I just found out the name of my new YA paranormal fantasy coming out this October from WestSide! It’s HUNTED. I’m SO excited! I love the name–it was one of my top favorite names that I came up with. I don’t think authors always get a say in their final title, so I was so happy that they asked for my input. (My editor, Evelyn Fazio, is a dream to work with.)
If you haven’t read about HUNTED yet, read on:
In HUNTED, 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 HUNTED, 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!
Sound interesting? Here’s more detail on HUNTED:
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.
In case you’re worried about it, HUNTED 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 HUNTED interests you, and hope you’ll check it out when it comes out!