Fern communicates with her dog, blisters from just moments in the sun, and has correctly predicted the daily weather for more than two years. Even so, she's always seemed to be a normal twelve-year-old girl . . . until one day when Fern closes her eyes in class and opens them seconds later on a sandy beach miles away from school. When Fern disappears again, this time to a place far more dangerous, she begins to realize exactly how different she is.
With the help of her twin brother, Sam, Fern struggles to gain control of her supernatural powers. The arrival of a sinister vampire in town—who seems to have an alarming interest in Fern's powers—causes Fern to question her true identity. Who is she? More importantly, who can she count on? Soon Fern finds herself in the middle of a centuries-old battle—one that could destroy Fern and endanger everyone she loves.
Why did you choose to write a book that included vampires?
I have always had an interest in vampires. In college, I took a course on gothic literature and I read Dracula and fell in love with it. It's such a great read. So I decided to put my own spin on the lore and mythology behind vampires.
What makes Otherworldlies unique?
I think The Otherworldlies is unique because it is a different take on vampires. It also pays tribute to the gothic literature that inspired many of the more famous vampire stories, but it is different because it combines a lot of fantasy and vampire elements. It's not just a fantasy novel and it's not just a vampire novel.
Do you think you'll write more books that are similar to Otherworldlies?
I hope so. It was so fun for me to write! Creating a world can be difficult in terms of making everything consistent, but it's also the kind of challenge I relish.
If you could be any supernatural creature, which would you be and why?
Hmmm. I'd probably be Spiderman. I guess it would be more like Spiderwoman. I think he's got a good set of powers. I've really always wanted to fly. And the great thing about Spiderman is he can kind of fly, but he's still attached by his spidey webs, so it wouldn't be as scary.
What's one of your favorite supernatural books?
My favorite supernatural book growing up was A Wrinkle in Time. I reread it recently and it still knocked my socks off. I don't think I fully understood it as a kid, and it was still so good.
Thanks so much, Jennifer!