Frequently asked questions:
1. Is RIVER’S EDGE the sequel to EYES OF LIGHTNING?
Nope, definitely not. The two are not at all related. They’re both Young Adult books with paranormal twists, but that is the only common ground they share.
2. But I’m waiting for Book 2 in the Thunderbird Legacy!
I’m working on it, I promise! RIVER’S EDGE is a book I wrote back in 2009, so I decided to go ahead and release it while I was writing WINGS OF THUNDER. I thought it might distract my readers while they wait. 😉
3. The cover looks spooky. What’s up with that?
My cover designer, Rod Karmenzind, did a spooktacular job with the cover! I told him I wanted something scary, and he delivered. RIVER’S EDGE is categorized as YA Horror, and I wanted to make sure readers could determine that from the cover.
4. I don’t like horror. Why should I take a chance on RIVER’S EDGE?
I don’t like horror, either. I never watch scary movies, and I can count on one hand the number of horror books I have read in my life. I certainly didn’t set out to write a horror novel . . . so imagine my surprise when some of my test readers told me how scary my book was. How did that happen?? I still have no idea. Then I’ve had other test readers tell me it’s not that scary. So what’s a reader to do?? Here is the solution I came up with. I decided to post the first two chapters of RIVER’S EDGE on my website (which you can read HERE). Normally I would just post one chapter, but chapter two has one of the few spooky scenes. If you can handle Ch. 2, you can handle the rest of the book. If Ch. 2 creeps you out, then you probably won’t like the book. The last thing I want to do is trick people into buying a book they don’t like. That’s seriously not my goal. So I highly recommend reading the first two chapters on the website and then making an informed decision about whether or not it’s a good fit for you.
5. How is RIVER’S EDGE different than EYES OF LIGHTNING?
It’s a lot different, actually. You can read a detailed comparison HERE. The short answer is that RE is faster-paced and geared toward older teens. But RE is so much more than just a scary thriller. It’s a celebration of biology and nature. Each chapter opens with a quote from a female naturalist. The storyline is based on the Turtle Camp Research and Education in Ecology (TREE) program from Iowa State University. The setting is the real-life Thomson Causeway, a beautiful recreation area on the Mississippi River. My main character, Kasia, is an aspiring biologist with a love of nature. You can read a synopsis of the story HERE. There are so many things I love about this book. And I hope you’ll love it too. 🙂
What other questions do you have?? Leave me a comment and I’ll gladly answer!