YA / Paranormal / Romance

Jealousy and Obsession, With a Paranormal Twist

May 31, 2013
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Indie author Katie Hayoz

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Sixteen-year-old Sylvie isn’t comfortable in her own skin. In fact, there are times she can’t even manage to stay inside it. But if there is one thing she is sure of, it’s her love for Kevin Phillips. She’s willing to stake everything on it – her family, her friends, and possibly her soul.

Sylvie has been best friends with Cassie forever. But In the YA novel “Untethered” by Katie Hayoz, everything is turned around when the boy Sylvie’s loved since fifth grade falls for Cassie.

Devastated, Sylvie intends to get Kevin by any means possible, even if it involves treachery, deceit, and the dark side of astral projection. She is positive her plans will give her what she wants, but she doesn’t count on it all spiraling out of control.

“Untethered” explores the intoxicating, and dangerous, world of jealousy and obsession when coupled with paranormal ability.

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The Indie Author Life

No good critique goes unpunished?

In a recent blog post, Katie Hayoz avers that “Critiquing: Nice Gets You Nowhere”:

Ten years ago I handed a woman in my critiquing group a short story I wrote involving an Alpine farm and a drowned kitten. “It’s dark,” I said. “Kind of like your writing.”

A few days later she handed it back to me, her nose wrinkled up from the stink of bad prose. “I write NOTHING like this,” she said. “If ever I write like this, I’ll kill myself.”

Okay, then. It wasn’t my best story. But her critiquing technique? Well, it sucked. There was no constructive criticism involved. In fact, what she said wasn’t even a criticism. It was just plain hurtful. Even so, we stayed friends and she went on to critique my work (sometimes constructively and sometimes not) for another year or so. And in a twisted way, I really appreciated what she said to me that day. Why?

At least she was honest.

Read the complete post here.

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