Monday, July 21, 2014

Blog Tour: Fallen by @LauryFalter

Young Adult Fantasy

Date Published: April 1, 2009

Maggie is unaware of the terrifying fate that awaits her. It isn’t until she lands in New Orleans for a full year at a private high school and her unknown enemies find her does she realize that her life is in danger.

As a mystifying stranger repeatedly intervenes and blocks the attempts on her life, she begins to learn that there is more to him than his need to protect her and that he may be the key to understanding why her enemies have just now arrived.


Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp? I write entirely for entertainment value. When readers pick up my novels, I hope they are thinking "Boy, I want this novel to provide me a small, pleasurable break from reality" instead of "I hope I learn something from this fictional novel". If on the offhand chance they find a message embedded in my writing then that's simply sprinkles on top.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Deadlines. I typically finish a book every four months. That's a grueling schedule. At least life isn't dull.

How many books have you written and which is your favorite? I had to actually go back and count. It turns out I've written eleven books, at least eleven that have been released to the public. My favorite? That's difficult, similar to asking me to choose a favorite child. They all have their appeals, each has given me a wonderful writing experience. No, I'm sorry. I can't choose.

If You had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why? From what I've learned so far, Hollywood doesn't allow an author to have a say in who is cast for character roles, but I wrote Maggie with Margarita Levieva in mind and Eran with Adam Garcia in mind.

When did you begin writing? I wrote my first story back in 7th grade, about a girl who survives a nuclear blast. I then stored it in the freezer because my dad said it was the safest place if our house should burn down. Yeah…still embarrassed about that to this day.

How long did it take to complete your first book? Two months. I wrote Fallen back when I had a full-time job and found it was a fantastic escape at the end of a long day to dive into a fictitious world. I wrote steadily, after work and on the weekends, sending blocks of the book to my sister, Babs, who was my chief inspiration to continue the book. If you enjoyed Fallen, you can thank Babs because if it wasn't for her the book would never have been written.

Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer? Humbly, I must acknowledge Stephenie Meyer. She brought me back to my love for good stories. Thank you, Stephenie. In addition, I grew up reading Stephen King. My dad would leave me his latest novels on our stair's landing and when I found them I would disappear into my room for hours, reading until it was dinnertime. I suppose I could credit Stephenie Meyer's for my love of romance and Stephen King for my love of fantasy.

What is your favorite part of the writing process? That mesmeric place a writer goes when the writing is flowing from them. It is a beautiful, exhilarating journey when you have harnessed a scene and are conveying it perfectly from your mind to the page.

Describe your latest book in 4 words. A page-turning romantic suspense

Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?  I'm currently in the midst of writing the prequels to the Guardian Trilogy, filling in the lifetimes in which Maggie and Eran fell in love despite incredible resistance. So far, it has been a thrilling ride.

Laury Falter is a bestselling author of young adult romantic suspense and urban fantasy. She is also an animal rights activist, a sailor, a one-handed golf putterer, and a Colorado River conqueror.
She has three series out: the Guardian Trilogy, the Residue Series, and the Apocalypse Chronicles.

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