Jaylen Hayes knows that she is different from all other seventeen-year-old girls. Possessing extraordinary intelligence, she is also uncannily powerful and inexplicably hated by wild animals. But it is not until she transfers to Trinity High that she learns the truth about who—and what—she really is.
Instinctively drawn to two new classmates—the intense and passionate Indigo, and the charismatic and breathtakingly gorgeous Michael—Jaylen soon learns the shocking secret of their shared heritage, and the bloodline that extends to the stars. However, all is not what it seems, and Jaylen soon finds her newfound security threatened when a trusted friend becomes a dangerous and vengeful enemy.
Targeted Age Group:: 15+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I wrote Outsiders because I wanted to create a diverse novel that crossed genres. I wanted to create something that I would’ve enjoyed as a teenager. In addition to those reasons, the characters kept talking to me. I liked how different they were, and I was excited to put them on paper.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Thinking back, I’m really not sure. These characters came out of nowhere for me. I started to hear new voices, get a sense of their personalities, and eavesdrop on their conversations. They began to develop as I wrote. In reference to each character’s physicality, I really find diversity beautiful, and I wanted to create a very colorful cast of characters. I didn’t want everyone to be heterosexual, Christian, or unflawed. After all, that doesn’t mirror reality. They revealed their personalities to me unexpectedly, but I created their exteriors as I wanted a variety of readers to be able to find themselves in Outsiders.
“I understand her fears. I have them, too, though I don’t admit them out loud. To be from another place and differ so greatly from humans is terrifying. Humans know how their insides work, know what can kill them, and they have millions of educators, not to mention the internet, that can help them learn more about themselves with each passing day. Here we are, a part of this great, wide world. We blend in, but we don’t fit in.”
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