I had the honor and thrill to meet my editor, Natashya Wilson, in person in the Harlequin office in New York. She is funny, sunny, insightful and passionate about Paranormal Romance and so I nabbed her to answer a few questions about INDELIBLE.
1) What drew you to INDELIBLE?
When Dawn Metcalf’s agent, Michael Bourret, approached me about Dawn and INDELIBLE, he captured my interest with this line: After seemingly being stabbed in the eye by a strange guy at a club, Joy begins to see some very bizarre things that no one else seems to notice.
I thought, seemingly? Why would anyone try to stab someone in the eye? And what on earth does Joy start to see? I had to read it. Once I began the manuscript, I was immediately captivated by Dawn’s amazingly beautiful writing style. She doesn’t just tell a story, she makes you see and feel it and practically breathe it. I never wanted to leave the increasingly strange and wonderful world of the Twixt, which Dawn makes accessible by anchoring the book in the familiar human world.
2) Who is your favorite character & why?
I can’t choose one. Joy drew me into her journey with her feisty unwillingness to let sadness consume her. Her BFF Monica is one of the best friends I’ve ever read about. Ink—the hero—his evolution from Folk to becoming more human is utterly fascinating—and romantic—and his sister, Inq—well, let’s just say her impishness is in a class all its own. And then there’s Graus Claude…okay, Graus Claude may be just slightly my secret favorite—you have to meet him to see why.
3) People who like THE IRON KING by Julie Kagawa would probably love INDELIBLE because…?
It is a contemporary-feeling fantasy featuring a regular girl with a previously unknown connection to a mysterious world that sweeps her into its magic and danger, revealing strengths she never knew she had and helping her to see that choices made by one person make a difference. It also has a unique and unforgettable romance!
4) Why does this story belong with Harlequin Teen?
It’s a commercial, entertaining YA fantasy told with unique style and voice—on the surface, a compelling story with a good-folk/fairy based world that manages to feel different from any that I’ve read. But it’s more than that—it embraces a wider theme of making choices and the consequences of choice and how the choices we make–not the hardships imposed by others—reveal who we are and who we want to be.
5) What do you love most about Paranormal Fantasy for teens?
Personally, it often features a hero or heroine with a moral compass I admire, and experiencing that MC’s adventure leaves me with a sense that I can be a better person and make a difference in this crazy world.
More generally, I love the creativity and breadth of the books on the shelves today. It’s as if all the authors challenge each other to come up with something evermore outstanding, and they all rise to that challenge.
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Giveaway! We have 1 copy of Indelible available to be won here on Harlequin’s Paranormal Romance Blog! To enter, tell us why YOU love Paranormal/Fantasy YA novels (just like Natashya did in question #5 😉 ) in the comments below!
Giveaway will close at 11:59pm EST on July 14, and 1 winner will be selected by random number draw and announced here on July 15. Open to residents of the United States and Canada only. For full official rules, click here.
UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed. Please check the comments to see who won
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Follow the rest of the Indelible blog tour with author Dawn Metcalf!
Tuesday, July 11th – Reading Teen
Wednesday, July 10th – Coffee Books and Me
Friday, July 12th – fiktshun
Monday, July 15th – Refracted Lights Reviews
Wednesday, July 17th – Two Chicks on Books
Friday, July 19th – Good Choice Reading
Be on the lookout for Indelible wherever books are sold July 30!
Find Indelible at Goodreads