With the release of Midnight Hour, I gave quite a few online interviews. I always enjoy that part of my job, especially when I get asked some unusual questions–and there have been some really strange ones. Anyway, this is an interview I did for B’s Book Reviews on Oct. 23rd. I thought you’d enjoy it, so here it is.
- How did you feel writing the end of the Shadow Falls series/universe?
Do you remember the feeling when you were young and your parents told you that you had to move? And you had these friends who you loved and who were a part of your life? That terrible feeling that you were walking away from people you loved and you knew in your heart that these people would no longer be a part of your life? I cried so hard when I wrote the end of Midnight Hour. The Shadow Fall’s characters are like family to me. Since 2010, I’ve been with these characters. I’m not going to say that I wouldn’t return to this world to write another book, but for now there are no plans.
- Out of the three main girls (Kylie, Della, and Miranda) which did you connect with most when writing as them?
That’s like asking me which of my children I connect with the most. The truth is I connect with them all in different ways. They each have parts of me in them. They have some of my traits, even some of my flaws. I spent five books with Kylie Galen. I can honestly say, she’s more like me when I was young than the other girls. Like Kylie, I’m an internalizer. Even when young, I had a tendency to think something to death before I acted on it.
Della, however, she’s more like the person I’ve grown into, and often the person I wish I was more like. She speaks her mind, calls it like she sees it. I love that about her. Ahh, but the very thing I love about her is what sometimes drives me crazy.
Miranda is smack dab in the middle of these two. She’s sweet, but also a little sassy. She can speak her mind when pushed. But deep down she’s so insecure. Dyslexia can do that to you. I know, because we both share this trait. I feel a special bond with her for that reason. I loved watching her overcome the insecurities that dyslexia brings to so many people dealing with this disability. In Midnight Hour, Miranda moves past a lot of hurdles and finally knows and accepts her own abilities and strengths.
- What is coming next?
I’m almost finished with my next young adult novel. It will be out in September 2017. I’m unable to really talk about it, but I can tell you that it’s a little different in that it’s not paranormal. It’s contemporary. But it has a touch of woo-woo, a paranormal thread. It has touches of my humor, but tons of heart and an element of mystery that will keep the readers turning pages. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am about this book.
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