Dreaming up Dreamless

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In case you don’t know, Josephine is the author of the critically acclaimed Starcrossed trilogy; the second installment, Dreamless, hit bookstores in May.

In case you don’t know, Josephine is the author of the critically acclaimed Starcrossed trilogy; the second installment, Dreamless, hit bookstores in May. The books both follow sixteen year old Helen Hamilton as she struggles to cope with the fact that she is distantly descended from the Gods of Greek mythology. Full of subtle twists and turns, the plot guarantees you page-turning action, romance, and ancient mythology all rolled into one!
Ms. Angelini promises that Dreamless is darker, scarier, and more action packed. “I also introduce a new character named Orion, and I have a feeling a lot of readers are going to like him,” she states. I definitely noticed the differences between the first two books, and the subtle changes add perfectly to the book.
“The books that mostly inspired me were The Iliad and Romeo and Juliet, but I also re-read all of Jane Austin’s books right before I started Starcrossed to get myself in romantic frame of mind,” she replies to one question. “I’ve always loved her stories.”
And speaking of characters, when asked who her personal favorite character was, Angelini replied “Helen is my favorite—I love to torture that poor girl!  But apart from her I really enjoy writing Hector.  He says what he thinks and her never second-guesses himself.  It really is a blast to live vicariously through him.” Helen definitely gets herself into a variety of dangerous situations, from being stuck in a tree with needlelike sticks ready to stab her with a single move, to running from Cerberus, the God of the Dead’s murderous dog.
When asked what her advice was for young writers looking to be published, Ms. Angelini answered “Keep at it.  Writing is a process, and nobody’s first draft is ever perfect, but that doesn’t mean you should give up.  If you really love to write, try to keep in mind that constructive criticism and re-writing will make you better at it.  And good luck!”
Goddess, book three in the trilogy, will be released in May of next year.