But when Mary's in an accident on the way to school one morning, Carter nearly dies saving her life. The doctors say his chances of living are slim, and Mary's feeling the full weight of survivor's guilt.
However, Carter's back at school in a matter of days, as if nothing had happened. Although, he is a little "glitchy," and he's developed a sudden and intense interest in Mary. She thinks he's suffering from major brain trauma from the accident. Or that he's been possessed.
As it so happens, Carter really is possessed. And the thing controlling him is having the time of its life learning to be human.
Featuring a diverse cast of characters, RADIANT is a funny and heartfelt story about being human, being in love, and being healed.
1. Hi Christina, welcome to Panda Reads! Why don't you start off by telling us a bit about yourself.
Thanks for having me here today Sandra!
I write novels for readers who enjoy the middle grade and young adult genres, and I like doing it very much. I also work fulltime as a web news editor at a small nonprofit in Dallas, Texas. And I'm a wannabe world traveler and an enthusiast of many, many things (Dallas Mavs, TopGear, The Big Bang Theory, OneRepublic, sushi, herbal tea, picture books, old black and white movies, shoes, etc.).
2. What was your inspiration for Radiant?
I was actually working on another book at the time, but I ran out of ideas about 20 pages into it and set it aside. I then was reading some of these random science articles--some were about comets and others were about health and whatnot. I can't remember where the possessing idea came from, but I started to wonder what it would be like for a person to almost die and then get possessed by something that wasn't a ghost or an alien. The story grew from there, and after I wrote it and got it out of my system, I came back to that other book I had set aside and finished it as well.
3. What do you hope readers get out of your book?
Fun! And maybe some of the heartfelt stuff, too :) Although Radiant is officially part of the paranormal romance genre, the paranormal aspect leans more towards the sci-fi side. I guess you can call it "paranormal-lite." I tried to incorporate as much humor as I could. I mean, since I have to read it a million times during the revision process, it does me no good to write stuff that bores me. Hopefully, others will enjoy it :)
4. What's your writing process like?
It varies from project to project. I don't outline, but I like writing working synopses long hand. Sometimes I write the first few chapters long hand, too, or sometimes I go straight to the computer. I like writing on my couch because it's soft and there's a butt-shaped mark in the left cushion that I fit in pretty well.
5. What projects are you working on now or will be starting soon?
I have a couple YA historical fiction pieces that I'm keeping under wraps for now, but one of them will be more on the epic side (battles, swords, etc.) and the other will be a complicated love story. And you remember that other book I started writing before Radiant? It's an MG fantasy called Seranfyll, and I released it a couple years ago. I also released the sequel, Eligere, last year. I know there are people patiently awaiting Book 3 in that series, so I want to get on that as well :)
Thanks again for letting me visit today, Sandra!
Christina's blog: christinadaley.blogspot.com