The Novel Approach welcomes author Deanna Wadsworth today, writing as her Young Adult alter ego K.D. Worth, and talking a bit about her new Harmony Ink Press novel The Grim Life.
K.D. is also offering the chance for one lucky reader to win an e-copy of the book. To enter for a chance to win, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below.
Thank you for hosting me a The Novel Approach!
I just love being here again….oh wait! K.D.Worth has never been here before. But my other alias, Deanna Wadsworth has been here before. But my new YA author name KD Worth with a new novel THE GRIM LIFE has never been her ebefore.
So why the new penname?
People ask me all the time why I decided to write YA with a different pen name. Well I have one big reason: Reader expectation.
If a reader picks up a Deanna Wadsworth book they are going to get lots of sex. And that is not the case in THE GRIM LIFE.
But more than just a lack of erotic content, there is a strong religious aspect of THE GRIM LIFEand I didn’t want to shock readers.
Religious, you say?
This from the mind of candy flavored cum?!
Yes, if Anne Rice can do it, so can I. Hey, aren’t each of us as layered as Shrek’s onion?
In THE GRIM LIFE my hero Kody Michaels is in a crisis of faith. He is a Christian college student (so I think that might make my book NA) who feels like being gay is a betrayal of his faith. I mean, that’s all he’s been told. In the beginning of the book Kody feels like he cannot keep trying to please everyone, including God, if he is being true to himself, so he decides to end his own life.
Enter Max Shaw a 16 year old grim reaper (or does that make my book YA?) who is sent to reap Kody’s soul. Instead he saves him—a big no-no for a reaper. It’s not his call to decide who lives and who dies. Max’s only job is to get their souls to heaven. But Max wants to convince Kody that God loves him just the way he is and he’s totally falling for him.See, Max has the inside scoop on what God does and does not approve of. He works of an angel named Slade who answers directly to God.
But what is the Big Guy gonna say when he learns that Max defied the rules of being a reaper just to save Kody? These two lost teens are thrown together in what seems like an accidental meeting, and they only have so much time before another reaper comes to finish what Max didn’t.
Not enough angst for ya?
How about we throw in misguided spirits of dead folks stuck in purgatory taking over dead bodies??
Yeah, and all of it written in dual first person, I definitely needed a new pen name!
I brought along an excerpt of THE GRIM LIFE and I hope you all think about checking it out!
About the Author: K.D. Worth has always considered herself to have the heart of a teenager with an old soul. When not talking to the characters living in her head, she loves to hang out at her favorite townie bar then go dancing and partying with her husband and friends. There is always music playing in her home, and if it’s too loud you’re too old! On the flip side, K.D. enjoys spending time in her vegetable garden, canning the food she grows, and making homemade jams and jellies. She also is known to crochet washcloths and blankets for her closest friends and smiles when they tease her for her “grandmotherly” ways. These two different sides to her personality create a layered tapestry of life experience that brings depth and believability to the characters she writes. She loves to hear from her fans almost as much as she loves her cocker spaniels. You can find her on Facebook or get updates about upcoming books on her website.
Max Shaw is dead.
Well, sort of.
After dying on prom night, Max was recruited by a mysterious tattooed angel named Slade to join a group of teenage reapers. Cocky and sarcastic, Max thinks he has his afterlife together, but the moment Slade assigns him to his first suicide case, everything changes.
Christian college student Kody Michaels is struggling to make sense of his life and his faith. After a failed suicide attempt at an antigay camp, Kody is determined not to fail again. Tired of disappointing his family and God, he is going to end his life once and for all.
But in a split-second decision, Max saves Kody—defying the rules of a reaper.
Max believes his only concern is convincing Kody that God loves him just the way he is, so he can save him from a hellish afterlife as a shade. Little does Max know, some shades have found a way to walk among the living as wraiths. These evil wraiths know Kody has been slated for death, and they have another, darker purpose for him.
Max has only one night to save Kody before one of Slade’s team finishes the job Max lacked the courage to complete.