I am a huge fan of author Amy Patrick. I have read her contemporary romances in her Channel 20 Something series and loved them. Amy's newest release, Hidden Deep, is a YA Paranormal and it looks fantastic! Check out the blurb:
Sixteen-year-old Ryann Carroll has just run into the guy who saved her life ten years ago. You might think she'd be happy to see him again. Not exactly. She's a bit underdressed (as in skinny-dipping) and he's not supposed to exist.
After her father's affair, all Ryann wants is to escape the family implosion fallout and find a little peace. She also wouldn't mind a first date that didn't suck, but she's determined not to end up like her mom: vulnerable, betrayed, destroyed. Ryann's recently moved back to her childhood home in rural Mississippi, the same place where ten years earlier she became lost in the woods overnight and nearly died.
She's still irresistibly drawn to those woods. There she encounters the boy who kept her from freezing to death that long ago winter night and was nowhere to be seen when rescuers arrived. He's still mysterious, but now all grown-up and gorgeous, too. And the more she's with him, the greater the threat he poses to Ryann's strict policy-- never want someone more than he wants you.
Seventeen-year-old Lad knows the law of his people all too well: Don't get careless and Don't get caught. It's allowed his race to live undetected in this world for thousands of years, mentioned only in flawed and fading folklore…
Lad's never been able to forget about Ryann since that night ten years ago. When he sees her again, his fascination re-ignites and becomes a growing desire that tempts him to break all the rules. He's not even supposed to talk to a human, much less fall in love with one.
And the timing is atrocious. The Assemblage is coming, the rift between the Light and Dark is widening, and mysterious celebrity fan pods are becoming more and more widespread and influential. Lad may have to trade his own chance at happiness to keep the humans, especially Ryann, blissfully unaware and safe.
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Inquiring minds want to know! Check out this Q&A!
How long have you been writing? I actually tried writing a novel the year I graduated from college when I was working my first job as a TV news anchor/reporter. I covered an amazing murder trial and it inspired me to write a murder mystery. But I quickly discovered that news writing and novel writing were *very* different. I didn’t know how to get past the first few chapters. As I moved from city to city, moving up the TV news career ladder, I kept trying, starting and stopping several novels over the years. It wasn’t until I quit my full-time job to stay home with my kids that I really began the long process of learning about story structure and good writing. I was fortunate that the first novel I completed was selected as a Golden Heart finalist in 2013. I was a finalist again the next year with that YA murder mystery book! That’s the book that got me my agent, too.
Why did you choose to write YA Fantasy/Paranormal? I’ve always loved reading fantasy and paranormal, and my favorite movies are usually sci-fi/fantasy. In middle school I was a huge Lord of the Rings geek, and when I learned that J.R.R. Tolkien was inspired by Norse mythology, specifically the Poetic Edda, I looked into the ancient minstrel tales myself. In them, the Fae are described as beautiful, frightening, powerful, sometimes god-like. The Hidden Trilogy, beginning with HIDDEN DEEP, is based on a combination of this Norse mythology and Celtic Fae legends.
How long did it take you to write HIDDEN DEEP? I started writing it six year ago, and it took me six months to finish, writing for about three hours each night. Because it was my first novel, it needed lots of revision, which took much longer. I was thrilled when it finaled in the prestigious 2013 Golden Heart competition, but I put it away for a while because the market for it wasn’t right at the time. I wrote five other books before returning to the Hidden world and diving back in. I’m so glad I did wait—I’m a much better writer now and was able to apply all I’d learned to the latest revision. These days, I can finish the first draft of a novel now in about a month!
What’s next for you? I’m working on the next books in the Hidden Trilogy. Book two, HIDDEN HEART, is in the editing process now, and I’ve just finished a Hidden-related novella for a box set with some awesome YA fantasy authors. It’s called Faery Tales and will be released mid-May. I still have to write a fifth book in my 20 Something series, but I’ll be immersed in the Hidden world for at least the next few months.
What’s something about you people might be surprised to learn? I’ve been a voiceover artist for the past 14 years, and I narrate audiobooks. No, I haven’t done my own yet—I haven’t had time! I’m like the plumber with leaky pipes in his own house—so busy working for everyone else, I haven’t recorded my own books. But they’re coming! I’ll be sure to update you when they’re available.
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Her website- http://www.amypatrickbooks.com/
Goodreads Author page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3247178.Amy_Patrick
Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/Amy-Patrick/e/B00MAXNU8O/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1