Author: Christi J. Whitney
Publisher: Harper Voyager UK
Expected publication: April 30, 2015
Age group: Young Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
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Sebastian Grey always thought he was a fairly normal teenager – good friends, decent grades, and a pretty sweet job in his foster brother’s tattoo shop.
But when strangers arrive in town, Sebastian soon realizes that his world is nothing at all what it seemed. Secretive gypsies surround him, shadowy figures stalk him, and the girl he’s been dreaming about turns up at school.
Now Sebastian must protect this girl at all costs, even if it means he will never be normal again.
Welcome to Books Over Boys, Christi! I’m thrilled to have you here today to talk about your upcoming debut, Grey. In the likes of Twitter, how would you describe your debut in 140 characters or less?
Thanks so much for having me! I’m delighted to be here. Okay, so my short description of Grey would be this: A secretive clan of Outcast Gypsies pull 18-year-old Sebastian into a world of secrets, tales of gargoyles, and a destiny he cannot escape.
Q. What can you tell us about your couple, Sebastian and Josephine, that we won’t find in the book?
Oh, that’s a tough one! Sebastian and Josephine are two very different people, thrown into contact under some unusual circumstances. Even though they find out some extremely interesting things about the other, both are characters of hidden depths. But let’s go for something a bit more surface level here. Josephine once walked a tightrope without a net as part of a dare. Sebastian is secretly freaked out by needles. And bats. You’ll have to ask him why.
Q. What kind of writer are you? Do you plot and outline? Do you write as you go? Or are you a little bit of both?
As much as I would love to say I plot all my books out in a strategic fashion, my personality doesn’t always like that much structure. I really do a bit of both. For Grey, it began with a set of images and scenes in my head which I began writing out, and it grew from there.
Q. If you had a “theme song” that played whenever you walked into a room full of people, what would it be?
Though I’m nowhere as cool as a time-traveling alien with an amazing blue box, if it were possible to stake claim to it, my song would be the theme from Doctor Who. It just makes you want to take off on an adventure.
Q. Lastly, before you go, can you share a snippet from Grey with us?
It would be my pleasure! Sebastian works in his brother’s tattoo shop, doing menial jobs. Lately, his brother has become pretty secretive, and Sebastian begins to suspect his ordinary world might not be what it seems. In this short scene, Sebastian is taking out the trash when he encounters something that confirms his suspicions—and what’s worse: it involves him.
Thanks so much for being here today, Christi! I can’t wait for the release of Grey!
About the author:
Christi J. Whitney is a former high school theatre director with a love for the dramatic. She lives just outside of Atlanta with her husband and two sons.
When not spending time with them or taking a ridiculous number of trips to Disney World, Christi can be found directing plays, making costumes for sci-fi/fantasy conventions, watching a lot of British television and superhero movies . . . and basically just being a geek.
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