Marissa is nearly eighteen and can't wait to leave behind her traumatic past. With long time boyfriend Drake, she thinks she has her future all figured out--until she discovers his betrayal. She flees to a desolate beach on the wild Oregon coast hoping to escape her pain, where, overcome with emotional and physical exhaustion, she dozes off beside a log. When the first icy waves strike her, it is too late: a rogue wave drags her out to sea.
Somehow she survives, and now each night she dreams of a creature who rescues her. Determined to discover the truth, her obsession deepens, threatening both her sanity and her life until she once again risks her life in the frigid ocean. Will the creature Marissa seeks save her? Will she be lost forever in the eddies of her mind, or will Jim, her new boyfriend, keep her from drowning in the abyss?
UNDERTOW is a contemporary Young Adult novel in which a young woman finds a terrible choice thrust upon her: overcome the pain in her past and the dangers which lurk in her mind, or succumb to these and be lost forever inside a beautiful dream.. .BUY IT ON AMAZON
An Interview with Callie Kingston
If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world.. which would it be?
Callie: I adored the world of Avalon created by Marion Zimmer Bradley in Mists of Avalon. So mystical and otherworldly. Other literary worlds I’ve loved include the wild woods in Girl of the Limberlost and, more recently, the lush landscape Emily Whitman drew in her lovely Radiant Darkness. Just as in real life, I’m drawn to forests and gardens.
What is your dream cast for your book?
Callie: For Marissa, I’d cast Demi Lavato. She’s just the right blend of innocent and hardened, and I think she’d portray the loosening of Marissa’s grasp on reality quite well. Will Bowes would be a great Jim, with his open smile and playfulness. Drake needs an actor who looks a little bit like a cad. How about Penn Badgley? Sorry, Penn, no offense intended.
If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be and why?
Callie: I’d choose Athena. She’s brilliant, has good judgment, kicks ass when it’s warranted, and mostly steers clear of the drama on Mt. Olympus.
What is your favorite Quote?
Callie: “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” – Charles Darwin
When you were little, what did you want to be when you "grew up"?
Callie: A writer, definitely! Also, an astronaut. And a pilot. And a geologist, and a . . .
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One Kindle copy of Undertow will be given away at each stop. Everyone who comments throughout the tour will be entered into the grand prize giveaway to take place on my blog at the end of the tour.