It's been an interview kind of week on the blog, so in keeping with that trend I'm pleased today to welcome young adult author Lanie Bross to Supernatural Snark to answer a few questions about her debut novel, Fates. I'm huge fan of books that involve the concept of physical beings who know of and guide the fates of those around them to ensure things happen as they're "meant" to; the whole idea of it just raises such interesting questions and I'm nothing if not someone who likes to ask questions while reading, so I'm very excited for this book. I hope you all enjoy the interview!
Even though Corinthe’s time in the human world began as a punishment, what’s one thing about it she would miss if she made it back to Pyralis Terra? What’s one thing about Pyralis Terra she thinks those of us in this world might find fascinating?
I think Corinthe would miss the clothing. In Humana, she has discovered her love of color and it manifests in the clothes she wears. In Pyralis, everyone wears the same flowing dress, the same color, and everything is bathed in a muted purplish glow, its all very serene, but honestly, boring. Especially to someone who has experienced the vividness of another world.
Hmmm, maybe the most fascinating thing about Pyralis is how it is always twilight. There are no nights or days, just a constant dusk that gives the entire world a sort of hushed reverence to it.
If you were to meet someone like Corinthe who knew what fate had in store for you, how tempted would you be to ask them about your future?
Not tempted at all! I really don’t want to know! Every day in an adventure and I love not knowing what will happen next.
You suddenly find yourself in Corinthe’s shoes, forced to help the fates of many unfold as they should. What aspect of the job would you struggle with most?
It would be really hard to hurt people in order to push them toward their destiny. It’s not all gentle nudges for Executors. They are altering a life, and sometimes it takes something drastic.
Pyralis Terra is Corinthe’s ideal world and a place she wants nothing more to return to. If you could create a world suited specifically to you where you could escape on occasion, what would it look like/consist of?
It would be an infinite library. Hundreds of levels with cozy reading chairs tucked into alcoves everywhere. And a coffeemaker on every floor!
Corinthe finds herself caught up in a doomed romance with Lucas given it’s written that one of them will live and one will die. If she wanted to feel not quite so alone in her star-crossed romance, what other couple’s story might she pick up and read?
Well, she could read Romeo and Juliet but that might just depress her even more! Unfortunately, most star crossed lovers are doomed to tragic endings.
If Lucas and Corinthe were to sit down and interview you as part of the promotion for Fates, what’s one question you fear they would ask?
Oh wow. Probably I’d be worried they would want to know why I put them through so much crap. I’m not sure that answering, “Because it made a good storyline” would be a good enough answer!
Let’s say you’re in charge of writing a prophecy regarding the events of book two as a teaser for readers. What are three words we might see in that prophecy?
So. Much. Chaos. ;P
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(available now from Delacorte Press)
One moment. One foolish desire. One mistake. And Corinthe lost everything.
She fell from her tranquil life in Pyralis Terra and found herself exiled to the human world. Her punishment? To make sure people's fates unfold according to plan. Now, years later, Corinthe has one last assignment: kill Lucas Kaller. His death will be her ticket home.
But for the first time, Corinthe feels a tingle of doubt. It begins as a lump in her throat, then grows toward her heart, and suddenly she feels like she is falling all over again--this time for a boy she knows she can never have. Because it is written: one of them must live, and one of them must die. In a universe where every moment, every second, every fate has already been decided, where does love fit in?
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LANIE BROSS was born in a small town in Maine, where she spent the next 18 years dreaming of bigger places. After exploring city life, she and her husband and two young sons ended up coming right back to the wilds of Maine, where they live just one house down from where she grew up. Fate, perhaps? She loves chasing around her rambunctious kids, playing tug-of-war with her 95-pound Lab, and writing for young adults. FATES is her first novel.
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