Last night my friend and I were sitting through another boring cataloguing class where we were learning about how some authors use a variety of names or pseudonyms, and the way that these get put into a library system. (Side note: who ever would have guessed how much work goes into putting one library book into a catalogue! You have to input all of these stupid codes called MARC that are a lot like HTML, and there is a rule book the size of an encyclopaedia!) Anyways..I digress. Rather than looking up the list of the authors that the prof had given us to check for differences in their names, we decided to search for some of our favourite authors instead. As I was typing away I looked over to my friend's screen and was surprised to see her typing in the name of Amelia Atwater-Rhodes.
Amelia Atwater-Rhodes!!! I was so excited! In a world now saturated with paranormal authors it is rare that I meet anyone these days who has even heard of this author, let alone is a fan of her books. Amelia Atwater-Rhodes is a YA author who wrote her first book, In the Forests of the Night when she was just 14 years old. I first stumbled upon her in grade 8, when a friend of mine let me borrow her copy of Hawksong, a shapeshifter story reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet. Needless to say I was hooked! Over the course of a month I went through every book she had written up to that point in time. Her novel Demon in My View was actually the first vampire novel that I ever read!
I guess the purpose of this post is to show Ms. Atwater-Rhodes a little appreciation. In my mind she is the original queen of vampire teen fiction, as she published her stories way before the Twilight craze hit. As my friend and I did some more searching we were happy to discover that she actually published a new book this past January called All Just Glass, which I will definitely have to check out at the library. If I had to suggest one book by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes for you to pick up and read it would be Hawksong for sure. This is the book that first made me fall in love with this author, and the series it was turned into is phenomenal (at least that's what I thought in high school).
Are there any authors from when you were a teen that you still hold a special place in your heart?