Monday, January 14, 2013

Spotlight: Parallel by Lauren Miller


Book Description:
   Abby Barnes had a plan. Get into a great college, major in journalism, and land a dream job at a major newspaper. But on the eve of her 18th birthday, she is stuck on a Hollywood movie set, wishing she could rewind her life. The next morning, she’s in a dorm room at Yale, with no memory of how she got there. A cosmic collision of parallel universes has left Abby living a new reality every time parallel Abby makes a decision. Now Abby must race against time to take control of her fate without losing sight of who she is, the boy who might just be her soul mate, and the destiny that’s finally in reach


Lauren Miller

 1. Give us 3 interesting facts about you (Be Creative)
I hate cake.  Even as a kid, I refused to eat it.  Cupcakes, too -
gross!  Cookies, on the other hand, I can't live without.  I eat at
least one every day.

I got hit by an air conditioning truck while riding my bike when I was
13.  Miraculously, I walked away with only minor injuries.  The bike
didn't fare so well.

I, like Parallel's protagonist, Abby, went to Yale, but I only applied
to convince my dad that I couldn't get in. Clearly I lost that bet. :)

2. What inspired you to write Parallel?
I was working full time as an entertainment attorney when I wrote
PARALLEL, which started as the pilot script for a television series.
In that script, Abby was a 27 year old woman who was about to marry the wrong guy.  I, meanwhile, was a 27 year old woman who'd  just married the right guy, and I couldn't help but wonder what my life would've looked like had I never met him.  What if our lives had never intersected?  Would I have ended up with someone else? That was the
premise I wanted to explore, so when I decided to turn the script into a novel, I simply started the story earlier, on the eve of Abby's 18th
3. Hardest scene to write?
Two scenes were difficult for me.  One is the scene where Dr. Mann, Abby's astronomy teacher, explains the phenonmenon of cosmic entanglement.  I struggled to make it detailed and specific without overwhelming readers with the science-speak.  We'll see if I succeeded!  The other, even more challenging scene for me was a fight scene.  I don't want to give away who was fighting or why, but it is
definitely the scene I rewrote the most times trying to get it just right.
4. Book/s you look forward to read this year?
I'm excited for a bunch! A few on the top of my to-read list are Pivot Point By Kasie West and Just One Day by Gayle Foreman.

5. Favorite ice cream flavor?


  1. This book looks so awesome! It's on my 2013 wishlist for sure :) Plus, great cover! Thanks for sharing.

    1. It is part of wishlist too! :D


  2. Lauren hates cake?! :O Is that even allowed? ;) (more for me then!)

    Great interview! I love the sound of this book and can't wait to read it.

  3. First, I love the sound of this book and the cover. So gorgeous. Second, I didn't know it was possible to hate cake? Although I do agree that I can't live without cookies. Especially sugar cookies. Mmm :)

    Jesse @ Pretty In Fiction

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  5. I know it's weird! Imagine me as a little girl, refusing birthday cake at parties. Parents thought I was an alien child.

    1. Luaren,

      I used to hate pizza when I was a kid LOL. :D Cookies are amazing! I can't live without them :D



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