Megan Joel Peterson lives somewhere between the cornfields of Illinois and fantasy worlds filled with magic and wizards. She has a degree in English Literature from the University of Illinois, and has worked a little bit of everywhere over the years. Now she spends her days and nights creating new stories, and thinks writing is the best job she ever could have asked for. The Children and The Blood is her first published novel.
Title: The Children and The Blood
Series: Book one of ‘The Children and The Blood’
Page count: 342 pages
Genre: Young adult urban fantasy
Price: $2.99 for e-book, $15.99 for paperback
Tell us about your book:
The Children and The Blood is the first book of a young adult urban fantasy series. The main character is Ashley, a seventeen year old with no memory of her childhood, owing to a disaster that killed most of her family. She now lives a quiet life on a farm with her eight-year-old sister, unaware that her family is being hunted and that the men chasing her loved ones are close to finding them all again.
How long did it take to write the book?
To write it? Maybe six months. To plan the book and edit it and then reedit again and all that? Much longer.
What inspired you to write the book?
The story had been in my head for a long time, owing to a short novella on the same theme I’d written when I was a teenager. I’d always wanted to redo the novella and turn it into a full-length story, and once I finally began doing that, the ideas just kept coming, till I realized I had enough material to actually turn it into a series.
Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?
I typically try to write during every spare second of the day, so my writing routine basically consists of that. I may be permanently grafted to my laptop! I research as well. Whether or not I always succeed, I try my best to get the details right in my stories. For this series, my main resource was the internet, where I spent a long time looking up everything from maps of states and roads and train tracks, to gas tank capacities for various vehicles.
What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?
I hope that they come away feeling that they read an exciting story that will stay with them for years to come, and I hope that they enjoy it enough to read the next two books in the series when they are released!
Excerpt from book:
Blood dripped from his hands to stain the carpet, handcuffs clinked on his wrists as the car swerved, and Howard Bartlow knew he was going to die.
Other than that, nothing was certain.
“You’ll let them go, right?” he asked again, hating how tentative his voice sounded in the darkness. “They’ll be safe after this?”
“We’ve given you our word, Mr. Bartlow,” said the suit-clad giant next to him, his voice calm as he flipped through the contents of Howard’s wallet. Though his weight shifted slightly as the car whipped around another turn on the gravel road, the man’s eyes didn’t leave the wrinkled family photograph he pulled from between the credit cards. “Our goal is simply to end this. We have no interest in murder.”
Howard looked away, unable to stand the sight of the man holding the picture of his wife and child. And as for the rest, that wasn’t really true, was it? The monsters around him might not consider what they were about to do as murder, but Howard knew otherwise.
So many would be killed. If they were lucky, a few in hiding might survive. But everything he and the others had worked and bled and died for these past eight years would mean absolutely nothing. Rage swelled at the thought, building till he was sure it would explode from his body and swallow everyone in the car in flame.
And then it drained, just as it had every other time in these past six hours of hell. The monsters had Missy. They had his beloved Tanya. They had the only reasons Howard had suffered through these eight horrific years, and they would kill them both if he didn’t do exactly as they said. Everything was pointless without his wife and little girl. The hiding. The running. The living in buildings abandoned so long ago that even the rats had gone to find other places to stay. He’d left his home. He’d left his career. This whole mess was the fault of those now holding his wife and daughter captive, and with his help, they were going to destroy everything.
But Missy and Tanya wouldn’t die.
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