by Eliza Nolan
Release Date: 10/12/15
~Summary from Goodreads~
Paranormal debut about a high school senior who finds herself in a fight with a secret
society for control of ancient magic.
Julia never believed in magic.
Julia Long is starting her senior year with an extra dose of crazy. The dreams of cultish, bloody
rituals are weird enough, but the victim in her lifelike dreams is her new classmate, Southern
Graham admits he was part of the Phoenixes — a centuries old secret society — but swears he
left it all behind. As Julia works with Graham to figure out why she is dreaming about his past,
she’s discovering she has other abilities. She heals Graham’s migraines with a touch, and there’s
her superhuman strength that comes and goes. Julia doesn’t know where her new talents come
from, but there’s no denying that when Graham is near, her powers kick into overdrive.
But the Phoenixes want Graham back. They need his blood to awaken the magic they seek, and
they’ll do whatever it takes to get it.
In a mundane world where magic does not exist, Julia is the only one with a shot at stopping
them. Will Julia learn to control her new abilities in time to stop the Phoenixes from harnessing
this powerful magic?
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Which writers inspire you?
I grew up reading Stephen King. I love his books. But I didn’t start writing until I read Twilight.
Stephanie Meyer’s story really clicked with me. I found myself wishing I’d had something like
that to read when I was in high school. Swoony paranormal guys? Yes please!
When did you decide to become a writer?
In October of 2009 I heard about International Novel Writing Month (every November). I’d just
finished reading the Twilight series and thought writing a novel sounded like fun. The book I
started writing that November was the very rough first draft of Phoenix Awakens.
Shortly after I finished the first draft, I realized I wanted to make writing more than just a hobby.
I’ve spent the last several years working on my craft.
Did you learn anything from writing your book?
Since Phoenix Awakens was my first, I had to learn how to write. Seriously, my first draft was so
awful that I wouldn’t even show it to my cat.
What does your writing process look like?
It’s always changing; no two books write the same. I had no idea how Phoenix Awakens was
going to end when I started writing it. Since then I’ve done a bit more work with outlines. Each
story has its own process. The trick for me is to figure out what the process is for each story,
and then go through that process so that I can find the story and share it.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I’ve written three full-length books, and have two partially written. I know I should say they are
all my children and I love them equally–I actually do really love all my stories a ton–but my
favorite is Phoenix Awakens. It’s always been my baby, and I’m insanely excited to finally share
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No way. I’ve had some ups and downs, but the story is what it is because of those ups and
downs. I wouldn’t change a thing.
What is your next project?
I would like to write more in the Phoenix series. I also have a contemporary young adult in draft
form, and a post-apocalyptic story. I’ve always got a few things going.