Venture into the magical and mystical world of Serafina and the Twisted Staff - the sequel to the New York Times bestselling and Goodreads Choice Awards finalist, Serafina and the Black Cloak
Once hidden in the dusty basement of the Biltmore Estate where her pa worked as hired help, young Serafina now struggles to adjust to her new life of airs and graces upstairs in the grand house.
Uncertain about what the discovery of her mother in the dark forests that surround the house means, Serafina finds herself caught between two very different lives.
But when a sinister arrival threatens her whole world, Serafina and her new friend Braeden must solve the mystery of this new evil before it engulfs everything – and everyone – they’ve ever known . . .
When I sat down to work on Serafina and the Black Cloak my goal was to write a spooky and engaging story for my three daughters about a strange and unusual girl--a stealthy creature of the night who creeps through the darkness unheard and unseen—but who was good-of-heart and heroic in her own way. My family and I live near the grand Biltmore Estate, a historical mansion built by George Vanderbilt in the 1800s—to this day, the largest and most beautiful home in America. My family and I explore the extensive grounds and the opulent rooms and corridors of the house often. I loved the idea of a quiet and watchful twelve-year-old girl who lives secretly in the vast basement of this great house, spying on the fancy folk who live above, and then seeing something that forces her into the upstairs world for the first time. Serafina is faced with the challenge of not only solving the mystery of what she has seen, but the mystery of who and what she is.
When I sat down to write Book 2 in the Serafina Series, Serafina and the Twisted Staff, my goal was to pick up right where the previous book left off, to continue Serafina and Braeden’s dark and spooky adventures at Biltmore Estate. Serafina learned much about where she came from and who she was in Book 1, but now she had to face the many different paths that she could follow, the different ways of life that she could chose from. Where did she belong? Was she a girl of the house or the forest? Upstairs or down? At the same time, I was inspired by the idea of Serafina venturing out into the world, encountering the many animals of the forested mountains in which she lived, and fighting a new and even more powerful enemy. I envisioned Book 2 as being the story of a girl who comes into her own.