Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tempestuous by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes

Recently banished, unfairly, by the school’s popular crowd, former “it girl,” Miranda Prospero, finds herself in a brave new world: holding dominion amongst a rag-tag crew of geeks and misfits where she works at the Hot-Dog Kabob in the food court of her local mall. When the worst winter storm of the season causes mall workers and last-minute shoppers to be snowed-in for the night, Miranda seizes the opportunity to get revenge against the catty clique behind her social exile. With help from her delightfully dweeby coworker, Ariel, and a sullen loner named Caleb who works at the mall’s nearby gaming and magic shop, Miranda uses charm and trickery to set things to right during this spirited take on Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

Publisher: Merit Press
Number of Pages: 224
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Hannah, age 17

A quick, upbeat story filled with humorous wit and multiple allusions, Tempestuous is sure to catch your attention and keep you flipping pages—of course Shakespeare’s The Tempest  was the primary inspiration, which in itself creates an intriguing plot for this modern twist of a novel. Packed with the lives of very diverse and round characters, this novel depicts teenagers in a humorous, involved light. This novel really captures every kind of high school student and the difficulties of adjusting to each type of person and defeating stereotypes—a lesson that is not without awkward, comical, uplifting encounters. Overall the setting of the novel is sure to catch your attention and creates entertaining drama mixed with a little mystery and romance. A novel that anyone is sure to appreciate for its humor and unique style and interpretation of The Tempest.

This book hits shelves December 18th 2012!
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Amy (on the left) and Kim (on the right) and Kim's adorable dog, Macbeth! 

Q: Coffee shop or office when you write?

A: Amy: Definitely office. Although I require caffeine to function, the need for
quiet and having a space to focus trumps any urges for a latte.

Kim: My office is wherever I take my laptop, whether it’s an airplane, a coffee shop, or the Adirondack chair in my front yard. Sometimes I need the added buzz of people around me, and that’s when I head to a cafe. 

Q: Exposure in three words?

Amy: Macbeth takes Alaska.
Kim: Murder most foul.

Q: Tempestuous in three words?

Amy: Hilarious mall misadventure.
Kim: Charm works wonders. 

Q: How does the process of writing with another person differ from writing solo? Does writing with someone else change your writing process entirely? Do you find it more rewarding to finish a novel with someone else?

A: Great questions! When you’re writing as a duo, the process needs to be pretty seamless if you want to get anything accomplished. We are each dependent on the other, and while that’s pressure, it also keeps us motivated! There’s a great give-and-take that happens when collaborating with a writing partner. We have a built-in audience for our work and share feedback pretty quickly. Instant gratification is incredibly rewarding! 

Q: What inspired you to use Shakespeare; how familiar were you with his work? Do you find it intimidating writing your novels based on someone considered to be a revolutionary writing genius? What do you think Shakespeare would think of your interpretation?

A: We’re both former English majors, and Kim is currently getting her Master’s degree in English, so the idea of interpreting the works of one of our favorite authors had immediate appeal for us. Strangely enough, we didn’t find it intimidating at all. Maybe it’s because there’s really no way to compete with the greatest writer of all time, and that took the pressure off. We have a feeling the Bard would approve of our interpretations; All of his plays were inspired from other works!

Thank you Amy and Kim for the interview! We are excited for your books to be shared with the rest of the world!

If you missed it, check out my review of Exposure, their other book releasing in January!

Happy reading!
Hannah, age 17

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