Welcome to my stop on the Emerald Isle blog tour! Today, Kate Hinderer is guest posting about writing Emerald Isle – and why she chose to write a paranormal book that isn’t about vampires and werewolves. Please make sure you say what’s up!
Hi. I’m author Kate Hinderer and I’m lucky enough to be guest posting for the day as part of the blog book tour for The Emerald Isle. This book is part paranormal, part contemporary fiction and has adventure, romance, suspense, and a whole lot of sand. I’ll admit, this book is not your typical paranormal. Yes, half the characters are mer but they are the only un-normal part of the story.
Why write a non-traditional paranormal book? To be honest when the Twilight series grew in popularity and vampire books began to fill bookshelves, I looked at that trend and thought about how to cash in on that. At the time, I was sending out my first book Aurora Undefined to literary agents and a couple of them got back to me saying the realistic contemporary theme wasn’t in high demand. I wanted to meet the demand but still write the kind of story I liked to read.
I toyed with the idea of writing about vampires or werewolves but felt there wasn’t much new I could do that hadn’t been done. Plus, with the huge success of Twilight, I felt like every vampire book was compared against the pre-cursor and many were found to be lacking. I was out running near a lake, mulling over what kind of magical character I could write about without looking like a copycat, when the mermaid idea came to me.
Usually when a story idea comes to me I start writing immediately. But I held off and really thought it through. Mermaids… it hadn’t been done recently in young adult literature. (This year they are making it much more mainstream than two years ago.) But there was the struggle of making sure it didn’t come across as childish or too much like The Little Mermaid. Plus, what did I know about mermaids? Not much.
I thought through the idea and the characters for nearly six months before I wrote down a single word. When I finally started sketching out my ideas it was in a notebook and it was just me creating character descriptions – those changed multiple times before I landed on Audyn and Tristan. I researched mermaids, read the folklore about them and then created my own ideas about them.
To me, the Emerald Isle, and eventually the entire Fascination Island series, is a mix of paranormal and contemporary fiction. I wanted it to feel like the reader could easily be the main character, working her summer job after escaping a bad breakup. I wanted it to feel like this could happen in real life – at least a little bit.
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About Kate Hinderer
Kate is a journalist by profession. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications. She started writing stories and novelettes in 7th grade. Her teachers thought she was copiously taking notes, but really she was penning stories about her classmates. That passion only increased in high school. The stories became longer and the passion for writing was deeply ingrained. As a junior she resurrected her school’s student-run newspaper and opted to pursue a journalism career to harness her love for writing into a payable profession. Still, the stories never stopped flowing.
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