Published March 18th, 2014
Hardcover 384 pages
In Serjana Caelum’s world, gods exist. So do goddesses. Sera knows this because she is one of them. A secret long concealed by her parents, Sera is Lakshmi reborn, the human avatar of an immortal Indian goddess rumored to control all the planes of existence — Illysia (the Light Realm), Earth (the Mortal Realm), and Xibalba (the Dark Realm). Marked by the sigils of both heaven and hell, Sera’s avatar is meant to bring balance to the mortal world, but all she creates is chaos. A chaos that Azrath, the Asura Lord of Death, hopes to use to unleash hell on earth. Torn between reconciling her past and present, Sera must figure out how to stop Azrath before the Mortal Realm is destroyed. But trust doesn’t come easy in a world fissured by lies and betrayal. Her best friend Kyle is hiding his own dark secrets, and her mysterious new neighbor, Devendra, seems to know a lot more than he’s telling. Struggling between her opposing halves and her attraction to the boys tied to each of them, Sera must become the goddess she was meant to be, or risk failing, which means sacrificing the world she was born to protect. Retellings of classic fairy tales and Greek myths are becoming staples in the young adult and adult fiction genres, and now Amalie Howard, author of the popular “Bloodspell,” brings the myth of Rama and Sita’s love story to an exciting new level. Howard’s stunningly fresh voice and imaginative characters promise to make “Alpha Goddess” an exciting addition to the young adult fiction world. Aimed at readers ages 13 to 17, both girls and boys will relate to Sera’s and Kyle’s realistic teen persona and dilemmas while learning more about a famous Hindu myth.
1. What was your inspiration for Alpha Goddess
I have always been a huge fan of Greek mythology, particularly the story of Hades and
Persephone. However, Persephone’s story has been retold in YA fiction several times
over and I wanted to bring something new to the table—something that evoked a
similar feeling but was fresh and different. As a child, I was also lucky to grow up with a
very different kind of mythology, one steeped in East Indian culture, and I found myself
inspired by another tale of star-crossed love among the gods—the epic tale of Rama and
Sita. I decided to focus on that mythology as the foundation for my story. I wouldn’t say
it’s a retelling; rather it is an imagining of what would happen if these two lovers met in
a contemporary time within different incarnations of themselves.
2. How did you become a published writer? Is it something you always knew you
I’ve always loved writing. Even at a very young age, I was always scribbling some story
or another into a journal. I think deep down I always knew I was meant to be a writer,
even when I had other career aspirations. I had my first poem published when I was
twelve and I won an award in a global youth writing competition when I was fifteen. As
far as becoming a published YA author, I followed the traditional steps: got an agent &
got a book deal. It sounds simple, but the reality was a little more complicated. I’m on
my third agent so it’s not a Cinderella story by any means. There were a lot of hiccups
and many discouraging moments. However, the important thing is that I didn’t give up
when things got tough or when they didn’t work out. I kept trying, and the reward for
that effort is that I will have four books published this year (The Almost Girl—January
2014, Alpha Goddess—March 2014, Oceanborn—August 2014, and The Fallen Prince—
3. Which authors/books have inspired you the most in your life?
Inspirational books: Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Anne of Green Gables, Chronicles of Narnia,
Lord of the Rings, Go Ask Alice, Tuesdays with Morrie, Queen of the Damned, Wide
Sargasso Sea, The Count of Monte Cristo, Pride and Prejudice, Girl Interrupted, Harry
Potter, Fire, and The Hunger Games.
Inspirational authors: Anne Rice, J.K. Rowling, Kristin Cashore, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien,
Lee Child, Judith McNaught, and Suzanne Collins.
4. Do you have any current projects you are working on?
I am working on the sequel to The Fallen Prince (the sequel to The Almost Girl). I’m also
outlining a couple new projects including a contemporary story as well as a companion
novel to Alpha Goddess. I’m like Dory from Finding Nemo, but instead of swimming, my
mantra is: “just keep writing, just keep writing, just keep writing, writing, writing …”
5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part of writing for me in general is ensuring that all plot ends are tight
because there’s nothing worse to me than a glaring hole in a story or some random
loose end. Then again, that’s why a great editor is so incredibly key. With this story
specifically, I wanted to make sure that I made my mythology as accessible as possible
to YA readers, meaning that it wouldn’t come across as convoluted or confusing. I
wanted the background information to be seamless to the story and woven in such a
way that the entire experience would be informative and appealing to the reader.
About The Author
A rising star among young adult writers, Amalie Howard developed a loyal following after releasing her debut book, “Bloodspell,” in 2011. Now, she is returning with five new books that are sure to excite her devoted fans and catch the attention of new readers.
A bookworm from the beginning, Howard grew up on a small island in the Caribbean with her nose buried in books. When she was just 13 years old, her poem “The Candle” was published in a University of Warwick journal, marking a sign of great things to come. Howard immersed herself into other
cultures, globetrotting through 22 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. After moving to the United States, she earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies and French from Colby College in Maine. She also holds a certificate in French literature from the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, France. Traveling around the world, Howard has lent talents as a research assistant, marketing representative, freelance writer, teen speaker, blogger and global sales executive.
Howard is a recipient of a Royal Commonwealth Society award, aninternational youth writing competition. She is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
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