Kiersten White has captured the attention of fellow authors around the world and with film rights to her debut novel Paranormalcy already sold, she's one of the hottest new stars in young adult fiction!
Packed with vampires, werewolves, faeries and shapeshifters, Paranormalcy's unbeatable characters and fast-paced adventures will have you enthralled from the very first page!
Evie's always thought of herself as a normal teenager, despite the fact that she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency (IPCA), she can see through paranormals' glamours, her best friend is a mermaid, and her ex-boyfriend is a lunatic - and a faerie.
Evie has at least been able to take comfort in the fact that she's human...Until she finds out she's not. With everything she believes called into question, Evie becomes drawn to the newest IPCA shapeshifter prisoner. But their flirting is soon complicated by the information he carries: a prophecy of death and destruction that revolves around Evie herself. So much for normal...Kiersten White
has one tall husband and two small children. She lives near the ocean in San Diego, where her days are perfectly normal. This abundance of normal led her to a fascination with all things paranormal, including but not limited to faeries, vampires and pop culture. Paranormalcy is her first novel. Visit her online and read her blog at www.kierstenwhite.com
Harper Collins Australia
Author: Kiersten White
Interview with Kiersten White Question:
What inspired you to write Paranormalcy?Kiersten White
: Like most very good or very bad things in my life, the idea for Paranormalcy started when I was very, very bored. I was between projects and a friend told me to write something with vampires. "Why on earth would I write vampires??" I asked. Which of course got me thinking about vampires and what you would do with them if they weren't sparkly and sexy but you didn't want to kill them. That gave me the idea for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, and as soon as I had that in my head Evie started talking to me. Once her narrative voice started going, the whole story spun out from there!Question:
Can you talk about how you created the character of Evie?Kiersten White
: I knew that I needed someone to work for IPCA, and that it would have to be a teenager and a girl. What kind of teenager would work for a covert international government group, though? One who could see through paranormal glamours and instantly identify them, of course. And once I knew what she could do, Evie's voice came alive in my head, letting me know exactly how she felt about, well, pretty much everything. Evie was a very organic, natural character for me to write. All of her strongest character traits and personality ticks just came as part of the package!Question:
How does it feel to know Paranormalcy is going to become a movie?Kiersten White
: Paranormalcy has been optioned for film, which means that a bunch of really cool people are doing everything they can to get a screenplay written and find financing. It's fun to think about, but I try not to dwell on it since getting movies made is a long and fickle process. I wanted the book, it happened, and everything else is gravy. Magical, delicious, incredible gravy made out of dreams and rainbows. Also, it's non-fattening.Question:
Which actor do you think should play the lead role of Evie?Kiersten White
: My top three choices are Anna Sophia Robb, Taylor Swift, and Dakota Fanning. They are all pretty, young blondes with the right physical type who I think could also pull off the delicate balance between vulnerability and tough, kick-butt attitude!Question:
What intrigues you about the paranormal genre?Kiersten White
: I think that the paranormal genre is wonderful because it allows us to explore all of the different types of drama, intrigue, and heartbreak we experience in normal life--it just blows it up to life and death proportions. So instead of, "I like him but maybe he doesn't like me back," which feels like life and death, it's, "I like him but maybe he doesn't like me back, but if he does like me back it could potentially get us both killed but WHO CARES because oh my gosh he is a good kisser."
Okay, fine, I'm just in it for the kissing.
Seriously though, paranormal elements are incredible metaphors for our struggle to ever connect with other people and to navigate the wonders and terrors of the world around us. Plus they make for really fun stories!
Review: I felt separation anxiety when I had to put this book down. Looking forward to the next one. Fast paced, intriguing look into the supernatural word of possibilities.Buy it now at Angus & Robertson