Turning sixteen should mean driving, dating, and breaking curfew. It should never mean certain death. Arrabella’s excitement for her upcoming birthday is swallowed up by not only her dismay at being moved to a tiny little town in the middle of nowhere, but by the terror of the dreams that assault her every night. Stalking her dreams, the raven haired beauty warns her, taunts her, as she is paraded toward her death.
Desperate for answers, Arrabella turns to her grandfather, the only one willing to delve into her family’s dark past. Warning her that once she takes the first step, there is no going back, Arrabella’s grandfather begins to unwind their awful heritage. The only joy she finds in the week leading up to her death is meeting Tanner Wheeler, a young man she barely knows but is immediately drawn to.
A story of selfish betrayal reaching back to an age of merciless gods and blood sacrifice, Arrabella’s world is sent into a deadly spiral.
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
One of the hardest things about writing YA fiction is finding the right voice for your characters. The characters have to sound like teenagers. Other teens can spot fake teen attitudes and voices right away. If they sound like adults who are too calm, too responsible, or too grown up young readers won’t connect like you want them too.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Read the genre you want to write. Sometimes writers pick a genre because it’s getting a lot of attention even though it’s not something they normally read. If you’re not familiar with the details of a particular genre, dedicated readers will see it within the first few pages. Also, make some writers friends, especially ones who write in your genre. Networking with other authors lends support and ideas when you need them most.
DelSheree Gladden lives in New Mexico with her husband and two children. The Southwest is a big influence in her writing because of its culture, beauty, and mythology. Local folk lore is strongly rooted in her writing, particularly ideas of prophecy, destiny, and talents born from natural abilities. When she is not writing, DelSheree is usually reading, painting, sewing, or working as a Dental Hygienist. Her works include Escaping Fate, Twin Souls Saga, The Destroyer Trilogy, and Invisible. Look for, Wicked Power, the next book in the SomeOne Wicked This Way Comes Series, Intangible, book two in the Aerling Series, and Soul Stone, book two in the Escaping Fate Series, coming 2014.
I have always been fascinated with the Aztec culture ever since studying about it in a high school history class. When I started writing Escaping Fate at the age of sixteen, I spent hours looking up information about the Aztecs and starting to mesh together the bits and pieces I wanted to include in my book. I was very intrigued by the temperaments of some of the gods. It made me wonder how an Aztec god might respond to a human trying to make a deal in order to save her life. No doubt the repercussions would not be what she expected!