Title: A Study In Shifters
Author: Majanka Verstraete
Series: The Adventures of Marisol Holmes #1
Publication date: June 26th, 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
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.
1. What does your writing process look like? Do you know the whole story when you start? Or do you just start writing and go with it (seat of the pants writing)? If you plan it out, how do you do that? Outline, notecards, post-it-notes, etc.? Are you part of a writers group that gets together and helps each other with their writing?
For “A Study in Shifters”, I planned most of the story before I began writing it, using the Save the Cat technique. Sometimes I write a chapter-by-chapter outline, but I didn’t do that for “A Study in Shifters”. For the sequel, “The Sign of The Serpent”, I’m working on a chapter-by-chapter outline, though.
2. How do you come up with your ideas for your stories?
For “A Study in Shfiters”, Christina and I were brainstorming ideas when we came up with the idea of matching Sherlcok Holmes with shifters… And that’s how the idea for Marisol Holmes was born.
3. How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember – ever since I learned to read, I’ve started writing stories as well. My first story I wrote when I was about seven years old. It wasn’t very great, but it had a cute storyline featuring witches. I got serious about writing when I was about eighteen and decided to write my first book in English (my previous manuscripts were in Dutch, my native language).
4. What tips do you have for aspiring writers?
Never give up, no matter what. Even if your manuscript gets rejected by publishers or agents, don’t give up. Rewrite, edit, rewrite again, write another manuscript, but don’t ever give up on your dream of getting published.
5. What are your favorite:
In The Forests of The Night by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes is my favorite book ever. I first read it as a child, and I’ve read it about fifty times since then.
For authors, I have so many authors that I love. Sarah J. Maas is one of my favorite YA authors, but for adult books, George R.R. Martin is one of my favorite authors.
For genres, I love fantasy and paranormal, and ghost stories.
My favorite TV show of all time is Buffy, The Vampire Slayer. I absolutely love that show, and I have all episodes on DVD and occasionally re-watch them. Other favorites are Game of Thrones, The Vampire Diaries, The 100, and Lucifer.
For movies, it’s nearly impossible to pick a favorite, but I’m a huge fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean series, especially the first three movies.
Tough question! I love all types of music, but when writing I usually listen to classical music.
Chocolate. I absolutely adore chocolate.
Thanks for having me here!
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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