In a series I'm calling 'A Notepad and a Dream', I'll be interviewing up-and-coming authors about their books, their writing process and their future plans. If you have a book shortly due for release and would like to take part, or know someone else who would, please let me know via the 'Contact Me' page above.
In the latest 'A Notepad and a Dream' episode, Melissa Brown is dying to talk about Grim Reapers.
I'm an American author that wishes I was still a teenager. I teach work in a library and teach English. My novel, Becoming Death, is about young grim reaper that tries to rebel against her destiny to save someone she loves.
What made you decide to write a book with a supernatural theme?
I was researching fairy tales and folklore for an university paper when I needed an idea for Nanowrimo that year. I thought the idea of a modern female grim reaper sounded fun to write and would allow me to create a new world.
How does your book differ from other books with a similar premise?
Books about grim reapers are few and far between. I feel Madison isn't the normal YA protagonist, she isn't a chosen one, she isn't brilliant or beautiful. She is just trying to get through life/afterlife in one piece. She's a fan girl that loves comic books and fan fiction, not something that normally pops up in YA novels.
Have you always wanted to write for a YA market?
Yes, I love the YA book market, there is such variety and it's the type of book I would gravitate towards as a reader.
If you could choose any writer as a mentor, who would you pick?
R.L. Stine. He's the reason I decided I wanted to an author as a kid. I was addicted to his Goosebumps and Fear Street series; they were my introduction to horror and the paranormal.
Do you have any further plans for the characters in the 'Becoming Death' world?
At the moment, I'm working on another book about cupids but you never know - I might revisit Madison and her family again at some point. I've always toyed with the idea of writing a book from her mother's point of view.