Title: THE GRACES
Author: Laure Eve
Pub. Date: September 6, 2016
Publisher: Amulet Books
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
When a glamorous family of teenage witches brings a mysterious new girl into their fold, they unwittingly nurture a powerful black magic that could destroy them all. This paranormal YA fantasy features intrigue, spells, and a devastating twist. In The Graces, the first rule of witchcraft states that if you want something badly enough, you can get it . . . no matter who has to pay.
Everyone loves the Graces. Fenrin, Thalia, and Summer Grace are captivating, wealthy, and glamorous. They’ve managed to cast a spell over not just their high school but also their entire town—and they’re rumored to have powerful connections all over the world. If you’re not in love with one of them, you want to be them. Especially River: the loner, new girl at school. She’s different from her peers, who both revere and fear the Grace family. She wants to be a Grace more than anything. But what the Graces don’t know is that River’s presence in town is no accident.
This fabulously addictive fantasy combines sophisticated and haunting prose with a gut-punching twist that readers will be dying to discuss. Perfect for fans of We Were Liars as well as nostalgic classics like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the 1996 movie The Craft, The Graces marks the beginning of a new wave of teen witches.
Today we welcome Laura for an interview!
1. Did you always know you wanted to be a writer or did you want to be something else?
Books were my very first crush. I grew up desperately wanting to do to other people what they did to me. I wanted that power.
In my teens, as well as writing, I was drawn towards acting. I was also very into drawing and painting. Art, writing, drama - those were my three loves, my three gods.
Basically, pretty much anything I’ve ever loved doing has been about telling stories, in one way or another.
2. How long does it take you to write a book from start to finish?
Procrastination, thy name is Laure. It takes me exactly as long as you give me :D If I don’t have a deadline, I will nestle into the sofa and mainline Penny Dreadful. If I do, I will hit that date (more or less - hopefully my editors aren’t reading this).
But it’s been different every time. I have a full-time job, so I write in the evenings and on weekends, as much as I can without my brain falling out. I’ve just written the first draft of the sequel to The Graces, and that took six months.
Of course, it hasn’t been edited yet…
3. How do you come up with themes for your stories?
Writers or artists of any kind, I believe, create what they create because it is their way of processing and dealing with the world. We use stories to examine how we feel and think about things, and what we know about the way things are, or could be, or should be.
Basically this is a long-winded way of saying that the themes live all around me, and I just write about whatever is worrying or fascinating me at the time.
4. Do you have a schedule of when you write?
Because I don’t have a choice - evenings and weekends, full-time job folks! - that is my schedule. If I wrote full-time I suspect it would be a lot more haphazard…
I like writing on the train to and from work. There’s something about that restricted amount of time that makes me flip open the laptop and just do it.
5. How are you able to balance other aspects of your life with your writing?
Not… very… well? :) I have the world’s most understanding partner, who doesn’t mind when I sit writing* on the sofa every evening until bedtime, instead of talking to him.
* sometimes this maybe translates to ‘being on twitter’
6. What elements do you think make a great story line?
I’m a character girl. Plot tends to manifest from the tension between the people I write - I find it hard to come up with plot first and only then find characters to make it go.
So I would say, honestly, it’s the characters first and foremost.
7. What was the hardest thing about writing a book?
Oh dear lord. Everything? Nothing? It’s a strange process. For me, generally speaking, first drafts are the most frustrating bit. I actually like being edited - I like playing with a full something and making it better. Making that full something in the first place can sometimes be a bit like pulling intestines out. Once I’m there, though, I have a great time.
8. How many books have you written so far? Do you have a favorite?
I have written four. Two are published, one is about to be, and one is in editing stage. We don’t talk about favourites in front of the books, they may hear us and take offense.
9. Do you have a favorite character?
Honestly? No. I like them all for a million different reasons, even the ones who do horrible things - which is all of them, by the way, as I enjoy complicated characters who aren’t good and aren’t bad but somewhere in between, and often both in the same scene. Because that is truth. People are complicated. I want to reflect that. It makes things more interesting.
10. Where do you write?
On the train. On my sofa. At the kitchen table. Anywhere with a flat surface.
11. When deciding on how to publish, what directed you to the route you took?
I wanted to be traditionally published by a publishing house who would put my book on shelves and give me the luxury/money/freedom to write more. That is really all I was looking for. Anything else is a wonderful bonus.
12. Have you gotten feedback from family about your book(s)? What do they think?
Ha! They are very polite. My mother actually seems to really enjoy them. My partner enjoys them despite not really liking YA, and he’s an honest soul, so that makes me feel good.
13. What kinds of things do you like to do outside of writing?
14. What kinds of advice would you give to someone who wants to start writing?
Read like you need to gobble words constantly to keep on being alive.
Write like you need to do it in order to feel that your existence is meaningful.
Consume different types of art - television, movies, paintings, long-form journalism, dance, photography. All of it will feed you and inspire you and teach you good stuff.
The rest - technique, form, structure - will come with practice.
15. What is your favorite book? favorite author? Do you have an author that inspired/inspires you to write?
‘Favorites’ is the absolute Sophie’s Choice of questions and I absolutely cannot answer it.
There are so many authors who inspired me to become a writer. In no particular order, the ones who spring to mind right now are:
Bret Easton Ellis
16. Do you have any go to people when writing a book that help you with your story lines as well as editing, beta reading and such?
I’m one of those weird ones who writes in complete isolation. The first person to read anything I’ve written is my agent (if it’s something we’re trying to sell) or my editor (if it’s something they’ve already bought). Anything they read will have already been through a couple of full drafts.
17. Are you working on anything now?
I’m working on two different projects while I wait for my edits on The Graces sequel. One involves a giant fantasy landscape and the other is inspired by a famous French novel.
18. Tell us 5 things that make you smile
19. Tell us 5 things that make you sad
That particular kind of rain that isn’t quite rain so you can’t put up an umbrella but nevertheless it completely messes up your hair.
20. If you could travel anywhere in the world to visit a place so you could use it as a background for a book, where would it be?
Iceland. That country has one foot in fairyland, I swear.a Rafflecopter giveaway
Thanks so much for stopping by today, Laura. It was great having you with us!
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Thanks so much for stopping by today, Laura. It was great having you with us!
A French-British hybrid who grew up in Cornwall, a place saturated with myth and fantasy. Being a child of two cultures taught her everything she needed to know about trying to fit in at the same time as trying to stand out.
She speaks English and French, and can hold a vague conversation, usually about food, in Greek.
A random selection of favourite things: Terry Pratchett quotes, characters with questionable morals, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Häagen-Dazs cookie dough ice cream, anything Trent Reznor is remotely involved in even if it only extends to 'he once touched this artist's arm', bad 90s dance music and anything a bit weird (see: Davids Lynch and Cronenberg).
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