Post by Catherine Stine, also
writing romance as Kitsy Clare
more, I like writing about supernatural elements: witches, modern demons, and
all of that good scary stuff. I like to couch my baddies in contemporary
settings and fashions that blend in with the everyday. So, for instance,
Wilson, the Prince of Darkness in Dorianna,
is a tall, charismatic fashion-hound and videographer who lives in Coney
to announce my two new projects! One is my YA horror, Dorianna, forthcoming from Evernight Teen on October 24 (written
as Catherine Stine). It’s a new twist on A Picture of Dorian Gray for the
Internet generation, and here’s the blurb:
beauty, power. It all sounded good.
Until it transformed
into a terrifying reality Dorianna couldn’t stop
Dorianna is a dark twist for the Internet
generation on A Picture of Dorian Gray.
When her father is jailed, her mother ships lonely, plain Dorianna to her
aunt’s. There, Dorianna yearns to build a new identity, but the popular Lacey
bullies her—mostly for getting attention from her ex, Ander.
Dorianna to Coney Island where Wilson, a videographer, creates a stunning
compilation of her. She dreams of being an online sensation, as she’s never even
had a birthday party, and vows she’d give anything to go viral. Wilson claims
he’s the Prince of Darkness and warns her the pledge has downsides. Dorianna
thinks he’s joking. She has no idea of how dire the consequences might be.
My second, a novel-in-progress is a
new adult historical paranormal romance set in 1932 on the Jersey shore (written as Kitsy Clare). It’s
called Beach Witch and it’s about a
pretty nineteen year-old lady named Fiera, who has no idea she’s a powerful
witch, at least at first. I can’t say more about it yet, except you can get big
hints by taking a peek at my Beach Witch Pinterest board here: http://www.pinterest.com/kitsy84557/images-of-the-30s-for-beach-witch/
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is a rough design for Beach Witch I
created as my screensaver to inspire me to keep writing. I’m not a professional
cover designer, but I imagine Fiera a bit like this.
Clare hails from Philly and lives in Manhattan. A romantic at heart, she loves
writing about the sexy intrigue of the city and of the art world. She knows it
well, having shown her paintings here before turning to writing. Model Position, her new adult novella isabout artist Sienna and her friends. Living in a Bookworld says: “Beautifully written! We learn
things about art & painting. A colorful story from a promising author.” The
next in The Art of Love series, Private
Internship launches Sept 29 with Inkspell.
writes YA as Catherine Stine. Her futuristic thriller, Ruby’s Fire was a YA finalist in the Next Generation Indie book
awards. Fireseed One, its
companion novel, was a finalist in YA and Sci-Fi in the USA News International
Book Awards, and an Indie Reader notable. Her YA horror, Dorianna, launches fall 2014 with Evernight Teen.
I think of all the books I loved growing up and it started much like
Things progressed from there. There’s a list in my mind of books that
shaped my tastes, my life as a reader and an author. The first time I
discovered Charlotte Bronte’s JANE EYRE, I remember thinking, “Where in the
world has Mr. Rochester been my entire life?”
The poor brooding dark male leading character….sigh. I was most
impressed that this was written at a time when this would’ve been an unlikely
scenario in real life, bringing me to my next book: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. Same
case. Of all the reasons to LOVE and adore this gem of a novel that has
influenced hundreds of authors, one of the main reasons I love it, is for me,
in the time period it was written, this would’ve been a fantasy and in my mind,
that makes Pride and Prejudice quite the progressive, ahead-of-its-time kind of
novel. Need I point out all the other reasons why we all love it? J
And Gone With the Wind. As a child (things never changed as an adult) I
loved all things Southern and when I first read and then watched Gone With the
Wind, it felt life changing. I wanted to throttle Scarlett, I wanted to look
like Scarlett, and did I ever want a Rhett of my own! I was 12 when the sequel,
Scarlett, came out and I begged my mother to get it and get it now! I completed
my 7th grade book report on it and I remember this look on my
teacher’s face when I handed it in that said, “Are you serious?” at which point
my goofy glasses-wearing self said, “Frankly my dear, I am serious. I am damn
With a sharply raised eyebrow, she gave me an A.
Now as an adult, I still hold these books dear. I don’t know that any of
my own characters, or myself, are anything like any of the leading casts. My
novels are quite a bit different than the above masterpieces. But my hope from
reading these, was that in some way, somewhere out there, I could make a reader
feel the way about my books as the literary gems above me made me feel the
first time I read them.
An author can only hope….
About the author:
By age 5, Sasha Hibbs' favorite
movie was Gone With the Wind. By age 12, she completed her 7th grade book
report on the sequel, Scarlett. By 18, she met and married her very own Mr.
Rhett Butler and as it turns out, she never had to worry about going back to
Tara to win the love of her life back. Fortunately, he stuck with her.
With a love of all things
paranormal, the ambiance of the South with its gigantic antebellum mansions and
canopies of Spanish moss, and a love for her husband’s rich storytelling of
blacksmiths and the mythology surrounding their origins, it wasn’t long until
the world of her debut novel, Black Amaranth, was born.
When not working her day job as a
nurse, you can find Sasha dreaming of her next beach trip, reading the latest
YA novel, and drinking more white chocolate mocha than she should.
Sasha lives in mountainous West Virginia with her husband, Tim, and
their two daughters, Aeliza and Ava. She is currently hard at work on
book three in The Vulcan Legacies series.