Kate sees psychic visions of the future and the past—but only when she’s having an asthma attack. When she “sees” her sister being beaten, she needs more visions to try to save her, along with a suicidal classmate—but triggering her asthma could kill her.
Parallel Visions is the story of one brave, caring psychic teen whose unusual gifts put her own life in danger.
Gold Winner in Young Adult Paranormal WiseBearBooks Awards
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Published November 2012
Available in paperback and ebook editions in the US, Canada, and UK.
Why I Wrote PARALLEL VISIONS
Parallel Visions deals with being different, domestic violence, suicide, homophobia, and asthma, all entwined in a fantasy setting. It’s written with suspense and tension, and has hope, like all my books do.
I write about the things I deeply care about, and often that I know. I’m an abuse survivor, so it’s important to me to deal with abuse and healing into my books. I also now have asthma, so I gave Kate asthma. And I’m queer, so it’s very important to me to have queer characters in my books. It’s also important to me to show strong girls, strong survivors.
I love realistic novels, and I love fantasy novels. Fantasy books helped me to escape the abuse I was living, and to dream and hope. I also always wished that I had psychic powers, so that I could predict what my abusers would do before they did it, and so escape some of the abuse.
This is the first time I’ve self-published a book. I like having a foot in both worlds. With a self-published book, I get much more of the royalties—about 70%, at least when the book is priced at $2.99 and above. But traditional publishers have much better distribution—they get books into bookstores—and have more money to promote books. And also some readers trust publisher names in a different way than self-published.
I tried hard to make it professional. I hired the same editor who edited my books Scars and Hunted, to edit Parallel Visions. I also hired a cover designer and formatter, and I again wrote about things I cared about, and wove them into the fantasy. Parallel Visions is a shorter book than my usual, since Houghton Mifflin Harcourt asked me to do that. But it’s still a book that comes from my heart. I hope you enjoy it!
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