Last spring Lauren Grimley was thrilled to share the release of her debut novel, “Unforeseen.” Since then she’s also released a short story from the series and the first book, which was originally only available as an ebook, has been released as a paperback.
Now she is continuing the story of Alex Crocker in “Unveiled.” The adult urban fantasy novel will be released as an e-book on Amazon and Barnes and Noble on May 22 and as a paperback early this summer.
“Unveiled” is a darker tale of the battles the heroine Alex continues to fight against her enemies, her gift, and even herself. This time victory might cost her sanity, her lover, or her life. The book, being published by Malachite Quills Publishing, will be available through Amazon and other major distributors.
Growing up in central Mass., Grimley was an avid reader and frequently regaled any captive audience she could find with her stories and poems. Still, she’s a bit surprised to be publishing the second fantasy book in a vampire series.
“Although I had a vivid imagination, I was never a fan of fantasy while growing up,” she said. “I have my middle school students to thank for turning me into a fang fan!”
Though this series is geared toward a more mature audience, she has just begun working on a young adult novel that she hopes to be able to share with her students in the near future.
In the meantime, she is proof that reading widely pays off, something she has told her Southborough students since she started teaching there 11 years ago. Grimley says it was after reading a number of fantasy series, both adult and YA, that she decided to put aside the realistic fiction novel she’d been unsuccessfully trying to finish and try her hand at fantasy.
“I drew inspiration from my favorite books,” she said. “J.K. Rowling gave me a love for meaningful names and fantasy in general. Stephenie Meyer and Charlaine Harris inspired me to write a female protagonist who could be both emotional and vulnerable, like Bella, as well as kick-butt and quick with a comeback, like Sookie.
“While J.R. Ward taught me a thing or two about the art of romance writing (something I am still pitifully working at),” Grimley says with a chuckle. “Most importantly, they are all wonderful female authors, who started out as I am, a little-known writer with story to tell. I hope to entertain my readers half as much as any of these authors. And like them, I hope to improve with each new book and series.”
Grimley never strayed far from hometown of Grafton. She attended high school in Westborough, and then after graduating from Boston University she became a middle school English teacher in Southborough, at which time she moved to Shrewsbury.
To learn more about her books or read her recent blog posts visit her website at http://www.laurengrimley.com.