Rookie Wednesdays are where I interview authors, of any genre and/or reading level, with recent or upcoming debut novels. If you're an author with a recent/upcoming debut and would like to be interviewed, hit me up at jax @ eclecticbooklover . com
Kelly Creagh whose YA novel, Nevermore, was just released in the US yesterday.
Great to have you here at The Eclectic Book Lover, Kelly! Let's start off with one random tidbit about yourself.
Thanks for having me! Something that I love for people to know about me is that I am a professional bellydancer and instructor. I especially enjoy performing to live Greek, Arabic or Egyptian music.
What's the best book that you've read over the past six months?
I really enjoyed The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafron. Actually, I listened to the audio of this and the musical accompaniment was so deliciously creepy. This was a wonderful spooky read.
What were you doing the moment you found out that Nevermore?
I was at work when I got “the call.” Looking back, I can’t really understand why I was so subdued. I think part of me thought that it wasn’t quite official yet. Even though I wasn’t really in a place where I could
shout, push myself around in my wheely chair and kick my legs, I really should have.
Was the process of writing and publishing your first novel what you expected it to be?
In many ways, no. While I spent about three years writing Nevermore and working toward my MFA in Writing for Children, the publishing process happened relatively quickly for me! I knew I had a great idea and a strong story, but I also knew that many novels can often take years to reach bookstore shelves. Just before finishing Nevermore, I met my agent at a conference. She requested the manuscript and, when I got home from the conference, I took some time to edit and polish and then sent it off. She soon offered representation and we began working together. From there, Nevermore gained interest from a few houses and sold to Simon and Schuster. That’s not to say there weren’t bumps and scrapes along the way. Most of that came during the initial drafting process. I remember that one day I literally had to sequester myself away in the bathroom, set up my laptop on the toilet and and lock the door just so that I could finish a scene.
Give us one embarrassing author moment:
That would be the last time visited Poe’s house in Baltimore. I went up the tiny winding staircase to his attic room. While positioning myself to have a seat on the top step and snap a picture, I accidentally touched the
floor beyond the no-entry point and set off the alarm! It was so LOUD. When I came back downstairs, I got THE LOOK from all my fellow museum visitors.
If you were interviewing yourself, what would you ask and what would the answer be?
I would ask myself what I would say to Poe if I had the chance to go back in time and speak to him in person. The answer is that I would tell him how his stories would change the world and how beloved a figure he would become. I would also ask him countless questions and maybe even sneak in a request for an autograph.
I would like potential readers to approach Nevermore with the expectation of reading something very different. Though the novel is paranormal in essence, my brand of the supernatural does not fall easily into any of the normal categories.
List 3-5 characters from Nevermore and do word associations.
Isobel - Audacity
Varen - Ember
Reynolds - Walking secret
Pinfeathers - Salacious
What's your favorite thing about Nevermore?
I love that the supernatural elements are subtle and creeping and that the darkness sneaks up on the reader.
What projects do you have in the pipeline?
Currently, I am working on the sequel to Nevermore.
Thanks for the great interview, Kelly!
Everyone - be sure to check out Kelly's site and blog for more info about her and her novel.
And the raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;
And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming,
And the lamp-light o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted - nevermore!
-- from "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe
Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project, which is due—so unfair—on the day of the rival game. Cold and aloof, sardonic and sharp-tongued, Varen makes it clear he’d rather not have anything to do with her either. But when Isobel discovers strange writing in his journal, she can’t help but give this enigmatic boy with the piercing eyes another look.
Soon, Isobel finds herself making excuses to be with Varen. Steadily pulled away from her friends and her possessive boyfriend, Isobel ventures deeper and deeper into the dream world Varen has created through the pages of his notebook, a realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life.
As her world begins to unravel around her, Isobel discovers that dreams, like words, hold more power than she ever imagined, and that the most frightening realities are those of the mind. Now she must find a way to reach Varen before he is consumed by the shadows of his own nightmares.
His life depends on it.