A prodigal son
A dangerous love
A deadly secret . . .
Grace Divine, daughter of the local pastor, always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared—the night she found her brother Jude collapsed on the porch, covered in blood. But she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night really held. And when Daniel returns three years later, Grace can no longer deny her attraction to him, despite promising Jude she’ll stay away.
As Grace gets closer to Daniel, her actions stir the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind Jude and Daniel's dark secret . . . and the cure that can save the ones she loves. But she may have to lay down the ultimate sacrifice to do it—her soul.
Interview with Bree Despain:
How did your experience working with underprivileged kids doing theater influence your writing?
The biggest influence it has on my writing was that it made me realize that I wanted to be an author. I was law school bound when decided to take a semester off to write and direct plays with a summer program for at-risk kids. I loved working with the kids so much, and loved writing plays for them to perform. I went back to school after this experience with a renewed respect for the young adult audience and a passion for writing.
How do you come up with the names for the characters and places in your stories?
The names of my characters just kind of come to me as I’m writing and thinking about what name would best fit characters. For the Divine family, I wanted names that would sound like something a pastor would name his kids—it wasn’t until I was deeper into writing the novel that I realized just how important Grace’s name was the theme of the book.
The name of their town, Rose Crest, came from two different things. The first is that the fictional town in my book is very (very, very) loosely based on Rosemont, Minnesota. The second thing it came from was a sign I passed almost daily while writing the book. Every time I took my son to and from preschool, I would pass a sign for a new housing development called Rose Crest. I guess the name just kind of stuck in my head.
A fun little tidbit is that in the sequel to TDD (THE LOST SAINT) I enlisted my blog readers to help me name a new character. So be on the lookout for Nathan Talbot.
Do you have a certain place/ time/ atmosphere that are perfect for your writing?
I love to write in bed. Preferably, with a small bowl of dark chocolate chips nearby. I find the earliest in the day I can get started, the better. But I often have to wait until my kids are occupied later in the day.
You mention a car accident in your bio. How did this affect you as a writer?
It mostly made me realize that I wanted my family and my writing to be the biggest priorities in my life. I knew that I wanted to be an author ever since I worked with those kids in that summer program, but after a couple of years real life kicked in and I was working full time and raising a new baby with my husband—and had no energy left for writing. After the car accident, I was bedridden for several months so my hubby brought me home an old refurbished laptop and encouraged me to start writing again. And once I was recovered, I made the decision not to go back to work and became a full-time mom and a part-time writer.
If you could travel to any place and any time, where would you go and why?
Victorian Era Egypt during the golden age of archeological discovery, so I could participate in a dig. . . and get to go to fancy balls and wear huge awesome dresses.
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