Tanya Landman discusses female protagonists, literary awards and familial relationships


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Lost and Found Tour – Q&A with Olivia Levez, author of The Island

About The Island

‘There were friends once, but they melted away. Things are different now I am a MONSTER’

Frances is alone. Cast away on a small island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, she has to find water, food and shelter. But survival is hard. Especially when she is haunted by memories of the things that she did before, the things that made her a monster. Pushed to the limit in extreme conditions, she battles to come to terms with her past, and find a future worth fighting for.

This is a gripping and thought-provoking story about one girl’s journey to become the person she believes she can be.

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Question and Answer with J Lynn

Author Bio 
# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.
She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
1. What inspired you to write a story surrounded by such sensitive issues?  
Wait for You is the first book that I’ve written that deals with such a sensitive topic, and it was a very different book for me to write.  When the idea for Wait for You came to me, I just felt it was the right direction to take for Cam and Avery’s story.  I knew that what happened to Avery would be a difficult issue to address, but it was what needed to be written for Cam and Avery to find their way together.
2. What is your favourite scene in the book? 
Oh, that’s a tough question.  I really like the scene when Cam brings Avery a cookie to class because I think the interaction between the two of them is fun.  But now I can’t say cookie without thinking it’s a code word for something else entirely.
3. Will we see Cam or Avery again? 
Yes, you will see Cam and Avery again in Trust in Me which is Wait for You in Cam’s POV.  You will also see them in Jase and Teresa’s story, Be With Me.
4. When creating the characters of Avery and Cam did you use any of your personality or the personalities of those around you?   
I didn’t intentionally use any of my own personality traits when writing Cam and Avery.  I do tend to be on the snarky and sarcastic side, so you may find my characters to have those qualities at times in my books.
5. What do you enjoy most about writing?  
I’ve always wanted to be an author, so it’s great to be able to do something that I love doing.  I also can’t complain about getting to work from home and make my own hours.  Those are definitely perks.
6. What’s your usual writing routine like?  
I write every day, even on holidays.  I usually write between 8-10 hours, but the number of hours can vary depending on what I’m working on or if I’m traveling for events.
7. I noticed your dog is called Loki, do you have an interest in Norse Mythology or are you a Marvel nerd (like some of us :-P)? 
I’m interested in Norse Mythology, so that’s why I chose the name Loki.  But, there’s nothing wrong with being a Marvel nerd.
8. And finally what are you working on at the moment? 
I’m working on the second book in the Dark Elements series, my upcoming YA series with Harlequin Teen about gargoyles.


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