By Kim Childress
In Halo, the first of a trilogy, three angels come to Venus Cove, a ho-hum beach town that doesn’t seem like much but has become a hot spot of spiritual warfare. This mission is the first for Bethany, the youngest of three angels. Her older counterparts, Gabriel and Ivy, are concerned about Bethany’s curiosity of humans—which, sure enough, lands her in trouble:
Bethany attends high school as a teenage girl, and despite warnings, she falls in love with Xavior Woods, a boy who has experienced his fare share of troubles but manages to keep his head straight. Despite being a good guy, Xavior’s relationship with Bethany jeopardizes the mission, just as demonic forces gather strength. But God handpicked Bethany for a reason.
Halo is truly a fabulous, refreshing good vs. evil tale I couldn’t put down. It’s refreshing in that it passes over the sterotypical angel-comes-to-earth plot scenario. It was written for teens by Alexandra Adornetto when she was a teen. Here is a Q-and-A sesh with the now twenty-something author.…
How would you describe Halo?
Alexandra Adornetto: Halo has been described as Supernatural-meets-Gossip Girl-meets-Romeo and Juliet. It’s a supernatural romance about three angels that come to earth. Ivy, Bethany and Gabrielle come to counteract the negativity, all the things you see on the news, work of demons.
Halo highlights a lot of spiritual issues. Did you have to do much research?
Alexandra Adornetto: The biblical framework for Halo was not really intentional. I was raised Christian, and it just seemed a really natural way for me to tell the story. The angels are fairly traditional. It’s been described as “clean.” I wanted to get away from sex and violence, like in vampire novels. I studied the subject of religion and society, so there are themes of faith and redemption, and their ideas are part of the story, but hopefully not in an overpowering way. The religion aspect is there, but it’s really an underlying theme. We have angels and demons, good vs. evil, plus the romance of Bethany and Xavier, and regular high school stuff like getting ready for the prom. Hades, book two, is set in hell, so I had to do lots of research, plus come up with my own concept of hell. Jake Thorne comes back with a vengeance and comes after Xavier.
Halo is actually your fourth book. Your first, The Shadow Thief, was published when you were 14. When did you decide you wanted to be an author?
Alexandra Adornetto: Both of my parents are English teachers, so I was interested in writing at a young age. But I decided I wanted to be an author when I was 13 and on school holiday and really, really bored because all my friends were gone, so I wrote my first book.
How did you get your first book deal?
Alexandra Adornetto: My first novel was published by HarperCollins Australia. I was really young, so I didn’t want to get an agent. I put a lot of effort in writing a cover letter, making me sound more mature than I really was. When they rang me and I answered, “Hi I’m Alex!” in this high-pitched teenage voice, at first they thought they’d rung the wrong number. But they jumped right on board with the age thing and used it as a marketing tool. After that, I got an agent for Halo.
You describe yourself as a country music fan and a voracious reader. Will you share some of your favorite books and tunes?
Alexandra Adornetto: I’m a diehard country music fan, and I really love old-school country songs, which my friends find quite weird, but I’ve always loved it. Some of my favorites are Hank Williams, Kitty Wells, George Strait and Johnny Cash. Some books that have inspired me are classics like Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. I also love Peter Pan, Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Roald Dahl.
Will your Halo trilogy be turned into a movie?
Alexandra Adornetto: There’s been some interest, and I’m very hopeful so fingers crossed!
This is Alexandra’s dream cast for Halo, the movie: Halo Dream Cast
“I’m just thinking. How come in all the paintings, angels are depicted guarding thrones in Heaven or taking out demons? I wonder why they’re never shown in the kitchen making burritos.” —from Hades by Alexandra Adornetto