Scent of Darkness
Expected publication: January 29th 2013 by Pantheon
Evangeline is eighteen years old when her grandmother gives her the ultimate gift-a scent she has created just for her. From the moment Eva places a drop on her neck, her entire life changes. Previously unnoticed, she becomes the object of intense desire for everyone around her. Men dance close to her; women dip their noses deep into her hair; even the cats outside her bedroom cry to be near her. Gabriel, the quiet student Eva has admired from afar, falls head-over-heels in love with her. But soon the gift begins to control Eva's life: strangers follow her around, sniffing and touching her at every turn. When Eva meets Michael, an artist who barely registers her smell, Eva wonders if he is the one person who can love her for herself. Or is her scent impossible to escape? A bewitching, wildly imaginative novel steeped in the mythology of perfume, Scent of Darkness seduces the reader's every sense.
BIG BIG thanks to Ellen for letting me post and for being so lovely even though I've never met her in person--I can tell!
I'm already busy celebrating the release of my upcoming New Adult novel, Scent of Darkness, and today I thought I would write a little bit about the beauty and peril of being a writer in New York City.
So, My name is Margot and I was born and raised in NYC. I still believe it's the greatest city in the world for most everything--but not so much for writers.
There's something going on, every single second, on every block and every street corner. Couples kissing, people fighting, crying, and laughing. Ambulences screaming down the street, little kids running, trains roaring, homeless people asking for money, and food vendors hawking. It never stops, which is great for getting ideas, but bad for writing because it's really hard to find a quiet space to think.
So while I love my city, I leave it often--pretty much whenever I've got an idea for a book.
With Scent of Darkness, the place I went to write came easily.
I was freelancing, writing websites for an ad agency, standing in the hallway bitching about how I couldn't find a quiet place to write, when a co-worker came over and told me he had an apartment in New Orleans. He was swamped at work and knew that he wouldn't be able to leave NYC so he gave me the keys to his apartment! That simple.
I had never been to New Orleans and I fell in love with it. Completely and forever in love. Scent of Darkness was never supposed to take place there, but when presented with a city like NOLA there was nothing I could do but write about it!
I got one of my characters into medical school at Tulane, and then placed the whole second half of the book in the Quarter. I can't wait to go back down there on my book tour and read in the beautiful Garden District Book Shop!
As a total aside--I had my tarot cards read in Jackson Square and the reader told me that I would meet the man I would love forever, while in New Orleans. I didn't, but I met him the day I got back to NYC--so she was pretty close!
GIVEAWAY: Scent of Darkness will be out on January 29th! I'm giving away a hardcover right here at Always YA at Heart! Leave me a question or a comment to enter to win. Good luck!!
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Margot Berwin earned her MFA from the New School in 2005. Her stories have appeared on Nerve.com, in the New York Press, and in the anthology The Future of Misbehavior. She worked in advertising for many years and lives in New York City.
Her first novel Hot House Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire was published in 2009 by Pantheon. Her new novel, SCENT OF DARKNESS, also by Pantheon is coming out on January 29, 2013.
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