Like any other teenager in America, Ashley just wants a normal life. But growing up in an orphanage for the insane is anything but normal. After endless therapy and increasing medication, her nightmares have only gotten worse.
Probably because they’re not nightmares.
When Ashley’s mysteriously abducted, she finds a reality even less normal than the orphanage. And she discovers something else -- she’s no ordinary orphan. Faced with enemies thought to only exist in fairy tales, Ashley discovers she possesses a powerful Maya bloodline. She’s the daughter of an ancient Maya Guardian, whose duty is to protect the Stone of Muuk’ich, an enchanted relic blessed by the gods. But first she must get it back from Sarian, a power-hungry demigod who slaughtered the last guardian -- Ashley’s mother. Without the stone, all will be lost.
When she meets Arwan, a hot Belizean time bender, his delicious olive skin and dark eyes make her feel a little less alone. But his gentle whispers and reassuring touch might not be all they seem. How can she balance love and duty when it's up to her to prevent the rising of the underworld? Especially when the guy she loves might be its crown prince...
A long time enthusiast of things that go bump in the night, Theresa started her writing career as a journalism intern -- possibly the least creative writing field out there. After her first semester at a local newspaper, she washed her hands of press releases and features articles to delve into the whimsical world of young adult paranormal romance.
Since then, Theresa has gotten married, had three terrific kids, moved to central Ohio, and was repeatedly guilt tripped into adopting a menagerie of animals that are now members of the family. But don’t be fooled by her domesticated appearance. Her greatest love is travel. Having stepped foot on the soil of over a dozen countries, traveled to sixteen U.S. states -- including an extended seven-year stay in Kodiak, Alaska -- she is anything but settled down. But wherever life brings her, she will continue to weave tales of adventure and love with the hope her stories will bring joy and inspiration to her readers.
An Interview with Theresa McClinton
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Theresa, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is The Stone Guardian. Where did you get the idea for this amazing story?
TM: Thank you so much for having me. I’m really excited to be at The Romance Studio. Expect me to pitch a permanent tent because I love it here! (Hey, get your mind out of the gutter. **giggle**)
I love anything ancient, furthermore, anything mysterious. The Maya are by far the most mysterious Mesoamerican civilization -- maybe even the world. When I learned of their bloodletting rituals, diverse and complicated faith, and their extensive knowledge of science and astronomy, I was hooked. Mix that with my adoration for mythology set in a contemporary setting and The Stone Guardian was born.
HH: What do you like best about Ashley and why will readers empathize with her?
TM: In the beginning of the book, Ashley’s a hot mess. I know most authors won’t say that about their main character, but in this case it’s true. She starts out an orphan in an institution for the insane due to horrific night terrors. She’s heartbroken, told she’s damaged and just not good enough. Any teenager can relate to not being able to fit in. I think my favorite thing about Ashley is her ability to push through all of the self-doubt and be strong when it really matters. She’s also a loyal friend and won’t budge when it comes to her values. I think everyone can relate to feeling like they need to just chill out and just go with the flow. But Ashley goes with her heart, and I admire that about her.
HH: What do you like best about Arwan and why will readers love him?
TM: There’s so many reasons to love Arwan. He’s a complicated character though he tries to seem ordinary. I personally love him because he’s a true gentleman with a rare ability and a fierce passion for the woman he falls for. Combined with a darkness that lurks in his soul, Arwan proves to be the perfect combination of danger and desire.
HH: What did you enjoy most about writing this story and what do you think readers will take away from it?
TM: I most enjoyed getting to know my characters. Every one of them is very distinct and individual. I hope readers will take away a passion for the story. That’s all I’ve ever wanted as a writer -- to give readers something to be excited about.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
TM: The Stone Guardian is the first in line of The Stone Legacy Series. There are more books on the way with great expectations. Just thinking about them makes me smile. With more myth, adventure, romance and rituals, I am really excited to share them with the readers!
HH: How does 2013 promise to be different from 2012 for you?
TM: 2012 was a fantastic year for me. It was the year I wrote my first novel, found an amazing publisher, and released it to the world. Yep, I’m talking about The Stone Guardian. Now I am even more excited to share the following novels, which is what 2013 will hold! It will be different in the sense that I will continue the journey of Ashley and Arwan as their relationship takes more twists than you’ll be expecting.
HH: Where do you find inspiration for your stories?
TM: I am proud to say I derive inspiration anywhere and everywhere I can. In fact, Tara is inspired largely from a spunky, red haired, energetic woman I’ve known since high school. Of course there are major differences, but I love that I find inspiration in every nook and cranny of my life.
Music is also a huge inspiration for me. I turn to certain songs when I need to center myself, or bring an emotion to the surface in order to do a scene justice. It’s a powerful tool.
HH: What's your writing schedule like?
TM: Schedule? What schedule? With three kids ages seven, five, and two, there is no way of setting a consistent writing schedule. I write in the morning after I send my two oldest kids off to school, or in the afternoon if I’m lucky enough to find time. Sometimes in the evening I’m able to write after the kids have had dinner. It just all depends on what’s going on that day, how they’re acting and what I need to get done.
HH: What's your favorite way to interact with readers?
TM: I love to interact with my readers in every possible way. Seriously. I tweet, Facebook, e-mail, and blog. I love getting messages from readers, or just people who are interested enough in me to be conversational. Recently I chatted with a young man in Brazil who was interested in my book and asked for the buy link. It was so cool because he is all the way in Brazil! The wonders of the Internet and e-books!
HH: What are you most looking forward to in 2013?
TM: Getting to know my readers better, and releasing more of The Stone Legacy Series! There’s so much to come, and I can’t wait to share the rest of the story with you guys.