GUEST POST: Winter Falls (Twin Willows Trilogy #1) by Nicole Maggi
AUTHOR: Nicole Maggi
PUBLICATION: Expected publication: December 22nd 2014 by Medallion Press
GENRE: YA > Fantasy | Paranormal
PAGES: 400pages (paperback)
BLURB FROM GOODREADS:
Alessia Jacobs is a typical sixteen-year-old, dying to get out of her small Maine town. Things look up when a new family comes to town. But as she begins to fall for the hot, mysterious son, Jonah, her life turns upside down.
Weird visions of transforming into an otherworldly falcon are just the beginning. Soon she learns she’s part of the Benandanti, an ancient cult of warriors with the unique power to separate their souls from their bodies and take on the forms of magnificent animals.
Alessia never would’ve suspected it, but her boring town is the site of an epic struggle between the Benandanti and the Malandanti to control powerful magic in the surrounding forest.
As Alessia is drawn into the Benandanti’s mission, her relationship with Jonah intensifies. Suddenly forced to weigh choices a sixteen-year-old should never have to make, Alessia witnesses two worlds colliding with devastating consequences.
First of all, I am ecstatic to be part of this amazing tour! I cannot wait to read Winter Falls.. that cover! That blurb! I just know it’ll be an awesome read. I’m so happy that Nicole had the time to drop by on the blog to share all the secrets that we don’t know about Winter Falls. Ready?
Things the readers don’t know about Winter Falls.
WINTER FALLS began as a historical novel. When I first started writing novels, I wrote historical fiction. My first novel was a female Huck Finn that was set on the Lewis & Clark expedition. It was good enough to get me my agent, but it didn’t sell. Then I started on a novel set on Nantucket in the 1830’s. But at a conference with my agent, all the editors said the same thing: American historical fiction wasn’t selling at that time. “Write about Europe,” my agent advised me. So I set the Nantucket book aside (someday I’ll return to it!) and started doing some research. One day I fell down the rabbit hole that is Wikipedia and landed on the page for European witch hunts. There was a little footnote for something called the Benandanti on that page. I clicked on it…
I was immediately fascinated with the myth of the Benandanti. That you had to be born into it, that although the Roman Inquisition investigated them for over a hundred years, no one was ever convicted, and mostly that the transcripts from all those Inquisition trials still exist. Pages and pages of real, ordinary people claiming to do this extraordinary thing. I knew instantly that this was my next book.
But when I first started writing the book, it was a historical novel set in 16th century Italy. Several months into writing it, I got terribly stuck. I had the whole thing plotted out, but I was bored. It’s NEVER a good sign when you’re bored by your own writing. I couldn’t figure out how to un-stick myself. Then one weekend, my husband and I were away and having dinner at the fantastical steakhouse at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo. For anyone who’s never heard of the Madonna Inn, it’s this fabulously kitschy hotel with themed rooms. The steakhouse has pink leather banquettes and gold Rococo cherubs hanging over your head while you eat. So there we were, dining beneath fat naked cherubs, and my husband asks me, “What’s wrong with you? Why can’t you write this book?” And I answered, “I don’t know.” Then I blurted out, “Maybe it doesn’t need to be set in the 16th century.”
For someone who identified themselves as a historical novelist, this was a pretty radical idea. But when we got back from that weekend, I sat down, opened up a blank document, and started writing the book set in the here and now. Within an hour I had five pages. Within four months I had a complete first draft.
I’d love to return to writing historicals someday, but for now I’m pretty happy writing urban fantasies and thrillers (my upcoming Sourcebooks novels are thrillers). And I’m very grateful to those cheeky little cherubs for helping me onto the path to WINTER FALLS.
Now that Nicole shared us all the deets, don’t forget to check out Winter Falls! All book details are above! HAPPY READING.
Nicole was born in the suburbs of upstate New York, and began writing poems about unicorns and rainbows at a very early age. She detoured into acting, earned a BFA from Emerson College, and moved to NYC where she performed in lots of off-off-off-Broadway Shakespeare. After a decade of schlepping groceries on the subway, she and her husband hightailed it to sunny Los Angeles, where they now reside, surrounded by fruit trees, with their young daughter and two oddball cats. Her TWIN WILLOW TRILOGY launches this December from Medallion Press; the first book is WINTER FALLS. Her standalone YA thriller THE FORGETTING will be released in February 2015 from SourceBooks Fire.
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