Friday, November 28, 2014

Guest Appearance - Arielle Strauss, Author of The Wraith Trilogy " #NaNoWriMo ... With A Twist"

Let's give a warm welcome to Arielle Strauss as she visits us today!

NaNoWriMo...With A Twist

I always admired people who successfully completed National Novel Writing Month. I mean, to write an entire 50,000 word novel in 30 days is hugely impressive. But what if you only had 28 days? And it had to be a young adult paranormal romance novel? 

February is Antwinowrimo, Anti Twilight Novel Writing Month. Now, don't get me wrong; I read the complete Twilight Saga. And I enjoyed it. Yes, there were aspects of the series I didn't appreciate, but as a whole I had a great deal of fun reading those books. The challenge of Antwinowrimo is to write a novel that's better. On February 1st 2010, I began to attempt this crazy task.

I had no idea what I wanted to write about at first. I figured since there were so many stories about vampires and wolves, I would write a story about a ghost. Her name would be Ophelia, after the Shakespearean heroine. And her love interest would be a living girl she met at school. To this day, I've never read a young adult paranormal romance novel where the lead character is bisexual. Sure, I've seen bisexuality represented in television and in movies, but never in the form of a book geared toward people my own age. So I wrote Ophelia in the hopes that young people like her might finally see themselves represented.

Let me tell you, the first draft of this book is vastly different from the published version. I wrote "The Wraith" my freshman year of college. It was published three months after I graduated. Needless to say, the editing process was a long one. But during those four years, I completed the trilogy as schoolwork. 

If you're a creative writing student, I urge you to try and convince your professors to oversee the projects you want to focus on. I know I wouldn't have come as far as publishing if my professors hadn't lent me their guidance every step of the way. "TheWraith" is a story of a tortured soul who comes to find love and meaning all around her. I hope you enjoy the first two books. Book 3 will arrive before you know it!

About the Books:

The Wraith

Title: The Wraith
Author: Arielle Strauss
Publisher: Escape Artist Press
Pages: 138
Genre: YA LGBT Paranormal Romance
Format: Paperback

The Wraith - Ophelia Weller never believed in ghosts until the night she became one. But when the aftermath of a frat party on the most haunted campus in America leaves her face to face with her own naked corpse, she really has no other option. Now a wraith, Ophelia is a spirit hidden amongst the living. Forced to conceal her undead identity from the world, and struggling to remain visible to the humans around her, how will she ever manage to convince her dearest friend of the truth? Or muster the courage to tell her beautiful gym partner that she just may be in love with her? And, with no memory of her death, how will Ophelia solve the mystery of her murder?

Read an Excerpt:

I was drifting, unaware of the passage of time. Slowly I returned to consciousness, welcoming it as one reborn. My mind once again filled with thoughts and sensations; my eyelids fluttered open involuntarily. I saw looming trees above me, stars in the sky. It was bitter cold out here. Here…I didn't know where here was. I came to understand that I was sprawled limply on the ground, hot with a sticky wetness beneath certain areas of my body. My body…I was completely nude. 

Shifting into an upright position, I felt the wind around me pick up and rustle my hair. The ground was warm and damp where I'd left it. How long I'd been lying there, I couldn't be sure. I placed both my palms on the ground and pushed myself to my feet. Shivering, I covered my exposed midriff with my arms only to find them ice cold. I dropped them immediately. Needless to say, I needed clothes. But...what had I been wearing before? I couldn't recall any of the events that had brought me to this place of trees and dim starlight. That's a scary thought: being lost and naked and not knowing how you came to a place or how long you'd been there. But it was nothing compared to the barely illuminated sight on the ground before me. There lay something so putrid and repulsive that I screamed with a force I never knew I had in me. 

I was standing near the lifeless body of a young girl. 

The corpse was as naked as I. It lay in a mangled, bloody heap inches away from my bare feet. After sinking back down to the dampened ground, it took every ounce of willpower I had not to let myself vomit. I had to get away. I knew it. But I couldn't budge. With shaking fingers, I reached out to wipe the matted, reddish-blonde hair from the girl's petrified face. I was staring into my own eyes. 

It took me about a minute to comprehend this. I looked at my hands. I felt my hair, my face, and every inch of my body. I was still in my own skin, but this…this thing was a perfect twin. She radiated some warmth, and her face was mine. Her entire body was like mine—exactly like mine—except for the stab wounds all over hers. There was a white sticky substance in the pubic area, which led me to believe she'd been raped. That I'd been raped.

The Wrath is available at Amazon The Wraith (The Wraith Trilogy) (Volume 1)

Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

The Huntress
Title: The Huntress
Author: Arielle Strauss
Publisher: Escape Artist Press
Pages: 123
Genre: YA LGBT Paranormal Romance
Format: Paperback

The Huntress - Ophelia's been dead for several weeks, but she's still around. Yet other students at Ohio University are dropping like flies, never to return. Surely the most haunted campus in America is home to other wraiths like herself? Ophelia is determined to find them—and to discover the truth about why she continues to dwell in the world of mortals. But faced with a mysterious clan of ghost hunters closing in, threatening to end her unlife, three meddlesome (and crotchety) divine beings determined to control her new existence, and a best friend with more than friendly feelings for the love of her life, how long will Ophelia be able to hide the truth of her death—and her destiny? 

The Huntress is available at Amazon The Huntress (The Wraith Trilogy) (Volume 2)
Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

About the Author:

Arielle Strauss is a twenty-two year old author, actress, and percussionist originally from Freehold, New Jersey. She graduated with a BA in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College, where she began to write "The Wraith Trilogy." She's pleased to finally share her first novel, The Wraith, and the sequel, The Huntress, with the world.

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