By Krystal Sidzyik, Entertainment Editor
The last decade has become a golden age for young adult readers to devour stories about werewolves, witches and vampires. Andrea Cremer, 34, author of the international bestselling series “Nightshade,” is one of many authors to delve into this popular young adult world.
The “Nightshade” series started with the first book released in October 2010 under the same name of the series. Since then, Cremer has published two additional books under the series titled “Wolfsbane” and “Bloodrose.”
The series follows 17-year-old Calla Tor who is able to shape shift between human and wolf. Her predestined path veers off course when she saves the life of a boy her own age. This boy has a secret, and it will forever alter the outcome of the centuries-old Witches’ War that surrounds him and Calla’s wolf pack.
Cremer is back for more with her latest book “Rift.” The book is a prequel to the “Nightshade” series with a different female heroine, 16-year-old Ember Morrow.
“‘Nightshade,’ while set in present-day Colorado, is about a war between two powerful factions of witches that began in the Middle Ages,” Cremer said. “‘Rift’ is the story of how that war began. I wanted to reveal the history of the ‘Nightshade’ world but at the same time offer a new adventure with a fresh cast of characters.”
Prior to becoming a full-time novelist, Cremer was a professor in Minnesota. She has a Ph.D. in history.
“I always want to know where stories began,” Cremer said. “‘Rift’ taps into my research background in early modern history.”
Cremer considers herself a feminist, she said. This may be why her books feature such strong female characters as leads.
“My favorite characters have always been feisty, independent heroines like Eowyn from ‘Lord of the Rings,'” Cremer said. “I wanted to show the point of view of an initiate into the secretive world of Conatus (a supernatural police force in medieval Europe) and I also wanted to continue to explore themes of gender and power – Ember’s story fit the bill perfectly!”
Cremer is set to visit the Omaha Public Library Saddlebrook Branch located at 14850 Laurel Ave. on Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m. It’s her first visit to Omaha and she’s really excited to meet Nebraska readers, she said.
“My favorite part of book events is meeting fans,” Cremer said. “I’ll talk a bit about my work as a writer, but I especially look forward to the Q&A so fans should bring their questions!”
Fans that can’t get enough of the series are in luck. Cremer is set to release another book part of the “Nightshade” series titled “Rise.” The book will hit shelves Jan. 8 of next year.
“It picks up right where Rift left off and continues Ember’s story as well as revealing the rise of the Keepers and the origin of the Searchers,” Cremer said.