Life and death, light and dark, spirit and flesh-on Wormwood Island, the lines are always blurred. For Anne Merchant, who has been thrust back into this eerily secretive world, crossing the line seems inevitable, inescapable, destined.
Now, as Ben finds himself battling for the Big V and Teddy reveals the celestial plan in which Anne is entwined, Anne must choose: embrace her darkly powerful connection to a woman known as Lilith and, in doing so, save the boy she loves...or follow a safer path that is sure to lead to Ben's destruction at the hands of dark leaders. Hoping the ends will justify the means, Anne starts down the slippery slope into the underworld, intent on exploring the dark to find the light. But as the lure of Lilith proves powerfully strong, will Anne save others-only to lose herself?
January 26, 2015
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What was your inspiration to write the Anne Merchant series?
I’d been tinkering with a few ideas in various short stories, and over time I started to see elements of these stories overlapping. The world of Cania Christy took shape slowly, and Anne and Ben entered that world by exiting other similar stories I was working on at the time.
Who was your favorite character to write?
Pilot Stone! He’s given Anne no reason to trust him, and he’s only partly apologetic about that. Without Pilot, I don’t think the series could exist. He acts as a sort of counter-balance to Anne’s earnestness.
Who was your least favorite character to write?
I suppose it would be Villicus. (He takes on many forms and, in the second book, he’s ousted from the role of headmaster at Cania Christy, so he becomes the student Hiltop.) It’s tough because – spoiler alert if you haven’t read the first book – Villicus and Hiltop, who are the same person, are actually the devil Mephistopheles underneath it all. The devil can be quite one-dimensional, which isn’t that thrilling to write. That said, in The Wicked Awakening, we see a new side to Mephisto, and that’s far more interesting for me to write.
Can we expect any more books in this series?
One more! That should be coming out in 2016. I’ve got a bit of a spin-off I’m working on as well, but I will probably just release that on Wattpad.
Anything else we should know about the book?
If you like wandering down dark, twisted paths at night, this is the series for you.
By day, Joanna is a copywriter and the co-founder of CopyHackers.com and Page99Test.com, a critique site for published and unpublished writers. As an undergraduate student, Joanna won several academic awards for excellence in creative writing: Canada's James Patrick Folinsbee Prize, which she won twice, as well as the Godfrey Prize.
After graduating, she lived for a year on the remote northern island of Hokkaido, Japan, which is the inspiration for the verdant Wormwood Island of the V Trilogy. She holds a BA in Honors English and an MA in Communications from the University of Alberta and lives with her partner Lance in Victoria, British Columbia.
The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant is her first novel and the first installment in the V Trilogy.
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