Teen Read Week is officially October 16th through 22nd, but here at The Hub, we’re celebrating all month long with 31 Days of Authors. On each day in October, we’ll bring you author interviews and profiles and reflections on what YALSA-recognized books have meant to us.
Amanda Havard is the debut author of The Survivors, a YA series that gives a new twist to the paranormal genre. During the height of the Salem witch trials, twenty-six children accused of witchcraft are taken into the woods to die. But fourteen of them don’t die. They can’t die. And then they discover their mysterious powers…Fast forward a few hundred years and Sadie, a descendant of the original Survivors, is trying to find her place in the modern, human world. Of course, when you’re strong, fast, telepathic and immortal, it’s hard to fit in. Amanda joins us today to tell us more about this intriguing new series!
Many paranormal romances are written from the point of view of a human protagonist drawn into the supernatural world by their love for an alluring, non-human character. The Survivors focuses instead on the point of view of a non-human character attracted to both the human and paranormal worlds. What prompted this choice?
What a great question. This concept is actually what made me decide to write a paranormal romance series in the first place. I completely understand (and love) the purpose behind the idea of a human being drawn to a non-human. It’s a fantasy we can dream about within all the touches of the reality we’re living.
But I wanted to do something else. I wanted us to think from the side of the paranormal, think from the point of view of someone who is having to strongly evaluate these human world and the non-human world, as it were. I think we, as paranormal/fantasy/supernatural fans, are inherently drawn to the non-human world in our characters. But have we really thought about what it would mean to be caught up in those worlds? Have we thought of all that goes along with it? I wanted to give youâ€”and perhaps selfishly, think asâ€”a character who was having to deal with these questions in a very real, often painful way. We know what draws us to their world, but what would draw them to ours? Continue reading 31 Days of Authors : How do you kill a Survivor?