Friday, June 14, 2013

It's Wonderful to Try Something New!

So...I published my first YA novel this month. I'm very excited. It's wonderful to try something new. Branch out. Spread the old wings. I've published it under the pen name Christy Major.

Run With Me is the first in my Discovery Series - books that explore the theme of discovering oneself.

This book is told in alternating, first-person voices. One chapter is the female lead, Olivia Bradford, and the other is the male, Jobah Everleaf.
Here's the back cover blurb:

Six weeks.

Six long weeks in the remote woods of Montana with no human contact besides my brainiac archaeologist parents and their team of assorted nerds. I’ll be cut off from everything - my friends, the track team, every social event imaginable. Why don’t they just stuff me into a pod and launch me into outer space?

How will I, Olivia Bradford, age seventeen, ever survive this summer?

~ * ~


Ones I do not welcome. Ones I cannot ignore.

My life had been so simple among my hidden tribe in our quiet village. Now everything is different, uncertain, unknown. Each day brings something else I did not expect.  Ninae, my grandmother, says I must accept the changes and protect our tribe, but I am no one special.

How will I, Jobah Everleaf, seventeen winters old, ever find my purpose?

~ * ~
A run in the woods might give them both answers. It might also raise more questions.

And the cover itself, which I love.

I wrote a YA, because I love to read it. Some of my favorite YA authors are Maggie Stiefvater, Stephenie Meyer, Kelly Easton, Holly Black, Melissa Marr,  and Aprilynne Pike. Many of my favorite movies and TV shows feature young adult characters, such as The Vampire Diaries. The appeal of writing YA is the ability to put yourself back in your teenage mind for a little while and play out the scenes that perhaps went horribly wrong for you as an awkward youngster. That's why I like it anyway. It's like a do-over...and maybe your clothes are better too.

Run With Me is available through Amazon. Check out my YA author website here.
What would you do-over from your teenage years?




Barbara Edwards said...

Hi Chris,
I had to think about your question. I decided I wouldn't date boys until I was 18 or older. I made so many foolish mistakes. Sigh. Can't go back but I like the idea of rewriting the ending.

Jannine Gallant said...

Chris, what a great website! If you can get the word out, I bet this new series will be a hit. In high school, I was boring and smart and didn't do anything stupid. Probably a good thing, but I might enjoy writing about a character who makes a few mistakes.

Margo Hoornstra said...


Love the premise of your story. Thinking back over my high school days, I wish there'd been more girls' sports opportunities. The boys were nice too.

Christine DePetrillo said...

The book actually got delayed a bit. Should be out by the end of the month once school is out. The end of the school year is a crazy time!