Welcome to Julia Crane and her incredibly awesome sounding young adult book, Coexist!
Can you tell us a little bit about your book?
Sixteen-year-old Keegan is struggling to keep her huge secret from her friends—she’s an elf, descended from a long line of elves that live in secrecy alongside humans.
In elfin society, mates are predetermined but not allowed to meet until they are eighteen. Against tradition, Keegan’s brother Thaddeus told her Rourk’s name because his visions warned him she’d need Rourk’s protection, especially since Keegan will play a key role in the coming war between the dark and light elves.
Rourk finds himself drawn to Keegan’s side every time she thinks his name. He wants to talk to her but remains in the shadows, silently guarding her every time she mentally beckons him. A twist of fate thrusts the two of them together when Rourk is forced to step up his protection and make his presence known.
An ancient prophecy deeply entwines Keegan’s family and the future of their society. Somehow they must find a way to thwart fate and win the battle…without losing Keegan. With war brewing, and dark forces aligning, will Keegan and Rourk ever have the life together that they both desire?
What about this story made you have to write it?
I love that I was able to bring some of my Irish heritage into the story. The story basically wrote itself it started with an idea and before I knew it I was done. It was fun to write.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned during the creation of this book?
How badly I need an editor or two. I showed the rough draft to my 14 year old daughter, and she said, “the story is great, but your grammar sucks.” I have two editors go over my work.
What was the hardest part to write?
The ending. I saw it clearly in my mind, but it was still hard. I worried I was leaving it on too much of a cliff hanger. I can’t say more than that without giving anything away.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I love to travel, walk, and spend time with my family.
Can you share a little of what you are working on now?
I just completed Conflicted book two in the Keegan’s Chronicles. I’m currently working on book three which is still unnamed.
What advice would you give a new writer?
Hire an editor, find a critique partner, and most of all write!