When my magic loving friend from CO called me months ago and told me I had to read Twilight, my first question was "what's it about?" She laughed and said "Vampires. I know it's crazy but just read it." I procrastinated for awhile (not a fan of vampire stories) but she was persistent and insisted that it was a great story.
So reluctantly, I read it. But only after my mother and I were looking at books in Target and we watched three different women grab the book off the shelf within three minutes (I swear I'm not exaggerating). There are many opinions out there about Twilight and Stephenie Meyer, some good some bad. Just like with everything in this world. Personally, I was addicted. As in, if there was a twelve step program to help me recover from Edward withdraw after book four, I would've happily enrolled myself.
The thing is, I'm not a vampire fan. I still haven't read any of the other gazillion vampire books out there. And although I am a dog lover, I'm not a fan of the werewolf thing either. So why did I become so addicted to the Twilight books? The same reason so many of us were addicted to JK Rowling's world of wizardry. Because she tells a great story. It is the vital key behind every good book.
I think The Kindrily's story is GREAT. It's emotional, fascinating, makes you contemplate life and wonder if maybe there is more going on around us than we're aware of. There are no vampires or werewolves, no wands and wizards, but there is magic and a riveting love story that makes you question many things about yourself and the world around you. However the best part (in my opinion) is my characters. If you're not wishing to BE them, you're wishing for one of them to be your best friend or your mom, brother, etc. (Or at least that's what I've been told.)
Everyday I pray that as a writer, I've done them justice. The Kindrily is a group of gifted and amazing people that deserve the utmost respect because they've earned it. (That will make sense once you've read the book.)
Will the masses of supernatural readers be drawn to my story even though there are no werewolves or vampires? Who knows. Only time will tell. I could have followed popular trends and thrown in a blood sucking or howl at the moon moment but that wouldn't be true to who I am or who my characters are. So with that in mind, vampires, werewolves, wizards, fairies, even leprechauns, watch out! There's a group of extraordinary and complex characters patiently waiting in the shadows, ready to give you magical creatures a run for your money. They're called The Kindrily. And while a full moon is beautiful to look at, it only shines once a month. Some stars shine forever, and my people are all about the stars.
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