YA Paranormal Romance. Suspense
Released Jan. 23rd / Evernight Teen / 69.5k
Sixteen year old Mimi Alston has company. No less than three ghosts follow her around, and only she can see them. At her last school, she was known as the girl with imaginary friends. Now Mimi’s starting fresh in a new town, where she’s determined to make some real friends and fit in for once. She’s ready for a normal life...except Mimi never counted on her fascination with troubled goth-boy, Drew.
When she’s invited to join the elite Gifted Program, Mimi discovers she’s not the only one at the school with an unusual talent. Maybe being normal isn’t even an option anymore.
S.D. Wasley was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia.
She has been composing literary works since before she could write – at five years of age she announced her first poem in the kitchen, improv-style. Today, she lives in the Swan Valley wine region with her two daughters, surrounded by dogs, cats and chickens.
The Seventh is S.D. Wasley’s debut novel.
Mimi – before she comes to Etherall Valley Prep
Miette Alston, known as Mimi, is sixteen years old. She lives with her mum and dad, and has a much older brother, who is married and living in Canada with his wife.
Mimi is slender and a little jealous of her best friend Mona’s curves! She has beautiful, long dark hair – her best feature, in her own opinion. Mimi is pale-skinned with grey eyes. Her nose is angular but not unpleasantly sharp and she has full lips that are naturally red, giving her the unusual appearance of a colour-touched black and white photo. She is naturally pretty, but beautiful when she smiles. She wears grey and black shirts with jeans because she doesn’t like to stick out.
Mimi is shy, but she wasn’t always like that. She was open and friendly all through her early years, with a love of art and talent for drawing. When she hit thirteen, Mimi’s bright, cheerful disposition changed dramatically. Mimi became withdrawn and jumpy. She developed claustrophobia, and became vague and abstracted. She often appeared to be staring at nothing or listening for sounds that weren’t there. Her parents took her to a psychiatrist and he diagnosed schizophrenia, prescribing daily medication. The meds help with her jumpiness but her previously good grades have suffered and Mimi seems to have lost her passion for art. Her creativity has ebbed.
Mimi hasn’t shown much interest in boys so far. She had some close friends in middle school but they drifted away as she changed, and she found herself all but friendless by the time she was fourteen. Some of the cattier kids at her school targeted her with low-level bullying – some name-calling and social snubbing. She was caught whispering to herself a few times and that prompted one of her former friends to nickname her Mimi-and-her-imaginary-friends.
Her lack of friends has given her plenty of opportunity to observe human behaviour, and she has a mature understanding of people, especially adolescents. Her grades have stabilised and she tries hard, but she still doesn’t achieve what came so naturally to her in the earlier years. Mimi doesn’t hate the kids who reject her. She wishes she wasn’t so lonely but she can accept that she is strange and others can’t handle that about her.
Mimi’s psychiatrist has recommended to her parents that she attend a small private school in the southern part of the county. After much discussion, and with the added incentive of an unpleasant job upheaval for Mr Alston, they have made the decision to move to Etherall Valley, where the new school is located. Although this is a big change for the Alstons, they are hopeful the new school will help Mimi’s confidence and that she might even make some friends. They are thrilled when, after just a week at the school, they are informed Mimi has been offered a place in the school’s gifted program. Could the bright, happy daughter they remember be returning?
Things are about to radically change for Mimi!