Declan loves death metal--particularly from Finland. And video games--violent ones. And internet porn--any kind, really. He goes to school with Neilly Foster and spends most of his classroom time wondering what it might be like to know her, to talk to her, maybe even to graze against her sweater in the hallway. Neilly is an accomplished gymnast, naturally beautiful, and a constant presence at all the best parties (to which Declan is never invited). She's the queen of cool, the princess of poker face, and her rule is uncontested-- or it was until today, when she's dumped by her boyfriend, betrayed by her former BFF Lulu, and then informed she's getting a new brother--of the freaky fellow classmate variety. Declan's dad is marrying Neilly's mom. Soon. Which means they'll be moving in together.
About the Author
Storytelling has been part of Krista's life for as long as she can remember, but it wasn't until one certain story just needed to be told that she began entertaining the notion of writing it all down. Inspired by the music of Midnight Syndicate, Krista's first novelette, Blackest Rose, was born. She entered it into a respected contest for aspiring authors, and after an agonizing wait that spanned months longer than what is normal for the contest because of understandable, but nerve shredding delays...she lost. Not even an honorable mention. However, her red headed atittude came to the fore, and with a hearty eff yew she had no idea what she was going to do, but by darn she was going to do it! What finally set her on the path to the creation of The William's Hunt series was surgery for two herniated discs in her neck. With nothing better to do than to zone out on Netflix, her mind began to work within another genre she had come to incorporate into her life: Steampunk. The seeds of Captain Alex, Laurence Kane and The William's Hunt were born! If asked, Krista would say that this is the first project she has ever started AND finished! The reality is that The William's Hunt is a serial. So that poses the question: Is it really "finished"? But with a galley of support from family, some very talented friends, and the unshakable faith from Pete, the mini-weiner dog that she might look away from her laptop for a moment to throw the tennis ball (because that helps stimulate the creative process, right?), it might be more correct to say that the project is an ongoing success.
BRENDAN HALPIN is the author of several books for adults, including "Donorboy," an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.