Friday, November 7, 2014

Author Interview: Laeken Zea Kemp

Hey y'all! Today I have author, Laeken Zea Kemp author of the recently released, The Girl in Between. Today, Laeken has been kind enough to answer a few questions for me so you can find out a little bit more about her and her new book. Also, be sure to download The Girl in Between it is FREE on all major ebook retailers!! 

About the Book

Goodreads Description:

Bryn Reyes is a real life sleeping beauty. Afflicted with Klein-Levin Syndrome, she suffers episodes of prolonged sleep that steal weeks, and sometimes even months, from her life. But unlike most KLS patients, she doesn’t spend each episode in a catatonic state or wake up with no recollection of the time she’s missed. Instead, Bryn spends half her life in an alternate reality made up of her memories. For Bryn, the past is a place, until one day a boy she’s never met before washes up on the illusory beach of her dreams with no memory of who he is.

But the appearance of this strange boy isn’t the only thing that’s changed. Bryn’s symptoms are worsening, her body weakening as she’s plagued by hallucinations even while awake. Her only hope of finding a cure is to undergo experimental treatment created by a German specialist. But when Dr. Banz reveals that he knows more about her strange symptoms than he originally let on, Bryn learns that the boy in her head might actually be the key to understanding what’s happening to her, and worse, that if she doesn’t find out his identity before it’s too late, they both may not survive.

The Girl in Between is now free! Click one of the links below to download it. The sequels will be released later this year so you won't have to wait long to read the next book in the series!!

First, tell us something about The Girl in Between we should know before reading it that we won’t get from the description.

Writing contemporary fiction is my first love so even though The Girl In Between is a paranormal romance it is still very much a character driven story with complex narrators and plenty of real life issues.

Avid readers’ books tend to change quite frequently (at least mine do!) What’s your favorite book right now?

Being a voracious reader I know exactly what you mean. It's so hard for me to choose a favorite novel but it usually boils down to whatever Melina Marchetta's or Maggie Stiefvater's latest release is. I'm in love with Jellicoe Road and am totally crazy about Marchetta's Chronicles of Lumatere series. I'm also about to start reading Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Steifvater and can't wait to see if it takes the place of The Scorpio Races as my favorite novel of hers.

The Girl in Between has a very interesting storyline, where did you get the inspiration for it?

I started working on this novel in April of last year and, to be honest, I can't really remember where the original idea came from. Probably because I can't really remember what the original idea even was. I know that it started out as a contemporary standalone and I'd been really interested in exploring dual narrative again but I suppose the story started out the way all of my stories have--with the central relationship. It isn't always a love story that's central to my novels but I do like to focus on human relationships, whether that's familial or within the context of first love. The characters always come to me first and the various means of torturing them always comes later.

I believe all writers have something they want readers to take away from their books. What do you want readers to take away from yours?

Whether it happens on a large profound scale or it's something that readers only notice in the tiniest of details, I want every reader to come away from my books feeling acknowledged and encouraged. It's one of the reasons that I feature so much diversity in my books and also why I don't shy away from exposing my own imperfections through my characters. The bottom line is that we all share in the same struggles and we all deserve to be celebrated

What’s the most challenging part of being a writer for you?

All of it. I've written six novels so far and each one has tested me in different ways. Depending on my mood, on the random stress of life, on my strengths and weakness that day that seem to vary as often as my mood, I can be stumped at any point. I re-wrote The Girl In Between from scratch probably six times because I just couldn't find the story's true identity but when it came to writing the third novel in the series, the first draft just fell out of me. I wish there was one area that constantly gave me difficulty because then I could focus all of my energy on improving it but stories are wild things and it takes something different to tame each one.

Tell us one totally random thing about yourself!  (Please!)

This memory literally manifested out of nowhere after being buried in my brain for the past twenty years, but I used to have a neighbor who owned exotic (and often illegal) pets and many of them would randomly turn up on our front porch. He had an alligator and even a lion once that the police had to come and remove from his home. Is that random enough for you?

What are you working on now? What can we be expecting from you in the near future?

The sky is really the limit for me right now, especially since I’ve discovered a love of genre hopping. It takes time for an idea to fully form in my head to the point where I’m willing to devote 6-8 months to exploring it so I’m not sure when I’ll revisit the paranormal genre again but I do have plans for a few contemporary romance novels followed by my foray into the dystopian genre.

This or that:

Coke or Pepsi: Coke
Chocolate or Vanilla: Chocolate
Early Bird or Night Owl: Early Bird
Harry Potter or Twilight: Harry Potter
Vampires or Werewolves: Werewolves
Zombies or Unicorns: Unicorns
Twitter or Facebook: Twitter
MAC or PC: Mac
Ebook or print: Ebook

1 comment:

  1. I just downloaded it!:) as if my TBR pile isn't big enough right now!:)


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