Walking in Shadows by Cassandra Giovanni – Guest Post & Giveaway

Welcome to Author Cassandra Giovanni

Cassandra Giovanni is an avid writer of young adult novels and can’t wait to share her work with you. The genres of her novels include dystopian, paranormal, mystery and romance all aimed at appealing to adults and young adults alike. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character’s stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening. She began writing at a very young age, in fact from the moment she could draw she was telling stories that way. At age seven she won a contest in American Girl Doll to have a chapter she had written published. She stopped writing in high school and started writing again after seeing the movie creation of a book. It inspired her to start writing again and since then its been something she just can’t let go.


Guest Post on the Creation of the Novel:

Where do I start? The first thing I wrote for Walking in the Shadows was one singular quote. It drove the rest of the novel, and I’ve carried it around in my purse since I wrote it to remind myself who I am–a writer. That was almost three years ago. The quote that started it all:
“Seconds seem like a lifetime when the life you lived is slowly drained out of you by those who care not what you felt, hoped, or dreamed. When the darkness comes it is all-consuming; there is no light and there is no pain. It is the never-ending loss of hope that now consumes me as I die in his arms.”
I knew in my head exactly what was going to happen from the moment I wrote that quote. Before that I had the idea rolling around in my head from a dream I had had. In the dream Vera and Tad were in a dark auditorium, and they kept exchanging these glances at one another. Tad leaves the room and Vera follows only to have Tad pull her into a dark closet (which in the novel was changed). They kiss, and in that kiss there is a lot of passion and pain because they both know it can’t last. I woke up and it really bugged me why it couldn’t last. I needed to know the reason it was so forbidden when in the dream it was obvious that they are very close in age—close enough that their relationship wouldn’t normally be a bad thing. Then my mind started running, he was wearing a tie wasn’t he? They were in what appeared to be a school auditorium. Tad turned into a teacher at that point, but I didn’t like the idea of a story that was just about two hopeless romantics pulled apart. There needed to be a very serious back drop to what was going on and an explanation for how the relationship had started. I could feel that Vera had secrets and those would be the reason why things were the way they were. At that point in time, and to this day, I was wondering why there was this mega obsession with vampires. The obsession seemed so extreme, and to this day it still feels that way. So, I thought of how I could take this extreme to another level, and then it hit me, a serial killer obsessed with vampires. That’s when my fingers caught on fire. I knew who the killer was straight away. I knew Vera went exactly where the killer was. I gave the killer ammo and everything just fell together. My writing style is what I call sporadic; not that I don’t write a lot, but the scenes are spread out. I don’t sit down and write the book from beginning to end. I see the most powerful scenes and write them first, no matter in what order they fall. Then I go in and add details that connect them all together. No one character is really inspired by any one person I know, with the exception of Vera; she is me. Therefore, she was the hardest and the easiest character that I have ever written. On the other hand, what was great about Walking is that I kind of got to write two novels at one time. The vampire obsession had to be about a popular novel, so I created the Crimson Reignfrom beginning to the end. It foreshadowed exactly what would happen in Walking, and I actually did sit down and write a few scenes of the fake novel. It was fun because it was so out of what I would normally write, but it was totally bad @$$, no wimpy vampires, real hard core fight scenes, vicious, nasty vampires with no special talents, except being well, vampires… It was fun to experiment without the serious thought of completing the novel. Once I had finished writing Walking in the Shadows I decided I seriously wanted to look into being published. I thought I was ready for it, so I researched a lot and decided to find an agent. I queried them and got no responses except one “we don’t like the subject matter. Try someone else.” At that point I figured that even though it was a new twist on the vampire novel, it was too overdone. I put it aside, and I wrote In Between Seasons. That novel gave me the confidence to self-publish and it helped me to get my feet wet. I’m glad I chose that novel to publish first so that I could give Walking in the Shadowsthe attention to detail with publishing that it deserved. This isn’t to say that In Between Seasonsdidn’t, or doesn’t deserve that, but something needed to be a test pilot and Walking in the Shadowsdemonstrated so much who I was as a writer that I was afraid to put it out there. I still love both novels, but Walking in the Shadows has a special place in my heart because it helped me deal with emotions that I had felt and was feeling. I hope it helps other people deal with grief and realize that there is still hope and good in people if only we decide to believe it.

Walking in Shadows

Seconds seem like a lifetime when the life you lived is slowly drained out of you by those who care not what you felt, hoped, or dreamed. When the darkness comes it is all-consuming; there is no light and there is no pain. It is the never-ending loss of hope that now consumes me as I die in his arms.

This is Abigail Martin’s nightmare. After her parents become the first victims of a serial killer obsessed with the vampire saga, “Crimson Reign,” Abigail does the only thing that she thinks will save her from her parent’s fate–she becomes some one else. As Vera MacIntrye, she falls in love with the very handsome Tad Knightley, and then walks into her first day at her new school to see him standing at the front of the classroom. He’s every teenage girls fantasy, but as he writes “Mr. Knightley: AP British Literature” across the white board Vera realizes the one person who filled the gaping hole in her heart will soon rip it wide open again.

Vera struggles to adjust to being a ‘normal’ teenager with very adult responsibilities like paying the rent, buying groceries and making sure that lights stay on, while being drawn time and time again back to her off-limits teacher. What’s worse is he is drawn to her too, and their worlds refuse to stay apart when Tad finds Vera screaming in terror in the parking lot after the winter formal. The murderer has struck again and is getting closer to the next target–Vera. Tad will do whatever he can to save her, even if it means losing his dream job, but will it be enough when the murderer is closer than anyone ever thought?

Giveaway Details
1 ebook of Walking in the Shadows, promotional flyer, rack card, photographic print (all signed)
Open to US, UK & Canada
Ends 11/28/12

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