Monday, July 28, 2014

Interview & Giveaway: Lauren Shelton

    Lauren Shelton (1990-present) was born in Hayward, Ca and grew up in neighboring Fremont, Ca until the age of fourteen. During that time, she imagined up fantastical worlds, hoping one day she would be a part of them. When she moved to San Diego, Ca, she decided to bring her imaginations to life by beginning work on her very first novel The Hybrid.She currently lives in West Yellowstone, Mt where she was inspired to complete her first novel that was published in December of 2013. She is also currently working on the sequel to The Hybrid, due out in December 2014. 

Favorite reads?
    My favorites include a mix of different genres. The Mortal Instrument Series (Cassandra Clare), The Harry Potter Series(J.K. Rowling), Thirteen Reason Why(Jay Asher), My Life Next Door(Huntley Fitzpatrick), and any Stephen King or Nicholas Sparks novel.

Inspirations for the book?
    My biggest inspiration for The Hybrid was where I am currently residing. I grew up in Northern California, and then moved to San Diego(where I had a basic storyline started), and then moved to a place called West Yellowstone, MT (Tru's fictional town of Woodcrest Hills). I live in a town that's only a mile by a mile and completely surrounded by thick forests. Living here, I always thought, "Wow, what if there was something hidden in those trees that we don't know about? How would that pan out?" So I added to the story I had started in San Diego.

Did you know you wanted to be an author when you were little?
    Yes. I was always writing stories as a kid. Most of them I still have, and plan to someday finish. (Some are just too good not to continue writing!)

Any Pet Peeves?
    Yes. Just one. People who drive too slow (I'm talking like going 5mph in a 35mph zone and they don't use turn signals). Other than that, I'm a pretty laid back person. I try not to let too much bother me. I like to stay positive!

Chocolate or Peanut Butter?
    Both is best. Especially when they are wrapped in an orange plastic wrapper with the word Reese's printed across the plastic.

The weirdest thing you've ever done?
    Hmm... It would probably have to be the time that I got to sit in a 5'x10' box/room with two baby tigers! That was an experience! Never thought I would have done something like that, but I did.

Is there a soundtrack to the book/Favorite music?
    There isn't really a specific set of songs, but there is a specific type of music for The Hybrid. I usually listen to very mellow music that eventually builds while I'm writing. Classical music helps me think, but it I don't think it would fit as a real soundtrack.
    Adele, Muse, Evanescence, Alice in Chains, Imagine Dragons, Colbie Caillat, Passenger, and Ellie Goulding would be some of the artists I would put on the soundtrack. They are some of my favorite artists. They have really great music!

Do you need anything to write? 
    I need a strong cup of coffee, a bottle of water, and some sort of noise in the background (a movie or music. NOT a kid screaming, horns honking, sirens, or anything like that.)

How long do you write on any average day?
    I don't have a specific amount of time I write a day. I usually just sit and write, and when I feel antsy(like I've been sitting too long), I get up and do something else, and then come back to my writing. I am usually writing while I'm at work, so I will usually write for  right around 6 hours of my 8 hour shift.
    I usually write anywhere from 2,000 to 3,000. To me, that doesn't seem like much, but I usually write a paragraph, and then completely change the entire thing. So, I'm not really getting further in pages, but I am definitely working on making my writing better!

Give us the number one reason to read your book.
    Personally, I always wanted to read a book like The Hybrid. When I couldn't find one like it, I decided to write it. So, I feel it should be read because it is something different to add to the fantasy genre. It is something people aren't expecting. It's a breath of fresh air, that will hopefully get more people interested in reading YA Fantasy.

Author Info:

   Gertrude is your average seventeen-year-old girl from southern California. She gets good grades, makes it home by curfew, and like most girls her age, she has issues with her mother. But lately, the fights between the two of them are growing worse. So bad in fact, that Gertrude finally makes the daring decision to move in with her grandparents, in another state. 
   Upon her arrival in the small town of Woodcrest Hills, Montana, Gertrude quickly, but reluctantly befriends a group of girls who act as though they eat sugar for breakfast. But just as she begins to adjust to her new home in the secluded town, Gertrude is informed of a ridiculous and unbelievable myth, hidden behind the trees of the forest that surround her. Instantly, Gertrude is sucked in, determined to know the truth behind the rumors that have the whole town on edge. 
   And when a mysterious and mystical stranger named Edyn, with wings shaped like leaves, comes along, risking his life by exposing not only the veracity to the legend, but secrets about Gertrude’s very own past that will change her life forever, Gertrude must decide between the life she has always known, and the life that awaits her behind the trees. 
   But will she have a choice? And will she be able to save Edyn, the man who risked everything to help her, the man she is strangely falling for, in time?

One (1) Winner
Ends 8/25 US/Can Only
  • Autographed Paperback of The Hybrid
  • $25 Amazon Gift Card

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