Hidden somewhere in the fog of the San Francisco bay lies Blue Rock Island, home to the bay area’s two best-kept secrets: Bell’s Bluff, the old, abandoned prison on one side of the island, and the Night Train, a mysterious train ride on the other. When twelve-year-old Molly Pepper receives a secret invitation promising a night of magic and adventure aboard the Night Train, she is skeptical. In her experience, most promises prove too good to be true. The fact that she lost her mom is proof enough.
Still, Molly gives hope another chance. Together with her loyal friend, Noah Wonderly, they sneak out of the house and follow a string of clues leading to the Night Train. But when the train stops at Bell’s Bluff, Molly discovers the real reason she was invited. There, she starts to wonder if hope and magic not only fix broken promises; but make you believe in them again.
Courtney King Walker grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area building rocket ships and rafts out of cardboard, hoping to make it the moon or at least Niagara Falls. But a trip across the border to Tijuana was as exciting as it ever got, so she decided writing about adventure was the next best thing. She now lives in the Rocky Mountains with her husband and four children, and still dreams of flying to the moon. Her YA debut, ON THE FRINGE, was published in 2011 by Lands Atlantic Publishing.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Watching The Vampire Diaries with my teenage daughter.
Favorite quote from a movie?
“Make yourself a dang kay-sa-dilla!” Napoleon’s grandma from Napoleon Dynamite.
Any other books in the works?
Yes! A YA contemporary romance that comes out in January 2016 by Cedar Fort Publishing.
Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book?
“Fireflies” by Owl City. Every time I listen to it, I can’t help think of Molly and her own jar of fireflies.
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Enjoy the process of writing, not just the end result; otherwise you’ll never be happy.
I compose music.
What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
The movie version of THE MARTIAN, by Andy Weir comes out November 25. Directed by Ridley Scott, starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Sean Bean… Need I say more?
Favorite childhood book? The Westing Game – the best kids’ mystery story ever!
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