“Hybrid (The Evolution Trilogy)” by Vanessa Wester is a very original paranormal novel with great romance and a unique story line. It starts off as a regular University love story between Steven Thorn and Caitlin. They meet at her first day at a UK university and fall for each other. By allowing alternating viewpoints we get to feel for the characters and see the pure nature of their feelings for each other. Wester establishes also a few important side characters and gives enough time to the romance part before changing course and embarking on the paranormal part of the story. The latter is indeed quite unique and makes this book a welcome addition to the often predictable or repetitive helpings in the genre.
By opening the book with a mysterious prologue the author has already prepared us readers for some twists and the solid plot does not let us down.
Steven Thorn has no trouble settling in at University. Having grown up at boarding school, he is used to living away from home. He’s smart, so studying comes naturally. When it comes to making new friends, he’s cautious. Usually, he receives too much unwanted attention.
Caitlin Chance catches him off guard. She’s the first girl he has ever felt an instant attraction towards and the more he gets to know, the more he likes. However, the romance is cut short when Caitlin leaves University after a suspicious suicide.
Now Steven is alone, Ingrid gets her chance and it doesn’t take long for her to discover that Steven is a HYBRID. The wheels are set in motion for his radical upheaval. Now they know he exists, they will come to get him…
Interview with Vanessa:
How did you come to writing?
As a child and teenager I was always lost in stories – either writing or reading them. I honestly wanted to be the next Agatha Christie! But, as things happen, I became convinced my English wasn’t good enough and gave up on the idea. Roll on 20 years, I had been reading books a lot and stopped obsessing over TV series, had just had my third child and something just snapped. I wanted to express my thoughts and feelings and needed an outlet. Writing saved my sanity!
How did you come up with your stories?
I have always been interested in the paranormal, vampires, evolution, humanity, etc… but I love the romantic angle to stories. What makes people stay together, why do they break up, how do you deal with unrequited love?
You have created great characters. Which one is your favourite?
Thank you for saying, I certainly had fun with them! This is a difficult question, but it would have to be Ingrid. Even though she comes across as shallow and nasty at first, she soon shows her true colours in the end as a true friend.
Who would you cast to play the characters in a movie?
David Boreanaz as Steven, Lindsey Lohan as Caitlin, Hayden Panettiere as Ingrid, Catherine Zeta-Jones as Emily/ Anna… to name a few!
Are you like any of the characters (and how so)?
I have been asked this before, and yes, Caitlin is a lot like me! Redhead, swimmer, likes maths, comes from Gibraltar, and speaks Spanish. Hmmm…
Were the plot and subplots completely planned from the start or did they change during the process, and if so, how?
Planned? Was I supposed to do that? Ha ha. I just wrote, but as I got into it consistency became important. So the story wrote itself, but there was a lot of work behind the scenes to make it all come together. I loved researching new animals, places – I had fun!
What is the idea behind your series?
I watched a documentary about a civilisation in the Amazon jungle that still lives a “primitive” life. We have seen them from a distance but are not allowed to interfere with their way of life. That sparked off the concept of a hidden society.
What are the best and the worst aspects of writing?
Best – pure escapism!
How do you balance marketing one book and writing the next?
I think the answer to that is I am not. I am failing miserably at the moment and writing has taken a back seat. I think that I pushed myself so hard that now I just want to relax. Ideally, I would love to know how to succeed. I feel like I am stabbing in the dark a lot and it’s disheartening to know that competition is so fierce. I started writing for fun, but in the end you start to care (too much) about sales and what readers think. It certainly has put me off a bit – I used to be a much more private person.
What do you do when you don’t write?
I basically gave up my teaching career (maths – you figure) to raise my children. So, I currently work at the school as a lunchtime assistant, help out with reading, home tutor, write, read, watch TV, swim, walk, clean house, etc… life!
Who would you like to invite for dinner?
David Boreanaz – obsessed, me? Nah…
You’re not alone in that 😉
What song would you pick to go with your book?
I wrote one when I was 16 – I would love to record it one day to go with the movie (wishful thinking).
What are you working on now?
Historical fiction – based on the lives of my great, great grandparents who came from Lancashire.
Vanessa developed her writing bug in 2010 and has not looked back since. Her main published work is ‘THE EVOLUTION TRILOGY’, which is comprised of HYBRID, her debut novel, followed by COMPLICATIONS and RETURN. The prequel to the Trilogy, EMILY, is also now available.
In addition, she has written a novelette called FIRST DATE, which is based on her true story. She has also published, and included stories in, six anthologies to raise money for fantastic causes, such as Gurnard Primary School on the Isle of Wight.
Writing is one of her passions, reading the other. The day she decided to start writing her ideas down she found another way to lose herself in a book, whilst finding an outlet for her imagination. It is the best way she can think of to escape from everyday life. She is currently working on a historical fiction novel based on the life of her great, great, grandparents… and is finding the research fascinating!
Readers can find Vanessa Wester online at:
HYBRID (The Evolution Trilogy) is FREE
Get the entire trilogy via Amazon only http://www.bookgoodies.com/a/B00K24EA0U
Watch on YouTube http://t.co/9liWJZ65RT
Read my BLOG http://www.theevolutiontrilogy.blogspot.co.uk/
EMILY (Prequel to The Evolution Trilogy)