Raya Sarian has always known she was different. The water calls to her in a way that isn’t human. She has seen things that would scar anyone for life. And her father has been non existent in her childhood.
Because he is a Siren.
A blood drinker.
And now she must live with him in a world populated with deadly enemies and dangerous friends. Can she survive the year?
Targeted Age Group:: 13+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I originally came up with the idea years ago but I set it aside and hadn’t touched it. Last year I participated in National Novel Writing Month and an idea popped into my head about Sirens. I set to work writing and wrote the whole novel in 18 days (of course the rewriting and editing took much longer after that). When there was only a week left until the publish date, I was looking through old computer files and found my original synopsis for my Siren novel. It had changed a little but the story had stuck in my head that whole time.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The characters started as creations of my imagination but their appearances are taken mostly from real people. (Drew, for example, looks like actor Lucas Till from X-Men: First Class) And their personalities kind of created themselves. I had ideas about where the story would go and what characters would do, but there were times when Raya or Isaac would basically tell me there is no way in heck they would ever do that. I might sound mental, but it makes for a more realistic story.
“Where am I going to school?” It’d be nice to get above ground and enjoy the fresh air and actual people a little every day. And she didn’t want to end up pale like the rest of the underground inhabitants who had suddenly become her neighbors.
“There’s a school room and training dojo in the west wing. The teacher is excited to meet you.”
“You’re joking, right?” Raya rolled her eyes. “I’m going to study with blood sucking freaks and then train in a dojo for…for what?” She wasn’t really sure what a dojo even looked like outside of the movies.
“Self defense is vital to survival in a Siren world. Especially for you. You’re only half siren, Raya. I need to make sure you can protect yourself.” He said this as monotone as his other words but there was an inflection of concern in the last part.
“I’m not a little girl, Christopher. Besides, I packed pepper spray. I can take care of myself, thank you very much.”
He stared at her with a cold, steely gaze and Raya wanted to cower in the corner. “If a Siren wanted you dead, pepper spray would do nothing to stop him. Your guts would be spilled over the floor before it could even dream of touching him.”
With that, he turned and walked to the door to leave Raya to herself. But he paused just in the doorway and, without looking back, he said, “People will treat you…differently… when they realize what you are. Don’t give them a reason besides your blood to hate you. Do you understand?”
She nodded her head and, realizing he couldn’t see what she was doing, she added quietly, “Yes.”
About the Author:
Samantha Coville is an editor and literary critic at her website, Sammy the Bookworm. She’s been writing short stories for six years and has appeared in magazines, both in print and online. When she’s not doing something book related, she is singing in her church choir or enjoying one of the theme parks in her home state of Florida.
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