Olivia’s best friend is not imaginary. He’s not a ghost, either. And she’s pretty sure he’s not a hallucination. He’s just Mason.
He is, however, invisible.
When Olivia spotted the crying little boy on her front porch at five years old, she had no idea she was the only one who could see him. Twelve years later when new-girl Robin bumps into the both of them and introduces herself to Mason, they are both stunned.
Mason couldn’t be more pleased that someone else can see him. Olivia, on the other hand, isn’t jumping at the chance to welcome Robin into their circle. Jealousy may have something to do with
that, but honest fear that Robin’s presence will put Mason in danger is soon validated when a strange black car shows up outside Olivia’s house.
The race to find out what Robin knows in time to protect Mason from whatever threats are coming becomes Olivia’s only focus.
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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.
Many young children have imaginary friends. I started to wonder one day how a child might handle finding a friend that wasn’t imaginary, but invisible. How would they help care for them if no one else believed their friend was real? The idea took off and developed in the story of a five year old girl who finds a dirty, crying little boy on her front porch and takes him in despite the fact that no one else in her family believes he’s real.
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