You wowed us all with pulse-thumping action and insanely sexy romance in Hunting Lila; what can readers expect from Losing Lila?
Sarah: Even more insanely sexy romance…um. I cranked up the action in this one and the steam. I wanted to show how Lila’s power developed and with it a sense of her own agency. That then got me thinking about how others would react to her – including Alex. I wanted to show progression in their relationship now that they are on a more equal footing with regard to strength and knowledge.
Do you see yourself in any of Lila’s characters? Maybe boy crazy, shoe crazy Suki, or Lila’s impulsiveness?
Sarah: I guess at points in my life I’ve been boy crazy and shoe crazy. Now I just wear flip flops or converse, and I’m only crazy about one boy (that would be my husband ;)…oh ok, and Ryan Gosling) but I do draw on aspects of myself to write every character.
Am I impulsive? I take risks for sure, but they’re calculated ones. I try to be fearless and I think that’s like Lila.
Losing Lila introduces us to some completely new and previously unheard Psy abilities, and uncovers some fairly shocking secrets for Lila… Were these always on the cards—what abilities might exist, and would be used in the development on the plot in book 2?
Sarah: The new abilities weren’t planned, until I got to that part in the book and thought to myself ‘woah, wouldn’t it be cool if…’
Most of the twists in both Hunting Lila and Losing Lila hit the reader hard and are shocking because they weren’t planned at all. They were shocking to me as well! When I started Losing Lila I had absolutely no idea what was going to happen. It’s way more fun to write it like that I find.
What's been your favorite part of writing Losing Lila?
Sarah: I wrote it a while ago now (2 years back). My favourite part about writing it was that I was on the beach in Goa, India. I’d sit and write with my toes sunk in the sand, drinking chai. I also just wrote that book for me and my friends because at the time I didn’t even have a book deal. So it really did come from a place of fun, and of me wanting to finish the story. I felt I owed it to Alex and Lila.
And the hardest?
Sarah: I think I struggled most with the final scenes, on the base. It was a lot of action to write. I could see it all in my head, like a movie, but getting it down on paper so that others could see it too, that was a challenge.
You touch on the concept of ‘curing’ those with Psy abilities in the book. It’s a mix of fascinating and terrifying discovering how various people would like to use or treat those with ‘abilities’. Were it an option, would you choose to be ‘cured’?
Sarah: Not if I had the power to strip Alex of clothing just by looking at him. Are you kidding me?
Do your family read your books? How have they responded to some of the *ahem* racier moments?
Sarah: They don’t say anything. I choose not to ask. I’ve just written an adult book with a lot of sex in it and I’m far too embarrassed to show that to my dad though. Or my brother. I feel I have to précis everything with the words ‘I know the main character might seem like me and act a little like me, and may even resemble me in the things that she has done, but the sex bits, honestly that’s not me. At all.’
You tormented us with the sexual tension in HL, and it’s even hotter in Losing Lila. Do you suffer just as much as us and Lila when she and Alex don't get to go all the way, or do you enjoy the torture?
Sarah: You forget that although they might not go all the way on paper, they exist in my head, and in there I’m not bound by PG ratings ;)
I like it that there’s tension. That’s half the fun.
And now for a serious question... Who's your ideal date: Alex, or Jack?
Sarah: Ahhhh, Jack is like my brother. That’s wrong. Alex…without a doubt. He’s my ideal man.
Is this it for Lila and the gang? What’s the chance of a threequel?
Sarah: Who knows! I honestly have no idea. I’m so busy at the moment I can barely check my email and I have so many books at various stages of writing, editing and promotion right now…so to even consider Lila & Alex and a third book will require clearing the decks first. I wouldn’t want to rush into it. I’d want to give it time and really enjoy writing it. But yeah, in an ideal world…I’d love to spend some more time with those characters. I’d like to see what they’re up to now. In fact, I’m going to write a short story featuring Lila, Alex, Suki, Nate and Jack. It’s going to be set in Nantucket and will also feature the characters from my next book The Sound – which is out in August next year.
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