Special to the Press
BRISTOL - Bestselling teen author K.R. Conway will be discussing her book series and providing insight to writers who aspire to have a career as an author at “Monsters and Mayhem: The Art of Wickedly Twisted Storytelling,” set for the Bristol Public Library later this month.
Conway’s urban fantasy series takes place on Cape Cod, where she was born, raised and still lives. “Most of the books take place in the off-season. It’s a general rule that Cape Coders can’t stand tourist season, they [tourists] suck the soul out of us; like the supernatural teenagers do in the books,” said Conway.
“The series is basically a mash-up of concepts that were huge in the ’80s and ’90s. It’s a blend of ‘The Goonies,’ ‘The Breakfast Club’ and ‘Jaws,’ but supernatural,” said Conway. “I incorporated lots of traditions teens in Cape Cod have. For example, at the end of the school year students burn all their schoolwork on the beach, which is in the book.”
There are lots of things to do in Cape Cod for a younger crowd, but there is only the drive in and beach for teens, explained Conway.
“This is where I got the idea to write a book for teens. The places and setting are real, so it serves as a teen’s guide of what to do on the Cape – but supernatural,” said Conway.”
“This is the first time the teen department has hosted an author and it’s a great opportunity for our local middle school and high school students to access insider knowledge of the storytelling process,” said Jodi Papazian, young-adult librarian at Bristol Public Library.
“Having a chance to meet an author is a huge opportunity for teens. It allows them to discover new books and genres and hopefully inspire them to try some creative writing on their own,” said Papazian.
A librarian from William H. Hall High School in West Hartford was visiting the cape when she purchased the book and brought it back to the school’s library. Now, even with multiple copies, they are all constantly rented out, explained Conway.
The book’s popularity in West Hartford and Conway’s familiarity with Bristol because of family that lives in town, led to her reaching out to the Bristol Public Library to organize an event.
Conway will be selling copies of her book and signing them after the presentation. Her book “Undertow” was on features on the Barnes & Noble’s 2015 Summer Section Teen Reads.
The event is organized by the teen department and is set for meeting room two of the public library, from 6 to 7 p.m. on April 20. Anyone interested is asked to rsvp by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the library at 860-584-7787.