I am SO excited–my paranormal fantasy, tentatively titled Teen Para, is coming out from WestSide Books most likely this October! The WestSide editor, Evelyn Fazio, is a dream to work with, and WestSide has been incredible with me for Scars, so this feels really good to me on so many levels. I can’t stop smiling! (grinning and grinning)
In Teen Para, Cassie is a telepath in a world where that is illegal. She is on the run from the government troopers, trying to stay hidden and alive–and trying to help make the world a better place for others with paranormal talents.
I drew on many of my trauma experiences in writing Teen Para, just as I did with Scars. Like my main character, Cassie, I know what it’s like to have my life threatened, to face oppression, to experience torture, and to break free from cult or from a group of oppressors.
My main character isn’t gay this time, but there is a queer character who’s important in the book.
I care about this book a lot, too. I needed both realistic and fantasy books to survive my child- and teenhood. You’ve probably heard me say it before, but realistic fiction helped me know I wasn’t alone, and fantasy helped me dream and hope. So I’m delighted that this fantasy book is going to be published and reach readers!
Just because an author is published doesn’t mean that they don’t receive rejections–so I’m even happier about Teen Para getting published!
I can’t wait to see what the cover looks like, can’t wait to share my novel with you! Meanwhile…I’m sharing my excitement. (grinning)
If you want to know more about Teen Para, read on:
As a child, Cassie watched as an angry mob killed her father, murdering him for being a Para. Since then, she and her mother have been on the run from government troopers, and constantly searching for her missing brother who disappeared during the riots. When Cassie starts at a new school she thinks she will have to do what she’s always done–blend in as hard as she can, and never, ever let anyone know she’s a Para–able to read people’s thoughts. But then she meets Alex, a fellow swimmer who she starts to fall for hard, as well as Rachel, one of her first true friends, and she finds herself not wanting to hide any more. But the government is closing in, and someone is killing Paras, draining of them of their life energy. Cassie knows that she doesn’t have much time before her identity is discovered. Ultimately, she must make the decision whether to save herself or save the whole human race.
And, in case you worry about it, Teen Para has a happy ending. Not over-the-top Hollywood happy, but happy enough to work for me (who doesn’t like unhappy endings; I had enough of that in my life). I hope Teen Para interests you, and hope you’ll check it out when it comes out!