Cyndi Victoria Chase’s junior year was supposed to be about fun and getting into college while desperately dodging the pitfalls of being awkward and painfully self-conscious. All of that was derailed when the massacre of two of her Alonis Academy classmates marked the beginning of a local epidemic of missing and murdered people. That did not sit well with Cyndi, who is a highly imaginative girl living in her own “Naturally Augmented Reality.” She can flawlessly detect when someone is lying and people’s words come to life right in front of her eyes in multiple ways. She’ll develop even more powerful abilities and use the knowledge that she’ll gain by traveling to a distant galaxy to face off against the vicious trans-dimensional and intergalactic threat that has dropped chaos upon her life, school, and town.
This book is part of the Marvelous World series published by Simon and Schuster and Random House Listening Library.
What do you think is the most important element of “Horribly Marvelous: The Diary of Cyndi Victoria Chase?”
I believe that the book is fun because it uses the genres of Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Horror, Adventure, Action, and Comedy to set the stage that showcases Cyndi Victoria Chase’s voice. This is Cyndi's diary so it contains her truest thoughts on everything that happens to her such as dealing with being a highly unique junior at an elite prep school, discovering that she is at the center of a future intergalactic war, and having to travel to another galaxy to acquire the skills to defend her entire city from a heinous threat. In short, the character of Cyndi Victoria Chase is the most important element of this story.
Why do you believe Cyndi is such a strong and interesting character?
Cyndi has a very colorful background. She and her brother were kidnapped and the story of their survival and rescue became one of myth and legend. What no one knows is that Cyndi called upon the universe for help and it responded by granting her three wishes that she did not know she had. She used her wishes haphazardly and wound up with one useless and two useful superpowers. She cannot fly or move things with her mind, but the results of her powers allow her to flawlessly detect a lie and live in a “naturally augmented reality” where people's words come to life right in front of her eyes in multiple ways. Regardless, everything that she can do now is just the beginning of the powerful abilities she will eventually command to protect her friends, family, and the entire city.
Are you saying that Cyndi will eventually become a Super Hero?
Yes, in every sense of the word. It’s definitely clear that she’s headed down the path to become quite powerful. She will not realize her full potential in this book but she will in the future installments of the series. Ultimately, the fate of all things known and unknown will be in her hands.
Did you find it challenging to write from the perspective of a 16-year-old girl?
No, writing from varied perspectives is what writers do. Besides, I feel that writing can be a magical process. If a character is truly alive in your thoughts they seem to have the ability to write themselves. Cyndi is a bold and powerful character that just demands to make her presence known; she uses me as a conduit to pour herself out through my pen.
Why is “Horribly Marvelous: The Diary of Cyndi Victoria Chase” a novel that should be read? What makes it stand out?
The book stands out because Cyndi’s voice is so unique and funny. Her world is a surreal blast with something new happening at every turn. She'll find herself traveling to alternate dimensions and remote galaxies, falling in love, and becoming both a warrior and leader in an effort to defend her city from an intergalactic and trans-dimensional threat. Plus, there is legitimately no similar book out there.
What is the ultimate goal you hope to accomplish with this book?
This book's ultimate goal is to use Cyndi's one of a kind character and adventures to create a unique experience for the Young Adult audience. That accomplishment will establish Cyndi as a bold new Young Adult protagonist who readers want to follow everywhere.