Who is the star of your book?
This is a hard one because the sentient carnivorous rainforest is so spooky and creepy itself, but… Mariam—she’s our narrator! She thinks she’s selfish, but when it comes down to it, she’s a survivor. Survival doesn’t preclude compassion.
What is your story about?
Undergrowth is about deals with the devil and all the terrible things that can happen when you don’t follow through, but it’s also about building family when the world around you is falling apart. Oh, and a planty apocalypse. Can’t forget the jungle from hell.
When is it set?
It’s contemporary and set during the spring and the summer.
Where is it set?
Technically, it’s set in Los Angeles, but honestly? It’s not any LA that we would recognize. In Undergrowth, LA has been taken over by a sentient and dangerous rainforest: super smart and violent creatures, plants that can literally choke the life out of you, and of course, lots and lots of rain. So, not really LA. But kind of!
Why this story?
Because we wrote it when we needed family. And it seemed beautiful to make one like that, on the page, and for each other.
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Undergrowth was written by two friends, Chel and Chelsea.
Chel Hylott is a Brazilian-American living in the UK with her wife and pug. When she’s not writing, she’s reading Tarot. Find her curled up on her setee reading when it’s cold and wet, basically all the time.
Chelsea Lim is a writer and teacher living in Los Angeles, which she almost wishes were as green as it is in Undergrowth.
The book sounds amazing! Thanks for stopping by to talk about it!