Saturday, 21 January 2012
Exclusive Interview with Anne Greenwood Brown, Author of Lies Beneath
Me : Your first YA novel Lies Beneath is coming out on summer 2012, would you like enlighten us about the story?
Anne : LIES BENEATH is the story of Calder White, the only brother in a family of merpeople who live in the cold, clear waters of Lake Superior. Calder and his sisters are obsessed with killing Jason Hancock, the man they blame for their mother’s death. To lure the aquaphobic Hancock onto the lake, the mermaids charge Calder with the task of seducing the man’s daughter, seventeen-year-old Lily Hancock. Get close to the daughter, they tell him, and you’ll get close to the family. Get close to the family, and you’ll get close to the man. Get him out on the water. We’ll take care of the rest.
But Calder screws everything up by falling in love. Now he’s in the unenviable position of trying to love the girl while simultaneously plotting her father’s murder. Suffice it to say, his sisters aren’t pleased with his effort, and Calder’s running out of time (and excuses).
Me : What was your inspiration of writing an novel on mermaids? Why not other supernaturals such as Vampires, werewolves or fairies?
Anne : I didn't set out to write a mermaid story, or a paranormal story at all. I was actually writing a normal love story with normal people who lived in a town on the shores of Lake Superior. The man was a handsome young ferry boat captain. While I was writing that novel, I kept waking up in the middle of the night with that ferry boat captain diving off the boat into the lake--which would be stupid. Lake Superior is dangerously cold. A normal human being wouldn't last 5 minutes. I kept telling the character not to dive in, but he kept doing it, and then in one dream he burst out with this silver tail. So I scrapped what I'd been writing and wrote the story that apparently wanted to be told.
Me : How do you like to define the protagonist Calder White? Is he a "bad boy" turning into lifesaving hero ?
Anne : It's interesting to me to read the early reviews and hear people say how they see him as a terrifying, evil monster who turns good. It's true, he's done some terrible things, and he doesn't show much sign of changing his ways for awhile, but in his heart he's a "Mama's boy" with no Mama. He's scared. He's alone. Even with his sisters he feels alone and different. He's just looking for a place to belong.
Me : Do you think falling in love can change some one's life upside down?
Anne : Absolutely. So can falling out of love.
Me : Currently you are working on Water Lily, the sequel of Lies Beneath. How many books in Lies Beneath series you are planing on Writing?
Anne : Book 2 is done, except for the editing process. The title (Water Lily) is likely going to change so watch for that! Right now I'm working on Book 3, which will end the series. If there are any more stories about the White family, it will likely be a prequel, telling the story of the mother, whose death Calder and his sisters are avenging.
Me : Would you like to tell us few words about Water Lily, which is coming out on 2013?
Anne : Book 2 is a continuation of the Lies Beneath story, but it's told from Lily's point of view so you'll get a different "angle" on all the characters and see them through her eyes, most particularly Calder.
Me : What are you most favorite YA novels?
Anne : I loved Judy Blume books as a kid. I love the Harry Potter series (of course), and I enjoyed Twilight and the Hunger Games series. More recently I've read the Nightshade series by Andrea Cremer; Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater; Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor; The Book Thief by Markus Zusak; Possess by Gretchen McNeil; and Going Bovine by Libba Bray. I'm really looking forward to Kiss the Morning Star by Elissa Hoole (comes out in April) and Glitch by Heather Anastasiu (comes out in August).
Me : Would you like to give a small massage to the readers?
Anne : Listen to your dreams. They're probably telling you something important!
I would like to thank Anne Greenwood Brown, Author of Lies Beneath for giving me such an amazing interview and I would like to wish her best of luck for her upcoming book Lies Beneath.
This interview was taken by Soumi@Pages From My Thoughts.