Hey guys! I’m so excited to have Brigid Kemmerer here with us today. She is the author of Storm, her debut YA novel which is just an awesome book! If you haven’t already read my review, check it out here. Storm is the first book in her new Elemental series which is a real live young adult PARANORMAL ROMANCE! You heard right.
After the interview, she’ll be giving away a copy of Storm to one lucky winner. Open internationally! So stick around and be sure to enter to win!
Brigid Kemmerer was born in Omaha, Nebraska, though her parents quickly moved her all over the United States, from the desert in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to the lakeside in Cleveland, Ohio, and several stops in between, eventually settling near Annapolis, Maryland. Brigid started writing in high school, and her first real “novel” was about four vampire brothers causing a ruckus in the suburbs.
Welcome Brigid! Thank you so much for stopping by. Storm is your debut young adult novel. How does it feel to have your story out there after, I can only imagine, a lot of hard work?
It’s surreal. That’s the best way to describe it. I first wrote about these four brothers as vampires in high school, then a different book about vampire brothers in my early twenties, and tried again with elements this time around. I like to say I’ve had these teenage boys living in my head for over fifteen years, but sometimes that just makes me sound nuts. I’m glad the Merrick brothers finally get to meet everyone else.
What first drew me to this series is that it appears to be an actual, full-fledged young adult paranormal romance, complete with a new book for each guy. Is this correct? If so, what made you decide to do this format (which I love) instead of the usual love triangle following just one girl throughout the series that we get with most young adult books?
This is a great question. When I wrote the first half of Storm, it was solely from Becca’s point of view, just like the previous times I’d tried to write about the Merrick brothers. But then I realized that I was missing an opportunity to let each brother have a chance to tell his story. I went back and rewrote the first half of the book to include Chris’s point of view, and it just took on a life of its own from there. Once I made the decision, it just seemed to make sense, and leaves a lot of options for future books. I love Stephanie Perkins’ books because they follow a similar vein: a new romance in each book, but you still get to spend time with the characters you originally fell in love with.
Oh I love her books too. Also the Perfect Chemistry series by Simone Elkeles. It seems like a rare format in YA for some reason, but I do love it.
Speaking of love triangles, it seemed like at the end of Storm, there’s still much more story to tell about Becca, Chris, and Hunter. Will their relationship(s) be delved into more in the next books or is their story done for now?
I can’t say too much without spoiling the end of Storm, but I can tell you that book three, Spirit, follows Hunter’s story, so there’s definitely more to come.
After reading the short prequel, Elemental, about Michael (get it here), I want him to have a book so badly! Please tell me he’ll get one even though he’s *technically* not a teenager anymore. If not, then I’ll just keep him.
I love Michael, and I loved writing his short story. He’s such a complicated character, and a lot of fun to write. Unfortunately, he’s 23 years old, so it’s unlikely he’ll get a full book for himself. He has a huge role in book two, Spark, so you’ll see a lot more of Michael…maybe even a little romance…
Oh that sucks. But I can understand why. He’s closer to my age than the other boys! haha That makes me feel like a crazy person. That’s alright then, I’ll just keep him. You hear that ladies? He’s mine!
Who is your favorite brother at this point, and who do you think will be/has been the most challenging for you to write?
I love all the brothers! I just finished Gabriel’s book, Spark, so I’m very in tune with his mindset right now. I’ve just started writing Spirit, which is about Hunter, and so far he’s been the most challenging. Hunter has a very different outlook on life, and he’s going to go through some difficult times as he tries to decide what kind of man he wants to be.
What are you reading right now and what book(s) have you had your eye on lately but haven’t gotten to read yet?
I just started reading Veronica Rossi’s Under the Never Sky. So many people have recommended this book to me that I finally had to download the sample—which I tore through! Loving it so far.
Oh good book! It’s a really cool mixture of sci-fi and dystopian and even fantasy. It’s very different.
Thanks again for stopping by, it was great having you and best of luck with the series. I can’t wait to see where it goes.
Thanks for having me!
Earth, Fire, Air, Water – they have more power than you dream.
Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her, Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys—all the ones she doesn’t want. Then she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot. Chris is different. Way different: he can control water—just like his brothers can control fire, wind, and earth. They’re powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death.
And now that she knows the truth, so is Becca.
Secrets are hard to keep when your life’s at stake. When Hunter, the mysterious new kid around school, turns up with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time, Becca thinks she can trust him. But then Hunter goes head-to-head with Chris, and Becca wonders who’s hiding the most dangerous truth of all.
The storm is coming . . .
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