Sometimes, I imagine alternate endings to the story: last-minute miracles, touches of magic. I picture how things might have gone, if I wasn’t there. If I’d left just a few minutes later. If I hadn’t been alone. It doesn’t make any difference. One way or another, the crash always comes.
Ten days after Jaya Mackenzie’s mum dies, angels start falling from the sky. Smashing down to earth at extraordinary speeds, wings bent, faces contorted, not a single one has survived.
Hysteria mounting with every Being that drops, Jaya’s father uproots the family to Edinburgh intent on catching one alive. But Jaya can’t stand this obsession and, struggling to make sense of her mother’s sudden death and her own role on that fateful day, she’s determined to stay out of it.
When her best friend disappears and her father’s mania spirals, things hit rock bottom and it’s at that moment something extraordinary happens: An angel lands right at Jaya’s feet, and it’s alive. Finally she is forced to acknowledge just how significant these celestial beings are.
Set against the backdrop of the frenzied Edinburgh festival, OUT OF THE BLUE tackles questions of grief and guilt and fear over who we really are. But it’s also about love and acceptance and finding your place in this world as angels drop out of another.
I Write – Sophie Cameron
in Barcelona. I moved here from Ibiza in January and into this flat just a few
weeks ago, so I’m still getting used to it all. So far, I’m liking it a lot – despite
being right in the centre of the city it’s really quiet, and the room gets lots
of nice light in the mornings. Also, someone across the road is an amazing pianist, and it really adds to
the atmosphere when they play. Thanks, anonymous neighbour!
hour or so before I start work every morning. I don’t always manage it (I like
my bed too much) but I find I usually get my best writing done then. Right now
I’m finishing up edits on my second book, but soon I’ll be moving onto drafting
book three. There’ll be a hundred times more post-its then!
About The Author:
Sophie Cameron is a YA author from the Black Isle, Scotland. Her first novel OUT OF THE BLUE will be published by Macmillan Children’s Books / Roaring Brook Press in 2018. She lives with her wife in Spain, where she works as a copywriter and spends her time writing, reading and learning foreign languages.
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