Worcester, Massachusetts (PressExposure) April 27, 2012 -- Local writer and teacher, Lauren Grimley, is releasing her debut novel Unforeseen as an e-book available Friday. The novel is the first in a planned series of adult urban fantasy books. The story, set in the fictional city of Bristol, Massachusetts, includes a strong heroine, plenty of action, a healthy dose of romance, and, of course, some vampires. The book, being published by Malachite Quills Publishing of California, is available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Unforeseen fits the category of vampire books that has become so popular in recent years, but it offers some unique differences. The author, a fan of these books herself, found a gap in the genre that she wanted to fill. "Most of the urban fantasy books I read had either male heroes or had female characters hyper-focused on their romantic lives," Grimley says of why she started her own novel. "I wanted a heroine who had her priorities straight, one who could kick some butt first and get the guy second."
That's not to say Alex Crocker, the main character of Unforeseen, doesn't have her share of meltdowns as she struggles to save herself and those she loves. "There's no reason a strong female character can't cry," Grimley argues. "So long as at that pivotal moment she can pull it together."
And for her male readers, there is plenty of humor and action. "I grew up eavesdropping on my older brother and his friends. I love the way guys interact with one another; they're my favorite characters to write."
Growing up in Grafton, Lauren frequented both the town and school libraries. She never lingered in the fantasy sections, preferring historical fiction or horror stories at the time. She did, however, have a fantasy of her own: seeing her name on one of those book jackets. Though her book is initially being published as an e-book, it is still a dream come true.