It happened rather innocently. I was at a personal appearance, signing copies of Weaving Destiny, when a mother stopped by with her young teen daughter. She picked up a copy of The Soulkeepers, and the conversation went something like this.
"Is this book dark? It looks dark."
"There are some scary parts but it's not horror. My thirteen-year-old daughter read it and did not find it scary."
"But it looks dark, and you're called DarkSide. Are all of your books, like, dark?"
"Well, the book is paranormal. I suppose you could say it's dark. If you are looking for something on the light side, you could try Bloody Little Secrets. I thought that one was funny."
"What's it about?"
"A girl who turns into a...vampire."
The interaction got me to thinking that we needed some variety at DarkSide. It just so happened I was sifting through submissions that week and came across a manuscript that was quirky, fun, romantic, and amazing in so many ways. I contacted the author and it turned out she was quirky and fun, too, an absolute fifteen-year-old girl trapped in a woman's body! She understood what we were trying to do with DarkSide, thinking outside the box with young adult fiction. Not only did I feel that she would fit in perfectly here, her book filled a niche that I felt we hadn't covered yet. Megg and Karly agreed.
Please welcome Author Magan Vernon to our ranks. Magan's first book, How To Date An Alien will be released late fall. In it, a geeky Italian girl falls in love with a delicious alien when she takes an internship at a government operations center reminiscent of Men In Black. I could not put it down and know you will love it just as much as I did.
And now, get to know Magan by watching her personal video!
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