I’d been writing for several years (make that five) when I stumbled into Young Adult fiction by way of my then day job -- substitute teaching in a rural school district. When I realized that after Harry Potter there weren’t too many places for 12 year-old girls to go, I decided to write something for them.
What happened next is one of those magic progressions that led me to three Golden Heart nominations for best YA romance manuscript, landing a hottie NY agent, joining up with the fabulous Buzz Girls, winning the Golden Heart award, and then selling NEVER CRY WEREWOLF, my first-to-be-published paranormal book, to HarperCollins. OMG -- a lot's been going on!
NEVER CRY WEREWOLF, which will debut in April 2009, is the story of Shelby, a reluctant celebutante new to Beverly Hills who gets sent to brat camp, where she meets Austin Bridges the III, the hot son of a British rockstar who’s also a werewolf. When Austin’s anti-wolf serum is confiscated by the clueless camp director, Shelby finds herself torn between helping her crush escape camp to hide his secret and following the rules to save her own hide.
It’s got humor, romance, a hot werewolf hero, and lots of heart. It’s my favorite book I’ve written, and I’m pretty sure it’s my best. Currently, I’m in the second round of revisions for my super editor at Harper – and hoping that it will become a series because I’m so in luv with my characters. And yes, that’s - L-U-V!
It seems a long way off, April. But, I know that my hard work is making the story really come to life. That’s the magic of writing novels -- the not giving up, the immersion in the work, the way things come together in a way you never planned, and the waiting while the wheels of publishing turn.
Wishing you magic, love, and light -- and hot werewolves!
Heather Davis is the author of the aforementioned
NEVER CRY WEREWOLF
HarperCollins April 2009