Welcome to the third day of #14Debuts, all about great 2014 YA debuts and their amazing authors! Today I’m featuring:
The 57 Lives of Alex WayfarePublication Date: March 4th, 2014 Publisher: Strange Chemistry
For as long as 17-year-old Alex Wayfare can remember, she has had visions of the past. Visions that make her feel like she’s really on a ship bound for America, living in Jamestown during the Starving Time, or riding the original Ferris wheel at the World’s Fair.
But these brushes with history pull her from her daily life without warning, sometimes leaving her with strange lasting effects and wounds she can’t explain. Trying to excuse away the aftereffects has booked her more time in the principal’s office than in any of her classes and a permanent place at the bottom of the social hierarchy. Alex is desperate to find out what her visions mean and get rid of them.
It isn’t until she meets Porter, a stranger who knows more than should be possible about her, that she learns the truth: Her visions aren’t really visions. Alex is a Descender – capable of traveling back in time by accessing Limbo, the space between Life and Afterlife. Alex is one soul with fifty-six past lives, fifty-six histories.
Fifty-six lifetimes to explore: the prospect is irresistible to Alex, especially when the same mysterious boy with soulful blue eyes keeps showing up in each of them. But the more she descends, the more it becomes apparent that someone doesn’t want Alex to travel again. Ever.
And will stop at nothing to make this life her last.
The first time I heard about this book it was through Cuddlebuggery when they ran their giveaway. I have to admit, when I first heard about the past lives of Alex, I first thought of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Except the Fire Nation isn’t out to get Alex. And she’s not an air bender. However, I have full confidence that Alex will be just as awesome as Aang and I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of this book!
Time travel. Reincarnation. Lies.
Beautiful writing. Strong coffee. Napping outdoors, specifically in the untouched wilderness where breezes roll, coyotes howl, and leaves whisper. Flowers in spring. Colors in autumn. New notebooks and pens.
Finally getting it into the hands of readers and hearing their reactions. I love the theories they are coming up with for Book 2.
Usually I can just jump right in, no matter where I am, but if I need to get in the writing mood, I’ll find a comfy chair, make myself an espresso and a plate of cookies, and settle in for the long haul. It’s also nice to have a purring cat at your feet.
I’d love to meet Merlin. There are so many reincarnations of him in literature that I’m not quite sure which to adhere to. I’d love to meet the REAL one. The right one. Was he young? Old? Bearded? Clean-shaven? Born with his magic or did he have to study to become great? I need to know these things!
I’m so glad you like it! I loved the colors. It’s exactly how I pictured the ethereal colors in Limbo. And the wisps are just how I picture the soulmarks. It’s lovely, and I’d love to be walking alongside Alex in that wood right about now.
I’d like to go back and try my hand at life during the American pioneer days. I think I could hack it. I’d go all Laura Ingalls Wilder on that past life.
Find a close group of critique partners, other writers, preferably those who know the publishing ropes, who can read your work and give you valuable feedback. Choose them wisely. Make sure they know you, your vision for the book, and what you’re trying to accomplish with it. Don’t just let anyone read your work. Too many differing opinions can cripple a writer and leave them standing still. Choose critique partners who will help propel you forward toward your goal, not cut you off at the knees with self-doubt.
When she’s not writing, M.G. moonlights as a web designer and social media/creative director. She’s the current web ninja lurking behind the hugely popular website YABooksCentral.com, a social network for YA (and kids!) book lovers. The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare is her debut novel. M.G. lives nestled away in Michigan pines, surrounded by good coffee and good books, with her husband and son and three furbabies. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr.