In celebration of Book Lover’s Week, a guest post from one of our very favorite authors, Jess Lourey!
For the Love of Books by Jess Lourey
Let’s be honest. None of us would be at this site, reading this blog, if we didn’t love books. I mean feel-like-you’re-losing-a-friend-when-you-turn-to-the-last-page-of-an-amazing-book, usually have more books on your to-be-read pile than items on your grocery list, know that the book will always be better than the movie (except, possibly, with the exception of Princess Bride) LOVE books. Admit it. This describes you. It also describes me.
I love book so much that I decided to write them. I started with mysteries because, frankly, Janet Evanovich wasn’t writing fast enough. I’ve been kind enough to receive starred reviews from Library Journal and Booklist for my series, the latter writing of my latest, November Hunt, “It’s hard to make people laugh while they’re on the edge of their seats, but Lourey pulls it off.” Writing mysteries is a blast, and my eighth one in the Murder-by-Month series, December Dread, comes out this October.
Somewhere in the midst of writing these mysteries, and reading every book that crossed my path, I had this thought: what if I could actually enter a book? I mean honest-to-goodness cross swords with Porthos, or go diving with Captain Nemo, or play ball with Scout and Jem, or build a raft with Huck Finn? WHAT IF?!? From that question grew the first in my new young adult series, called The Toadhouse Trilogy: Book One.
Here’s a description:
Aine (pronounced “Aw-nee”) believes herself to be a regular teenager in 1930s Alabama, but when a blue-eyed monster named Biblos attacks, she discovers that the reclusive woman raising her isn’t really her grandmother, that fairies are real, and that she’s been living inside a book for the past five years. With her blind brother, Spenser, she flees the pages of the novel she’s called home, one terrifying step ahead of Biblos’ black magic. Her only chance at survival lies in beating him to the three objects that he desires more than life.
As she undertakes her strange and dangerous odyssey, Aine must choose between a family she doesn’t remember and her growing attraction to a mysterious young man named Gilgamesh. Only through treacherous adventures into The Time Machine, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, A Tale of Two Cities, and the epic Indian saga The Ramayana will she learn her true heritage and restore the balance of the worlds… if she can stay alive.
Pretty exciting, yes? I sure felt thrilled to write it, and I hope you enjoy reading it.
And stay tuned to the PBS Blog for an Author Interview with Jess about her new book.