Tricia Rayburn is the author of several tween books, including the MAGGIE BEAN series, and her newest novel and debut in Young Adult Fiction, SIREN, was released on July 13, 2010.
Visit Tricia online at http://www.triciarayburn.com/ or http://www.triciarayburn.blogspot.com/.
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Tricia Rayburn stopped at Mundie Moms yesterday and will be at Bookalicious tomorrow. Make sure to check those posts out too!
Why should the world read SIREN?
To be swept away in a spooky, seductive story—and reminded why they should only swim when a lifeguard’s on duty!
Where have you lived in your lifetime, and how has that impacted your writing?
I’ve lived in New York, Vermont, Boston, and San Francisco. Besides Long Island, where I’m from and where I currently live, I’ve spent the most time in New England, and that’s had a huge impact on my writing. The small seaside town in which SIREN takes place is a composite of some my favorite Northeastern spots.
What do you think is the most important thing readers will take away from your book?
I mostly hope readers will have a fun, page-turning experience that makes them look at the water a little differently the next time they’re at the beach! But if they come away with anything more, I hope it’s the idea that when it comes to facing their biggest fears, they might be stronger than they think.
Is there a certain time, place, or atmosphere that simply inspires you to write?
My creative juices seem to flow best in the morning. I usually wake up, make some coffee, and get to work!
Besides writing, what else are you passionate about?
Spending time with my friends and family, reading, baking, doing yard work, and watching (and re-watching, again and again) Gilmore Girls and Friday Night Lights!
Seventeen-year-old Vanessa Sands is afraid of everything—the dark, heights, the ocean—but her fearless older sister, Justine, has always been there to coach her through every challenge. That is, until Justine goes cliff-diving one night near the family’s vacation house in Maine, and her lifeless body washes up on shore the next day.
Though her parents hope that they’ll be able to find closure back in Boston, Vanessa can’t help feeling that her sister’s death wasn’t an accident. After discovering that Justine was keeping a lot of secrets, Vanessa returns to Winter Harbor, hoping that Justine’s boyfriend might know more. But Caleb has been missing since Justine’s death.
Soon, it’s not just Vanessa who’s afraid. All of Winter Harbor is abuzz with anxiety when another body washes ashore, and panic sets in when the small town becomes host to a strong of fatal, water-related accidents in which all the victims are found, horrifically, grinning from ear to ear.
Vanessa turns to Caleb’s brother, Simon, for help, and begins to find herself drawn to him. As the pair tries to understand the sudden rash of creepy drownings, Vanessa uncovers a secret that threatens her new romance—and will change her life forever. (http://web.me.com/triciarayburn/Tricia_Rayburn/Siren_.html)