Title: A Study in Shifters
Author: Majanka Verstraete
Series: The Adventures of Marisol Holmes #1
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Release Date: June 26, 2018
Publisher: Monster House Books
Seventeen-year-old Marisol Holmes may be the great-great-great granddaughter of Sherlock Holmes, but it’s hard to live up to the family name when only one mistake can spell your downfall. After trusting the wrong guy in a case gone totally wrong, Marisol convinces the Conclave, an underground organization of detectives solving supernatural cases, to give her a last chance to prove her worth, and maybe even heal her broken heart
After all, as a half-blood jaguar shifter, Marisol is uniquely qualified to solve this murder—and every scrap of evidence points toward the culprit being a fellow jaguar shifter. But is one of her own people involved, or is this all a ploy to kick Marisol’s mother off the shifter throne?
Then Marisol discovers her best friend, Roan, is missing, and maybe the killer’s next target. The stakes just got higher than political intrigue. Just when things couldn’t get worse, Marisol’s ex-boyfriend-turned-nemesis, Mannix, starts leaving sinister clues for her. Marisol fears this case might be far more personal than she could’ve imagined.
It’s time for Marisol to prove her worth, or her people could fall into chaos while her best friend loses his life.
Young Adult Paranormal/Fantasy is my favorite genre to read, so naturally I turned to this genre when I started writing books. I’ve always wanted to write for young adults. They’re such a great audience, and it’s such a challenging but interesting age to write about.
When writing a book, what is your favorite part of the creative process(outline, plot, character names, editing, etc)?
My favorite part is the outline and coming up with the plot. Editing not so much, haha, but it’s something all writers have to get through.
When reading a book, what genre do you find most interesting/intriguing?
I read mostly young adult books, and my favorite genre is paranormal/fantasy, in particular ghost stories. They’re terrifying but so much fun.
If you could co-author with any author, past or present, who would you choose?
Sarah J. Maas. She comes up with such amazing storylines and characters, I would love to co-author a book with her.
Have you always wanted to write or did it come to you "later in life"?
Ever since I could write, I’ve wanted to write stories and share them with the world.
Author Majanka Verstraete has written more than twenty unique works of fiction. A native of Belgium, Majanka’s novels explore the true nature of monsters: the good, the bad, and just about every species in between. Her young adult books include the acclaimed Mirrorland (YA Dark Fantasy) and Angel of Death (YA Paranormal) series of novels. At MHB, Majanka is currently developing a new YA shifter series with a fresh take on fierce female detectives called THE ADVENTURES OF MARISOL HOLMES.
When she’s not writing, Majanka is probably playing World of Warcraft or catching up with the dozens of TV series she’s addicted to.
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