I am so excited to have Laury Falter here! In this interview she talks about her new series, Haven (Apocalypse Chronicles), but first…. let’s take a look at Laury’s other two series; Residue and Guardian Trilogy.
Book # 4 Prophecy (Residue series) is coming out February 15th!!
Residue <—- Amazon link first book is $2.99
Meet Jameson; Powerful, magical, voice of reason, and humanitarian who helps Jocelyn on her healing missions. Jameson loves Jocelyn despite the fact that their families have been feuding for centuries! None of that matters when they meet and its love… that’s what happens when two people were meant to be.
The Guardian Trilogy <— link to Amazon first book is $2.99
Meet Eran; Guardian angel & fierce protector of his girl, Maggie. Yeah, I said fierce. Whatever that word conjures up for you — times that by ten! The Fallen are after Maggie, and her guardian angel FINALLY shows himself to Maggie. To her, Eran is a stranger. To him, Maggie is worth waiting hundreds of years for.
Oh, Eran. I ❤ you!
Haven is Laury Falter’s new series. Here is the description from her website:
Haven of the Apocalypse Chronicles will be released in May 2013. I don’t want to give away too much other than to mention that the heroine is strong-willed and courageous, the rock which the rest of the survivors lean on; the boy who falls in love with her is rugged, bold, and harbors a mysterious past; and their love transpires in the midst of a sudden apocalypse.
Laury decided to tell us a little bit more about her main characters, Kennedy and Harrison in Haven!! Yay us!!
G. D. — What would you say to a reader who was “on the fence” about reading a paranormal romance novel?
L. F. — That I was one of them. Before my sister insisted I read Twilight, I was an autobiography and historical books kind of girl. Only after I stopped rolling my eyes, and picked up the first novel, did I get what all the fuss was about. It consumed me. I didn’t consume it, it consumed me. I lost two days of my life reading. The intoxication of a young love, the action, the intrigue over what would happen next would not allow me to put the book down.
It’s just easy reading. It’s not verbose or so in-depth you need to contemplate it. It’s a simple, easy escape. That’s what I like about paranormal romance, and that’s what I try to deliver on in my books.
G. D. — Is there a part in any of your books that you regret editing out?
L. F. — Not a single one…yet. I’m sure this will happen at some point, but for now I don’t typically over-write. I’m the opposite actually. I’ll contemplate, sometimes for days, on what I want to write and then I sit down and let it roll onto the page. Also, it’s fairly common for me to write a bare-bones scene and then go back and add ‘flesh’ to it, both dialogue and prose. That is, in fact, some of the best writing I do. When I added dialogue in Fallen’s chapter titled Answers, it brought out the intensity and desire between Maggie and Eran far more than what it had been in the first draft. So, no, cutting during editing isn’t really a problem for me. Adding is. Odd, I know, but I just go with it.
G. D. — Your first two series are based in New Orleans. Your new novel, Haven The Apocalypse Chronicles, Part I, will be released in May 2013. Will this be Apocalypse in New Orleans?
L. F. — You know, I considered it, but in the end it just didn’t fit and I had to leave my beloved New Orleans behind, for now. Haven is set in a high school in Chicago. It had to be in a region with cooler weather because the survivors take refuge, or find safe haven, inside their indoor high school. Also, I should mention that it won’t be entirely post-apocalypse. No, the reader will be taken all the way through from day one of the apocalypse.
G. D. — As you know, I swoon hard over Eran from The Guardian Trilogy. On Goodreads and on your blog you describe the boy in Haven as “rugged, bold, and harbors a mysterious past; and their love transpires in the midst of a sudden apocalypse.” SWOON! Anything else you’d like to add to this description? (Please? Pretty please?)
L. F. — I’m so glad you love Eran! He emerged as this sizzling sexy character while still holding on to that endearing romantic side. And that is exactly what Harrison is like in Haven. I should mention that I haven’t released his name yet, so you and your readers will be the first! Harrison is an exchange student from Texas. He spent most of his time on ranches, which is where he got his gruff, laid-back, independent attitude. His family owned several ranches there, and they have high political aspirations. He was a liability, so he was transferred to live with a distant family member in Chicago, one who is never around. He’s savvy about high school politics, knows who and what to watch out for, and when the apocalypse happens he’s one of the few who keeps a level head. That’s where his intrigue comes from. Nothing ruffles him…except for Kennedy, the heroine in this new series. Only she can ignite the fire beneath the surface of his rough, reserved exterior.
G. D. — What many fans love about your heroines is their bravery and self-confidence. In Haven you describe the heroine as strong-willed, courageous and a rock for the other survivors. What will set this heroine apart from the other characters in Haven?
L. F. — Kennedy is amazing. She’s probably the most fascinating character I’ve developed to date. She’s trained in all forms of combat (tactical and precision weapons and martial arts), but still managed to win Homecoming Queen two years running prior to the apocalypse. So she comes to us with a unique blend of leadership, charisma, and an abundance of courage. She’s basically a teenage Lara Croft. I cannot wait to introduce her to the world!
