Essence by Mandi Lynn
Published Date: July 2013
The Story: It starts with a shift in the atmosphere. The forest greets Emma with startling force. At first she can’t move her limbs. Then her vision is rendered useless. The sensation comes more often, and the symptoms become frightening as Emma is left paralyzed to the force that emerges from the forest. Voices come in dream at first, commanding against her will. Something is out there that calls Emma to the forest. It isn’t going to fade until she surrenders.
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About the Author: Mandi Lynn is the young adult author of her debut novel, Essence. Beginning to write the story when she was only thirteen years old, after three and a half years of hard work, Essence was published and in print. To graduate in 2014, meanwhile Mandi goes to a vocational high school where she takes cosmetology alongside writing novels and doing regular schoolwork. Mandi can now be found on YouTube hosting YA Ink—a series of videos about writing and publishing—and sharing her journey as a writer.
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Emma has agreed to give us an interview!!!
What is one food you would never eat?
I would never eat something slimy like clams. I’m more than happy to go ahead, get down and dirty, and camp in a tent for a week, but something about the texture of clams…
Where is one place you'd rather live?
I just moved next to the White Mountains National and as breath-taking as the views are, I miss the beaches of Florida where I grew up. The sounds of the ocean waves have always been home to me.
What's the best advice someone has given you?
My mom once told me to never forget family and I didn’t think that was even possible. It isn’t until your life is turned upside down that you realize how easily the ones you love can slip out of your grasp.
Have you made Mandi's life more difficult or less?
I would like to think I’ve made her life easier, but in reality I think the opposite is true. She’s agonized over my story day after day, but I think she is happy to write ‘The End’ on the last page of my story and be pleased with the results.
What's the best and worst part about living next to a National Park?
The best part is the view. My backyard is a postcard! But when you live next to such a lush forest you also come across the animals that inhabit it. Every now and then we see bears, deer, and moose. The first few months we lived here we were alarmed by how close they came to our house, but now we welcome the stray animals, always keeping the camera near buy for a photo.
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