Tori Edwards jumps at the chance to move from Winnipeg to New York City with her family. After all, NYC is the place to be for an aspiring fashion designer, and her new high school has access to a placement program with FIT - the Fashion Institute of Technology. Life is fuller and more chaotic than she imagined, but she hangs on between boy-troubles, portfolio-building, and struggling to find perfect accessories. Then, just as it looks like Tori might achieve all she has dreamed, shocking news from her parents unravels her carefully designed plans and she is forced to look beyond the pages of a fashion magazine for answers.
Colleen Nelson wrote one chapter of this book as an assignment for a writing class. Four years and numerous drafts later, her first book has been published. The mother of two young boys and a junior high teacher, Colleen has lived in Japan and New York City, but currently resides with her husband in Winnipeg.
"Tori by Design. . . has all the elements needed to appeal to female teens. . . "  -The Winnipeg Free Press
". . . the important part of this story is the believability of its characters and the accurate portrait of New York and life in the metropolis." - Resource Links