[Archive] Spotlight, Review, Interview and Giveaway with Lauren M Roy_3.3.14
FEATURE AUTHOR EVENT
Spotlight, Review, Interview and Giveaway
Lauren M. Roy
Hello my Literal Addicts! I have a new author to introduce you to today…
Lauren M. Roy is a thirtysomething wanna-be bookstore owner, currently working in the publishing industry. When she’s not selling books, she’s writing them.
Lauren is the proud creator of the NIGHT OWLS series. The first book of the same name came out on February 25th and I’m here to spread the word and help her celebrate.
For those of you new to Night Owls, here’s a little bit more about it…
NIGHT OWLS Book #1
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Valerie McTeagues business model is simple: provide the students of Edgewood College with a late-night study haven and stay as far away as possible from the underworld conflicts of her vampire brethren. Shes experienced that life, and the price she paid was far too high for her to ever want to return.
Elly Garrett hasnt known any life except that of fighting the supernatural beings known as Creeps or Jackals. But she always had her mentor and foster father by her side—until he gave his life protecting a book that the Creeps desperately want to get their hands on.
When the book gets stashed at Night Owls for safekeeping, those Val holds nearest and dearest are put in mortal peril. Now Val and Elly will have to team up, along with a mismatched crew of humans, vampires, and lesbian succubi, to stop the Jackals from getting their claws on the book and unleashing unnamed horrors…
Our Review by LITERAL ADDICTION’s Pack Alpha - Chelle
*eARC received from the Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
—Actual rating 3.5 Skulls
Night Owls takes place in a semi-closed society. Our heroine, Val, a bookstore owner who used to be a Hunter (and is a vampire), tries to exist quietly with her Renfield Chaz and a group of unlikely allies, a couple of succubi, 2 ex Brotherhood members, and a human until a group of vicious, bloodthirsty Jackals come to town and the entire gang must go on the offensive.
The book was well written, it had delightful characters, interesting world building, fun dialogue, and some cool twists. Did I love it? No. Was it worth the read. Certainly.
Miss Roy deserves kudos for coming into a genre so steeped in material that it is hard to find something unique with exactly that, some new material. She also takes us back to the old days of Urban Fantasy where there really was no romance. It was all about the world, the characters and the story arc.
Even though I personally didn’t love it, it was very enjoyable and looks to be an exciting start to a great new urban fantasy series. I’ll definitely tune in for book #2.
Sounds awesome, yes!!? O.K, now that I told you a bit about the book, let’s learn some more about the author.
Interview with Lauren M. Roy
Chelle - LITERAL ADDICTION: Hi Lauren! Welcome to LITERAL ADDICTION! Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to drop by and spend some time with me. I’m so happy to have you here, and to let some new readers know about your work…
LAUREN: Thank you for hosting me!
LITERAL ADDICTION: I always start by getting to know our guest V.I.P author a little bit better…
1): Can you tell us 3 things about yourself – no matter how random - that we couldn’t find out easily on the internet?
LAUREN: Hmm, let’s see.
-I’m related to Peter Tork from The Monkees somewhere on my mother’s side of the family.
-I’m not claustrophobic, but I hate hate hate elevators due to way too many made-for-TV earthquake movies when I was a kid. (Seriously every. single. one. included an OH NO THEY DIDN’T TAKE THE STAIRS AND NOW THEY’RE PLUMMETTING TO THEIR DOOOOM scene.)
-I’m not a particularly superstitious person, but I won’t put a hat on the bed or shoes on the table.
2) With the reality show craze still going strong, if they were to make one about your life, what do you think it’d be called?
LAUREN: Probably Hey, Where’d She Go? Since I have developed an instinctual reaction to hide or duck anytime a camera is pointed at me. It’s a universal law that if someone takes a candid picture of me, when it’s developed my face will look like I’ve been caught mid-sneeze.
3) When did you start writing? Can you share with us a bit about your experience trying to get a manuscript out there?
LAUREN: I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, though anything I wrote pre-college will remain shoved in a drawer or on floppy disks that no one even has drives for these days.
I wrote a YA paranormal with my friend Hillary Monahan in 2009. That was the manuscript we queried agents with, and was the book Miriam Kriss took us on with. Sadly, though we received excellent feedback from editors, the timing just wasn’t right – it was a tough market for YA paranormal when it went out on sub. In the meantime, Hill and I both worked on our own projects.
