I'm so excited to be a part of the blog tour for Thornhill. Sadly, the review copy didn't arrive at my house until after I left on vacation. But I'll be reading it as soon as I get home so that way I'll still feel like I've reviewed it for the blog tour. Luckily, my tour stop also included a guest post. Confessions time: I've never had a guest post on here before. I know, crazy right? I've been doing this for just over two years and this is my first guest post. But I'm so glad that this one was my first because it's a subject I feel needs to be touched on. Thank you so much Kathleen! Enjoy :)
The conversation always starts the same way. Person A introduces me to Person B. As an afterthought, they add, "Kathleen's a writer."
Person B nods with polite curiosity and asks what sort of things I write. I smile awkwardly—small talk is not my strong suit—and explain that I write books for teens—supernatural mysteries and paranormal romances, mostly. Werewolves.
"Oh," they reply, "like Twilight."
Unless I'm talking to someone who works in a bookstore or a library or who reads YA, this happens every. single. time.
It happens so often that I sometimes try to beat them to the punch, bringing up Twilight just before the word can leave their lips.
And that's okay. It's understandable.
Twilight had an immeasurable effect on publishing and the YA category. It swept up readers and had hundreds of thousands pledging allegiance to Team Edward or Team Jacob. It helped create publisher demand for more YA paranormal titles, and it was proof that movies targeting women—especially teens—could go beyond successful and hit blockbuster status.
For people who don't read YA, Twilight is often their first frame of reference for teenage vampires and werewolves and the girls (and boys!) who love them. For YA readers, the book becomes a yardstick against which other titles are sometimes judged. Is the book a Twilight rip off? Is the girl a Bella clone?
In my case, as an author with a werewolf trilogy, Twilight comparisons will probably always be inevitable—no matter how different the stories and characters are. And that really is okay. I fell in love with vampires and werewolves long before Twilight, and I will love them long after. I wasn't chasing a trend; the kind of stories I'm drawn to—the kind of stories I lived for as a teen and wanted to write—just happened to have a spike in popularity—one that owes a lot to Stephenie Meyer.
I don't mind my books being compared to Twilight any more than I mind them being compared to Shiver or An American Werewolf in London or Blood and Chocolate. A comparison is just a point of reference; it's the charting of two separate journeys over two different continents with vaguely similar landscapes.
In the end, all I can do is pour myself into each page and trust that readers will find something different in my stories and characters. I have to trust that they'll want to take this journey with me, and I have to do everything I can to make the trip interesting and unique and worthy of their time.
Thank you so much Kathleen!
I just wanted to say that I know exactly what Kathleen is talking about when it comes to people asking if the book I'm currently writing is like Twilight. And my book isn't even centered around werewolves or vampires! Yet, I still get asked by very uninformed people whether my book is like Twilight. That's why I'm glad Kathleen chose this subject for my guest post, because as a young writer, that annoys me to no end, and maybe it's forcing me to go too anti-Twilight.
About the book:
Mac can’t lose another friend. Even if he doesn’t want to be found.
The ripple effect caused by Mac’s best friend Amy’s murder has driven Mac’s new love, Kyle, to leave Hemlock and disappear from her life forever. But Mac knows that Kyle plans to enroll in a rehabilitation camp, where he can live with other werewolves. She refuses to accept his decision, especially since the camps are rumored to be tortuous. So she sets out in search of Kyle with a barely sober Jason—and Amy’s all-seeing ghost—in tow.
Clues lead Mac to find Kyle in a werewolf den in Colorado—but their reunion is cut short by a Tracker raid. Now Mac and Kyle are trapped inside the electric fences of Thornhill, a camp for young werewolves. As she devises an escape plan, Mac uncovers dangerous secrets buried within the walls of Thornhill—and realizes that the risk to the people she loves is greater than ever before.
About the author:
Kathleen Peacock spent her teen years crushing on authors and writing short stories about vampires. She put her writing dreams on hold while attending college, but tripped over them when office life started leaving her with an allergy to cubicles. Her debut, HEMLOCK, is coming May 8th, 2012 from Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of Harper Collins, and will be published in the UK under the title DEADLY HEMLOCK from Simon and Schuster Children’s Books.
And here are the stops for the rest of he tour:
9/2/2013- Book Chic- Review
9/3/2013- In the Best Worlds- Interview
9/4/2013- Fall Into Books- Guest Post
9/5/2013- Portrait of a Book- Interview
9/6/2013- The Book Life- Review
9/9/2013- The Reader's Antidote- Guest Post
9/10/2013- Auntie Spinelli Reads- Review
9/11/2013- The Book Belles- Review
9/12/2013- Two Chicks on Books- Guest Post
9/13/2013- Mundie Moms- Interview
For First Place (International):
"Unlock the wolf within" Thornhill necklace (engraved stainless steel pendant on a silver-plated chain http://instagram.com/p/cIGkoowOJq/#)
Signed copy of Thornhill
Runners Up (International)
3 runners up will get swag packs (stickers, bookmarks, signed bookplates)
a Rafflecopter giveaway