Brainstorming Out of Balance was an interesting process. Normally I begin a book with a single sentence, an idea, or a character. This time, however, I began with a notebook full of odd events from working in a corporate world. Everything from how to work the copier to spilling coffee in the break room to masking a yawn as a facial tick was wedged into a 100 page spiral bound notebook.

Here’s a sneak-peek at uncensored brainstorming notes:

Mr. Eventually
the Pit
the creatives
“crazy busy” instead of crazy about you
striking out in the most embarrassing aspect
don’t assume because I have a “passion” and “children” that I am not ambitious or take my job seriously

That random list led to a brief childhood memory:

I saw the movie, Working Nine-to-Five, when I was about my daughter’s age. I never wanted a job like that. It was too much time, too much drama, too much stress. I valued my time much more than I valued money. I remember the hatred the women had for their boss, the hours spent drinking and crying and complaining after hours, and the insane plots to retaliate against office politics. Not to mention the lack of fulfilling male-female relationships or the warmth and support of family. I just didn’t want any of that.

And eventually the beginnings of a plot:

Vine Valley Bank going to take down World Bank before FDIC seizes them. The narrator is caught in the middle. She needs a job to survive. Think corporate espionage meets The Desperate Housewives.

Out Of Balance


Out of Balance - Angela Lam Turpin
Coming this spring

Former stay-at-home wife and mother, Beverly Mael, turns her life upside down in Out of Balance, a hilarious new novel about bank shenanigans and underground cyber societies.


Caught between her husband, the ultimate prankster, and her boss, the charmingly seductive President and CEO of Vine Valley Bank, Beverly struggles to keep her husband’s secret and help her boss’s blind ambition without losing her marriage or her job. Floundering through dictation during the day and falling asleep in her dinner at night, Beverly needs to get away from it all.  But a surprise date turns sour when Beverly discovers her unemployed husband has developed a computer program that can change the world—for better or worse.  To complicate matters, the bank’s president keeps lavishing praise on Beverly, giving her the attention she desperately craves from home.  Armed only with a gift for numbers and a steadfast faith in God, Beverly must stop her husband’s pact with the cyber underworld and uncover the truth about World Bank’s false profit before it’s too late.