Writing Thesis: HEXED
Abstract: A popular, snarky cheerleader is forced into a centuries-old war between witches and sorcerers only to uncover the first of many dark truths about her life.
Department: Delacorte Press, a division of Random House Children’s Books
Faculty Advisor: Wendy Loggia
Release Date: June 10th, 2014
Hometown: Thunder Bay, Ontario
Minor(s): Useless Celebrity Facts; Worrying Needlessly; Dramatic Sighing
Most Likely To: Abuse an exclamation mark, make an inappropriate joke
Friday Night Whereabouts:
___ Missing in Action
# Books Queried Before HEXED: 1
Quote from Thesis: “The more I think about it, the more it seems like a fantastic idea. Sure, some people might say I’m “using” her, but those people just don’t have the complex understanding of human behavior that I do.”
What inspired HEXED?
I got the idea for HEXED from my sister. A few years ago, she told me about an adult historical novel she wanted to write, which she’d planned to call ‘The Witch Hunter’s Bible’. When she later ditched the book, I asked her if I could steal the title for a YA novel that had been unfolding in my head ever since she first mentioned it to me. She agreed, and I got to work writing about a popular cheerleader whose hunt for a stolen family heirloom gets her caught up in a war between witches and sorcerers.
Funnily enough, ‘The Witch Hunter’s Bible’ ended up not being the best fit for the finished product, and we changed the title in the editorial process.
What part of release are you most looking forward to?
I’m looking forward to a lot of things, but I’m probably most looking forward to getting feedback from people who aren’t related to me or are otherwise biased.
If you could give one piece of advice to upcoming 2014 and 2015 debuts, what would it be?
The publishing process has been compared to a roller coaster ride, and as cliché as it sounds, it couldn’t be truer: there are thrilling highs and nauseating lows, and it’s very easy to focus on those lows when you’re experiencing them. So my advice is to try your best to enjoy the ride, focus on the positive, and remember that you’re doing something truly amazing and worth celebrating.
Do you have a favorite book from your teen years?
The Sweet Valley High series by Francine Pascal are collectively my favorites. Part of the appeal could have been that I’m an identical twin myself, but I devoured every single Sweet Valley book I got my hands on. I couldn’t get enough of Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield’s adventures.
What is your advice to teens who have dreams of being published?
I would give teens the same advice I give adults, which is to be persistent. Whether you’re writing your first novel or a New York Times Bestseller, there will always be some form of rejection in your life. What matters most is what you do about it. As hard as it may sometimes be, it’s important to keep working at your craft, keep learning, keep reading, and not let someone’s “No” be what makes you decide to give up on your dream.
Michelle Krys lives in Northwestern Ontario with her husband and son and works part-time as a NICU nurse. She loves reading, belly laughing, baby-breath, rainy days, and driving with the windows down (except on rainy days). She’s represented by Adriann Ranta at Wolf Literary.