My very special guest today is fellow YA author, Vicki Leigh. Vicki is the author of Catch Me When I Fall (available now) and Find me If You Dare (out December 2015) from her popular Dreamcatcher series.
Catch Me When I Fall
Recruited at his death to be a Protector of the Night, seventeen-year-old Daniel Graham has spent two-hundred years fighting Nightmares and guarding humans from the clawed, red-eyed creatures that feed off people’s fears. Each night, he risks his eternal life, having given up his chance at an afterlife when he chose to become a Protector. That doesn’t stop a burnt-out Daniel from risking daring maneuvers during each battle. He’s become one of the best, but he wants nothing more than to stop.
Then he’s given an assignment to watch over sixteen-year-old Kayla Bartlett, a clinically depressed patient in a psychiatric ward. Nightmares love a human with a tortured past. Yet, when they take a deep interest in her, appearing in unprecedented numbers, the job becomes more dangerous than any Daniel’s ever experienced. He fights ruthlessly to keep the Nightmares from overwhelming his team and Kayla. Soon, Daniel finds himself watching over Kayla during the day, drawn to why she’s different, and what it is about her that attracts the Nightmares. And him.
A vicious attack on Kayla forces Daniel to break the first Law and reveal his identity. Driven by his growing feelings for her, he whisks her away to Rome where others like him can keep her safe. Under their roof, the Protectors discover what Kayla is and why someone who can manipulate Nightmares has her in his sights. But before they can make a move, the Protectors are betrayed and Kayla is kidnapped. Daniel will stop at nothing to save her. Even if it means giving up his immortality.
Vicki agreed to answer a few of my questions.
1. In Catch Me When I Fall, your first book in your Dreamcatcher series, your hero protects people from Nightmares. Where did you get the inspiration for this series?
My inspiration came from two places. First, I had my own struggles with nightmares, and I’d bought a really bright clock to illuminate the room at night. One night, I looked at my ceiling and noticed there was a shadow of what looked like an angel poised above my bed. But there were already so many great books about angels! So, I asked the “what if” questions: What if we were guarded not by angels by people who’d sacrificed themselves to save another, and in their afterlives were still protecting people? And what if nightmares weren’t in our heads but actual creatures that fed off our fear? With those questions, I took the Native American lore of the dreamcatcher and created what became my Protectors of the Night.
2. You’ve said you suffered from nightmares. Do you still?
Actually, no. I think writing about them was almost therapeutical, in a way!
3. The second book in you Dreamcatcher series, Find Me If You Dare, will be out in December. It sounds like a real nail-biter. Is this the last of the Dreamcatcher books or will there be more?
There will be one more. No official release date yet, but it should hopefully be Fall 2016!
4. You also write contemporary and historical YA under your pen name Tori Rigby. What’s your favorite YA genre? Paranormal, contemporary or historical?
My heart is really in high-concept, genre fiction: fantasy, sci-fi, paranormal, etc. I just happen to have a few contemporary and historical ideas bopping around in my head, so I felt I need to brand my work in two separate ways.
5. When did you first start writing and why?
I’ve been writing since I was in elementary school, but with the goal of getting published, I began writing in 2012. I’d always had a love for books and stories (I could read when I was four), and at that time in my life, I was going through a lot and needed an escape. So, I took what I loved (stories) and let myself drown in them, and my love for writing just grew and grew. Now, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to stop!
6. The second book in your Dreamcatcher series, Find Me If You Dare, will be out in December. It sounds like a real nail-biter. Is this the last of the Dreamcatcher books or will there be more?
See my answer to question three. 🙂
7. You’re a big fan of Harry Potter. If you were at Hogwarts, which house would you be in?
Well, I’d hope to be in Gryffindor. But pottermore.com placed me in Slytherin!
8. What’s next for you once you complete your Dreamcatcher series?
Right now, my heart is torn between a YA thriller and a YA epic fantasy. So, both will be written; I’m just not sure which one will be done first!
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today, Vicki.
New York City, Here I Come!
July 22-25, 2015, I’ll be in the Big Apple at the Romance Writers of America’s Annual Conference at the Marriott Marquis on Times Square. I will be teaching a workshop: “Polish Me Pretty: Five Polishing Tips to Take Your Writing to the Next Level” and participating in several book signings, including RWA’s Literacy Autographing along with 500+ other authors (FREE and open to the public).