I’m very happy to host young adult author, Kaitlin Bevis, on the blog! Kaitlin’s new book, DAUGHTER OF EARTH AND SKY is published by Musa Publishing. The book is releasing today and is available at Musa Publishing here.
DAUGHTER OF EARTH AND SKY will also be available at Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Amazon in all ebook formats.
Can you tell us a little bit about your new book, DAUGHTER OF EARTH AND SKY?
Sure! It’s a sequel to my other YA novel, Persephone.
DAUGHTER OF EARTH AND SKY picks up a few months after the events of book one, and Persephone is learning to balance her normal life with her goddess responsibilities while dealing with the consequences of something she did in book one. It’s hard to write this without spoilers!
Things get complicated when she meets another daughter of Zeus, Aphrodite. Aphrodite sees the world a bit differently than Persephone which causes some friction between Persephone and her human friend Melissa. Meanwhile, Zeus is using his agents to chip away at Persephone’s life. If she doesn’t find a way to stop him she’ll have nothing left.
Your YA books, PERSEPHONE, and DAUGHTER OF EARTH AND SKY as well as your short story, SIREN SONG incorporate mythology. Why is mythology important to you and in your stories?
Mythology resonates with people. We like the fantastic, the impossible. I for one crave it. I remember when I was little reading books about magical worlds, and squeezing my eyes shut thinking if I just wished hard enough it could be real. I’m not the only one, Persephone predates Ancient Greece. Stories of fantastical brings have been around as long as people have been evolved enough to tell them and we’re still talking about them! I wanted to tap in to that. To make it my own.
What did you find the most challenging about writing DAUGHTER OF EARTH AND SKY?
Actually this book practically wrote itself. My biggest problem was typing fast enough to get it all down. I wish the third book would come that easily!
What authors inspire you?
Kelley Armstrong, L.J Smith, and Scott Westerfeld. Fantastic writers, all of them. (well, 80’s LJ Smith, I haven’t read much of her new stuff). Love their work.
What words of advice do you have for teen writers?
Join a writers group and don’t take the criticism personally. You HAVE to be able to handle negative feedback if you want your work to go anywhere. It can be really hard to hear negative things about your work, but it makes your writing better.
Thanks so much, Kaitlin!
Find out more and connect with Kaitlin at her website.