So far I’ve published a YA paranormal series, a standalone novel, and two contemporary NA romances. For this newest endeavor, I went in a different direction, a Young Adult Thriller. While contemplating the novel, one story really clung onto my mind: The Phantom of the Opera. This award winning musical is one of my favorite plays, novels, and movie of all time (ask my husband…), there are so many elements I wanted to pay homage to while creating my own spin on it.
For instance, most of the characters in ‘As You Lay Sleeping’, share the same first letters of their counterparts in the play, and I added an extra character from the novel into the mix. But overall, I tried to explore the “feel” the characters give me while I read or watch the different versions of Phantom which helped shape the characters.
And while the inspiration for the story came from Phantom, the settings came from my own experiences. While most imagine beaches with palm trees and surfers, most of my childhood trips to the beach were local New England ones. I set my novel in the fictional town of Chester Bay, Connecticut. While the town is fictional, I researched locations in real Connecticut communities to bring the settings more to life.
I hope while reading, these little details create a wonderfully vivid world for you to experience.
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Release date: February 22, 2017
Genre: Young Adult Thriller
I did it all for you…
Cara’s boyfriend is dead.
When fingers start pointing at her, she knows she’s in more trouble than she originally thought. Because Cara can see that something isn’t right.
As her carefully constructed life begins to crumble, Cara isn’t sure who she is anymore.
But maybe that’s exactly what someone wants her to think…