Praise for Dark Companion:
“Compelling and romantic; a Jane Eyre for the Modern Age.”
—Julie Kagawa, New York Times bestselling author of The Iron King
“Recommended reading for teen gothic/vampire fiction fans as well as for Jane Eyre fans of any age. Bloody brilliant!” —LoveVampires.com
“Awesome stuff. Compelling and dynamic, Dark Companion lures you in, casting a distinct spell you won’t want to break. A modern Gothic with classic style.”
—Leanna Renee Hieber, bestselling author of the Strangely Beautiful and Magic Most Foul sagas
“This is the kind of book I wish I could have read when I was a teen. Jane is an inspiration to any young girl who doesn’t fit in or underestimates her own strengths.... A lovely, spiritual, uplifting story.”
—Patricia Altner, Patricia’s Vampire Notes
“I had the pleasure of an early read of the novel early last year and heartily recommend it.”
—Doug Knipe, SciFi Guy
“Reminiscent of the popular Twilight Series with the similar themes of angst ridden teenage love between two unlikely people. The writing is absolutely addictive and I could not put this book down for a second. The suspense, mystery, romance and paranormal all together make a very exciting book that is sure to impress readers of various genres. Overall, a breathtaking, beautiful novel that should not be missed.” —Rachael Dimond, Enchanted By Books
“Takes the vampire legends in a whole different direction…With a whole new spin on vampirism and an easy-to-read, yet well researched novel, teenagers could expect an intriguing love triangle, between an orphan girl named Jane and the headmistress’s mysterious sons.” —Neurotic Review
From the Author
was inspired by my love for Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre
. When I was a girl reading this classic gothic novel, my heart broke for orphan Jane, who was thrown out of her home and sent to brutal Lowood School for Girls. Jane had to survive by her wits, but she was always at the mercy of more powerful people.
What would a girl like Jane experience in today's world? She would endure ugliness and violence, and be exploited by those who seek isolated and vulnerable prey. Readers should be warned that some of the scenes are disturbing
, just as classic Gothic novels are disturbing. (The thought of young Jane Eyre sleeping beside the cold body of her friend Helen always gives me shivers.)
My character Jane Williams discovers that education can provide her with an escape from misery and poverty. She studies as if her life depends on it -- because it does. When she's offered a full scholarship and her own cottage at the exclusive Birch Grove Academy, she believes she's safe. But, as another character says, "The rich are different. They hide the bodies and think they're so clean and nice."
Jane is a survivor, but she's still young, inexperienced, and lonely. She makes terrible mistakes -- because even smart people do foolish things when their emotional needs override their intellect.
The dark themes don't dominate the story, and there are many positive characters and messages about friendship and love. I had so much fun writing the character of Mary Violet Holiday, a cheerful, poetry-spouting girl who immediately befriends Jane. I used the gothic trope of "twinning" in this book, and Mary Violet's happy family and loving mother are the bright twin to the Headmistress's dark, mysterious family.
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