G. D. — One of the many things I love about your books is how fast paced they are. Add to that the undercurrent of pending battles and /or possible doom, and my heart races the entire time I’m reading. As an author, this is not easy to achieve. What novels have you read that compare to your novels?
L. F. — First, thank you. Keeping the reader glued to the page is what I strive for. I try to write what I would like to read, which excludes anything so slow that it puts me to sleep. But, back to your answer…the most engaging novels I’ve read lately are World War Z, the Twilight Saga (big surprise there) and Abbi Glines’ Existence Trilogy. All of them were gripping and kept me coming back for more.
G. D. — Describe a typical day in the life of Laury Falter.
L. F. — Walk dogs, feed dogs, make breakfast, shower, emerse myself in writing until it’s dark out, feed dogs, pour myself a glass of wine and indulge while making dinner, chat with hubby, sleep. Repeat.
G. D. — Coffee or tea?
L. F. — Oh, herbal tea all the way. I love the wake-me-up factor of Lemon Ginger and Peppermint herbal teas in the morning. LOVE THEM!
G. D. — Miracle Whip or Mayo?
L. F. — Mayo. It’s the next best thing next to chocolate.
G. D. — Give us three words your friends would use to describe you. Bonus: Three words your husband would use. Double bonus: Three words your mother would use. Let’s pretend your two dogs can talk… Triple bonus: Three words your dogs would use to describe mommy.
L. F. — Oh, fun! I love this game! 🙂 Okay, here goes…
Friends: Quirky, Passionate, Idealistic
Husband: Crazy, Impulsive, Hot (not in temperature) (On this one I cheated. He was in the next room and called out the answers to me.)
(G. D. — I’m crushing on your hubby! Love that!)
Mother: Dedicated, Creative, Foodie
Dogs: Walk!!! Food!!!! Pet!!!!
G. D. — Do you have any writing tips for new authors?
L. F. — Write what you love. I know they’ll hear this one often, but it shouldn’t be discounted. If you love it, chances are that someone else out there will love it, too. You’ll spend a lot of time with your characters and pour over every detail of your plot, so go easy on yourself and choose something you enjoy.
G. D. — I have a fear of swimming in lakes. I am THAT sure something prehistoric and deadly is lurking at the bottom. What are you afraid of?
L. F. — Oh my gosh! I have a friend just like that! She won’t go into any body of water where she couldn’t see the bottom. We actually got her to dip her feet in Lake Nacimiento off the back of the boat, which was a huge step for her. So you are not alone! I have a fear of ants. I know that sounds strange. They are virtually harmless. It’s just that, when I was young, I saw the picture of an ant crawling into the nose of a sleeping man, and from that I realized that ants can go anywhere. If you think about it, it’s pretty gross.
(G. D. — Ant crawling into a nose. I wouldn’t be quite so freaked out if you hadn’t underlined anywhere. 😉 )
G. D. — On your blog you posted that you were doing research for Haven by reading survival books. By the way, I am grossed out by the twig as a toothbrush. What other disgusting yet useful things have you discovered?
L. F. — I completely agree with you. It would truly have to be the end of the world for me to use a twig toothbrush. But at least we know how if we ever need one! 🙂 You know, I’ve picked so many fun and interesting facts! In my own backyard, I learned that I have edible cacti flowers, the ability to make a sewing needle from an agave plant, and that mequite trees drop edible beans from the legume family (it’s no wonder my dogs eat them up like they’re candy). One that has more practical use is stretching a cotton ball out to twice its size, rubbing petroleum jelly on it, and rolling it into a ball. It becomes an automatic firestarter that will burn for five minutes in the rain, sleet, snow, whatever, and has a shelf life that will last years. And you can literally dunk the ball in a glass of water for five minutes, remove it, and it will still light up. Great for camping purposes! Oh, and the freeze-dried and dehydrated food that preppers eat isn’t all that bad if it’s prepared well. Looks a little weird…shriveled and discolored…but it’s actually edible. Who knew?
( G. D. — I’m all over the cotton ball firestarter! That’s so cool! )
G. D. — Besides getting ready for the release of Prophecy and Haven, is there anything else you are working on?
Yes! Haven is part of an extended series, the Apocalypse Chronicles, that I’ll be releasing. I have over five additional books in mind for the series so far. And…I’ll be writing my first contemporary novel. I’m being very secretive about this one because I have high hopes for it, so I can’t say much about it other than whenever I tell someone the plot summary their eyebrows go up and they say “Cool…” in a way that makes me think it will.
Thank you, Laury!
Laury Falter is the bestselling author of the Guardian Trilogy (Fallen, Eternity, & Reckoning). When she isn’t writing, she likes to take her two stray dogs for walks and enjoy date nights with her husband.Laury’s debut novel, Fallen, hit Amazon’s Top 100 list in three genres and the remaining two books in the trilogy made showings in the Top 100 of the same genres as well. With a new series available, Residue, about a teenage girl who learns she is a witch and falls in love with a boy from a feuding family, her reader following continues to grow rapidly.Find out more news and information about Laury and her novels on her:
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