Alright, some rule breakers end up in handcuffs and if that was the road I’m taking I’d be glad to take the chastisement. No, I’m going a different route. The route of bucking the writing establishment. If you’ve been a fan of The Chrysalis Series I’ve made no bones about the fact that it is a cross-over series. That being said the series follows Ellie and Oscar through adulthood and into adult issues.
From a reader/fan stand point it’s a risk. I say a calculated others say naive…uninformed…ignorant…blah, blah, blah. Here’s the deal. I love my Chrysalis Series, but we can’t stay children forever. I never wrote the series for eleven and twelve year olds…they have Percy Jackson, Twilight and thousands of other series that are for them. Chrysalis is for those who legally can drive a car. Yep, I think that kids in middle school and kids in high school have different interests…I’m weird that way.
Bucking the establishment never got anyone anywhere I know…But it’s not like I wrote a book about teens killing each…oh…wait…huh? Was Suzanne Collins really taking that big of a risk? It’s not like William Golding ever had any success with Lord of the Flies right? Okay, so it was different and she got some success from it, but come on it’s not like I took a time honored, never touch tradition and changed it like making something sparkly or any…oh, wait.
Here’s the deal, my characters write the stories. I have as much influence on them as a replacement ref and a seasoned coach. Sure I can tell him what to do, give him a penalty and everything, but he’s still going to bend and even break the rules if it’s to his advantage.
I recently got a contract for the third book in the Chrysalis series called Not Even Death. You’ll get to hear Oscar in parts of it as well as the grown up Ellie. Written in first person (cuz who does that…oh yeah) they aged and they wanted to share their story with you. Because although some people wish life would never move past high school, it really does. The content is going to be more mature, but the characters you’ve become attached to are still there. Their hearts and souls ready to meet with yours. Plus who didn’t want to date the bad boy or girl at one point in their life or another? That’s me…the bad girl of writing who listens to her characters instead of the rule makers and lucky for me I’m with a company that believes in their writers and is willing to take the risk. What can I say? I’m a Rebel, but at least I have a cause, giving you a world to escape into and want to return.
In one tragic moment Ellie Jeffreys’ perfect life ended, the devastation of losing the only man she believed she could ever love and their beautiful child, causes the hopeless resignation that life shall never again be worth living.
Bound by a decree from On High the demons who tormented Ellie for years have had to leave the Jeffreys alone, but they grow restless, sensing Ellie's despair and vulnerability. They lust for her...and they are extremely resourceful...
Dr. Luke Page’s inability to save Ellie’s husband and son has him hoping to recover her crumbling mind and show her love does still exist in the world. Dr. Page feels immense pressure to be her security blanket in the concrete world, but thoroughly healing her presents a challenge that raises questions about his ability as both a physician and a human being.
The sheer strength of Oscar's love and devotion had always fortified a barrier around Ellie, shielding her from the effects of the world's iniquities. Ellie’s depression now leaves her susceptible.
But Oscar Jeffreys is much closer than Ellie realizes and he determined to not allow anything to stop him from protecting her, not even death.