**Mature Content Warning** 17+ for language and sexual content.
(A re-imagining of The Fallen Star told as a New Adult Paranormal)
For twenty-one year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. She knows nothing about her past and has been haunted by the same monsters in her nightmares for the last few months. Unemotional and numb to life, she feels disconnected from everyone. Until the very first day she cries. After that, nothing in her life is the same.
Her emotions slowly surface and she starts experiencing love, happiness, and anger, feelings she never knew existed. But they leave her confused and she doesn’t know whether to embrace them or run away from them.
Her life only gets more complicated when she meets Alex. Sexy, arrogant, and secretive, Alex can get under Gemma’s skin like no one can. Yet she’s drawn to him by an invisible connection she has no control over. She’s also seen him before. In her nightmares.
Every part of Gemma’s mind is screaming at her to stay away from Alex, but every other part of her is begging to get close to him. But the closer she gets, the more she realizes Alex knows more about her than he originally let on.
As secrets about her past unravel, Gemma’s life becomes threatened. She needs to figure out what’s going on, before she winds up dead. But the only person she can turn to for answers is the one person she isn’t sure she can trust.
Firstly thank you for taking the time to do this interview with me for Whirlwindbooks, I thought I would jump right in and ask what first inspired you to write?
Writing is something I’ve loved to do since I was a kid. I started out just with short stories and poetry, but when I got older I decided I wanted to try writing novels. I haven’t been able to stop since :)
I am a HUGE fan of all of your books and I was wondering where you get your inspirations for the amazing story lines you create?
Dreams, music, from something I read or watch—anywhere really.
How did the re-imaging of the series come about?
The idea actually was planted while I was at UTopYA last year. I was hanging out with the lovely Delphina Miyares from Delphina Reads Too Much and she said that someone should turn their young adult paranormal series into an adult series. The idea kind of built from there.
Where you able to include anything that was though of the first time around but left out?
There were so many things I included in Shattered Promises that I didn’t get to in The Fallen Star. Not just steamy scenes either—although that was some of the reason why I wrote it—but entire scenes, like when Alex and Gemma go into the cabin. In the Fallen Star, Gemma never goes into the cabin and the reader never find out what went on inside.
How do you find writing for an older audience compared to a younger one?
I’m starting to prefer new adult, mainly because there’s a little bit more freedom to write what I want. But I still enjoy writing young adult too.
What books do you plan to release this year?
The Evanescence (Fallen Souls, Book 2), which will be the final book in the series. The Forever of Ella and Micha, which is being released by Forever. Fractured Souls (Shattered Promises, #2). I’m sure they’ll be more. I just can’t officially say yet :)
Are there any authors you’d consider your biggest supporters throughout your career?
Some of my biggest supporters are actually bloggers. They’re so helpful with setting up giveaways, sharing, setting up blog tours, posting reviews.
If you were to cast a movie for ‘Shattered Promises’ who would you cast?
Hmm… that’s a tough one. I’d guess I’d go with these:
Gemma: Willa Holland
Alex: Ian Somerholder
Laylen: Alex Pettyfer
Nicholas: Chase Crawford
Aislin: Clare Holt
Do you prefer writing paranormal books or New Adult?
My favorite genre to write is New Adult Contemporary.
What books have your read recently and enjoyed?
The last book I read that I really enjoyed was My Favorite Mistake by Chelsea Cameron
Thank you again for taking the time to answer my Questions!
Quick Questions –
The next 5 reads in your TBR pile:
Abbi Glines Never too Far
Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia
Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker
Forever My Girl by Heidi McLaughlin
When We Collide by A.L. Jackson
Top 5 books to be released this year you are anticipating the most:
There are so many I can’t name only five! The one I’m looking forward to the most though, is Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire
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Country you most want to visit:
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