Skylar DorsetTumblr ~ Twitter ~ website THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS (Sourcebooks 2014) Amazon – B&N – BAM THE BOY WITH THE HIDDEN NAME (Sourcebooks, December 2, 2014) Amazon – B&N – BAM And here’s the summary of THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS: In Selkie’s family, you don’t celebrate birthdays. You don’t talk about birthdays. And you never, ever reveal your birth date.” Until now. The instant Selkie blurts out the truth to Ben in the middle of Boston Common, her whole world shatters. Because her life has been nothing but a lie—an elaborate enchantment meant to conceal the truth: Selkie is a half-faerie princess. And her mother wants her dead. And the summary of THE BOY WITH THE HIDDEN NAME: Betrayal and death—not quite the prophecy Selkie wanted about her first love. A half-faerie princess with a price on her head, Selkie Stewart just wants a little normal in her life. Not another crazy prophecy. Besides, she and Ben are a team. They’re the two most wanted individuals in the Otherworld, and fated to bring down the Seelie Fairie Court and put an end to their reign of terror. Nothing can come between them. Until Ben leaves.
And the sun goes out.
And the chiming bells deafen all of Boston. The Seelies are coming. And only Selkie can stop them from destroying the world. And I’ve attached the cover for you. Hope this helps! Let me know if you need anything else! ______________- The Three* Most Important Songs to Accompany THE BOY WITH THE HIDDEN NAME
*(Okay, I guess it’s really four.)
I listen to music pretty consistently as I write. I don’t set out to create a specific playlist for each story I write, they just seem to develop organically as the writing happens. Here are some of the songs on my playlist for THE BOY WITH THE HIDDEN NAME, and why they were important to the story:
- “The Ghost in You,” the Psychedelic Furs version (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T87u5yuUVi8) and the Matthew Puckett version (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpK4dQJlxao)
This song, two different ways, was vitally important to the beginning of this novel. I felt like the bouncier Psychedelic Furs version was how Selkie had been feeling as she and Ben got back to Boston at the end of THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS, and then by the beginning of THE BOY WITH THE HIDDEN NAME, she’s in the slower, more reflective Matthew Puckett version. But it’s the same song: She’s the same being she always was, despite all the crazy things that happen to her over the course of the novels. She always stays herself. You can be the same and different all at once, and that’s what I loved about these two songs, how beautifully they illustrated that.
- “Too Dramatic,” by Ra Ra Riot (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRo7Ed4yfvo)
Ben and Selkie’s relationship grows progressively more complicated over the course of the novels, and they have a lot of disagreements and misunderstanding that they need to sort through. Whenever Ben and Selkie were sniping at each other, this was my theme song for writing those scenes. It’s all just too dramatic, you know? It’s basically the theme song for their relationship!
- “Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks,” by the National (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1a1UoljLWrY)
I tend to finish up my stories in one great big gulp of writing. I get to the end and I can see it so clearly and I just want it out of my brain, so I write in a feverish fit. And this song is what I listened to in that last feverish fit of writing the end of the book. Just this song, on repeat. I finished writing just before I had to meet friends for dinner, and I also listened to this song on repeat for the entire drive to the restaurant. There’s something about the mood of it that just captures something for me. If THE BOY WITH THE HIDDEN NAME was ever a movie, this would be my closing credits song._______ Author bio: Skylar’s first story was a tale of romantic intrigue involving two feuding factions of squirrels. Think “Romeo & Juliet” but with bushy tails and added espionage. She was seven. Since that time, Skylar’s head has been filled with lots of characters and lots of drama. She is delighted to be able to share some of it with all of you now, because, honestly, it was getting pretty loud and crowded in there. Skylar is a born-and-bred New Englander, which is why Boston was a natural setting for her debut novel, THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS. Skylar shares her home with a cardboard cutout ofthe Tenth Doctor, lots of Mardi Gras beads from the time she spent living in New Orleans, and a harp she’s supposed to be teaching herself to play. She’d like to get a dog.