“The Tarot has always held a fascination for me, and I started thinking, what if the 22 Major Arcana, which are the trump cards of the Tarot, were real kids?”
We asked Kresley to tell NOOK Blog readers why she decided to make the leap into YA fiction, and here’s what she had to say:
I’ve been writing adult romance for years, and creating my first series for teens began the same way I write any novel, with an idea I couldn’t get out of my head. The Tarot has always held a fascination for me, and I started thinking, what if the 22 Major Arcana, which are the trump cards of the Tarot, were real kids? Like the Empress, Death, the Fool, the Magician—such interesting characters to play with! And what kind of abilities and powers would they have based on their cards? What would a world run by these kids look like?
Having the characters be teenagers felt important to me. Teenagers are at this great point in life where they have the ability to do some very adult things, but retain a sense of wonder about the world around them. They are still experiencing many firsts (for example, first love in the case of Evie and Jack in Poison Princess!), and they are in the process of figuring out what kind of person they want to be. What better way to challenge them than to give them the responsibility of superhuman powers? And when I learned that Tarot cards were once used as playing cards, I thought maybe these kids would be playing against each other, using their powers to trump each other.
In Poison Princess, the teenage characters are up against some truly frightening obstacles. Their friends and family have been killed, the world is decimated, and the only people around them can’t really be trusted. If you were given powers in that world, could you stay true to your values? How far would you go to survive? I had a lot of fun contemplating these questions for Evie, Jack, and the rest of the characters. May the best hand live!
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