It’s Day 2 of the Blogger Book Fair, and I hope everyone is already discovering great books, authors, and blogs! Today I have Lauren Grimley visiting my site. Lauren has one series of adult urban fantasy books (Alex Crocker Seer) and is now working on a YA novel. She gamely answered some questions I had about her work.
MPL: Are there more books coming in your adult series or are you finished with that?
LG: I’m still working on the Alex Crocker series. The second book Unveiled was just released in June, so I’ve been busy promoting that, but I hope to get back to writing book three, which is slowly but surely coming along, later this summer. I also have a collection of short stories from the series, Unbridled, almost ready to release. As much fun as I’ve had with these characters, I’m hoping to wrap up the series soon. Maybe just one more book to see it through . . .
MPL: Tell us a little bit about the Alex Crocker series.
LG: The series is an urban fantasy series set in the fictional town of Bristol, MA. It’s got vampires, but I like to think it’s a little different from what people come to expect of vampire or paranormal romance books. For one, the heroine isn’t a vampire. She’s a twenty-five year woman who quite suddenly learns she’s a Seer, someone who can sense and manipulate others’ emotions. Because of that she’s desirable to both covens of vampires in my world, but wisely sides with those who don’t make it a habit of snacking on humans. The stories are as much about her journey of learning who she is, dealing with the strength of her gift, and trying to balance her old world and the new and often terrifying one she’s stumbled into.
The romance is also a bit different from many of these series. Often paranormal romance series focus on a different couple each book, or the hero or heroine has a new love interest in each new novel. I stuck with Alex and Markus and throughout. New relationships, especially those between two species as interesting as vampires and Seers have plenty of challenges to keep the romantic subplots fresh.
As I mentioned earlier, though, I do explore the other couples in the series in my upcoming release, Unbridled. Just because they didn’t work into the series proper, didn’t mean I wasn’t interested in developing and sharing them. Unbridled is a novella length piece that tells the tales of three other couples from the novels through a series of connected short stories. It’s a unique format, which was incredibly fun to write. I hope to release it early this fall. Since I’m donating some of the proceeds to women’s charities, I’m self-publishing this one, though, so I’m still working through all the logistics of that!
MLP: Is your YA novel also paranormal romance? Or are you trying something completely new and different?
LG: My YA novel, All That Glitters, is more of a twisted myth fantasy. It’s about a teenager, Zoe, who has the Midas touch with boys. Only, like Midas, she discovers her ‘gift’ is more of a curse when one of her exes goes missing after breaking her heart. She has to set out to discover how the curse works and more importantly how to break it before she hurts the next boy she falls for.
So, that said, there’s plenty of romance and certainly some fantasy elements, but it’s not exactly paranormal romance.
For the full teaser and first chapter readers can check out the Other Projects page on my website: http://www.laurengrimley.com/Other_Projects.html
MPL: What made you switch to YA?
LG: Well, I teach middle school, so September through June my world is YA. I read their books, watch their television shows (yup, Pretty Little Liars fan here), and listen to their stories. It was inevitable that I wrote about kids their age.
Also, ever since finishing Unforeseen I’ve regretted that it wasn’t quite appropriate to share with my students. It’s hard to tell them I’m a writer and in the same breath have to tell them they can’t read what I’ve written. I love and appreciate their excitement when they learn their teacher is an author and hate squelching that by having to tell them, “You can read it when you’re older.” So I’m excited to be starting a YA novel that they will hopefully be able to read and enjoy sooner, rather than later. I’m looking forward to sharing my writing process next year as I draft, revise, and edit alongside my new students.
Lauren Grimley lives in central Massachusetts where she grew up, but her heart is on the beaches of Cape Cod where she spends as much of her time as possible. After graduating from Boston University she became a middle school English teacher. She now balances writing, reading, and correcting, all with a cat on her lap and a glass of red wine close by.
Unforeseen, the first novel in the Alex Crocker Seer series, was Lauren’s debut novel, and she’s thrilled to be continuing the series with Unveiled. To learn more about her or her writing or to connect with her online visit her website at www.laurengrimley.com
Twitter: @legrimley https://twitter.com/legrimley
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