Shucks, Adina. Thank you!
That's awesome. I read Ms. Meyer's road to publication too, and it was inspiring. Sometimes it's hard to believe that even the most successful authors had very humble beginnings.
Thank you for sharing this with my readers. You're absolutely correct: it can take years, years people, to get a book published. But the key is to NEVER give up! I'm so glad you didn't and you can now share Dark Child with the world :)
Awesome! It is exciting. I literally cried when I got "the call". I'll never forget.
Adina, you're a woman after my heart! WV is such a beautiful state. Mountains as far as the eye can see, lush foliage, rivers...I can go on and on about living here. WV is dear to my heart. I'm so thrilled you picked my home state as the setting for Dark Child!
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Perfect for fans of The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, this intriguing urban fantasy follows the story of Kat Chanter, who discovers that the world she knows is controlled by ancient creatures who feed on blood. And she might just be one of them …
Lately things have been getting weird for pathology technician Kat Chanter. She’s been craving raw meat, and having dreams so realistic they’re scary. When she accepts a job offer from the prestigious Hema Castus Research Institute, she hopes she’ll have the chance to discover what’s wrong with her, but instead, her move to New York thrusts her headlong into a treacherous hidden world, where the wrong move could be fatal . . .
Tarot, witchcraft and astrology all take on a frightening resonance in Dark Child’s richly imagined alternative reality where vampiric beings live among us, hidden by magic. Dark romance tangles with paranormal fantasy and page-turning suspense in this enthralling tale of ‘dark child’ Kat Chanter, half human and half vampire, who has woken an ancient prophecy and must face a formidable destiny.
Adina West grew up surrounded by trees, on a remote property on Australia’s east coast, in country New South Wales.
“As a child, I was never afraid of the dark,” she says. “The night, for me, was filled with infinite possibility.”
Adina is from a large family, and she remembers how she and her siblings would come running when their mother took a loaf of her homemade bread out of the oven. “The pine kneading board my mother uses to make bread was brought to Australia by my European grandmother when she emigrated. We’d often finish the whole loaf while it was still warm. And we always fought over the crust, because it was crispy. It was the best bit.”
Adina wrote her first story at age eight. “I typed it up on my parents’ old typewriter,” she says. “I always knew I wanted to write stories.”
Though her subject matter may have matured, that desire has remained unchanged.
Adina spent most of her childhood curled up with a book, and her first teenage job was shelving books at the local library, where she was cautioned more than once for reading them instead of putting them away.
Now, Adina lives in Sydney’s leafy north-west with her IT guru husband, two children, and a couple of unwelcome possums who really don’t know how to take a hint. Her debut novel Dark Child, a new-age paranormal fantasy, is being released as a serialised e-novel by Pan Macmillan’s Momentum books starting February 2013. It’s an eclectic mix of ancient and modern, tarot, astrology, suspense and romance, and she loves that writing it made watching Vampire Diaries necessary research.