Monday, 4 August 2014

Interview: Fallen (Guardian Trilogy #1) by Laury Falter

Fallen (Guardian Trilogy #1)
by Laury Falter

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Audeamus LLC
Number of pages: 274 pages

Maggie is unaware of the terrifying fate that awaits her. It isn’t until she lands in New Orleans for a full year at a private high school and her unknown enemies find her does she realize that her life is in danger.

As a mystifying stranger repeatedly intervenes and blocks the attempts on her life, she begins to learn that there is more to him than his need to protect her and that he may be the key to understanding why her enemies have just now arrived.


Laury Falter is a bestselling author of young adult romantic suspense and urban fantasy. She has three series out: the Guardian Trilogy, the Residue Series, and the Apocalypse Chronicles.

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Q & A with Laury Falter

Tell us a little bit about your main characters.
Magdalene "Maggie" Tanner

Maggie has moved from city to city every three months since she was an infant until landing in New Orleans to finish high school at a private academy. She has no idea her enemies have hunted her for years, that she is married to her eternal love, or that she is the last of her kind.

Eran Talor
Eran Talor is a guardian. His only ward is Magdalene Tanner. He is embroiled in the fight of all eternity but his sole dedication is in keeping Magdalene from harm. He has trained for centuries. He knows what is ahead, he knows the devastation their enemies can bring, and he is ready for it.

  What drew you to the fantasy genre?
I started writing my first book in January 2009, after Joyce Durham lost her battle to colon cancer. I am good friends with her daughter, Erika, who was then faced with the very difficult task of learning how to deal with the loss of her mother. Witnessing her struggle and that of the Durham family, I wished there was someone who could visit with those who had passed over to the other side and bring back messages to the living, reassuring them that all was fine with their loved one. And from it, Magdalene Tanner was born. I went on to write FALLEN in just under two months, releasing it in March 2009.

  What do you see as influences on your writing style?
To put it succinctly, pretty much all elements. Graffiti on the side of the road inspired the name of one of my characters, the South influenced the setting for two of my book series', a caricature on the casino slot machine inspired the prelude to the final image of another one of my characters. You never know what will help inspiration strike.

  Describe your ideal writing spot. 

I actually write in my ideal spot. I close all the blinds and doors to the small room off the side of the house so that I cannot tell if it is day or night, sit down at my desk in the darkness of the room and begin to write. A little eerie, a lot weird, and very effective.

  What is the best advice you have been given?

Here, I'm going to pass on the best advice I've ever been given, directly or inadvertently. Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. I think Einstein coined that phrase. I cannot express enough how true that is in the world of writing. We writers may have a phenomenal idea but if we don't mold it, rework it, and slave over it then it will never come to fruition.

  If you could have any superpower, what would you choose and why? 

The ability to control air. If you think about it, that element is pretty impressive. It can deliver oxygen to a drowning victim, propel you into the sky, subdue an attacker by the sheer force of it. Definitely manipulation of air.

  Which do you prefer: hard/paperbacks or ebooks?

Oh, easily ebooks. You can download them in seconds rather than waiting days for one to be delivered, the pages and words don't become skewed over time, and you can carry hundreds of them around with you on a single device.

  What book are you reading now?
My own, actually. I'm writing the prequels to my Guardian Trilogy and have been re-reading the first three books (Fallen, Eternity, and Reckoning) to ensure the plots, characters, etc fit into the patchwork that is a series. And I absolutely love re-experiencing my characters lives. I was expecting it to be laborious, but it has actually been amazingly entertaining.

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