CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT
Young Adult Paranormal/Supernatural
By E.W. Skinner
Published April 17th, 2014
Sybille Malone lives in an overpopulated Manhattan, Region One, of Global Good 2202. Their society is the fulfillment of utopian ideals developed by the surviving masses of 2100. Seventeen-year-old Sybille is a resident of Dayshift and longs for a Nightshift boy known only as Mark. Distraught by Global Good’s restrictive culture, Sybille is desperate until she finds a relic of a past civilization. The discovery of Blair’s diary sets off a chain of supernatural events that not only affects Sybille’s close relationships, but has Global Good scrambling to find the culprit.
Emily had a goal when she was 15, she would have a daughter named Marquel and write a novel titled “Marquel.” She accomplished both and more.
A member of The International Thriller Writers, Emily was a protege of the late master of the pulps or paperback originals, Harry Whittington. Emily interviewed Whittington during her days as a feature writer for the Clearwater Sun daily newspaper and its weekly division. They became friends and he taught her how to plot and gave her approval of the original outline and sample chapter for “Marquel” shortly before he died in 1989.
After Whittington passed away, Emily challenged herself to write as her mentor did and wrote a chapter a day and finished the novel “Marquel” in 52 days. For more details on the novel’s history read:http://www.thefilmmom.blogspot.com/20…
Fast forward, a second daughter, Blair is born and Emily and husband Tom focus on raising their family. Both daughters are now grown and work in Hollywood. So this might be an example of art imitating life or the reverse?
A devoted Catholic, Emily is rekindling her love for writing and has just completed the movie script for “Marquel” and a young adult paranormal appropriately named after her youngest child, “St. Blair: Children of the Night.” She will begin the sequel to “Marquel” in the coming months, currently untitled.
When Emily isn’t working as a marketing consultant or writing, she enjoys antiquing/thrifting and producing short films. Emily is the proud Executive Producer of Blair Skinner’s film “Relative Eternity,” a 2012 LA Shorts Film Festival selection, Sunscreen Film Festival selection and Short Film Corner Festival de Cannes selection. Written, directed and edited by Blair Skinner, “Relative Eternity” is on snagfilms.com for your viewing pleasure. It is free to view.
A Guest post from author
St. Blair: Children of the Night
Challenges in writing a young adult paranormal
When I first started to envision the storyline, I thought it would be considered science fiction, as many of the genres today didn’t exist when I was formulating St. Blair: Children of the Night. My story has steampunk, supernatural, paranormal and dystopian influences.
I also didn’t want to be influenced by other works, so I intentionally stayed away from reading science fiction, futuristic and later young adult novels.
“Write the story that is in you,” is the advice most publishers and agents recommend. So that’s what I have done. I didn’t know if it would upset readers who like the style or norms of a particular genre, I just followed my gut and listened to my beta readers’ suggestions. St. Blair: Children of the Night was originally going to be a book in two parts, but my readers said to blend the past and future elements and that is what I’ve done.
Creating a new species / genre
I’d like to think that with zombies and vampires reaching a saturation point, that perhaps I am creating a new species or genre: saints.
Angels and demons also appear in St. Blair: Children of the Night, but it is my hope that the saints in my book will become popular or find renewed popularity. Many churches, streets and businesses are named for saints. Many people don’t even know the origin of the saint names that surround them. These saints were virtuous people who lived under unusual circumstances that tested their faith. Many had supernatural experiences and it was their unshakable faith that drove them to stand up to evil.
Challenges in writing in different genres
Since my first novel Marquel is a romantic suspense for an adult audience with adult situations. I didn’t want younger readers to discover my first book and think they would find the same type of content, so my pen name is E.W. Skinner for the young adult audience. I am also quick to point out to parents who meet me at book signings, that the two books are for different age groups.
St. Blair: Children of the Night is for general audiences, tween to adult.
Writing books with my daughters’ names in the title
I came up with this idea when I was 15 and reading romance novels. I wanted to have children with unusual names and write books with their names as the main characters. I didn’t have Marquel until I was in my mid twenties and Blair five years after Marquel. Thank goodness I only have two daughters, but I had no idea how much pressure this would add. I mean, you don’t want your kids to complain that you wrote a novel that embarrasses them.
Marquel and Blair are now in their twenties and living in California. They are both work in the film industry, Blair behind the camera and Marquel in front of the camera.
The sequel to Marquel, Marquel’s Dilemma should be released December 2014 and the 2nd book in the St. Blair: Children of the Night series will likely be out January 2015.
There are 2 books in the Marquel line, with a possible 3rd book.
There are 3 books in the St. Blair line.
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