About the book
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release Date: May 5, 2015
"Stand back because a new generation of superheroes is here. “Freaks of Nature” is that rare action-adventure novel that simultaneously tugs at your heart and punches you in the gut. With equal parts mystery, mayhem and romance, this is a story that will leave you begging for the next vividly imagined installment."
#1 New York Times Bestselling Author
Fifteen-year-old Devon McWilliams is one of those freaks, but instead of some awesome ability like telepathy or telekinesis, he talks to plants. Yes, plants. In other words, Devon rates a big fat zero on the scale of kick-ass psychic abilities. But when Devon escapes from his psionic detainment facility, the United States Military intercepts him before he can rendezvous with the Psionic Underground Network. Regaining consciousness, Devon finds himself securely fastened to his seat aboard a military airship headed to Washington DC, where he will either be incarcerated for life or killed.
However, there are six other psions aboard this one-way flight to doom… and one of them, a telepath named Bai Lee, claims to have the means to escape, but they have to convince her, one by one, that they’re worthy of freedom. This is not good news for Plant Boy. The last thing he wants is to relive his nightmare escape from the psi-facility that left his best friend dead, especially since he’s made the acquaintance of the lovely, blonde healer, Alya du Roumanie, sitting beside him. Worse than that, he wouldn’t be able to bear the look in her eyes if she ever found out how truly pathetic a psion he really is.
They say there are no keeping secrets from a hell-bent telepath, but Devon McWilliams is determined to do just that, risking everything not to be left behind.
Wendy Brotherlin is a screenwriter, music enthusiast and all around geek-goddess. She earned a Masters in Screenwriting at the University of Southern California and went on to write for children’s television including Nickelodeon’s Are You Afraid of the Dark?. Today, she lives in Manchester, Maine with her husband and two little super-heroes-in-training. Freaks of Nature is her first novel.
What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
I have been fascinated by psionics ever since my days playing Dungeons & Dragons in middle school and I always wanted to write a book about teens with psychic abilities.
Who is your favorite character in the book?
Devon "Plant Boy" McWilliams is my favorite character and he just happens to be the main character of the novel. Devon thinks he's the ultimate loser because the only thing he can do psionically is communicate with plants and stimulate plant growth. Because his powers aren't very dangerous, he's something of an outsider among his peers.
Which came first, the title or the novel?
The idea for the story came first, then the title and then the novel. But that isn't the order in which it always goes.
What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
There are many scenes in the book that I am proud of, but one that stands out is when Devon finds a way to let his friends hear the trees sing for the first time. It’s a magical moment in the book where characters from different worlds find common ground.
Thinking way back to the beginning, what's the most important ting you've learned as a writer from then to now?
Two things really: Patience and persistence. It can take years to break into publishing, and if it does, please be patient with yourself and continue honing your craft. Never give in to disappointment and rejection...it's all part of the process.
What do you like most about the cover of the book?
Oh, it has to be the hottie in the hoodie.
What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2015?
I am looking forward to my friend, D.J. MacHale's upcoming middle grade novel, Voyagers: Project Alpha (Book 1), coming out in September, 2015. Oh, and Amy Bai’s Sword, which was released in February.
What was your favorite book in 2014?
There were so many terrific books that came out in 2014, but I have to give props to A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1) by Claudia Gray.
What's up next for you?
I am finishing up the sequel to Freaks of Nature, called Shadow Walker.
Is there anything that you would like to add?
Thank you so much for your time today, Beth. I hope your readers will check out my debut novel Freaks of Nature, which will be in bookstores everywhere beginning May 5th,, 2015.
April 27- Wendy Brotherlin
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