A girl wakes up to find her older sister missing from the tiny bedroom of their Airstream trailer. A nightmare convinces her that her sister was abducted, but no one takes her dream seriously, including their hippie mom. Meanwhile, other girls in their small town begin sparking powers—the same mean girls who’ve bullied her since grade school. What if she has to work with them to save her sister—not to mention the rest of the world?
Hello! We are both novelists, but if you’ve ever tried to write anything, you know that writing can be a lonely, angst-filled business. So one night over a cocktail, we came up with a solution: write our next book together. Malena already had an idea, and we couldn’t resist seeing where that story would take us – a wild ride that includes a loner girl who wants to be a writer, some mean girls who’ve bullied her since grade school--and start "sparking" powers related to the ways that they’re bullies--and a boy who happens to be able shoot fire from his eyes but also loves to talk about books. And an ancient Zoroastrian prophecy. And pie shakes. (OK, so maybe we got a little carried away.)
We’ve both published solo novels (check them out here and here) and had no idea how co-writing would work out, but we pounded out the first draft in a white-hot frenzy of inspiration we called "the Vortex." One of us would write a scene and send it to the other with a note: "My apartment is a pigsty and I haven’t eaten all day. #inthevortex." We wrote the book we wanted to read as teenagers: a supernatural thriller with healthy doses of horror and humor. Oh, and of course there’s romance. Since we wrote with teen readers in mind, you have to wait a long time for the only kiss in the book, but isn’t that the case with all the best kisses in books?