Allie Burton’s YA Paranormal Debut!
Posted by Suzanne Ferrell Jun 27 2013, 12:12 am
One of the perks in being a Romance Bandit is getting to introduce our readers to new authors and their stories. If that author happens to be one of the nicest people you will ever meet and a dear friend…well that’s just bonus points for all of us. So today, dear readers and fellow Bandits, I’m bringing some fresh talent to visit, my good friend and debut YA paranormal author, Allie Burton!
Suz: Welcome, Allie! Pull up a bar stool. Since it’s early in the day, I’ve asked Sven to have your favorite caffeine beverage Diet Pepsi on board for our visit. If we’re lucky he’ll serve us up some lovely blueberry scones to go with it. Congratulations on the debut of your YA series LOST DAUGHTERS OF ATLANTIS. Please tell our readers the premise behind the series.
Allie: Thank you so much for having me here and thanks for the Diet Pepsi. You wrote such a sweet introduction. I have to say without Suzanne Ferrell’s encouragement and advice I wouldn’t be here today.
Believe it or not, the first line in ATLANTIS RIPTIDE was the original premise. I remembered the old line about people running away to the circus and I thought why would someone do the exact opposite? The first line is: I ran away from the circus.
Suz: I loved that opening! How did you come up with this concept?
Allie: I came up with the concept by building on that first line and asking a lot of questions. What did they do in the circus? Why did they want to run away? What are they looking for?
Suz: In ATLANTIS RIPTIDE we meet Pearl. For a Princess with remarkable powers she hasn’t lived an easy life.
Allie: Pearl’s powers were taken advantage of by the circus owners—that’s why she ran away. She wanted to find herself and discover why she has these abilities. By the end of the book she’s found so much more.
Suz: When we meet Pearl, she immediately performs a heroic act. Why did you choose to start the book here?
Allie: A couple of reasons: I wanted the beginning to be a cliffhanger and I wanted to showcase Pearl’s powers to let the readers know this is no average girl. The situation also posed a conundrum to Pearl because her goal was to stay anonymous and not show people her skills, but if she didn’t act the toddler could drown.
Suz: Her life becomes very complicated when she meets Chase Thomas.
Allie: Chase is curious about and attracted to Pearl instantaneously. He wants to get to know her, to break down the walls she’s built up, and her resistance makes him even more determined.
Suz: Men and boys, always intrigued by puzzles. Then things really become complex when she meets a young man with powers like hers.
Allie: One of Pearl’s story goals is to discover why she has these strange abilities. When she meets Finn, she immediately lets down her walls and trusts him. But there’s a war brewing under the ocean and he might be on the wrong side.
Suz: I love the story of how you found your YA voice. Can you share it with our readers?
Allie: I started writing romantic suspense and the kids would always be trying to look over my shoulder. I’d have to cover the screen because I didn’t want them to read about sex and murders. One day one of them asked, “when are you going to write something we can read?” So, I whipped up a middle grade book about a brother and sister and ended up loving the genre. Now, I write both middle grade and young adult.
Suz: The second book in the series ATLANTIS RED TIDE is also out. Which sister is this story about?
Allie: This is Coral and Finn’s story and its available now. Coral has been brought up in Atlantis as one of the three princesses, but she doubts her legitimacy. She believes she must find her sisters to prove her worth. And Finn, who we meet in the first book, is a spy for the opposing side in the war.
Suz: When will the final book, ATLANTIS RISING TIDE, be available for readers?
Allie: ATLANTIS RISING TIDE releases at the end of this month. The heroine Maris thinks she’s a normal teen until she discovers her powers and learns of this other world under the ocean—a world that could be torn apart.
You can find Allie Burton at www.allieburton.com and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/AllieBurtonAuthor and Twitter at www.twitter.com/Allie_Burton
So, dear readers, The Lost Daughters of Atlantis series are great summer reads. What’s on your summer reading list? Allie will be giving away a signed copy of ATLANTIS RIPTIDE to one commentor!
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