Oddly enough, it is pure coincidence that this post falls right on the heels of Liz’s thoughts on reading Young Adult fiction. Like Liz, I’ve never been an avid YA reader, or watcher either. I didn’t make it through the entire Harry Potter series, haven’t read or seen Twilight, not because I don’t believe they’re well written, fabulous stories, just not my particular cup of tea.
I do however, find it puzzling that people seem baffled by the ‘sudden’ interest in stories involving teenagers. Um, sudden? Really? Are we not counting Romeo and Juliet? West Side Story? Grease? American Graffiti? The Breakfast Club? Ferris Bueller? Shall I go on?
It seems to me we’ve always had a preoccupation with those precocious, angst-ridden, last step before adulthood years, and for good reason. Even for an average real life teen danger lurks around every corner. Drugs, sex, just driving to and from the school dance. Every day there is the potential of an impulsive decision that will forever change a life. Or end it.
So yes, I get the fascination with young adult stories and characters. But still, it’s not my genre of first choice, and given my limited reading time, I have to prioritize very strictly. However, there is one young adult book I’ve been impatiently awaiting. And here’s why.
Way back when I first started to write, I went looking online for resources to help me learn the craft. I found eharlequin.com and their writers’ discussion boards. Hundreds of aspiring authors just like me, plus a scattering of pros like Karen Templeton who were unfailingly patient and gracious when asked the same rookie questions over and over.
Many of the writers were submitting manuscripts for consideration. We all shared our rejections and frustrations. And then, finally, success! Stephanie Faegan sold her romantic suspense series to Silhouette Bombshell. It was the first time someone I ‘knew’ had cracked the publication code.
And it was the first time I thought, “Wow. She’s a normal person, just like me. I could actually DO this.”
The world of publishing being what it is, though, even a multi-book contract isn’t a guarantee of forever. After three awesome books starring Pink–Texas’s answer to Stephanie Plum–the powers that be at Harlequin announced they were discontinuing the Bombshell line, which left Stephanie here.
Fast forward a few years. I’ve joined Twitter and I’m constantly bumping up against other writers in the cyber-world, and who should I come across but Stephanie, except now she’s Trinity Faegan, and she’s got a brand new young adult novel scheduled for release, The Mephisto Covenant.
I had to check it out. And once I’d looked over the website, I had to read it. And once I started, I couldn’t stop.
All relationships between mortal and immortal characters must overcome the same stumbling block: how can there be a happily ever after when one person’s ever after never ends, and the other’s does? And in YA specifically, how do you eliminate the Eeeeuw Factor of a character who is hundreds of years old hanging out and picking up chicks at the local high school? All authors of these books have to address this issue, and to be honest, many fail to do it to my satisfaction, which is why I tend to shy away from books featuring immortals.
Trinity Faegen nails it. Bam! The character arcs in this book are dead on. the conflicts are heartbreaking. The climax brought me to tears, and I wasn’t even hormonal that particular day. The only down side to this book that I can see is having to wait for the next one in the series of five.
And no, I’m not just saying this because I have a crapload of respect for a writer who can build a brand for herself, see it fall apart through no fault of her own, and reinvent herself in a whole new genre with another, even better series. Although you all should know, when the Mephisto are the next big thing and everybody is showing up at midnight for opening night screenings, I am not going to hesitate to say I knew her when…
AND NOW THE EVEN BETTER PART—
POST A COMMENT OR A QUESTION BELOW ALONG WITH AN EMAIL ADDY BEFORE MIDNIGHT ON FRIDAY AND WE’LL DRAW FOR YOUR VERY OWN COPY OF THE MEPHISTO COVENANT!
Also available through the Sony ereader store if you own a Sony reader.
And yes, you can also get your hot little hands on the Pink books! http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=stephanie+feagan&x=0&y=0