SO DOWN I FALL
by Alex Benedict
5 autographed copies will be given away on Friday, February 8, 2013!
About the Book:
"I thought about killing myself the old-fashioned way: overdosing on a handful of pills, driving my truck into a tree. But I didn't want to be buried beside my mom's empty coffin. I wanted to be with her. In the deep.
"I removed the box cutter from my pocket. Foamy waves rolled over my bare feet as I waded deeper into the icy surf. I lifted the blade to my wrist, took a long breath, and sliced the skin..."
I'm Grace O'Neal, the sixteen-year-old girl whose blood oozed into the ocean. If you're wondering what happened to me, I didn't die that night. He wouldn't let me. He peered at me through the dark water, and he saved my life. Adam. My love. My destiny. He pulled me from the undertow and protected me from my pain ... But evil in the water pulled me back.
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And here's a Great Review!
"I love Grace... She is just the kind of conflicted teen protagonist that will draw in other teens. I love the storyline- it's an imaginative, emotive, contemporary take off of THE LITTLE MERMAID... really absorbing and moving." - Sherie Posesorski, young adult author and literary critic for the GLOBE & MAIL
Don't miss BROKEN FINS (the prequel to SO DOWN I FALL): a FREE short story available at major online retailers and www.AlexBenedict.ca
Exclusive Interview with the Author!
1) How did you get the idea for the novel?
The idea had been brewing for a few years. Quite a few years, in fact. Like way back in high school, kinda years. During my senior year, I took an art class. Our objective was to produce six original works of art under a single theme (mine was fairy-tales). I did many sketches before deciding on the final subject matters. One of the sketches was a dying mermaid, dissolving into the foam on the ocean (as in Hans Christian Anderson's tale). In the end, I didn't produce this sketch as one of my final pieces. Still, the image haunted me. I finally painted it in 2004. But it wasn’t until 2010 that I had a dream about a dying “merman” who needed his true love to save him. As soon as I awoke, I set to work on the first draft of SO DOWN I FALL. All in all, 15 years passed between that first pencil sketch and the book's publication.
2) Which came first, the title or the novel?
The novel. My working title was “The Deep Divine,” but I didn’t really like it. I poured through books, searching for inspiration, and in a book of old poetry I read the line “… so down she fell.” I loved it! It suited the heroine’s character and circumstances perfectly.
3) Series like these always fascinate me because I want to know where the author is going and if he/she even knows where they’re going. So do you? Do you have it all plotted out in your head until the end or are you winging it as you go?
Both. I have a general overview of where I want the tale to go, but I don’t wait until I have all the details for two reasons: 1) I’d wait forever; 2) Most details change during the writing process anyway, so why struggle?
4) What genre have you not yet written but really want to try?
Pure fantasy that takes place on another planet. But this book is a great stepping stone in that direction: its both real world and fantasy mermaid world, which offers me the chance to do some great world-building.
5) Which authors/books have inspired you?
“Watership Down” by Richard Adams is an amazing book about a group of rabbits that foresee danger and abandon their warren, embarking on the adventure of a lifetime. I absolutely fell in love with the characters! Psst ... there's a big bunny in SO DOWN I FALL that really makes the book.
About the Author:
Alex Benedict is the young adult author of dark fantasy fiction with a romantic twist. In another life, Alex writes historical romance for HarperCollins under the pen name Alexandra Benedict. Her work as received critical acclaim from Booklist and a rare and coveted starred review from Publishers Weekly. Romantic Times awarded her a "Top Pick" review and raved: "There is nothing quite as exciting as finding a fresh, vibrant new voice, and Benedict has it!" All of Alexandra's historical novels are translated into various languages. Visit the author online at: www.AlexBenedict.ca.
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