Sarah hates the prestigious high school she attends. Most of the other students ignore her. School is only made tolerable by the presence of Dan Bradfield, the boy she adores. Dan is the heir to his father’s multinational computer company, but he is dating Sarah’s best friend, Jillian.
When tragedy strikes, Dan is the one who is there for Sarah, but she can’t shake the feeling there is something strange about him. Is he protecting her from something? Is there something going on that she doesn’t know about?
And did she really see a monster in the bushes?
Sarah is desperate to uncover the truth, but it could take her to another galaxy, and change everything she believes about who she is. Will it bring Dan and Sarah closer together or tear them apart?
The Heir is the first book in the Verindon Trilogy.
An Interview with Lynne Stringer
What inspired you to write The Heir?
I thought of the idea one day when I was talking to my husband. He is fascinated by cheesy pick-up lines (not that he uses them, then he'd be in trouble!) and he was talking about some of his favorites. I started thinking about some myself, and I thought of the one that says, "You are the only reason I was put on this planet." It made me think, what if someone said that to you and they meant it literally? What would be the implications of that? The story grew out of that.
What was the hardest part about writing it?
Trying to convince myself that it was worth continuing, as I never expected to be published. Not only that, the thought of trying to sell my books was hard! Like most writers, I’m an introvert, and it's hard to find the courage to get out there and sell. But I have to remember that I have a product worth promoting.
If you met your hero in a bar, what would you talk about?
How she managed to adjust to all the changes in her life so well in such a short space of time.
If you met your villain in a bar, what would you talk about?
Why he thought it was okay to marginalize half of his people (all the females) and refuse to give them the same opportunities as the males.
What’s the most challenging/interesting part about living in Australia?
I love the animals and the landscape. It's a fascinating and beautiful country. However, it can also be a harsh one. There are lots of floods and fires and droughts. We've also got some of the most dangerous creatures in the world but if you live in the suburbs, you rarely see them.
What famous – or infamous even – book do you wish you’d written?
Just about anything Shakespeare wrote. Imagine being the creator of all those wonderful stories, not to mention the fact that he created numerous words himself! Wow.
What's your favourite album from the 80s?
Thriller by Michael Jackson
What’s the last TV series that blew you away and what was so good about it?
I'm enjoying an Australian show called The Doctor Blake Mysteries at the moment and I was quite a fan of Downton Abbey, along with many other people! I'm also dying to see The Last Jedi in a couple of months.