I’m sixteen years old. I’m psychic. I see things before they happen. I know something bad is about to go down. That’s why I’m at the old theater, the one that’s sat rotting since Hurricane Katrina flooded the surrounding community.
Off the beaten track with the swamp inching ever closer, it’s the perfect place to hide—and the perfect place for the New Orleans underground party scene to thrive. From inside, music leaks into the night…
Wait, wait, wait. I’m not sixteen—I’m a writer. I’m not psychic. I don’t know things before they happen (shhh, don’t tell my kids!), with the exception, of course, of my stories. And I haven’t been to a Rave in years. But I still have this scene to write, and my current playlist of Arcade Fire and Evanescence just isn’t cutting it. The edgy, moody melodies are perfect for angst and drama, but they are SO not what’s playing behind the closed door of the theater.
After some quick research, I find a song—the song—and like magic the walls of my office fade, and the theater comes to life. And then I’m there, inside the sad, abandoned lobby….
which suddenly becomes…
I’m there, right there in the middle of it. The other-worldly rhythm of electronic drums pulse through me, a baseline giving way to a soft, distorted wail. The music ebbs and flows like a drug to the masses, while greenish lights strobe, quick, fleeting breaths of darkness giving way to violent flashes of dancing, of faces twisted and arms lifted, bodies grinding in ecstasy. Swaying, I look up—
My husband stands in the door to the office—you know the look, the cargo shorts and ratty t-shirt, barefoot, his iPad in his hands, looking at me like the space between us is some kind of time-warp giving him a glimpse of someone he hasn’t seen in awhile.
The song was Magical World by Bass Nectar, and it opened more than just the door to the old theater for me, it opened the door to, well, the magical world of the third book in the Midnight Dragonfly series
Dubstep was not a music genre I was familiar with, but I as I kept writing, I kept exploring, and quickly I amassed a playlist featuring songs such as I Can’t Stop by Flux Pavillion, Cracks by Freestyles, and Monzen by Yenn , and in the process I became the coolest aunt ever to my college nieces!
I love research, and I love music. Combine the two, and even a mom of two young kids can go anywhere and be anyone, including a sixteen year old psychic stepping into a….Magical World.
Ellie James is the author of the Midnight Dragonfly series (Griffin Teen). Most people who know Ellie think she’s your nice, ordinary wife and mom of two little kids. What they don't know is that more often than not, this LSU J-School alum is usually somewhere far, far away, in an extraordinary world, deeply embroiled in solving a riddle or puzzle or crime, testing the limits of possibility, exploring the unexplained, and holding her breath while two people fall in love.
Regardless of which world Ellie’s in, she loves rain and wind and thunder and lightning; the first warm kiss of spring and the first cool whisper of fall; family, friends, and animals; dreams and happy endings; Lost and Fringe; Arcade Fire and Dave Matthews, and last but not least…warm gooey chocolate chip cookies.
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About the Midnight Dragonfly Series
Glimpses. That’s all they are. Shadowy premonitions flickering through sixteen year old psychic Trinity Monsour’s dreams. Some terrify: a girl screaming, a knife lifting, a body in the grass. But others--the dark, tortured eyes and the shattering kiss, the promise of forever--whisper to her soul.
They come without warning. They come without detail.
But they always mean the same thing: The clock is ticking, and only Trinity can stop it.
Find out how in BROKEN ILLUSIONS (Griffin Teen), available May 8, 2012. Check out Ellie's website for more information.
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