Interview with Vanessa Wester, author of The Evolution Trilogy
Tell us about The Evolution Trilogy
The Evolution Trilogy charts the journey taken by Steven Thorn when he discovers he is a member of the next evolutionary stage of mankind. The difference being that he is a Hybrid – half new breed, half human.
Throughout the Trilogy we meet and find out about this new community of individuals. These special people have vampiric tendencies and are exceptional in many ways. They are a family, they look out for each other, they keep to themselves, and they care for one another. Generally, they stay away from humanity, but this is all set to change.
The next stage of evolution is complete, and the new members of humanity will come face to face with their ancestors.
In Hybrid, Caitlin Chance and Steven Thorn meet at University and fall in love at first sight. However, when Steven is discovered they are forced to separate. Steven is taken to the community and his fate is sealed. He is not normal and his choices are restricted. An accident will change this, his life is about to get complicated…
In Complications , Steven gets to know his grandparents and comes face to face with the reality of his mother’s internal struggle. His mum, Emily, has a dark side that once exposed reveals her true nature. It turn out she is the main reason they can not live amongst humanity. However, when Steven manages to convince his grandparents to return to England, he is reunited with Caitlin, and then events take a further twist. It makes the return to the community imminent…
In Return (to be published in 2013) the future for the community, Caitlin and Steven is revealed…
What genre is it?
What kind of readers will it appeal to?
Complete this sentence for us: If you like ___________, you’ll love The Evolution trilogy.
Tell us again, what exactly is a hybrid?
Tell us a bit more about the next book in the series. What did you say it was called?
The last book in the Trilogy is called Return; it should be released in 2013. All will be revealed…
Can’t wait. We read somewhere that you are bilingual. Do you write in Spanish? Does having knowledge of a second language help you see and use the English language in ways that those of us who are monolingual do not?
I also used to live in Holland for a few years, and my sister in law is German. In Gibraltar, I grew up surrounded by people from all walks of life. People of Spanish, Italian, British and Moroccan descent live in relative harmony. All religions are practised on the Rock (although the main religion is Catholicism). I think an awareness of different cultures and habits does help in this type of story. Every culture is rich and full of different types of food (I love good cuisine), humour and traditions.
Tell us a bit more about yourself.
A change in vocation led me to become a Secondary School Mathematics Teacher, which I loved. For many years, I have been a stay at home mum and give up a lot of my time towards voluntary organisations. I still teach maths as a private tutor and have many hobbies which include swimming, walking, reading, singing and acting. I am also a qualified A.S.A. Swimming Teacher and volunteer on weekends at my local swimming club.
I am married, have three children and live on the Isle of Wight.
The Isle of Wight? We’ve been to the Isle of Wight once. It rained non-stop. You do not have to apologise, but it would make us feel better!
Have you got a website or a blog where readers can keep up with your work?