J.A. Souders was born in the heartland with an overactive imagination and an over abundance of curiosity that was always getting her into trouble. She first began writing at the age of 13, when she moved to Florida and not only befriended the monsters under the bed, but created worlds for them to play together.
Because she never grew up, she decided she'd put her imaginary friends to work and started writing. She still lives in the land of sunshine and palm trees with her husband and their two children and is an active member of the RWA, CFRW, YARWA and SCBWI.
She is represented by Natalie Fischer Lakosil of the Bradford Literary Agency. Her debut book, RENEGADE, surfaced November 13, 2012 from Tor Teen (Macmillan).
Her short story TOOTHLESS is in the Mystery Times Ten anthology from Buddhapuss Ink.
on May 08, 2014 :
Two boys hunting for food for their families go across to the island where people often vanish. The animals remain elusive, the weather turns bad and the boys become trapped.
There was nothing wrong with this short story. It was well enough written and explained the weird island and a bit about the missing people. The only thing wrong with it is that it didn't appeal to me personally as it was a slow burner. I know it leads on to a fantasy series which is not really my thing.
I read this book more to see what the author was like for future reading pirposes and I would consider trying other books in the future if the story appealed to me more. I also think that fans of the series already will enjoy this prequel.
(review of free book)