When a book is published, people see the author’s name on the cover, but hardly ever do they hear about the team of people who helped bring the story to fruition. Yet, behind the scenes, a group of talented individuals may have provided insight and feedback to help the author keep the book relevant to its intended audience. That is the case with the newly released Gripped book series.
By employing a team of high-school and college-aged interns, I receive invaluable feedback from the age group for which I write my novels. Prior to the release of Gripped Part 1, Kyle Banker of University of Miami, Nicholas Alva of Arizona State University, Jenna Finnerty of University of New Hampshire, Michael Farinacci of St. Sebastian’s School, Elizabeth Harvey of Emerson College, and Rebecca Ronning of Brooklyn Technical High School were selected to read and analyze the novel to provide me with relevant feedback. Since its release, Caitlin Shields of Boston College, Jennifer O’Sullivan of Dover-Sherborn High School, Olivia Syat of Sharon High School, Katherine Nally of Scituate High School, Joanna Dakoyannis of Dover-Sherborn High School, and Sophia Coggeshall of Marshfield High School have analyzed the book and written articles to inform others about the series. I feel their efforts deserve to be recognized, and the articles that they have written about Gripped have captured the attention of thousands.
Joanna Dakoyannis and Jennifer O’Sullivan, both from Dover-Sherborn High School, have recently completed all eight books in the Gripped and Montgomery Lake High book series. In November, they were promoted to Senior Communications Interns.
Our October Intern of the Month was Michael Farinacci and November’s Intern of the Month is Elizabeth Harvey, who edited the newly released “Gripped 3: The Fallout,” which is ranked the #1 New Release on Amazon in 3 different genres.
Jared Thorbahn of Emerson College is currently working on writing a pilot episode that we plan to pitch to networks. The idea is to combine the stories told in Gripped and Montgomery Lake High into a TV series.
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