Author Name Krystalyn Drown
Genre Young Adult
Length of Book in pages or word count: 111
Publisher Entranced Publishing
All Riesa Adair wants is a normal life. With the end of high school only months away and an outstanding GPA to bolster her college plans, that doesn’t seem like too much to ask.
Unfortunately, the voices screaming in her head keep getting in the way. Somewhere between her summer in a mental institution, and her stepfather’s attempt at an exorcism, she’s learned to keep quiet about her situation. But, pretending to be normal hasn’t prevented the spirit world from taking notice of her. Both sides of an ever-present war have focused in on her. Now she’ll need all the help she can get to escape a powerful spirit threatening to fulfill a prophecy that engenders the entire human world.
About the Author:
Krystalyn spent the past thirteen years working at Walt Disney World in a variety of roles: entertainer, talent coordinator, and character captain. Her degree in theatre as well as many, many hours spent in a dance studio, helped with her job there.
Her various other day jobs have included working in zoology at Sea World, as an elementary teacher, and currently as a support technician for a website. In the evenings, she does mad writing challenges with her sister, who is also an author.
Krystalyn lives near Orlando, Florida with her husband, son, a were cat, and a Yorkie with a Napoleon complex.
I’ve always been a big fan of science fiction, so naturally, I wanted to infuse some of that into my main character, Riesa. She spends her free time watching bad movies on Netflix and making commentary on them with her best friend, Connor. Throughout Spirit World, Riesa references a number of my favorite science fiction movies.
The first one is Serenity. Riesa has a tattoo of the Chinese symbol for serenity on her right shoulder. This is a direct reference to the fact that characters in Serenity all speak Chinese. The symbol is also painted on their spaceship, which bears the same name.
In another section, Riesa asks Connor if he wants to re-watch “that movie where a mechanical shark gets eaten by a CGI octopus.” This is a reference to Mega-Shark vs. Giant Octopus, starring none other than 80s pop star Deborah Gibson. With lines like “I’ll give you a tip for nothing. Megalodon don’t discriminate,” this movie is prime material for snarky commentary.
While Friday the 13th isn’t science fiction, I included a couple of those movies in there as well. I couldn’t resist having Riesa make fun of the laugh-inducing gore at Camp Crystal Lake.
Other movies and TV shows I reference include The Thing and Doctor Who. Riesa is a fan of both, and if she didn’t already have her destiny planned out, she would make an excellent film critic.
What about you? What type of movies do you love or love to make fun of? Are there any movies that I absolutely must see?