Natural leap: Tulsa author Ginny Myers Sain publishes first novel awaited by YA | About the city
A late summer evening in September, Ginny Myers Healthy celebrated the launch of their highly anticipated novel “Dark and Shallow Lies” with friends and fans at the Philbrook Museum of Art.
It was a suitable location for the Tulsa author’s Magic City Books event. The museum is where Myers Sain works as an associate of the guest experience. This is also where she was when her book went up for auction in October 2020, meaning more than one publisher wanted it, so they spent a day bidding on it.
“I actually worked at the front desk during the auction, which is probably a Philbrook first,” says Myers Sain. “It was good to be here. I was really happy. It took my mind off a bit instead of just sitting there and refreshing my emails every five seconds.
Razorbill, a brand of Penguin Young Readers Group, won the auction for the
Southern Gothic mystery thriller in a two-pound contract. Myers Sain says she has submitted the manuscript for her second book, a standalone thriller, slated for release in fall 2022.
“Dark and Shallow Lies” tells the story of a 17-year-old Louisiana who spends her summers in the “psychic capital of the world”. This is also where her best friend disappeared six months ago.
Inspiration for the book came to Myers Sain two years ago while on vacation in Florida with her son. They came across the city of Cassadaga, which bills itself as the “psychic capital of the world”.
“I thought it would be a cool place to tell a story, but Cassadaga is right on I-4, so it’s very easy to get there. You just have to get on and off the freeway, ”she says. “I wanted somewhere a little more secluded… That’s how we ended up in the Louisiana bayou. We didn’t pay for any psychic reading that day, but I bought some Good Luck Crystals.
The book received a Michelin-starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, and it was included in Deep South Magazine’s Summer Reading List and Barnes and Noble’s Most Anticipated YA Book List. It debuted at No. 2 on the Oklahoma Best Sellers YA list and was named an Amazon Editor’s Choice.
Myers Sain says writing YA was a natural leap from his background in acting, teaching and directing teenagers. She also comes from a family of writers; his mother is the author from Oklahoma Anna myers, who published 20 novels, and brother Ben myers was the Oklahoma State Poet Laureate in 2015.
Although the book is tucked away in the YA section, Myers Sain says it has a crossover appeal to adults.
“It’s not at all a story for young children, not even for young adolescents,” she says. “It’s really aimed more at older teens, and a lot of adults read YA.”