Interview with Lara Morgan
Black or white? black because it’s slimming and I always spill sauce on white, seriously it’s embarrassing.
Coffee or Tea? Tea, tea tea tea.. I think I made my point.
Print copies or e-books? Print, it’s the smell isn’t it? ( Yes! The Smell of Books = Heaven *grabs a book and inhales deeply*
Dog-ear or Bookmark? Bookmark for sure, though I don’t judge those who dog-ear, just don’t bend it back!
Cats or Dogs? Dogs. I recently lost mine and miss him terribly. ( Awww, feel better <3)
Reading or Writing? Reading, because although I love to write it’s still really hard work and reading is all about the pleasure plus I’m inherently lazy and a champion procrastinator. I can convince myself that reading the gossip pages of the newspaper is ‘research’. Really it is!
Vampires or werewolves? Ooh hard one…. Vampires, no, werewolves, no…. can I have both?
Have you watched Vampire Diaries? Yes. *looks around to check for husband* I love that show.
Favourite Harry Potter Novel? I can never remember the names of them all. I think the fifth one, what’s it called? ( Order of the Pheonix - My favourite too!)
Book you most want to see turned into a Movie? Mine!! *cough* I mean, I’m really looking forward to Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones film coming out.
Favourite day of the week? Sunday. I make a pot of tea and spread the weekend papers out all over the table and drool over exotic travel destinations. It’s also generally the one day of the week I never work. Usually.
Your perfect breakfast consists of – irish breakfast tea (obviously), fresh mango with lime juice, thick fluffy pancakes with maple syrup and bacon. Bacon goes really well with the syrup, trust me.
Five things that make a book "good" – characters with depth who make mistakes, pace, emotional honesty, action that reveals character as well as plot, male and female leads people can believe in, brevity
Team Edward or Team Jacob? Jacob ( YAY!!!! Hoot Hoot!)
Getting to the Serious Stuff...
2) How did you come up with the storyline for The Rosie Black Chronicles? As you can see from the world Rosie lives in, I’m greatly interested in how our future is going to be affected by climate change and our current social and political status so much of the story line was me thinking about how the place we live and the types of people we become can dictate what we do.
I believe the power of large corporations is on the increase and our personal freedom is decreasing so I wanted to explore what would happen to someone living in a world like that who was essentially powerless, how would they cope , what would they do if they became caught up in all that? It’s very much David against Goliath and the elements of what Rosie does to fight against this massive power came from there.
3) Why did you choose to write YA Dystopian? Mostly it’s because I love dystopian fiction. I’m also really terribly pessimistic about the human race and our ability to learn from our mistakes. We keep making the same ones over and over, and we’re not doing enough about climate change so I think a future which is tighter controlled and restrictive especially in terms of water is all too possible. I think it’s a result of being a teenager in the 80s with the Cold War and the threat of nuclear obliteration so there was a lot of worry for how our future might turn out, and none of it was too rosy. I was also haunted by George Orwell’s book, 1984, and obsessed with The Terminator films, so I’ve always harboured this fascination for a dark future coupled with an interest in space ships and other universes which was greatly inspired by Star Wars. The result of all that was The Rosie Black Chronicles.
4) Character you feel you can relate best to? Why? It has to be Rosie, because despite our age difference, she is my main girl and of course many elements of her come from my teenage self, though she is much braver than I ever was.
5) Is there a story behind the names of characters? Names are funny things, when I choose characters names it’s all about the feelings. Rosie Black was not a name I struggled to define, she popped up in my head, the same thing with Pip. I have images of the characters in my head and a book of names and if I’m having trouble I’ll flick through the book until one stands out for me. The only character whose name has a story, as such, is Essie who actually came from a short story I wrote years ago (never published) about this space ship pilot named Esmeralda Black – basically she’s the same person.
7) Who would play the characters in a movie adaption? Such a hard question because the minute you put an actor’s name to a character it can be hard not to visualise them when you’re reading the book. That said though I think Caitlin Stasey, who played Ellie in Tomorrow When The War Began, could make a good Rosie. I’m not sure about Pip, that is a really hard one! I’d be interested to see who readers think would be good.
Highlight of The Equinox Tour - Literacy Clutter - Marketing Books
- Lara Morgan's Blog - Blog Tour Summary
The Rosie Black Chronicles - HERE
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