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~ Kira Sutherland ~
After a near fatal accident (and getting cheated on by her 'boyfriend'), and beating up the lead cheerleader (with whom the boyfriend cheated...), and being labeled as having 'issues' in her school because she, uhm, sees ghosts, Kira is left with two choices:
1. Continue her 'therapy' (where she's told the ghost is a hallucination and also gets her legs ogled too often...)
2. Go to Starkfield Academy, a boarding school for "Crazies and Convicts" (as the social media sites call them.)
She chooses the latter...
~ Cory Rand ~
Cory Rand has not had an easy life. His mother died in a car accident when he was twelve, and so did his mother's best friend...sort of. You see, Janice made a promise to take care of Cory just before she died, and so she lingers. Undead. A ghost that watches out for him.
Brought up in an abusive home, Cory quickly falls into a life of disreputable behavior. After his third offense (which was prompted by a girl, as usual - he has a weakness) he's left with two choices:
1. Be tried as an adult and share a cell with a guy named Bubba (he thinks...)
2. Go to Starkfield Academy, which Cory is pretty sure is run by vampires. But, hey, at least he'll get an education.
He chooses the latter...
It's at Starkfield that Kira meets Cory Rand, a boy with an insatiable Rage who sees ghosts, too. As well as other things, other things from his past, things that confuse him, things like fire and witches and demons.
Things he's always ignored.
Genres:Young Adult Romance
Vampires, Demons, Witches
It wasn’t the first thing I came up with when I was listing “possible professions” as a kid. I don’t even think it made the list. I just started writing one day and then I wrote more and then I wrote more... Before I knew it, I started calling myself “A Writer.”
How long does it take you to write a book?
It depends on the book and the story and how long it’s been since my last book. It’s so different from story to story that I have no fixed timeframe. Some stories are out of my head and onto paper before I can even blink, others take longer, much longer.
What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
I try and set myself a target of words for the day and then make that target. Sometimes that takes only a few hours, sometimes I’m writing until the early hours of the morning.
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Wow. They’re random. They come out of nowhere. Sometimes I don’t even have an idea. If I do have one, the writing is easy. if I don’t, I just pound away until the story takes me somewhere, and then I re-write. I try and take a professional attitude to my writing and not “wait for inspiration.”
Tell us something unusual about yourself.
The weirdest thing I like doing is jumping in my car and going for a drive with no place to go. Some people like walking, I love just getting on the highway, looking around, and then driving back home after an hour or two. I find it very relaxing.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
Well, I’ve written plenty of stories, but Thirst is the first one I published. I guess that makes it my favorite because I actually put it out there for people.
Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Don’t listen to advice from new writers.
Do you like to create books for adults?
I’ve written all kinds of stories (unpublished), but I like YA as a genre. I like the crowd, I like the “innocence.” I don’t see myself publishing in any other genre. At least not for a while.
What do you think makes a good story?
Likable characters that take initiative.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I wanted to become an actor. Of course, that failed. :)
When I read the blurb and saw that Cory had issues and was raised by his abusive father I just had to give this a read because you know how I love an underdog hero who fights against the odds. Cory didn't disappoint :-) I loved him. He has an attraction to redheads, although he doesn’t know why. When he sets fire to his ex’s trash can after she dumps him, he has a choice, be tried as an adult, or attend Starkfield Academy for troubled kids. He chooses the latter. Kira also has issues, she has a friend who just happens to be a ghost. Given the choice of therapy, or Starkfield Academy, she chooses the Academy.
I was immediately drawn in by the author’s writing style. The story was interesting and mysterious. It kept me guessing and wanting to turn the pages to find out what happened next. A lot happened towards the end of the book, some of which I found confusing, and I would have liked to know more about Kira’s ghost and why he followed her around, but maybe that will be explained in a future book.
This was an enjoyable read which I recommend to anyone who enjoys a paranormal tale with a touch of romance. I would read more from this author.
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