Sunday, March 24, 2013

Spotlight: Teardrop (Teardrop #1) by Lauren Kate

   Book Description:  
Never, ever cry. . . . Eureka Boudreaux's mother drilled that rule into her daughter years ago. But now her mother is gone, and everywhere Eureka goes he is there: Ander, the tall, pale blond boy who seems to know things he shouldn't, who tells Eureka she is in grave danger, who comes closer to making her cry than anyone has before.

But Ander doesn't know Eureka's darkest secret: ever since her mother drowned in a freak accident, Eureka wishes she were dead, too. She has little left that she cares about, just her oldest friend, Brooks, and a strange inheritance—a locket, a letter, a mysterious stone, and an ancient book no one understands. The book contains a haunting tale about a girl who got her heart broken and cried an entire continent into the sea. Eureka is about to discover that the ancient tale is more than a story, that Ander might be telling the truth . . . and that her life has far darker undercurrents than she ever imagined. From Lauren Kate comes an epic saga of heart-stopping romance, devastating secrets, and dark magic . . . a world where everything you love can be washed away.

                                                                                  Lauren Kate

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

Thank you. The greatest compliment a writer can hear is that his or her work has inspired readers to read more and/or write more. Every great writer was first a great reader. Other books are writers’ best teachers; they teach us how to craft a villain, how to develop a singular voice, how to make dialogue both selective and realistic, and more. Even books that we find flaws in teach us what not to do.

Never push an idea away. Keep a notebook (or your phone) handy to jot down even inspirations. Give them space and time to grow into seeds for stories. Nourish those seeds by living curiously, asking questions, and reminding yourself that writers are never bored. Every situation is potential inspiration. Hold onto your mystery. Seek out writing friends who can read and comment on your work—hold onto the good ones for the rest of your life. Finish your stories. Finish your stories. Finish your stories.   

 Which authors/books are you most influenced by?

The Hunger Games because it’s the most primal book I’ve read in ages. The Great Gatsby because it’s beautiful and heartbreaking. The Golden Compass because we should all aspire to be a little more like Lyra. White Noise because it’s brilliant and funny and the book that made me want to be a writer. And Lolita because it’s naughty.
 Flash Questions:
* Guilty pleasure? Really long hot showers. Melted cheese.
* Fruits or veggies? Fruit.
* Favorite childhood toy? It took years to get me off a tire swing. 


  1. I also love long, hot showers :D Haha. I really like the cover from this book, the colors are pretty.


  2. I think the cover is absolutely gorgeous and the synopsis sounds very interesting. I'll probably give this one a try.
    Oh, and long, long showers are a guilty pleasure of mine. Not very good for the environment, but what can you do. :))

  3. Gosh Kate's books always have amazing covers! * ^ * And this one I'm actually interested in reading...AWESOMENESS!

  4. I haven't read FALLEN but I hear very mixed things about it... LOVE this cover though. I just got out of a long, hot shower! Can't stand melted cheese though!

    Alise @ Readers In Wonderland

  5. I've never read anything by Lauren Kate before the reviews on her angel series are intimidating O_O But this one sounds pretty good we'll see what the critics say 1st >.<

  6. Great interview! I am so excited for Teardrop!
    -Scott Reads It


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