For LETTERS TO THE LOST, I really wanted to tell a story about teenagers who felt so very lost and alone, and needed to find each other to help dig their way out. Both Juliet and Declan are struggling with feeling a personal sense of responsibility for the losses in their lives, and they're both coping in different ways.
Juliet's loss of her mother is much more recent, and she feels that she'll never measure up to her mother's greatness. Declan's loss of his sister happened four years ago, but he made decisions that led to her death, and he's struggling to cope with how much responsibility he should bear. They both feel as though they no longer fit in with the people around them, so when they begin communicating by letter (and later, by email), they immediately click and discover they've found someone who understands them. Unfortunately, they don't realize that in real life, they don't get along at all...
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Brigid Kemmerer · Brigid Kemmerer
BRIGID KEMMERER is the author of LETTERS TO THE LOST (Bloomsbury; April 4, 2017), a dark, contemporary Young Adult romance; THICKER THAN WATER (Kensington, December 29, 2015), a New Adult paranormal mystery with elements of romance; and the YALSA-nominated Elemental series of five Young Adult novels and three e-novellas which Kirkus Reviews calls “refreshingly human paranormal romance” and School Library Journal describes as “a new take on the supernatural genre.” She lives in the Baltimore area with her husband and four sons. You can visit her at www.brigidkemmerer.com