Seventeen-year-old Vanessa Sands is afraid of everything—the dark, heights, the ocean—but her fearless older sister, Justine, has always been there to coach her through every challenge. That is, until Justine goes cliff-diving one night near the family’s vacation house in Maine, and her lifeless body washes up on shore the next day.
Though her parents hope that they’ll be able to find closure back in Boston, Vanessa can’t help feeling that her sister’s death wasn’t an accident. After discovering that Justine was keeping a lot of secrets, Vanessa returns to Winter Harbor, hoping that Justine’s boyfriend might know more. But Caleb has been missing since Justine’s death.
Soon, it’s not just Vanessa who’s afraid. All of Winter Harbor is abuzz with anxiety when another body washes ashore, and panic sets in when the small town becomes host to a string of fatal, water-related accidents in which all the victims are found, horrifically, grinning from ear to ear.
Vanessa turns to Caleb’s brother, Simon, for help, and begins to find herself drawn to him. As the pair try to understand the sudden rash of creepy drownings, Vanessa uncovers a secret that threatens her new romance—and will change her life forever.
A seductive paranormal romance full of unexpected twists, Siren is certain to make a big summer splash.
Describe your book in five words or less.
Siren’s a spooky, seductive mystery.
What has your road to publications been like?
It’s been a pleasant surprise! My first book, The Melting of Maggie Bean, was actually my MFA thesis; it wasn’t until I finished the story and was in a final meeting with my advisor that I considered pursuing publication. And then I had no expectations—which made the offer all the more exciting when it came!
What was the most challenging aspect of writing "Siren"?
Letting go of reality as we know it. I’d never written a story with any sort of supernatural element before, so that was a fun—but occasionally challenging!—experience.
Why did you choose to write for young adults?
As a writer, I seem to relate better to young adult characters. I’ve written more “adult” fiction before, and while I enjoyed it, I never connected with those characters in quite the same way.
What is one question that you've always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
I don’t think anyone’s ever asked me if there’s something else I’d do professionally if given the chance. But if they did, my answer would be absolutely not! Creating engaging stories for young readers is the very best job I could’ve ever hoped to have.
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