Authors: Helena Echlin and Malena Watrous Blog
Publication: October 3rd 2017 by Geek & Sundry
Hello everyone! I am pleased to announce that I am part of the Book Tour for Sparked by Helena Echlin and Malena Watrous. This book seems so intriguing and I can’t wait to pick it up! To celebrate the release of this book, I have partnered up with Chapter by Chapter to share a special note from one of the authors, Malena Watrous to her Readers! You can find the letter down below! 🙂
Fifteen-year-old Laurel Goodwin wakes up to find her older sister Ivy missing from their Airstream trailer in the Oregon redwoods. A recurring nightmare convinces her that Ivy was abducted, but no one takes her dream seriously, including her mom. Laurel, a loner, has to learn to ask for help, and Jasper Blake, a mysterious new kid who shares her love of old books, quickly becomes her ally. Together they find their quiet town holds a deep secret and is the epicenter of a dark prophecy.
Laurel soon learns that her worst enemies, mean girls Peyton Andersen and Mei Rosen, are developing powers that she needs to find and save Ivy. With time running out, Laurel realizes that power doesn’t always take the form that you expect. And once she learns to look beyond her snap judgments, she develops an unexpected gift of her own.
AUTHOR POST by Malena Watrous:
When we wrote this book, we had a very clear idea of who you were. You were a thirteen-year-old girl who stayed up all night with a flashlight in order to find out the twist in the latest novel by Lois Duncan. A fifteen-year-old devouring everything by Stephen King. When you got your hands on Carrie, on a camping trip with your best friend, you needed her to read it at the same time as you, and so you ripped the paperback apart, chapter by chapter, so that you could read it simultaneously, shrieking and staying up all night until you’d both come to the satisfying ending.
How do I know this?
Because we wrote this book for the girl we used to be.
When I was fifteen, the same age as our main character Laurel, I dreamed of having the power to move things with my eyes. It was so real that when I woke up I felt that if I just tried hard enough, flexing my eyes like muscles, I might be able to move something very small—a postage stamp or paperclip. Never happened, of course.
I also dreamed of being a writer and that dream did come true. I published my first novel. It was a novel for adults and I was proud of it but it wasn’t the kind of book I’d dreamed of writing as a kid. No magic. Just real people living real and difficult lives. There’s nothing wrong with that kind of book. But at some point, I realized that I wanted to have fun writing again, and maybe frighten myself just a little too. I wanted to write a book like Carrie or Matilda, with good and evil, big powers and an exciting showdown.
Lucky for me, I met Helena, a friend who shared my love of writing, and wanted to write this kind of story too. She grew up in London, England and I grew up in Oregon, but as teenagers, strangers three thousand miles apart, we read all the same books. Even as adults, our bookshelves held all the same favorite titles. We both had a feeling we’d enjoy writing with each other. After all, when we were little, we used to “play pretend” with friends. Why not try doing that on paper? We wrote this story for each other, sharing scenes like secret treats, and we wrote this book for our former selves. One of the last things we wrote was the book’s dedication, and just like with so much of the story, we were in perfect agreement about what to say:
This book is for anyone who has heard the self-doubting voice that says: you can’t write, you’re not good enough. Silence your inner critic and find the spark inside you, waiting to ignite.
That was us.
That’s you, dear reader.
Thank you for sharing our story.
Now go tell your own.
Hope you all enjoyed this post!
It was such a pleasure for me to take part in this blog tour for this amazing book! This has been receiving such great reviews from so many readers. I hope you all will support these great writers and read this book as well!
Until next time, keep reading and I will see you all with another bookish post! 🙂