence, and wait for her to see me. I practice a few poses — prop my hand up against the door frame, cross my ankles, but it seems too forced, too seductive. That’s not really what I’m going for. I’m going for casual. Curt but causal.

She’s in these sweatpants, they look like they might belong to a guy. I heard she’s got boyfriend, at least that’s what it looks like on Facebook. So I think maybe they’re his.

She doesn’t look the same though. Her room looks the same. But she doesn’t look the same. She’s too think and pale. Her hair is too long, too ratty. She seems kind of skittish too, real nervous even though she doesn’t know anybody’s watching.

I adjust my position again, cross my arms over my chest, but I lose my footing and the floor boards sort of creak, and I see her stiffen. Great, now I have to say something.

“Um,” I cough. “I thought you might want a ride.” She knows its me, even without turning around. I know she knows, but its almost like she’s expecting me, so she turns around really slow, like real slow.

Her lips have got this purple tint to them, the way Rachel’s used to get on those nights I’d pick her up from the beach and she’d be clutching a half-empty bottle of red wine. But Aubrey’s lips are more dry, I can tell even from where I’m standing. And the wine, probably from last night, is just stained through her dry swollen bits of lip.

She holds eye contact for about a second. And she’s got this glassy gleam in them, like maniacal almost. But then she looks away and goes back to whatever she was doing.

“I’m not going to the funeral,” she says. Her voice is shaky. She hasn’t looked at me again. I see the empty wine bottles lined up in front of her bed, and everything starts to click for me.

“Aubrey,” I say. “Come on. She was your best friend. It’s really quite a statement if you don’t go.” I think of Aubrey and Rachel before and I think of them after, even though there never really was an after. They were both two completely different people, at least the way I see it.

Before and After.

She mumbles something. I can’t really make it out, but I think it’s something about Rachel not ever being her friend.

“Aubrey,” I say. “Look at me.” She doesn’t look. Just sort of flits around the room, all jittery. Her hands are shaking, I can tell when she picks up an empty wine bottle and tosses it into the bottle. “Since when do you,” I stop, and remember that Rachel is gone. Rachel is gone so we speak in the past tense. “Since when did you not consider her your friend.”

I know the answer. But I need to hear it from her. I need to hear that she knew. If only ease my own conscience.

She perks up at the question. It’s what she’s been waiting for, I can tell. It’s what she’s been waiting for for five years, I’m sure.


Last Train to Babylon: A Novel

By: Charlee Fam

Releasing October 28, 2014

William Morrow Paperbacks / Harper Collins



It’s been five years since Aubrey Glass left her Long Island hometown and since then, she’s crafted five perfect suicide notes—just in case. Now, her former best friend has gone and killed herself—Rachel always did have to be the center of attention—and Aubrey can’t believe her luck.

But Rachel’s untimely death doesn’t leave Aubrey in peace. There’s a voicemail from her former friend, left only days before her death that Aubrey must face—and worse, a tasteless after-party, disguised as a memorial for Rachel, that promises the opportunity to catch up with everyone…including the man responsible for everything that went wrong between her and Rachel.

As the event approaches, memories of friendship tangle with painful new encounters while underneath it all, Aubrey feels the rush of something closing in, something she can no longer run from. In one devastating night, everything will change. As the past and present collide, facing the future will force Aubrey to confront herself and decide what will define her…what lies behind or what waits ahead.

LAST TRAIN TO BABYLON is a gripping novel of twisting relationships and raw emotions pulled taut by a touch of delightfully dark comedy as a young woman faces the demons of a past she’s buried and discovers that the life she desires is one she must demand from herself.


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Author Info

CHARLEE FAM is a twenty-something novelist living in New York City. A Long Island native, Charlee graduated from Binghamton University in 2010 with a degree in creative writing and several awards to her name. LAST TRAIN TO BABYLON is her first novel.

Charlee Fam

Author Links: Website | Twitter | Goodreads | Facebook






*William Morrow is hosting a TOUR WIDE Rafflecopter Giveaway for Three Signed Copies of LAST TRAIN TO BABYLON*



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14 responses to “What to Read Wednesday with author Charlee Fam ~ Giveaway

  1. linda romer (@romer_linda)

    November 12, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Good morning Charlee, i live in Staten Island , New York but i have never been on the train to Babylon. Your book sounds great! I would enjoy reading it.

    • ChristineWarner

      November 12, 2014 at 9:26 am

      Thank you for coming by Linda! I agree, Charlee’s book intrigues me too!

    • Charlee

      November 12, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      Thank you, Linda!

  2. Jennifer Lowery

    November 12, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Isn’t it fun when our characters take over our stories 🙂 Sounds like a great read!

  3. Joye

    November 12, 2014 at 9:24 am

    I have yet to ride on any train.

  4. ChristineWarner

    November 12, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Hi Charlee…thank you so much for coming on my blog. I wish you much success with your book and I loved your deleted scene 🙂

    • Charlee

      November 12, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      Hi Christine, thanks so much for having me!

  5. Tasty Book Tours

    November 12, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Thank you for hosting today!

    • ChristineWarner

      November 12, 2014 at 4:40 pm

      So glad to participate Tasty Book Tours 🙂

  6. Anita Yancey

    November 12, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    I have not rode on the train to Babylon or on any other train. But I’m looking forward to taking a train trip.

    • ChristineWarner

      November 12, 2014 at 4:40 pm

      It’d be a fun journey for sure! Thanks for coming by Anita!

  7. Jackie Wisherd

    November 12, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    No, I have not riden on that train or any train for it seems forever. We do have a trolley tho which I take my grandchildren on whenever they come to town.


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