Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Karen Rose Smith presents NJ Damschroder--YA Author


I'd like to introduce to you a friend and fellow Central PA Romance Writer, NJ Damschroder.  I know readers are often looking for the next young adult adventure.  NJ (I know her as Natalie) provides that.  So...  Here is NJ!

FROM NJ Damschroder:

After a decade and a half and 17 published adult romance novels, this month I took a leap into the young adult market with my debut YA adventure, FULL FUSION.

It started really, in my childhood.  I devoured Silhouette's Young Adult Romances, the Sweet Valley High books, and so much more.  When I first began writing fiction, I lamented that the YA market seemed to have disappeared.  We authors often discussed how the average age of our readership was climbing, and how would we get new readers if there wasn't good YA out there?

Luckily, it came roaring back with a vengeance several years ago.  Still, I didn't think it was a genre I wanted to write.  I wasn't a typical teenager, and my own teens have not been typical in any way, so I didn't have the background for it.  But then inspiration hit, thanks to the second fallen angel on the TV show Supernatural and my own childhood. 

I had often had moments in high school when I felt disconnected from myself and the world around me.  It's been a very difficult sensation to describe.  A sense of oddness of being in my own body.  It eventually stopped happening, but it stuck with me enough to make me think, "What if my character had good reason to feel that way?  What if she was an angel, but was missing an essential part of herself?"

And because I write adventure, it exploded from typical teenager angst into a true save-the-world scenario. There's action, a little bit of angst and the start of a love triangle, all of which will come to play in future books in the series.  I've been developing the second book and cannot wait to dig into it!  I hope readers love reading it as much as I have loved writing it.

Thanks you so much, Karen, for having me here today!

Below is the blurb for FULL FUSION.  You can read an excerpt here:


Eighteen-year-old Roxie Sebastian lives a charmed life, and she knows it.  Too bad she can't feel it.  All her life, she's felt disconnected from the world around her.  Everything changes just before graduation, when she drawn to an eerie, brilliant light--which narrowly misses her as it blows up her friend Lincoln's car.  Clearly someone's after Roxie, and finally Lincoln tells her the truth:  He and Roxie are angels, beings from another dimension, and that light is her soul, separated from her human body in a traumatic birth.

Once a skeptical Roxie rules out the other possibilities--like Lincoln created this delusion to escape his abusive father--she accepts her gut-down knowledge about the truth.  But someone has been screwing with her light, using it to commit crimes, and their actions are about to cause irreparable damage to two worlds" the one she lives in and the one she can't remember.

Aided by her best friend Jordan, her boyfriend Tucker, and Lincoln, Roxie tracks down the criminal and uncovers many more secrets not only about her past, but of the history of their race on Earth.  And then Roxie faces a terrible dilemma--the only way she can stop them from ripping apart both worlds is to fuse her light...which could be tainted by the evil with which it was used.



Copyright 2014 Karen Rose Smith

1 comment:

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Thanks so much for having me, Karen!