Monday, January 21, 2013

Guest Post: Twisted Lit authors Kim Askew and Amy Helmes

Welcome Twisted Lit authors Kim Askew and Amy Helmes!

Anyone who’s ever read Shakespeare’s Macbeth knows it’s incredibly dark, and, well...basically a complete bloodbath. It’s one of our favorite Shakespeare plays  — (uh...what does that say about us?) — and we knew we wanted to tackle it for our YA Twisted Lit series. But how do you approach characters that are ambitious to the point of being despicable? Rather than being pure evil, we wanted the characters in Exposure to struggle with the morality of their decisions, especially when unforeseen events spiral out of their control. Our book is told from the point of view of the best friend, Skye (who parallels the character of Banquo in The Bard’s play). She’s an outsider looking in at people who are caught in a downward spiral of cover-up and calamity. You’ll undoubtedly develop strong feelings (of love and/or hate) for the high school students in our novel, and we venture to guess you’ve never read a take on "The Scottish Play" quite like this one!

Exposure: A modern retelling of Shakespeare’s Macbeth
Double, double, toil and trouble. Sometimes, the quest for high school royalty can be deadly! In this emotionally-charged twist on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, a self-conscious shutterbug named Skye Kingston navigates a treacherous school year in Alaska fraught with unspoken secrets and tragic twists of fate. Along the way she encounters three strangely prophetic BFFs; one social-climbing, sociopathic cheerleader; and a heart-stopping hottie named Craig MacKenzie: the man who would be Prom King. Can Skye save the boy she loves — and herself — before they get caught in the crosshairs?


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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