About Front and Center

Front and Center is an epic realistic fiction, coming-of-age series which follows the course of four main characters’ lives over ~12 novels.

TJ runs away from home in 1982 to pursue an acting career that seems anything but likely, what with his innate shyness, debilitating depressive states, and tendency for self-destruction. Will he be able to conquer his demons or succumb to the unrelenting pressure of his chosen field and his own mind? By 1993, Whisky is a talented young ballet dancer and an orphan, abandoned even by her original guardian. Just when her life regains stability with her latest guardian, her world is turned upside down when she’s asked to escort the new kid around school in seventh grade. Enter Randi, red-haired and silent, an enigma outside of his unpredictable violent outbursts. When Whisky learns the reason behind his behavior, she’s determined to help him out of the situation, jeopardizing her own safety and stability in the process. And Benjamin, with acting roles off-Broadway before he even graduates college, the South Boston native is destined for a high profile career— until a well-respected director’s casual remark leads him to second guess everything the mirror reflects back at him.

Mental illness and addiction, spirituality, and the quest for acceptance, family, and stability all play a role as these four very different peoples’ lives intertwine over the course of about 20 years.

(Below is a work in progress!)

  • Book 1: Curtains Up

TJ McKenna wants to be an actor more than anything, and being on-stage is the only time he feels like a normal teenager, able to set aside the depression and self-destructive tendencies that plague him. When he’s offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join a professional acting conservatory and repertory company, it seems like a dream come true. At first. But old demons don’t easily back down. Is the acting life a real possibility for TJ, or will he be forced to admit defeat and return to life as he knew it?

  • Book 2: Higher


  • Book 3: Whisky&Randi


  • Book 4: title TBD


  • Book 5: Together

Book 6: Broken

Book 7: title TBD

Book 8: title TBD

Book 9: Benjamin

Book 10: title TBD

Book 11: title TBD

Book 12: Curtains Down