Gwen’s debut novel, Falling Under, will be released March 2011 by NAL, and I have to say, this is one to add to your early buy list like, right now. This second. It.Is.Awesome. (Yes as a matter of fact I have read it, nah!)
In her dreams he’s irresistible—seductive, charming, and undoubtedly dangerous. But when he appears to her when she’s awake—and captivates her just the same—she’s not sure which way is up and which is down.
Theia Alderson has always led a sheltered life, not allowed the same freedoms as the rest of the teenagers in the small California town of Serendipity Falls. But when a devastatingly handsome boy appears in the halls of her school, she feels every urge she’s ever denied burning through her at the slightest glance from Haden Black. Theia knows she’s seen Haden before—not around town, but in her dreams.
Theia doesn’t understand how she dreamed of Haden before they ever met, but every night has them joined in a haunting world of eerie fantasy. And as the Haden of both the night and the day beckons her forward one moment and pushes her away the next, the only thing Theia knows for sure is that the incredible pull she feels towards him is stronger than her fear. And as she slowly discovers what Haden truly is, Theia’s not sure if she wants to resist him, even if the cost is her soul.
Okay, so you pre-ordered it, now take a minute to stare and drool over her insanely gorgeous cover. I mean, isn’t this cover the end-all-be-all of covers?
Now, stop drooling and pay attention, cause Gwen answers my questions next, and you don't want to miss it.
1. Give me the Twitterized blurb for Falling Under (140 characters or less)
Girl meets mysterious boy in her dreams. Boy shows up at school. Both are powerless to resist. Falling in love might cost her soul. Pls RT
2.) What inspired you to write Falling Under?
I kept seeing snippets of conversations and scenes for it while I was writing another book and I had no idea what that was all about. I'd been writing a romantic comedy and Falling Under is the opposite of rom/com. It was driving me a little crazy. One night, I gave in to the story, opened a new document and wrote the first scene. Frankly, I've been haunted ever since.
3.) You sold FU very quickly, was it the first book you had written?
No, I'd finished two romantic comedies first. And another paranormal during (I went back and forth between books). And several short stories. I still love writing short stories. But it was a short turnaround.
4.) On that note, tell me about "the call" when you learned your book sold.
I actually didn't get "a call". I got a "pre-call" I guess. I got to speak to my editor before an offer was made. I, um, hung up on her about 5 times. Not even kidding. I'd just gotten a new Droid and my cheek kept ending the call. But when I finally got that ironed out, it was great to hear her ideas and thoughts about Falling Under. And she didn't dump me for not having basic communication skills. Bonus.
5.) Is there a sequel in the works?
Yes! It's untitled and super unwritten. (Insert insane fan girl SQUEE here)
6.) What is your process? I know you work an EDJ, so how do you find time to make deadlines without imploding?
I have been given really generous deadlines. I write some in the morning and a little at night. If I'm writing new words, I shoot for 1k per day. I also play a lot of solitaire. I wish I could plot or outline, but instead I just take it as it comes. Sometimes that means out of order.
7.) Which part of the process, from writing to querying to selling to revisions, did you find hardest?
I think querying/selling because that is so out of my control. Waiting is not my big talent.
8.) Haden, the LI in Falling Under, is totally hot, (And actually all your LI's are hot) how do you come up with what they look like/act like/etc? Is there a boy in real life who you use for inspiration?
No. Sometimes, I "see" actors playing the roles of my characters, but they are usually teens from earlier decades. Haden isn't someone I've ever seen before. He's an enigma in more than one way.
My heroes tend to be made up of the things I most admire in men. Of course they all have their flaws, Haden's are a little more serious than most, but their hearts are courageous.
Favorite ice cream flavor? B&J's Coffee Heath Bar Crunch
Favorite book of all time? Are you joking? What kind of sadist are you? One book? A WRINKLE IN TIME by Madeleine L'Engle *begrudges*
Favorite place to write? My couch.
Favorite comfort food? Cheese.
Toilet paper-over or under? Under (but really I don't care).
Thank you so much to Gwen for joining us here today and look for Falling Under available in March of 2011.