"There are thousands of thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up the pen and writes." ~William Makepeace Thackeray
Today I'd like to extend a warm welcome to Laurie Faria Stolarz. Laurie is the acclaimed author of such young adult books as Bleed, Project 17, the Blue is For Nightmare Series and the Touch Series. Laurie stopped by today to discuss Deadly Little Games, the third installment in the Touch Series, due out December 28th of this month. She brought along two signed copies of Deadly Little Lies (Book 2) to raffle off as well! Details below.
Laurie Faria Stolarz is the bestselling author of the Blue is for Nightmares series, with over 500,000 copies in print. The series comprises Blue is for Nightmares, White is for Magic, Silver is for Secrets, Red is for Remembrance, and the forthcoming Black is for Beginnings. Stolarz's titles have been part of the Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers list, the Top Ten Teen Pick list, and YALSA's Popular Paperback list, all through the American Library Association. Born and raised in Salem, Massachusetts, Stolarz attended Merrimack College and received an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College in Boston. For more information, please visit her Web site at www.lauriestolarz.com.
1. DEADLY LITTLE GAMES, the third installment in the Touch series, continues the story of Camelia and Ben. Can you tell us a little more about the book, and perhaps share with us a favorite line, scene or passage from the book?
Back Jacket Cover:
Camelia and Ben have discovered a powerful bond: They both possess the power of psychometry, the ability to sense things through touch. For Ben, the gift is a frightening liability. When he senses a strong threat or betrayal, he risks losing control and hurting people. Camelia's gift is far more mysterious. When she works with clay, her hands sculpt messages her mind doesn't yet comprehend.
Before either teen has a chance to fully grasp these abilities, Camelia’s drawn into a dangerous puzzle that she can’t quite solve. And in games like these, who can be trusted?
In this third installment, Adam is the one whose life we believe to be in danger. There’s a dark and twisted game being played – one in which the reader is an active participant. The suspect-in-question is sending Adam crossword puzzles. With Camelia’s help, Adam works to solve these puzzles (right along with the reader). And, when put all together, the puzzles spell out some very important clues. But helping Adam – Ben’s ex-best friend – may cause more problems for Camelia than she’s actually willing to handle.
From DEADLY LITTLE GAMES:
With only a few minutes of class remaining, I close my eyes again, still picturing Adam’s mouth. I try to imagine what he would say if he knew what I was doing. Would he suspect that I was interested in him? Would he think it was weird that I remember so much detail about the moment that night inside his car? Would he tell Ben what I was up to? I take a deep breath and try my best to focus on the answers. But the only words that flash across my mind, the ones I can’t seem to shake, don’t even address the questions at all. “You deserve to die,” I whisper, suddenly realizing that I’ve said the words aloud.
2. What three words do you think best describe your novel?
Dark, romantic, and suspenseful.
3. If you had to attach a musical score to your novel, what songs do you imagine playing during prominent scenes?
Funny you should ask. I offered two contests – for the release of DEADLY LITTLE SECRET and DEADLY LITTLE LIES – in which readers had to come up with playlists for the books. Check out the winning entries here: http://lauriestolarz.com/novels/the_touch_series.html
And while you’re at it, check out the book trailers for DEADLY LITTLE SECRET and DEADLY LITTLE LIES:
4. If the Touch series was to be made into a movie, do you have certain actors you envision in the lead roles of Camelia and Ben or do you think unknowns would be best suited to play them?
I’d love for unknowns to be cast as the roles of Ben and Camelia. How exciting would it be to have a couple of new and brilliant actors begin their careers by playing the parts of these characters I’ve created?! I also love to hear the opinions of my readers, who sometimes tell me who they’d cast in the roles.
5. What do you love most about the main characters of the Touch Series?
I like that even though they have the power of psychometry – the ability to sense things through touch – they’re normal people with normal problems with their friends, families, relationships, and studies. So, even though they’re extraordinary in some sense, they’re also relatable.
6. In DEADLY LITTLE GAMES, Ben possesses a unique and mysterious psychometry ability. If you were able to pick one type of ability or gift to try out for one day, which one would you want to have?
I would have select memory. I find that sometimes I’m unable to shut my mind off from things, even though I try to just live in the moment. It would be sooooooo relaxing to be able to forget pieces – i.e. things that are stressful, nerve wracking, or cause for anxiety – for, like, a day or so.
7. If you could inhabit the life of one literary character and dive into their world for just one day, who would you choose and why?
Not a work of fiction, but I would choose to be Ann Vanderhoof in her memoir The Spice Necklace. The book documents her month-long journey to the heart of a new culture through food. She and her husband set sail to the Caribbean in search of spices. They end up finding a real spice for life among new friends and acquaintances who teach the couple how to live at a sweet, slower island pace. Yummy, right?
8. What were you like as a teen? Were there certain books that were your favorites and what do you think your teenage self would think about your book?
I was quiet until I got to know people, and then I definitely liked to chat. I loved creating stories, being active, and all things creative. I loved spending time with my friends, and I definitely worked hard. I’ve been working since I was 9. As for reading, I was definitely a reluctant reader. A book had to really keep me turning pages or else I’d put it down. When I wrote my first novel, Blue is for Nightmares, I had my teen self in mind. I wanted to write a book packed with suspense, romance, drama, humor, and mystery – because that is what I liked as a teen.
9. What types of feedback do you receive from readers about your novels? Is there one comment in particular that has really affected you?
I’m so lucky to receive between 75 – 100 fan e-mails per week. A lot of them are to ask if I’ll be doing another book in the “Blue is for Nightmares” series, or when the newest book in the Touch series will be out. Some plead with me for a sequel to BLEED or PROJECT 17. I’m most affected by the e-mails from readers who tell me they’ve fell in love with reading as a result of my work, or who tell me I’ve inspired them to pursue their passions.
I am currently working on the fourth book in the TOUCH series, DEADLY LITTLE VOICES. So far there are five books planned for this series. I’m also working on a draft of the third book in The Amanda Project, due out next fall. And, for the launch of DEADLY LITTLE GAMES, I’m running a contest, the winner of which could have a minor character in DEADLY LITTLE VOICES named after him or her, or a phone call from me. Check out the details here: www.lauriestolarz.com/news.html
DEADLY LITTLE LIES (Touch Series Book 2)
BY LAURIE FARIA STOLARZ
Last fall, sixteen-year-old Camelia fell for Ben, the mysterious new boy at school who turned out to have a very mysterious gift--pyschometry, the ability to sense the future through touch. But just as Camelia and Ben's romance began to heat up, he abruptly left town. Brokenhearted, Camelia has spent the last few months studying everything she can about psychometry, and experiencing her own strange brushes with premonition. Camelia wonders if Ben's abilities have somehow rubbed off on her. Can the power of psychometry be transferred?
Even once Ben returns to school, Camelia can't get close enough to share her secret with him. Despite the romantic tension between them, Ben remains aloof, avoiding contact. Then when an unexpected kiss leads to a frightening argument, Camelia makes the painful decision to let Ben go and move on. Adam, the hot new guy at work, seems good for her in ways Ben wasn't. Adam is easygoing, and seems to really care about her.
But when Camelia and Adam start dating, a surprising love triangle results. A chilling sequence of events upturns secrets from Ben's past--and Adam's. Someone is lying, and it’s up to Camelia to figure out who—before it’s too late.
Official Rules:1.You must be 13 year or older to enter.2. Open to entrants with a valid U.S. mailing address only.3. Entries must be received by Midnight EST on December 26th 2010.4. Once contacted, winners have 48 hours to respond with their mailing address.5. To enter to win, simply fill out the form below. Good luck!