We caught up with Carina, who also happens to be a writer on The Originals, to chat about the novel, which follows six young gods hiding in plain sight among mortals.
“The idea for ‘Eternal Night’ started with my editors, actually. I always envisioned myself writing a more realistic contemporary high school novel, and I hope to do that next. Once we got to talking and the idea of gods came up, though, I was immediately excited,” Carina told JJJ. “When I was a kid I was obsessed with this book of Greek mythology — it’s actually pretty scandalous, when you’re nine years old — so after talking to my editors, I went to the bookstore and asked them to help me find a giant yellow book about Gods. That was all I remembered of it. It turned out to be the ‘D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths,’ so I dug into that and from there got really inspired and excited about this story and finding ways to make it my own.”
Here’s the book’s synopsis: On a hot June morning, the body of a beautiful girl is found floating in the rooftop pool of the Jefferson Hotel, her white-ink tattoos revealing the story of a life much longer than seems possible. Only the immortals know the truth: Nadia was the goddess of hope. Now she’s gone, and the world as they know it is ending. The Hudson River has turned blood red. Storms rage overhead. Mania is rapidly spreading across the globe.
It is up to the remaining gods—Lola, Dean, Weston, Mark, Nike and Peitha—to put aside centuries of betrayal and heartbreak, and stop the mysterious source of darkness that is taking over…before the sun sets forever.
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Click inside to read the rest of our interview with Carina Adly MacKenzie…
JustJaredJr.com Interview – Carina Adly MacKenzie
JJJ: We don’t want to make you pick a favorite character, but do you have one in particular you relate to most, or enjoyed writing to most?
CM: I can totally pick a favorite: Weston. He’s a guy who seems to have it all from the outside, but he’s really suffering privately. He’s in the closet — even struggling to admit to himself and his closest friends that he’s gay — and his unrequited feelings for his best friend, Mark, have sort of reached a boiling point when the story starts. He’s got a lot of secrets and I loved unraveling them for the audience. I can’t relate to having to come out of the closet, but when I was a teenager I always felt like I wasn’t quite enough — like I was always pretending to be cooler than I actually was. I think that’s where Weston’s journey begins, so it was the easiest story to write.
JJJ: What’s the best advice you could give first-time authors?
CM: Oh man, I still feel like I need advice! I’m new to this world. Writing a novel can be really daunting — the ending sort of seemed to get further away the more I wrote. The thing that really helped me was to establish a writing routine and stick to it. I only wrote on weekends, but I wrote every weekend, and I made sure I was comfortable and had my coffee and my music cued up… and then I wrote, whether I was feeling inspired or not. Sometimes the key to writing a really great scene is getting the not-so-great version of the scene on paper first.
JJJ: You are also a writer on The Originals, which is one of JJJ’s favorite shows. We know you can’t say much, but what can fans expect heading into season two?
CM: I’m so glad you like it! Thank you so much for the support. Season two delves deeper into the history of the Mikaelson family, uncovering secrets from Klaus and Elijah’s past in flashbacks that I think will really surprise the audience. For me personally, I’m really proud of the way our three female leads — Hayley, Cami, and Davina — are developing. They’re all trying desperately to make things better for themselves and for the people they care about, and they’re going about that in three very very different ways.
JJJ: And finally, can you give us one TV recommendation and one book recommendation for the fall?
CM: I can’t do just one! Other than The Originals, obviously, everyone should watch The Flash on The CW. It’s so much fun — Grant Gustin has this really relatable Andrew Garfield vibe — and my BFF Emily Bett Rickards from Arrow makes an amazing appearance pretty early in the season, and she’s obviously a ray of freaking sunshine. Also, everyone should watch Red Band Society on FOX. It’s like The Fault in Our Stars meets Glee meets Parenthood.
Books wise, I got an early copy of Rebecca Serle’s next YA book, “Famous in Love,” and I think anyone who loves Just Jared will love that — it’s about a girl who gets her big break when she’s cast in a huge YA movie, and her relationship with her co-stars. It’s a surprisingly complex study of celebrity and romance. That comes out at the end of October.