I’m so excited to be touring the fabulous Alyson Noel. Not just because she writes awesome books… and trust me, she does. But she’s such a cool person to hang out with… which is what we did when I went to RWA San Fran last year.
I’m hanging out to get my hands on Evermore, Alyson’s latest book, and if it’s half as good as her others you’re in for a real treat. And how gorgeous is the cover????
Sixteen-year-old Ever used to have two parents, a little sister, a dog, and a nice house in Oregon. She used to be a varsity cheerleader and go to school dances. But that was before the horrible accident that claimed the lives of her family.
Now Ever blares the Sex Pistols through her headphones and hides under her hoodie in class. She doesn’t need to listen to hear, or see to know. All she needs is to touch someone to know their entire life story, not to mention always seeing their auras and hearing their thoughts. She’s been branded a freak at her new high school in Laguna Beach as she goes out of her way to avoid human contact, but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste.
From the moment Ever first looks at Damen, she feels an instant recognition. He is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy, and he holds many secrets. Damen is able to make things appear and disappear, he always seems to know what she’s thinking—and he’s the only one who can silence the noise and the random energy in her head. She doesn’t know who he really is—or what he is. Damen is equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchanted new world where no one ever dies, and nothing is as it seems…
What inspired the plot for your book?
Well, a few years ago I lost a three people I loved in five horrible months, and just when the dust began to settle, my husband was diagnosed with leukemia and it felt like my entire world was crashing down. A year later, when he was in full remission, I wrote SAVING ZOE and CRUEL SUMMER, both of which explore the subject of grief and unavoidable change. But when it came time to write my next book, I realized I wasn’t finished exploring those themes though I wanted to do so in a much different way, by giving the story a paranormal twist and pushing the boundaries between life and death, and EVERMORE just came pouring out of me.
Why did you decide to write in this genre?
I’ve been fascinated by all things paranormal since I was a kid—seriously, CASPER THE FRIENDLY GHOST was my favorite cartoon—so I’m actually kind of surprised that it took me as long as it did! But I’m glad I got around to it, because writing this series has been an absolute blast, allowing me to delve into all sorts of mystical things I’ve always been curious about, all under the guise of “research”!
What is your writing process like?
Well, I wake up around 8:30, turn on my laptop, and sip green tea while I go through my e-mails and blog hop a bit. Then after a few more hours of procrastinating like that, I finally settle in and get to it. Rereading whatever I wrote the day before and editing as I go, then writing new stuff until I’m too tired to continue and/or the good shows come on TV, whichever comes first!
What are you working on now?
Well I recently finished BLUE MOON, the second book in my IMMMORTALS series, that’ll be in stores on 08.04.09, and I’m about half way through the next book in the series, which, for the moment I refer to as UNTITLED BOOK #3 though I the title will probably change!
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Oh, you must be referring to this mysterious concept of “free-time” I keep hearing about?! Well, I love to travel, have dinner with friends, go to the movies, watch Buffy DVDs—you know, the usual diversions. But even while I’m engaged in those things, I’m still writing—either scribbling notes onto napkins or crafting a story in my head, I just can’t escape it, no matter how hard I try!
Who do you like to read?
Everyone. Seriously. I love to try new authors as much as I love my old standbys. But I hesitate to list them for fear I’ll leave someone out!
PRAISE FOR ALYSON
“Alyson Noël truly captures what it’s like to be a teenager struggling to find herself.”
“Noël…writes with a bit more humor and authenticity than some of her chick-lit contemporaries…” —Booklist
PRAISE FOR EVERMORE
“Every once in awhile, a book comes along that I end up getting sucked into and become addicted. EVERMORE was one of those books. When I wasn’t reading, I was thinking about how I could sneak away to read some more. I couldn’t put it down. I dreamt about this book. When I finished, I couldn’t get it out of my head. This book was simply breathtaking.” 5 STAR GOLD AWARD, TeensReadToo
“Teen angst and the paranormal make for a combustible mix as Noel utilizes typical themes and gives them a dangerous and eerie twist. Getting hooked on this new series, IMMORTALS, is guaranteed.”- 4 STARS, Romantic Times magazine
Top Choice Award, Flamingnet
Alyson Noël is an Orange County native and now lives with her husband in Laguna Beach, CA. She is also the author of Saving Zoë, Cruel Summer, Kiss & Blog, Faking 19, Art Geeks and Prom Queens, Laguna Cove, and the adult novel Fly Me to the Moon. For more information, please visit her website at: www.alysonnoel.com
Fun, fast, Alyson Facts:
Born and raised in The OC, Alyson’s lived on the Greek island of Mykonos, the New York island of Manhattan, and now resides in Laguna Beach.
She is married to a brilliant man who is so good at so many things she sometimes wonders if he’s a secret immortal.
Her favorite color used to be turquoise, though it’s recently been replaced by purple.
She and her BFF answer to the code name “Sthnark,” which is purposely pronounced with a lisp.
She’s hopelessly addicted to: Seven jeans, Dior lip-gloss, Buffy DVD’s, and playing Rock Band on the wii.
Even though she loves writing about immortals, she wouldn’t actually want to be one herself.