(Cover design by the brilliant Michelle Taormina. Bookmark design by Keary Taylor.)
In the end, THE CHAOS OF STARS came together when I finally gave up on what I thought the book should be (action! adventure! a trilogy!) and let it be what it needed to be—an intimate family drama, a book about allowing people to love us even if it isn’t the way we think they should, and an exploration of that strange period in adolescence when you realize your parents aren’t perfect and you don’t know what to do with that information. Made even worse when your mother is literally the goddess of motherhood. If she can’t do it right, who can?
It's a strange little beast, more contemporary than paranormal. And it's by far my most personal book. I started it when things in my life were not what I wanted them to be and I felt very angry and betrayed. Isadora, my darling, arrogant, angry narrator, was the voice I needed at the time. I love her. I love the particular journey we went on together, through betrayal and anger to hope and happiness.
I hope it's a journey you'll enjoy reading in just one week. And, if you want, you can read the first sixty pages online for free right now.