October 26, 2011


Thank you, Good Choice Reading, for hosting me today!

I know a lot of authors get asked the question (or various versions thereof), "What inspired you to write this book?"

For me, it was being given a challenge – the challenge to write a short story for young adults. Before that story, I'd only ever written for an adult audience, and that's where I was comfortable. The idea of writing something completely out of my comfort zone…I wasn't sure I could do that.

But I like a challenge. After my initial freakout ("I can't do it. I can't do it. It's stupid to even try. This is dumb. Dina, you know this is stupid of you. You can't do this….") and some (okay, a LOT) of encouragement from friends and family, I responded to that challenge and ended up writing a short story I never thought I could write and thought that was the end of it.

Yeah, no. The response to the story was so positive and overwhelming – people wanted to know more – that I just…caved.

That's right. I said it. I gave in to the desires of the fans, and, in spite of my near total lack of confidence that I could write for an audience I wasn't suitable for ("Me? Really? Do you KNOW what I write?"), developed that short story into the full-length young adult novel All Wounds is today.

I got to thinking about how young people see the world. About what's important to them. Most younger people have different priorities and responsibilities than adults do. Some of them, however, have even more and bigger problems than the average adult.

You never know what people go home to, no matter what age they are, and this story had a lot to do with showing a glimpse of that. Rebecca seems, to everyone, to be a normal teenage girl, but goes home to take care of the one who is supposed to be taking care of her. School for most young people is the hardest part of their day. For Rebecca, school is the respite. In All Wounds, that changes overnight.

Vampires, werewolves, demons, ghosts, goblins, and other things thought only imaginary all need help sometime, and Rebecca was born with the unique ability to heal ethereal beings. She is about to turn seventeen, the age at which her talent will manifest in its entirety, and become a true Healer…if she lives through the event. A war between various ethereal factions is brewing, and Healers are a valuable commodity to any side. Those who wish to harness Rebecca’s manifesting healing powers for their own purposes must get to her before her seventeenth birthday.

Only two vampires and a rogue werewolf stand between Rebecca and those determined to make her serve them, and the fact that Rebecca has no clue what she's doing doesn't exactly help matters.

Neither does being seriously attracted to more than one of those just trying to protect her.
For a soon-to-be seventeen-year-old Healer-in-training, that's a lot to handle. Especially on top of her homework.

You can find Dina James and her books by visiting the following links:

All Wounds available from Mundania Press

WEBSITE: www.dinajames.com

FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dina-James-Chronicler-of-the-Paranormal/333654447563

TWITTER: @dinajames

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