Best-selling author Steven James introducesBlur, the first book in a new thrilling YA trilogy.
I’ve always liked to read stories that get my pulse racing. White-knuckle suspense. Mind-bending mysteries. New twists on old tales.
It’s probably my uncle’s fault.
All those campfire tales he told us.
We kept asking him for scarier and scarier stories, and he delivered. Then when I became a camp counselor myself, I passed on those same stories. However, toward the end of the summer I used up all my uncle’s stories and I had to start making up my own.
So that’s pretty much what initiated my career as a storyteller and novelist—keeping my campers awake a little too late into the night.
Although I’ve written nine thrillers for adults, I’ve never been able to put aside my memories of being a teen enjoying a great mystery or suspense story.
One day I asked myself what it would be like to be sixteen and start losing touch with reality—and have to solve a crime at the same time. That question gave birth to the first book in my new series of suspense novels for teens, Blur.
In this installment, high-school football star Daniel Byers starts having disturbing visions relating to the suspicious death of a girl at his school. He and his friends question whether he’s mentally ill or gifted with a psychic ability that could help lead them to solve the mystery. The story has the kinds of twists and turns that I always liked when I was a teenager.
I remember as a young teen being on a fantasy kick for a while and reading and rereading Lloyd Alexander’s The Chronicles of Prydain and Madeleine L’Engle’s Time Quintet. Eventually, I migrated to horror and flew through the chilling short stories of Stephen King and Poe, and then the mysteries in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. I couldn’t get enough of them.
This summer I’m looking forward to checking out the first books of a few new young adult series: The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd (for that new take on an old tale), and Legendby Marie Lu (for that suspense that has always drawn me in). I can’t wait to see where they take me.
Reading, storytelling, and summer have always gone together for me. Stories are my lifeblood. And this summer I plan to really live.
Blurdoesn't release until May 27, but you can read it first here. Use your Amazon.com account to sign into Kindle Whispercast to receive your copy. Request here through 5/26/14.