Belle Whittington, author of Cicada, is stopping by Xpresso Reads today to answer a few questions about her debut novel, the first in a planned trilogy. She has also generously offered an ecopy of her book for giveaway.
For 17-year-old Blair Reynolds and her friends, being the bearer of secrets is getting really old. But it’s something she learns to deal with, because there’s no other option. If the people in her small town ever found out what she and her friends discovered in the woods and hid in the storage room, the whole town would be up in arms;literally. You see, folks here don’t believe in aliens from outer space. Besides, if they ever found out what two of those aliens did to one of their own, well, let’s just say what would follow would be all out war.
As the months unfold, their summer becomes consumed with secrets, puzzle pieces that don’t quite fit together, and a fight for their lives that leaves one of them at death’s door.
That’s a really good question! I’m hoping to release Firefly no later than spring 2012. A lot goes into self-publishing a novel… well, at least it does for me. I hire an editor, and then a book designer so that the book looks great on e-readers and in print. Then the book cover is designed and created. It’s truly a labor of love to me. So when someone reads my book, they are reading my heart. And I hope they can see that and feel that as they read. 🙂
There will be three in this series, even though there are many readers already contacting me and requesting for me to extend it into a longer series. 🙂 Thank you to those lovely readers! You know who you are! <3
Belle resides somewhere north of Houston, Texas in a small inconsequential town with the smallest most inconsequential name. There, in the shady reaches of the pines, elms, and oaks, she daydreams of adventures and secrets that she weaves throughout her stories.
As a student of literature, Belle is earning her degree in English at the University of Houston. She hopes to teach literature at the college level some day.
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