Thursday, December 20, 2012

Guest Post: Twisted Lit authors Kim Askew and Amy Helmes

Welcome Twisted Lit authors Kim Askew and Amy Helmes!

Hey everyone!

Call us crazy, but we happen to think English dramatist William Shakespeare could be classified as the original YA author. Just hear us out on this one: Be it Romeo and Juliet’s desperate passion, Hamlet’s stepdad-directed rage, the delinquent follies of a young Henry V, or Cordelia’s frustrations with her impossibly bitchy older sisters, the Bard had a knack for understanding the type of volatile emotions that can spring from an adolescent heart. With that in mind, we’re dusting off Shakespeare and reinterpreting his works as modern YA reboots. Regardless of whether you’re a classic lit geek like us (or an incurable Shakespeare-phobe), the first two novels in our Twisted Lit series have been called "compulsively readable." Here’s a quick glimpse at what you can expect:

Tempestuous: A modern retelling of Shakespeare’s 
The Tempest

Recently banished by the cool clique, Miranda Prospero finds herself in a brave new world: holding dominion amongst a rag-tag crew of geeks and misfits at the food court of her local mall. When the worst winter storm of the season snows in workers and last-minute shoppers to be snowed-in for the night, Miranda seizes the opportunity to get revenge against the catty clique behind her social exile. With help from her delightfully dweeby coworker, Ariel, and a sullen loner named Caleb who works at the mall’s gaming and magic shop, Miranda uses charm and trickery to set things to right during their rollicking night in captivity.

About the Authors
Authors Kim Askew and Amy Helmes have been writing together since 2004, when they launched Romancing the Tome, a blog dedicated to their obsession with book-to-film adaptations. For more information on the books in their Shakespeare-inspired series, visit

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