by Susan Nolan
Young Adult Paranormal
Publisher: Evernight Teen
Katherine Blair has no idea she possesses supernatural abilities. Not until Richard St. James, an intriguing and mysterious classmate with powerful skills of his own, initiates her into his world. Wanting to explore her newfound shape-shifting powers, she spends time getting to know Richard, only to find herself increasingly drawn to him as time goes by.
Haunted by dreams of ancient times, she is caught in a desperate struggle against past injustice. The link to this unknown past experience sends her own life plummeting into the dark realms of revenge and murder, as she attempts to reconcile her feelings for the young man she’s come to rely on to protect her and keep their shared secret.
Will Katherine and Richard be able to break the spell that has held her captive through the years, before it consumes her? Can their budding young love survive tragedy, or will they be torn apart?
About the Author:
Susan Nolan can’t imagine a world without books and loves to share the adventure by creating stories of her own. The realms of fantasy and mystery are her preferred genres and, reading or writing, she becomes easily lost between the pages of a good book. She loves to travel and draws on the sights and sounds of her experiences to weave the tapestry of her work. Immersed in the world of literature from a very early age she strives to create a story that you just can’t put it down. Susan was born in England but emigrated to Canada as a child, and now resides in Southern Ontario with her husband and her three children.
I would like to welcome Susan Nolan today with the following guest post:
What would I tell a new author...
My advice to a new author may seem obvious, but I think it is something that many, including myself, don’t fully appreciate when they are first starting out. That is to write what you love. My first writing attempts were based on genres that were not necessarily my personal favourites. Why did I do that? Well, at first glance they seemed a little more straight forward and easier to tackle. No so! Without a genuine feeling for the type of writing you are doing, you won’t produce anything authentic that will really engage the reader. Share your work. You can’t write in a vacuum. You are writing for an intended audience so feedback from others is critical. Work with a group and listen to what they have to say.
Another important consideration is your audience. Know who you are writing for. This should guide your work. If you have a clear understanding of your genre and your target audience you have a better framework for your writing. There are people who claim to be writing for themselves, which is fine. But if your ultimate goal is to engage others in your writing, then you have to know who they are and what they want. You can take that knowledge, hone your craft, weave your magic, and create something truly rewarding for you as a writer, and exciting for those with whom you share your work.