Convinced she’s a part of the witness protection program, sixteen-year-old Jewel Rose is shuffled around the globe with her family like a pack of traveling gypsies. After arriving at lucky home twenty-seven, she stumbles upon a mysterious boy with magical powers claiming to be her guardian . . . and warning of imminent danger. Despite the obvious sparks between them, Jewel discovers a relationship is forbidden, and the more she learns about dark, brooding Roman, she begins to question who she can even believe—the family who raised her, or the supposed sworn protector who claims they’ve been lying to her all along.
As she struggles to uncover who her family has really been running from, she is forced to hide her birthmark that reveals who she is. With new realities surfacing, unexplained powers appearing, and two tempting boys vying for her heart, Jewel battles to learn who she can trust in an ever growing sea of lies, hoping she’ll make it through her seventeenth birthday alive.
Today, I’m part of another fantastic blog tour and my tour stop features a guest post from author Shannon Duffy. She shares some words on writing and inspiration for her recently released young adult novel, Spectral.
Thanks to Shannon Duffy for stopping by the blog and to Tribute Books for organizing the tour!
Shannon Duffy writes MG and YA. She is repped by the amazing Lauren Hammond of ADA Management. She grew up on the beautiful east coast of Canada and now lives in Ontario, Canada. She is a mom of one boy, her angel. She loves writing, reading, working out, soccer, and the sport of champions-shopping.
Inspiration for the story:
I came up with the idea for SPECTRAL when I couldn’t sleep one night. I wanted to write about a girl who is a very special kind of witch, but who is also completely unaware of who/what she is. Because Jewel has been raised very sheltered her whole life, it makes her initially naïve. When things start happening in a big way, this makes it especially hard for her to figure it out, deal with it, and for her to know who she can trust. Because I was raised pretty sheltered myself as a kid, I think I was able to put extra authenticity into the way Jewel reacts, learns, and grows to her new realities.
Usually in the morning, I answer my emails, and do some social media stuff. After that, when I’m ready to write, I always go back and read through the last chapter I’ve worked on up until where I’ve left off. This gets me back into the flow of things. I have two monitors, and on one screen, I’ll always have a word doc marked as Title of the book/ideas. This really helps, because often as I’m writing ideas will come to me for something I can use later in the book or something that I might need to tie up etc. I’ll always add to and refer to this doc until I’ve complete the novel. Also, I drive myself a bit crazy with the editing. I constantly go back and review my work and reword sentences etc. Sometimes, I’d like to just write, write, write, but my little interior editor won’t let me. =)
Finding out you’re going to be published is one of those moments in your life that you’ll always remember where you were when you found out. For SPECTRAL, I was just leaving a writing conference in Big Sur, California and heading back to Toronto. I was in my hotel room when my agent called to tell me that Tribute Books wanted to publish it. I just remember pacing the room while she talked, so happily…hyper!