Fifteen-year-old Therese watches her parents die. While in a coma, she meets the twin sons of Hades—Hypnos, the god of sleep, and Thanatos, the god of death. She thinks she’s manipulating a dream, not kissing the god of death and totally rocking his world. Than makes a deal with Hades and goes as a mortal to the Upperworld to try and win Therese’s heart, but not all the gods are happy. Some give her gifts. Others try to kill her. The deal requires Therese to avenge the death of her parents. With the help of Than’s fierce and exotic sisters, the Furies, she finds herself in an arena face to face with the murderer, and only one will survive.
Throughout the summer, the first book of the trilogy will be on sale for 0.99 cents (regularly $2.99). The other two books in the trilogy, The Gatekeeper’s Challenge (#2) and The Gatekeeper’s Daughter (#3) are also bargains at $2.99.
Targeted Age Group: Young Adult/Teen
Book Price: 0.99 Summer Only; Back to $2.99 on August 26, 2013
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
Because teens are in this interim category somewhere between children and adults, and because their maturity levels range vastly at the ages of thirteen through eighteen, it’s important to write a story that can appeal to multiple levels of maturity. The story should strike a balance between approaching more adult themes, such as sexual arousal, responsibility, death, and morality and more childlike themes, such as goofy humor, adolescence, parental dependence, and coming of age.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
I would warn aspiring writers against getting too focused on writing one book. Finish the first book, then put it aside and start another. The more you write the better you become.
Eva Pohler writes fiction for teens and adults and teaches writing and fiction at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she lives with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two rats, and large collection of books.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I’ve always loved Greek mythology, and after reading The Percy Jackson series, realized there weren’t many Greek-myth-based books for older youth. Inspired by Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight Saga, I wondered what would happen if an ordinary girl fell in love with a Greek god. I chose Thanatos, the god of death, because he’s often depicted as a youthful, beautiful god and the twin of Hypnos, the god of sleep. From there, the wheels in my head wouldn’t stop spinning!