She, Doomed Girl
In March of 2013, my dear friend and brilliant critique partner Carrie Ryan, author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth series, came to New York City for the weekend. We holed ourselves up in my Brooklyn apartment, convinced Eric to take care of Baxter for a few days, and wrote the short story She, Doomed Girl for Harper Voyager’s anthology Dark Duets.
Now, Carrie writes dark horror (Forest is a post-apocalyptic zombie YA novel), and I write romance, which means she solves problems with killing, and I solve them with kissing. So, when we agreed to take this project on, we knew it might be a disaster. But here’s the thing.
It was awesome.
She, Doomed Girl, is a gothic retelling of the myth of Orpheus, who followed his love into hell to save her and return her to the living. Our version is set in a castle on a Scottish island in the North Sea, and it’s dark and romantic and emotional and ever so Bronte-esque.
I realize that if you’re reading this, you’re probably more a romance reader than a horror reader…but I hope you’ll give Dark Duets a try. I was nervous, too. But Carrie & I had a lot of fun crafting Owen & Emily — and I hope you will enjoy them as much as we do.