T.E.J.Johnson

Fantasy Author of Cataindar: The Discovery

Month: September, 2014

Wattpad Spotlight: Brittanie Charmintine

Brittanie Charmintine has been smashing up the Wattpad charts with her Mermaids and the Vampires that Love them, hitting the #4 spot in Vampires. 

Amassing over a hundred of thousand reads in a few months, the novel has been a runaway Wattpad hit!

Check out the interview with Brittanie below;

What you currently working on?

I am working on a YA Fantasy novel called Mermaids and the Vampires Who Love Them. It is about a teenage mermaid, Waverly Marie Fishwater, who has to move to a new school for her senior year of high school. To make matters worse, it’s a vampire school, and mermaid blood is like vampire crack!

What was the inspiration for your novel?

I read a lot of genre fiction, both YA and adult—vampires, werewolves, wizards, fairies, aliens, whatevers. I wanted to write a YA book for Wattpad as that is the largest audience on the site. But I wanted to write something different because basically everything has been done. So I thought of the most disparate creatures I could and challenged myself to put them together. Vampires and mermaids just popped into my head.

Originally I planned it as a straight Romance piece. But when I got to the scene where the hero is supposed to rescue the damsel in distress, my heroine turned to me and said “I don’t think so.” I urged her to allow herself to be saved. “Guys like saving the girl. It will make him like you more,” I told her. But she rolled her eyes at me and Waverly Marie Fishwater, kickass mermaid and “nobody’s kelp smoothie,” was born.

Once I was prevented from doing a Romance, which has a very straightforward plot, I knew I had to come up with my own. Can’t just have a kick-ass mermaid sitting around mooning after her handsome vampire beau. The lovers needed an important goal. I thought it should be something to do with the water because that is Waverly’s home. I wanted the goal to have a more universal meaning, so I decided the school would have all kinds of creatures—vampires, werewolves, mermaids, fairy princesses, fairy godmothers, minor Greek gods—and show how they all must learn to work together to battle the bad guys who are polluting the water.

Who should read the book?

People who enjoy funny, romantic books about supernatural beings. People who see the magical in the natural world. I have male and female readers of all ages.

What other works and authors have influenced your writing?

There are so many but a few are: J.K. Rowling, Douglas Adams, Jane Austin, Christopher Moore, Gail Carriger, Mary Jane Davidson, Simon R. Green, Charlaine Harris, A. Lee Martin, Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, Ally Condie.

Is this a Wattpad exclusive or do you plan to publish?

Once it is complete, I plan to publish the book.

How can readers find more?

Find me at Wattpad.com. http://wattpad.com/BrittanieCharmintine

 

Thank you so much Brittanie!

If you think you should be featured next, please give me a shout.

 

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Book review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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Cinder is a futuristic mechanic living her tough life, hanging out with her robot and generally having a hard time selling wares and fixing stuff.  But! She gets an unexpected visitor, the Prince…

You immediately like the protagonist; a human with cyborg parts and interface.  Cinder is a very special one-of-a-kind cyborg with a mysterious maker. It works. It keeps the reader engaged as we discover, together with Cinder, of what else her cyborg system is capable of. I loved reading about the info-feed updating the bottom of her vision. The lie-detector is a fantastic added feature. It is fun, well done and very, very cool.

The novel has a terrific pace.  It cracks on and is a really fun read. I read it in a few days and I really appreciate this kind of page-turning crafting.

It is very visual; you get a great sense of all the scenes, where they are going and what is happening.

The Sci-fi is strong in this one.  I really enjoyed the merging of the fairy tale with this sci-fi world. You feel the influences of Star Wars and the Terminator – and that is cool.  This is a world fits together well, New Beijing makes sense, and the Lunars are fascinating.

The novel has really great ending!  That is important – I love a novel with an awesome ending.  It sets up the world well for the sequel, which is out, as is the sequel to that – all right here.

All round a wonderful young adult read that I would certainly recommend and look forward to continuing.

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