Night Owls went out on submission in late 2011, and I received the offer from Ace in April 2013. I think in a way, we hear a lot about the writers who go from query to book deal in a matter of weeks (or even days) because it’s newsworthy, but those stories are outliers. It’s easy to think “I’ve been out for six months, no one will ever buy this,” but that’s just not true. Patience is so important.
4) Was there anyone (or anything) that was directly involved with your drive to become an author?
LAUREN: My parents. They read to me all the time, and indulged my reading habits. Trips to the mall meant a stop in the bookstore. I got my library card sometime in early elementary school; it was probably the most exciting thing I got in the mail until I got my license. Being surrounded by all those book was absolutely what made me want to write stories of my own.
5) If you could spend the day with anyone – alive, dead, fictional, etc – whom would you want to spend it with, and what would you want to do?
LAUREN: My maternal grandfather. He had ALS and passed away while I was in college. Growing up, he challenged me to think critically, and taught me both how to read the stock prices in the newspaper and play a decent hand of blackjack. We didn’t see eye to eye politically, but I think sometimes he’d disagree with me simply because he enjoyed the ensuing discussion. We got closer during his last few years, and I wish we’d had more time together.
6) Do you have any interesting writing quirks or a specific routine you must follow to begin your writing process?
LAUREN: I’m pretty good about being able to write wherever, with my desk in various states of cluttered or clean. The one thing I need is quiet. A lot of people have music playing when they write, but I find it distracting. My husband has learned to keep the TV down low, or if he’s at his computer, to plug in his headset.
7) If we were to hop in your car or pick up your MP3 player and turn it on, what do you think we’d be most likely to hear?
LAUREN: Counting Crows or Great Big Sea. They are two bands I will see any time they come to Boston, and whose new releases I’ll pick up the day it comes out. At last count, I believe I had eight different versions of “A Murder of One.”
8) Was there any specific inspiration behind the creation of the NIGHT OWLS series?
LAUREN: I worked at an independent bookstore through high school and college. We certainly didn’t have vampires or Jackals hanging around, and were in a mall rather than on a college campus, but Booksmith was definitely the inspiration for Night Owls Books.
9) How many books do you have planned for the series?
LAUREN: I don’t have a set number planned. I’d like to keep telling stories with this crew for as long as I can dream up terrible things to throw at them.
10) What types of scenes do you enjoy writing the most (love, action, dialogue, etc) and why?
LAUREN: I’ve become a fan of dialogue. Action scenes take me a while to get the choreography down, but with dialogue, I can sort of let everyone talk amongst themselves and see where they take it.
11) What was the most challenging thing about creating Night Owls?
LAUREN: Elly could be hard to figure out sometimes. She plays a lot of things close to the vest, and for good reason. Figuring out what she’d do in certain situations, or finding a good reason for her not to say to hell with it and start staking people, occasionally took some pondering.
12) Is there anything about Night Owls that you’re particularly proud of?
LAUREN: A few people have come back and said that the Jackals freaked them out. That made me pretty happy!
13) Why did you choose to write in this genre?
LAUREN: It’s funny, I didn’t initially set out with a genre in mind, but UF is a perfect fit for Night Owls. One of my first years on the sales force at Hachette, one of the editors at Warner Aspect, Jamie Levine, did a presentation for us of “Chicks Who Kick Ass.” Lilith Saintcrow’s Dante Valentine books were featured, along with Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty and the Midnight Hour. I loved them both. If Night Owls can appear on the same shelves as they do, I’m in amazing company.
14) Is there anything else in the works outside of Night Owls that you can share with us?
LAUREN: I’m editing the sequel now. Someone’s bringing back the dead, and the Night Owls crew has to figure out why. Once the edits are done, I’m working on a fantasy. There are faeries. And pirates. And an assassin.
15) Is there anything special you’d like to say to your readers while we have you here today?
LAUREN: I had a lot of fun writing Night Owls. I hope you have fun reading it!
LITERAL ADDICTION: Lauren, thank you SO much again for being with us today. We really hope that we’ve turned some new readers on to your work, and we hope that people will go out, pick up, and love Night Owls.
LAUREN: Thank you so much for having me!
PENGUIN is offering up a copy of Night Owls to a lucky US Resident winner. If the winner happens to be International, I’ll substitute an eBook from either Amazon or B&N.
To enter, share about the book on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc (wherever you most like to share about books) and leave the URL to your post/pin/etc HERE along with your email address and we’ll pick a winner at the end of the Event.
Good luck, and as always… HAPPY READING!!