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Now that high school is over, Randi just wants to live her quiet life in her little town, but it doesn’t feel right without her friends there. Ever the daredevils, they’ve gone to seek adventure in the capital city of Grandin, and Randi can’t help but feel left behind. Not to mention that she definitely can’t stop thinking about that kiss she and Eddy shared before he left.
When Randi discovers a mysterious mark on her skin that matches an illustration in A Handbook on Paragonhood, she’s thrown into a world of powerful gods and ancient magic that she thought only existed in the myths. She’ll have to step out of her comfort zone-and into the dangerous streets of Grandin-to find a way to protect herself and the people she loves.
Randi’s not the only one with a secret, and she finds herself questioning who she can trust. Randi will have to wrestle with what it means to be a Paragon and how far she’s willing to go to do what’s right.
With the fate of the world on the line, can she live up to being one of the chosen?
- What is on your nightstand?
Nothing interesting, unfortunately. I’ve got a collection of pens and pencils, a bunch of earrings and bracelets, a lamp, and a candle. On my dresser, though, I’ve got crystals, a tarot deck, family pictures, flowers, and a Cabbage Patch doll that I loved when I was a child. Her name is Mrs. Goobles. On the floor beside my bed, of course, I’ve got three stacks of books waiting to be read.
- What author would you totally fan?
I love Neal Shusterman’s stories! I recently discovered him with the Scythe trilogy, and I read Unwind as well. He has a ton of books so I’m quite behind in reading! I also love Libba Bray, especially the Gemma Doyle series and Going Bovine.
- What makes you cringe?
Slimy foods, comma splices, and poorly written romances. Some romances happen too fast, or the guy/girl the main character will end up with is too obvious, or the pairing is way too forced. There’s got to be a slow burn, mystery, and opportunity for the characters to consider other potential partners.
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
I obsessively plot to the point where I have the important dialogue for each scene mostly written out before drafting. During drafting, though, a lot of that plot flies out the window because maybe a scene doesn’t work the way I wanted it to, or I discover a major plot hole that needs to be reworked. Basically, a lot of my wonderful plotting goes down the drain. Sigh.
- Is there a word you love to use?
“Spectacles”, although I hardly ever get to use that. I’d like to talk about platypuses as well, but they don’t usually come up in writing (perhaps my next book will have to feature a platypus as a main character). I’m also a fan of filler words that writers are meant to avoid, such as “sort of”, “very”, and “just”. They’re just so very fun to use!
Shauna Alderson is a Young Adult fantasy writer and author of PARAGON (Zimbell House, 2020). She began writing teen fantasy even before she was a teen. After she “grew up”, she completed creative writing courses (and a BA in Development Studies) at the University of Calgary. When not reading or writing, she can usually be found teaching ESL, composing on the piano, creating art, or volunteering abroad. She also enjoys dessert, Studio Ghibli films, and being the silliest person she knows. Connect with her on Twitter @AldersonShauna.
Photo by Laura Grace Photography
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