Lauren Bird Horowitz is the author of SHATTERED BLUE, the first book of her The Light Trilogy. It tells the story of Noa as she makes her return back to school after dealing with a family tragedy and ends up falling for the new transfer student, Callum, who has a deep secret of his own: he is a Fae, banished from another world after a loss that is similar to hers. Soon, Callum is taken by another Fae and it’s up to Noa to decide if she’s willing to risk it all to save him. It’s dramatic, romantic and will leave you wanting to know what happens next in this epic new series. We just had to share our Q & A with the author so you can get to know her better. Trust us, you’re going to get hooked on this series!
What do you think your lead character’s best trait is?
Noa’s resilience, for sure. In Shattered Blue, she really has to fight to survive—not just physically, but emotionally, and she learns to draw on a core of strength within herself she didn’t know she had. She has no magic power (like some of the other characters), but to me that makes her more inspiring. She uses her creative spirit, her love for her family, and her willingness to try to keep herself and those around her moving forward. In the novel, I call her a girl-beast, and I mean that affectionately.
What authors have most influenced your writing?
This is a tough question because there are just so many! I would say for novelists, Ann Marie MacDonald, whose prose I absolutely covet (and whose novel Fall on Your Knees is my favorite of all time), and of course JK Rowling, who taught me the importance of very careful planning and foreshadowing in fantasy adventures. In terms of voice, I feel most inspired by poets—the lyrical beauty of ee cummings, the stark impactfulness of Emily Dickinson, the incredible structure of Yeats. Poetry just sings to my soul.
Where is your favorite place to write?
This is an easy one— outside in front of my home in Kauai! I take my laptop and my little tv tray down to the water, set up under the ironwood tree, and work to the sound of the waves (while Ninja goes on meet-and-greet walk-abouts looking for tourists to play fetch). It doesn’t get better than that.
What is usually on your nightstand?
My nightstand is a pretty crowded hang-out these days! During the day it’s where I keep my kindle, which at night inevitably ends up in my sheets somewhere when I fall asleep reading it. I also have my favorite, old old old paperback of ee cummings’ poems that I’ve had since high school, and which has traveled with me to college and New York and LA and Kauai. The cover is so worn it feels like flannel at this point! On top of that I always keep a pen and notebook to write down anything inspiring I may dream (good plot twists are born that way), a bottle of water, and usually whatever squeaky toy my rescue pup Ninja’s been dropping on me before bed. She tends to like to play with the squeaky ones right when I’m trying to go to sleep!
What is something your readers would be surprised to know about you?
Hmmm… maybe that I’ve been Vegan for more than 15 years? I started very young for reasons due to animal activism, and to be honest, I can’t even remember now what meat or cheese even taste like!