Published: November 13 2012
After fifteen-year-old Emmy Rathers unintentionally summons a strange glowing cloud during a break-in, her mother rips her from her home, her father, and her world, forever.
When she lands in the rustic, militant land of Methelwood, she is told she’s a crafter – a person who can perform magic by conjuring souls of the dead. But starting life over normally in the midst of grieving for the life she has left behind, while at the same time attempting to fit in in her new war-obsessed school, becomes impossible when she begins to hear a voice in her head. Complicating the matter further is the fact that the voice belongs to a boy at school named Breckin, who just also happens to be the most powerful crafter in the world, and the future ruler of Methelwood.
But that’s not the worst part – suddenly Breckin’s most hostile adversary is coming out of the shadows and trying to kill her. With no other choice, Emmy must travel deeper into this bizarre, dark world she is so unfamiliar with to find out why this is happening to her, and more importantly, how to stay alive.
For every hour I spend writing, I probably spend about ten daydreaming about the scenes before I decide to write them down. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve paced around my house, sucked into my own little world, and I always, always have my headphones on. With every scene I have a few songs that go with the mood, so music has become nearly necessary for me to get in the frame of mind. Bringing the songs together, it’s one way for me to describe the tone and content of my book, so I’ll list the main ones to give you an idea of what you’d be reading:
1) “Come Home”, OneRepublic and Sara Bareilles
2) “Canadian Idiot”, Weird Al Yankovic
3) “Teenagers”, My Chemical Romance
4) “Everywhere”, Michelle Branch
5) “Beautiful Disaster”, Kelly Clarkson
6) “Look After You”, The Fray
7) “Nothing Like You And I”, The Perishers
8) “All This Time”, OneRepublic
9) “Decode”, Paramore
10) “She Will Be Loved”, Maroon 5
11) “Time is Running Out”, Muse
12) “Curiosity”, Carly Rae Jepsen
13) “Realize”, Colbie Caillat
14) “Sunshine”, All American Rejects
15) Pretty much every Taylor Swift song about unrequited love EVER
Yeah, yeah, I know, I kinda, sorta, like light rock music. A lot. But really, my book is like the equivalent to light rock radio music – fun, entertaining, breezy and sweet. At least, I fervently hope so.
Diana Harrison is a proud Canadian, currently studying English literature at the University of Calgary. With a passion for books, magic, and teens, as well as being a chronic daydreamer, it is only logical that she is a young-adult fantasy writer as well.
You can friend her on Goodreads.
Her debut novel, THE KEEPER’S CURSE, releases in November 2012.