ABOUT THE ISLE:
Drought season is coming….
The Ward is in trouble—its streets filled with seawater after a devastating flood and its impoverished inhabitants suffering from a deadly disease called the Blight.
Ren, with the help of her scientist friend, Callum, and her racing buddy, Derek, has discovered a cure—miraculous spring water—administering it to her sick sister, Aven. But when Aven is kidnapped by Governor Voss, the malevolent dictator of the United Metro Isles (UMI), Ren must go on a dangerous mission to save her sister, again.
The mysterious healing water is the only source of freshwater throughout the entire UMI—water that Ren had been tasked by the government to discover. Although she refuses to give up the water’s location, Governor Voss has his own selfish reasons for wanting it. And he will do anything to satisfy his thirst for unquenchable power.
But Ren and Aven have more enemies than the governor. An ancient order, the Tètai, has been guarding the magical water for hundreds of years. And they will kill to protect it. With the Ward in desperate need of freshwater and wracked by disease—and deadly enemies at every turn—the sisters face a dangerous journey, marred by mysterious secrets and horrifying truths, to save their friends and neighbors, and a city.
ABOUT JORDANA FRANKEL:
Jordana Frankel is a Jersey native.
She’s been a camp counselor, a salesperson of diamonds, a hostess at a southwestern grill, an archivist of rare books, a yoga instructor, and a reading teacher, but her shining moment was when she got to hang out in Walmart for 12 hours a day as the AXE girl. She received her B.A. in English from Goucher College, graduated and then went to live in Italy for a year. Afterwards she then went for her MFA in Poetry at Hollins University. But then she graduated and she moved back to NYC. She got her first job at The Literary Group International as a literary agency, where she’d started as an intern reading queries and then assisted editorially. At Linn Prentis Literary, also a literary agency, she handled foreign sales, picked up gems from unsolicited mail, and helped authors through the publishing process. And then it was onto The Book Report Network where she handled ads and promos for features on Teenreads.com, Kidsreads.com, and GraphicNovelReporter.com. Jordana’s debut novel, THE WARD, (KT Books/HarperCollins) is in stores now.
A Leisure Moment from Jordana Frankel
Originally you wanted to be an artist, what inspired you to take another career path?
“Well, I suppose my bio is somewhat misleading. Writing and art have always been neck and neck in my life, vying for my future. Sophomore year in college at Goucher, I took classes at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art). Then junior year I declared my English major and started taking creative writing classes. I’ve been flip-flopping forever.
Ultimately, I made the choice when I was living in Italy pursuing art. Both semesters, I’d taken the only writing class available. It was then that I think I realized, on a very gut level, that I could go farther with writing. And I’m not talking about money… It was about proficiency. Even though I was a pretty weak writer at the time, I felt that I could grow indefinitely. I sensed no limits. With art, I wasn’t sure about my capacity. I needed to pursue something with a higher ceiling. In the end, it wasn’t about inspiration. It was a choice about personal happiness and challenging myself.”