I'm back with another TFA feature today! I love featuring authors and their upcoming debuts/releases. Everyone needs to get in the spotlight every once in a while, don't you agree? And today's feature is even better - the author donated a copy of her upcoming release to one lucky YAvengers reader.
The role of Dawn Metcalf will be played by the tall brunette in the off-the-shoulder, floor-length leather straitjacket. Makeup by Clinique, buckles by Jada Pinkett-Smith, hair by Jim Henson's Creature Shop.
I have no good excuse for the way I write. I lived in a normal, loving, suburban home, studied hard, went to college, went to graduate school, got married, had babies, and settled down in northern Connecticut. Despite this wholesome lifestyle, I've been clearly corrupted by fairy tales, puppet visionaries, British humour and graphic novels. As a result, I write dark, quirky, and sometimes humorous speculative fiction.
Captain America: I'll cut straight to the chase. Pitch your novel, INDELIBLE, in a tweet. If you're new to electronics, a tweet consists of 140 characters, typed on a keyboard much like a typewriter, only smaller.
Dawn Metcalf: Boy meets girl, girl meets boy, boy accidentally stabs girl in the eye, plunging her into a world of monsters, magic, honor & revenge.
Captain America: The stabbing in the eye part reminds me of Loki. INDELIBLE takes place in a world of monsters and illusions, what made you write a fantasy novel?
Dawn Metcalf: Well nobody made me--I went willingly! I read everything "fantastic" when I was a kid, from fairy tales, science fiction, fantasy and mystery to mythology, legend, graphic novels and ancient lore. I tend to see the unusual in the everyday, imagining what kind of fairy would live in a rotted stump or how a piece of plumbing might be made into a ray gun. (Pictures on my Facebook page!) Essentially, I like to write "What If" novels with worlds and characters with a bit of twist. If 180 degrees could be considered "a bit."
Captain America: I should have worded that differently. Do you have a favorite line that was removed from the original draft of INDELIBLE?
Dawn Metcalf: The *original* draft? Whoa. Let me look...
By the time Dad came home, the house smelled warmly of onion and thyme and Joy knew Gordon’s entire life history, his web profile, rather intimate preferences and one or two embarrassing family stories. She was surprised she hadn’t learned his social security number, but figured Monica had to save something for marriage.
Keep in mind this was about 6 drafts ago, back when I wrote the original text to "the end" back in 2009, but Monica and Joy were still great characters with a snarky sort of wit I adore!
Captain America: We YAvengers love hearing the tales of an author's journey to publication, can you tell us a little bit about your journey to getting INDELIBLE, or your debut, published?
Dawn Metcalf: My debut publishing journey was a Cinderella story that quickly became a princess falling down the stairs--or, more accurately, *slowly* falling down the stairs--story as it was bumped again and again and again, being almost 4 years between contract to appearing on local shelves and getting lost in the cracks as the entire industry began suffering transition pains. But I learned a lot and still wouldn't have traded my editor for anything. Yet by the time LUMINOUS was out in the world, INDELIBLE was finished and being shopped around. Truth be told, a lot of business decisions are based on your previous numbers (which I (un)fortunately didn't have yet), and so I was lucky that my second book was bought on its own merits without worrying about how my poor first book was doing in the wake of Borders going under and a multi-pub house collapse. I was thrilled to be working with Natashya Wilson, the brains behind Julie Kagawa's stunning IRON FEY series! I'm really very proud of how this book has matured and how I have grown as a writer and how I can launch a fresh series. And since I've just turned in the first draft of INDELIBLE's sequel, I can now concentrate on watching Book One fly!
Captain America: Thanks for joining us! Now, here's a little bit about Ms Metcalf's novel, INDELIBLE, which releases on July 30th, 2013 from HarlequinTeen.
Some things are permanent.
And they cannot be changed back.
Joy Malone learns this the night she sees a stranger with all-black eyes across a crowded room—right before the mystery boy tries to cut out her eye. Instead, the wound accidentally marks her as property of Indelible Ink, and this dangerous mistake thrusts Joy into an incomprehensible world—a world of monsters at the window, glowing girls on the doorstep, and a life that will never be the same.
Now, Joy must pretend to be Ink’s chosen one—his helper, his love, his something for the foreseeable future...and failure to be convincing means a painful death for them both. Swept into a world of monsters, illusion, immortal honor and revenge, Joy discovers that sometimes, there are no mistakes.
Somewhere between reality and myth lies…
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