Delightful Debutantes Revisited: Catching up with Sarah Alderson!
Hi, Sarah! It’s been a
while since I first interviewed you for the blog (way back in 2011 to be exact –
for the release of Hunting Lila!) Things have been VERY busy for
you since then with the release of Losing Lila, Fated, The
Sound and more. Now Out of Control is about to hit shops and
shelves, so it’s time for you to take
a breath, and tell readers Five Things
they might not know about Out of Control:
I wanted to write about human trafficking and my agent politely told me not to.
But I did it anyway, except I sort of snuck it into the book.
Jay is based on Ryan Gosling’s
character in Drive who drives a getaway car.
My friend Myanna Buring who is an actress (Twilight, Downton) gave me the
inspiration for Liva. She went to school in Oman
and grew up in the Middle East so I picked her
brains about it.
The opening scene is set in a police station that comes under attack and Jay
and Liva escape together. I was inspired by a scene in the original Terminator
I spent 10 daysin New York wandering around finding locations
for the book. I even did a food tour of Queens
so I would have a feel for where Jay comes from.
will you celebrate the release of Out of Control?
I want to sleep. I’ve
had three books coming out in six weeks. The Sound in the US, OOC in the UK and I have my first new adult
Come Back To Me being published in a month too (with Pan Macmillan under the
name Mila Gray). I’m
so excited but also frazzled with all the promotion and work.
in terms of celebration, not much. I have so much more to do. I’m in the midst of edits
for my next YA (out in January) and also working on several screenplays and a
couple of other books also in the pipeline, including a third Lila (if I ever
get around to actually making a proper start on it!)
Just Some of Sarah's Books!
I’ve noticed a recurring
theme in your books, and that is: Hot Boys. I’ve pretty
much swooned over all of your boys, but to this day Alex Wakeman remains my
number one. That said, at the time of writing, I haven’t yet met
Jay from Out of Control. The question, though, is, who is your favourite
of all the boys you’ve written –
Oh man. That is so hard. I fall a little in love with all my boys. Alex will
always have a soft spot in my heart though (first love and all). He was very
much my ideal man. After him Cyrus from Severed and Shadowed. He’s just so noble and
sarcastic and funny and arrogant as hell. But I love him.
love Jay in Out of Control too because he’s had a rough start to life but he’s determined to do the
right thing and go far in life so at the beginning he’s really messed up and he knows that he’s messed up. He has all
this integrity though and I really like the journey he goes on with Liva.
guess all my guys have that integrity and honor. I find those qualities very
appealing, far more than someone who is macho and aggressive.
And just for fun: How does Jay compare to
is 19, Alex is 21
is half Cuban, half Irish American. Alex is American but his father is a
Swedish diplomat. Both of them are extremely hot.
has grown up in Queens, New York in a fairly low income household,
whereas Alex grew up well off.
boys have skills. Alex is cool under pressure, has a brilliant mind, is a
trained Marine. Jay is way more street. He’s an awesome driver. Think Fast & Furious.
As an optimist I’m
currently stocking up on summer reads in the hopes that we might get some sun
over here sometime soon.As someone who
lives in year-round blissful Bali sunshine, I
thought you might have some good summer reading recommendations to share with
me. What’s on your summer reading list this year?
eat books. My favourites so far this year are: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and
reading The Truth About The Henry Quebert Affair which is also fantastic.
adored Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor and am looking forward to
the latest by Morgan Matson.
course my own new adult novel Come Back To Me is out in June! It’s set in Oceanside
where Hunting Lila was based and is about two guys who are Marines on the same
base as Jack & Alex so Lila fans will enjoy it I think). It’s a contemporary
romance with epic amounts of steam :).
finally I just read an early copy of a book called Before He Was Famous by
Becky Wicks - it’s
a new adult novel coming out at the end of May and it is totally brilliant. I
highly recommend it for your summer reading piles!
What has been your best author/fan
experience to date?
just had an email about half an hour ago from one of my best friends. He
teaches English A’level
and was writing to let me know he’d
told his class he knew me and that now ‘he
finally has kudos with them.’
That made my day.
showed them the acknowledgement I wrote to him in Hunting Lila.
I’ve also had a few
people write to tell me that they had never read a book before they picked up
one of mine and were now addicted to reading. Honestly, I know I’ll never win a Pultizer
but I don’t care.
To know I’ve
introduced just one person to the magical world of reading is the best thing
Finally, can you tell me what you are
working on next? Oh, and is there any news about the Hunting Lila movie?
My life will not be complete until I see Alex on the big screen!
mentioned all the books already! I am working on a third Lila book but so many
things keep getting in the way - including the screenplay for the Hunting Lila
movie - which is still in the production stage. We are just about to go out
looking for a director so fingers crossed!
Out of Control the new novel from Sarah Alderson is available May 22nd 2014.