Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Guest Post with Author Karen Metcalf!
Today we should be honored to welcome Karen Metcalf author of the brand new YA digital novella, In the Storm, a speculative YA fiction novella! Here's some info about the book:
Abandoned by the world around her, Carly believes she is fated to a life of torment at the hands of her stepfather and is desperate for an escape. When she can bear the abuse no longer and gives in to a thunderous rage, she suddenly finds herself in an unfamiliar, yet beautiful, storm world. This limbo between dimensions appears to be her private sanctuary, but it may just be her purgatory.
No one escapes fate without sacrifice, but is the price more than Carly is willing to pay?
Ooooh, sounds intriguing, right?!
And Karen Metcalf herself is here to tell us abit about herself in a GUEST POST!
Take it away, Karen -
For me, before YA, came sci-fi and good old fashioned tearjerkers.
My father was a huge sci-fi fan. We didn’t share a lot books for the first half of my life, but during my childhood he exposed me to great shows. I think these contributed to my fascination with the genre. I have had many a nightmare after an episode of the X-Files, and was terrified of the guy who turned to sand. Later, he would introduce me to Stargate SG-1, which would become my obsession for several years. Recently, I made him create a list of all the great sci-fi books he has read, and am just now starting to slowly make my way through it. He was right; they are geniuses.
My mother on the other hand, has no interest horror or sci-fi. She introduced me to Nicholas Sparks. We both became fans of tearjerkers. I think this lead directly to my first attempts to write, when I realized I had the ability to make people cry with my imagination. It was addictive. I also read several of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. I think we became “cry junkies”. It was nice to be able to pick up a book when you needed a good cry, and it worked every time.
It was this combination of elements that made me appreciate the type of books I read and now, write. My parents were all too willing to buy us books, and my mother always came through on Christmas or birthdays. My step-mom was an English teacher, and my father used to take me to the library almost every weekend, where I would max out the limit I could check out. My favorite trips were to Barnes and Nobles, where I was allowed to roam free and get whatever I wanted. I was grateful at the time, but now that I know it wasn’t like this for everyone, it takes on a new meaning. It very well may be what got me where I am today.
Thanks for stopping by the Bibliophile Support Group, Karen!!!
For a sneak peek at In the Storm go here.
Also, you can enter to win a free copy at http://www.vagabondagepress.com/. If you're a winner you'll get a code to download, which will have a zip file of all three file formats: pdf, mobi & epub. It expires on May 15, 2011. Try it out!!!
See you guys back here on Friday with a new book review!