Love at the Edge of Seventeen Authors Interview Their Characters, Part One

I’m pleased to host a stop on the blog tour for a new YA romance anthology, Love at the Edge of Seventeen, from Stars and Stone Books! It features stories by authors M.T. DeSantis, A.E. Hayes, Serena Jayne, Cara McKinnon, Mary Rogers, and Kylie Weisenborn.

Love at the Edge of SeventeenABOUT THE BOOK

It’s never easy to go through the fraught transition into adulthood, but the teens in this anthology have more to deal with than most: super powers, magic, illness, prejudice against sexual orientation and gender identity, and even death. Fortunately, they all find love at the edge of seventeen.

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For our blog tour, we asked our authors to interview their characters! This is part one of three. 

M.T. DeSantis, “Be Null, My Heart”

What do you want to be when you “grow up?”

Emma: After what happened at prom, I want to join my parents in Ren-X as soon as I can. As for an actual career, I love my anatomy class, so maybe a doctor.

Brandon: I want to be the premium designer of funny T-shirts, but since Emma informs me that’s not an actual job, I do like chemistry. I also like biology, so maybe a biochemist.

What do you like best about your partner(s), physically, and why?

Emma: The way his butt looks in jeans. It’s just a nice sight.

Brandon: *shows off butt* My favorite thing about Emma is her hair. It’s so pretty and soft. Plus, I can split it into two sections and make it talk to itself.

What drives you crazy about your partners(s), and why?

Emma: When Brandon splits my hair into two sections and makes them talk to each other. Okay, fine, it’s a little cute, but he’s so weird.

Brandon: When she engages her superstrength and picks me up with one hand. It’s tough to concentrate on nulling when I’m dangling in the air, so I can’t stop her and end up stuck up there.

Do you love high school or hate it? Why?

Emma: It’s a lot better with my friends. The fact that my boyfriend is one of my best friends doesn’t hurt. I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it either.

Brandon: Love it. It’s only four years, and I’m going to do it all while I can. I’ll worry about the next chapter when I get there.

What’s next for you and your partner(s)?

Emma: Brandon and I are going to get some early specialized training so we can help my parents hunt down the rest of Dominex.

Brandon: Emma and I are going to get some early specialized training so I can watch my girlfriend Hulk-out up on Dominex’s grill. I mean, so I can null people and watch Emma beat them up.

Serena Jayne, “Dead Man’s Party”

What do you want to be when you “grow up?”

Shay: The Necromancer to the stars. Think celebrity clients and five-star service. I’ll be the person the producer calls when they need a deceased movie star to film a scene for a sequel.

Xander: A veterinarian for an animal shelter. My parents still want me to join the family business. I agreed to continue my necromancy studies and to work for my dad to help save up for college.

What do you like best about your partner(s), physically, and why?

Shay: When he’s really happy, Xander has the cutest dimple. His smile is the kind that makes me want to grin too.

Xander: Shay has the prettiest hazel eyes.

What drives you crazy about your partners(s), and why?

Shay: He’s a danger magnet and he’s always misplacing his necromancy tools.

Xander: When Shay wears her cheer gear, none of the guys can take their eyes off her. Kevin stops by my locker every day and asks me if we’re still dating.

Shay: He does not.

Xander: He does too.

Shay: I’ll try setting him up with one of the other cheerleaders.

Do you love high school or hate it? Why?

Shay: Love it, except for Biology. Math is more my thing.

Xander: I hated school a little when I was failing necromancy, but I always love hanging out with Shay.

What’s next for you and your partner(s)?

Shay: I want to visit Xander’s uncle in Siberia. That guy sounds like a hoot.

Xander: We’re going to prom. The theme is Night of the Living Dead. Doesn’t that sound romantic?

Shay: I voted for Planet Terror.

Xander: Me too. We’ll campaign hard for Planet Terror next year.

Learn more about this new anthology at any of the following links!


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By day, J. L. Gribble is a professional medical editor. By night, she does freelance fiction editing in all genres, along with reading, playing video games, and occasionally even writing. Her debut novel, STEEL VICTORY, was her thesis novel for Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction graduate program in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Previously, she was one of the co-editors for FAR WORLDS, a speculative fiction anthology. She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her husband and three vocal Siamese cats. Find her online (, on Facebook (, and on Twitter and Instagram (@hannaedits). She is currently working on more tales set in the world of Limani.

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