Author: C.S. Yelle
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Publication Date: March 26, 2013
Book 1 in The Angel Crusades Series by CS Yelle
Britt Anderson went along with everything the doctors said for nearly four years, but she was still dying at eighteen. The cancer had won leaving her without a future, without any options, and without control. No control, except for how she would leave this world. As Britt tries to end her life by going into the frigid waters she realizes her mistake. She struggles to get back to shore, to cry out for help, but her atrophied muscles are useless and the frigid water steals the breath from her chemo-scarred lungs. Despite her father’s attempts to reach her, she flies over the waterfall.
When Allister Parks finds Britt’s fragile body on the riverbank something calls out to him. Ignoring the warnings of his sister, Allister brings Britt back from the edge of death. The only problem is that an Eternal like Allister isn’t allowed to touch those who have already passed from this world. It is forbidden; an infraction punishable by death.
As Britt relishes her new cancer-free life and senior year of high school, her very existence threatens Allister’s place in this world. Allister struggles to keep Britt a secret from the Eternal Council and out of the hands of the only Eternal who already knows the truth: the one who stole her guardian angel.
- Hi C.S. Yelle! Welcome to Bookwyrming Thoughts. Let’s start off the interview with something easy: what’s your greatest accomplishment?
Wow, that’s easy? I guess finishing my first novel is up there on the list. Then it is a more personal accomplishment and that is helping raise four awesome kids into four awesome adults.
- I’m not sure what’s easy then. Name is perhaps the easiest but that’s already seen. ;) Angels seems to be taking a trend these days in young adult novels. What makes Taking Angels different from others?
My take on angels and how they interact in our world is probably the biggest difference in my angels. Also, a reviewer pointed out that the concept of having a guardian angel inside of a person, as part of that person, is a new take.
- A guardian angel inside a person? Oh, hey, that IS a new take! *o* Fun fact about Britt Anderson?
She loves to shop, but not for the purchasing, but for the camaraderie of her “Three Amigos”.
- Is there a message in your novel you hope your readers will take?
I always love to put my characters up against impossible odds and watch as the resilience of the human spirit takes over and overcomes those obstacles. I hope a message readers find in my stories is, never give up. If you want it badly enough, desperately enough, you can do it.
- What was the hardest part in writing Taking Angels?
The hardest part was opening up to the inner emotions that allowed me to really connect to the characters made me feel very exposed and vulnerable.
- If I ever decide to write a book, that might be my problem. I haven't actually cried over a book. Virtually doesn't count. How did you get into writing?
After reading a novel where the ending left me wanting or came up short for me, I decided I could do better. Never being one to shy away from a challenge, I started my first novel.
- Describe your writing process.
First is the glimmer of an idea. That can come from anything or anyone around me that move me or inspire me. The idea percolates inside for a time and then I sit down and let is spill out. I write as if I am in a movie theatre watching as the story plays out, except my hands are racing across the keyboard as fast as they can. That is when writing is the best, when you can’t type as fast as the story is rushing out.
- What inspired you to write young adult paranormal fiction?
After reading an extremely popular series, I once again felt wanting with the way the story played out. I knew I could write a stronger, more action-packed story that would satisfy me and will hopefully satisfy my readers.
- Hmm... would that series by any chance be Divergent? *muses* If you could rewrite the screenplay of any movie or TV show, what would it be?
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.
- *says nothing spoily* I actually would change that end... What is the best writing tip or advice you have received that you would pass along to aspiring writers?
Writing is like any other skilled activity. The more you write well, the better you will write. So just write.
- Thanks for stopping by! :)
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