How did you decide to write this YA Paranormal?
Like many young adults, my daughter, Miss Seventeen, is utterly addicted to the Paranormal phenomena. And, if I'm honest, I'm more than a bit taken with the genre myself. Just love that Wolverine! (Sighs wistfully). Anyway, we were gasbagging one day and I asked Miss Seventeen a question. "How would you feel," I said "if you woke up on your 16th birthday and discovered you'd morphed into a vampire?" The question sizzled in my brain. And so Morven Smith was born. Must confess, I would love to be Morven!
Was changing genres difficult?
When I wrote this story I wasn't really focussed on the genre. Like many writers, I guess I just had this idea burning in my brain and wanted to work it out. And I guess it helps that I've been writing Young Adult for quite a few years now, so the changeover has probably become a more natural process. And, whilst it is another genre, the story still has a strong element of romance, so perhaps it's not so different after all!
Did you have to go back to your younger self in your mind while plotting this story?
Absolutely! Can anyone ever forget the ecstasy and agony of their own youth? Young adulthood is a fantastic age, filled with angst, expectation and endless potential. And, I must confess, that Morven's embarrassingly flat chest is a vivid recollection from my own young experience. Sadly, unlike Morven, I never did develop a decent pair of boobs!
Tell us about your new release The Children Of The Mist.
This is the story of skater girl Morven Smith, who turns sixteen and develops boobs, acute appendicitis and a pair of pointy teeth. Whilst she is stunned by her metamorphosis into Vampire, her best mate, the enigmatic Zest, is not. For the young werewolf it's the answer to a prayer. He's been alone for a long time. But when fate conspires to push them apart, Zest is filled with dread. In Scotland Morven will discover the truth of an ancient feud. Must the past always repeat itself? And, in the end, can they both survive?
An original paranormal YA about an unconventional girl, an unconventional boy, their extraordinary transformations, and the secrets of the Scottish Highlands.
When skater girl Morven Smith turns sixteen, she develops boobs, acute appendicitis...and a pair of pointy teeth. While she is stunned by her metamorphosis into vampire, her best mate, the enigmatic Zest, is not. For the young werewolf, Morven’s transformation is an answer to his lonely prayers.
But they are unable to celebrate their mutual paranormalcy for long — there are too many dangers, too much suspicion, and too many questions. It’s only in Scotland that Morven can learn the truth about her past. But she discovers more than she bargained for when she meets her birth family — an ancient feud between vampires and werewolves. They may both be Children of the Mist, but only one species can survive.