Interview with Fallen Author Laury Falter

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Interview with Fallen Author Laury Falter

Interview with Fallen Author Laury FalterFallen by Laury Falter
Series: Guardian Trilogy #1
on 4-1-2009
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 272
Format: eBook
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Publication Date: April 1, 2009 Series: Guardian Trilogy (Book 1)

Fallen - the first book in the bestselling Guardian Trilogy...

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.

REVIEWS:
"Fast-paced, the story starts off strong and retains a tight rein on the momentum throughout. This book mixes humor, mystery, and the supernatural into a satisfying blend that should appeal to both young and more mature readers." (Coffee Time Romance Review)

"Great flow of interest and most unusual characters (that you will love as I have). I have laughed out loud at some of them. Good, simple, fast read that has a great hook, line and sinker." (Great Minds Think Aloud Review)

"A very good read with interesting characters and a quick pace." (Life Is Better With Books Review)

"While I was given the first book I just bought the 2nd one, Eternity, and plan to start it tonight." (The Book Hookup)

ALSO AVAILABLE: Eternity (Book 2) and Reckoning (Book 3)

5% of the proceeds from this novel will be donated to organizations dedicated to fighting animal neglect and cruelty.

Interview With Laury Falter

Can you talk a little about what the book is about? 

Sure, Fallen is a young adult fantasy romance novel about a girl whose life is in danger but each attempt on her life is thwarted by a handsome young stranger. The more length description is…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.

What makes your book unique? 

Well, Maggie has a special ability to visit the afterlife when she sleeps. In fact, this is her part-time job while she finishes high school. On weekends, she sets out two chairs in Jackson Square in New Orleans and takes messages from her clients to deliver them while she sleeps.

Where did you get the idea for the book? 

My inspiration began In January 2009, when Joyce Durham lost her battle to colon cancer. I’m good friends with her daughter, Erika, who was then faced with the very difficult task of learning how to deal with the loss of her mother. Witnessing her struggle and that of the Durham family, I wished there was someone who could visit with those who had passed over to the other side and bring back messages to the living, reassuring them that all was fine with their loved one. And from it, Magdalene Tanner was born.

I went on to write FALLEN in just under two months.

Is there any message you want readers to get from reading the book? 

Not really. I write fun, easy, (hopefully) entertaining books. I want my fans to walk away after finishing the book feeling as if they had just taken a short vacation. That said, I’ve had fans approach me to say they have pondered the afterlife after reading my books.

How long did it take to write the book? 

A little less than two months. I wrote on the weekends and after work (when writing wasn’t my full-time job) and the story pretty much poured from me. It was so thrilling to write, in fact, that I felt less like I was putting together a novel and more like I was watching a movie in my head and writing it down on paper.

Who is your favorite character, or what character was the most fun to write? 

Maggie is my favorite and she was the most fun to write. She’s such a strong character with so much independence, determination, and altruism wrapped up in her tiny five-foot frame that she was like a breath of fresh air to bring to life. I loved how she rides a Harley Davidson motorcycle and her standard fashion is jeans, a rock band t-shirt, and biker boots. Yes, she was definitely the most intriguing character for me.

Can you talk about how you wrote it? Did you do any outlining?

Did it take you in any unexpected directions? I wrote an outline but had chucked it by the second chapter. From that point, I wrote from the heart until just passed midway through the novel. Then I looked back at the story and determined how to wrap it up. I can’t seem to stick to an outline. I look for those unexpected turns because that’s what makes the characters (who guide the book and those unexpected directions) and the book so appealing to write.

If you could go back and change anything in the novel, what would it be? 

Nothing. I love the novel just as it is…a great blend of romance and action.

How did you come up with the cover? 

I wanted there to be a contrast between good and evil, to reflect the story, so I chose black and white as the only two colors. Thankfully, it worked out well. I’ve seen comments from people in Europe and the across the United States commenting on the drama and mystery behind the cover, and that’s always flattering.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer? 

I’ve never actually designed my life to becoming a writer, even though I’ve been writing short stories and books since the sixth grade. I ended up writing Fallen because my twin sister, Babs, insisted I finish it and then threatened to publish it herself if I didn’t release it to the public. So I made it available and couldn’t believe the incredibly positive response it has gotten, or the fact that it has been an Amazon bestselling book. All of it still stuns me.

What was the first story that you ever wrote? 

When I was young, probably in sixth grade, I wrote about a girl who survives a nuclear impact. Pretty heavy stuff for that age, but I liked the results enough to keep it. I stored it in the outside freezer because my dad said it was the safest place in the house should the house go up in flames.

What is your favorite genre, and why? 

Easily young adult. It’s so effortless to read. Adult novels tend to be more drawn out while young adult seems to move quicker for me, which is important. I can’t stand wordy novels.

Are there any books you are absolutely inspired by? 

Humbly, I must acknowledge Stephenie Meyer. Her Twilight Saga 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, and for each of their books having inspired me in some way.

What are you working on next? 

I am working on the prequels to the Guardian Trilogy (in which this novel, Fallen, is the first in the series). The first three books in the Guardian Trilogy tell how Maggie and Eran must unify others in defeating Abaddon, their archenemy. The next four books in the series (dubbed the Guardian Saga), in which I’m writing now, takes readers into the past to detail how the war began and how Maggie and Eran became infamous in their love for one another.

What advice do you have for aspiring authors? 

If you have a story that you think others might enjoy reading, sit down and write it. Revise it and write some more. 95% of what I write is deleted and rewritten. It’s not about inspiration (other than that fleeting aha moment when the plot/characters lands in your mind), it’s about persistence. Just keep writing, revising, and rewriting until you like what you have created.

How do you juggle writing with family time?

I write, hard, for two to three months straight, never leaving my office darkened with blinds and drapes other than for sleep, food, and unavoidable necessities. During that time, sadly, I am void of family and friends. I live with my characters. But when the novel is finished, I open the doors, emerge into the sunlight, and rapidly fill up my calendar with visits to family and friends. This may not be the best way to balance my efforts, but it seems to work out well for my fans…

Excerpt

“You appear and then vanish like a ghost. You aren’t injured from venomous snake bites. You aren’t killed by wayward, incredibly sharp arrows.” Then, I reiterated, “I am the only one who can see you…how is any of this possible?”

“You do pay attention,” he said, sounding almost regretful, though I didn’t understand why.

“Yes, now will you tell me how you are capable of all that?”

He paused, still looking at me, as he collected his thoughts. The muscles throughout his body visibly flexed, tensing as he prepared his answer. “I have certain…gifts…that not many others can claim…gifts of speed, healing, and regeneration, to name a few.”

He paused, waiting for my reaction.

“Don’t worry so much,” I said, teasingly. “I’m not going to run screaming for the door.”

We quietly laughed together for a brief moment. When I felt like he was comfortable again, I asked my next question.

“So, where did you get these gifts? Did your parents take some sort of special drug?”

“Not exactly. I can’t answer that, as much as I know you’d like me to. Just suffice, Magdalene, to know that without these gifts, you wouldn’t be here right now.”

About Laury Falter

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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