Sep 5 2017 12:30pm

Who Are the Writers Behind the Sight Unseen Anthology?

Sight Unseen by Emma Barry, Meredith Duran, J.A. Rock, Erin Satie, and Sherry Thomas

Sight Unseen is a compilation of novellas written by five of the top voices in romance. They were asked to write something that scared them—a subgenre they’d never written in before, characters that were too over the top, tropes that were underused or overplayed, something that someone somewhere had told them would not sell—and they were given the freedom to take it wherever inspiration might lead. The result is five gorgeous stories that span high fantasy, mystery, and contemporary romance.

The twist? While readers will know who contributed to the collection, they will not know who wrote what. With their favorite writers all doing something completely outside their norm, will readers be able to guess who wrote what?

With this tease of a blurb, Emma Barry, Meredith Duran, J.A. Rock, Erin Satie, and Sherry Thomas gave us Sight Unseen, a collection of anonymously written novellas. They each crafted something they had been scared to write - a story that was unlike anything they’d written before, something bold, some novel, something that someone, somewhere told them was too out of character and probably wouldn’t sell. Freed from all expectations, they created new worlds full of magic, mystery, and romance, leaving readers guessing who wrote what.

Today, Heroes and Heartbreakers is helping with the big reveal of Sight Unseen with a Q&A with the author of the second story, A Clear View of You.

Check out HEA USA Today for the reveal of the first story, Lost That Feeling! And don't miss the other reveals at All About Romance and Smart Bitches, Trashy Books. 

About A Clear View of You, a story the author describes as:

A fake psychic discovers real magic with a handsome stranger.

As a child, Kate had one dream: to escape her mother’s deluded hippie commune and live in the real world, where mature adults know that magic isn’t real. But the real world also has its downsides—like rent, student loans, and a cutthroat job market.

Happily, Kate is uniquely qualified for one in-demand position: psychic. Of course, she’s as fake as the rest of them, but nobody plays a fortune-teller as convincingly as a girl raised by a would-be witch. If only Kate’s newest client weren’t so perceptive . . . and attractive. If only crystal balls didn’t have the habit of lighting up in his presence.

Magic isn’t real, right? Kate is about to find out otherwise . . . 

Written by…Meredith Duran!

Judith: Meredith, welcome! I’m thrilled to be able to share that you’re the mastermind behind A Clear View of You. Contemporary romance with a dash of magic? It’s a big departure for you. You are most well known for gorgeously written historicals. Can you tell us what was the impetus behind this story?

Meredith: I was watching TV late one night, unable to sleep, and a commercial came on, advertising a psychic hotline. It amused me, in my bleary and exhausted state, to imagine what trouble a fake psychic would be in, should she encounter a client who truly did have supernatural powers. Voila: the story was born.

Judith: So if the premise amused you, why did it scare you to write it?

Meredith: I think every writer naturally inclines to a particular story length, and I’m the kind who ends up having to cut 20,000 words from her novels. Short stories are always an intimidating challenge.

Judith: Would you say that writing in Sight Unseen help you to go on and write other stories that scared you?

Meredith: Too soon to say, as I’ve been working on historicals ever since!

Judith: Would you write in this particular subgenre—contemporary romance with magic—again?

Meredith: Sure! I love researching my historicals, but writing a contemporary almost felt like sprinting in low gravity, never having to consult the nineteenth-century archives on Google Books. It was also fun to be able to draw on my own experiences of the Bay Area, where I grew up.

Judith: What was your favorite aspect of writing A Clear View of You?

Meredith: Getting the chance to write contemporary dialogue was so refreshing. My heroine got to curse a blue streak.

Judith: Ha! Did you hide any easter eggs in your story?

Meredith: Nope.

Judith: So no Easter Eggs...how about you tell us a fun fact about your story instead?

Meredith: Redwoods really do (sometimes) grow in circles called “fairy rings,” and if you get a chance to visit one, I strongly recommend it. Many people consider fairy rings to be sacred spaces, and when you step inside one, you’ll realize why. The temperature cools, the air thickens, and sound seems slightly muffled. As a child, raised on tales of Narnia, I naturally associated redwood groves with magic, and as an adult, I still get goosebumps when I walk through them.

Judith: With Sight Unseen out in the world, what is your next project?

Meredith: My next release is a historical romance from Pocket featuring a character first introduced in my debut, back in 2008. I’ve gotten more emails about him than all my other characters combined, so I’m glad to announce that The Sins of Lord Lockwood will be out in February 2018. (NB: Lockwood has been through the wringer, so…expect serious angst.)


Learn more about or order a copy of Sight Unseen by Emma Barry, Meredith Duran, J.A. Rock, Erin Satie, and Sherry Thomas, available now:

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Meredith Duran is the author of eleven novels, all published by Pocket Books. Her debut, The Duke of Shadows, has been translated into thirteen languages and together with her sophomore book, Bound by Your Touch, was ranked among the top 100 romances of all time in the 2010 All About Romance poll. Her other books include RITA award winner Fool Me Twice; Wicked Becomes You, which was included on Woman's World list of Best Beach Reads for Summer 2010; and her February 2017 release, A Lady's Code of Misconduct, which both Kirkus and Publishers Weekly called “flawlessly executed” in their starred reviews.

Meredith blames Anne Boleyn for sparking her lifelong obsession with British history, and for convincing her that princely love is no prize if it doesn’t come with a happily-ever-after. When not writing, Meredith enjoys collecting old etiquette manuals, guidebooks to nineteenth century London, and travelogues by intrepid Victorian women.

Connect with Meredith at MeredithDuran.com.

Judith is the owner and curator of the book review site Binge on Books, as well as the boutique press Open Inkwhich published Sight Unseen. She also runs a literary PR agency A Novel Take PR, focused on promoting diverse books. When not publishing or promoting books, Judith writes about queer romance for HEA USA Todayand queer fiction for Teen Vogue.

Connect with Judith on Twitter: @bingeonbooks.

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1. Kareni
I'm not reading this post as I still want to read the anthology and make my own guesses!
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