Pro Talks: Lauren Bird Horowitz

Posted February 16, 2016 by BAMF in Features, Interviews, Pro Talks, Spotlights // 0 Comments

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Here at BAMF we are always looking to shine the light on authors and their books. And what better way to do so than to hear about a book than from the author themselves? That’s why we have started our Pro Talks Feature where we interview an author about their book(s) and get the down low on characters, plot and anything else they want to share with us about their life as an author! You can find your next great read here.

Today’s author, Lauren Bird Horowitz, wrote a book that Jamie can’t stop talking about. You can read her review and see her instagram pictures of SHATTERED BLUE.

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About The Book

Pro Talks: Lauren Bird HorowitzShattered Blue (The Light, #1) by Lauren Bird Horowitz
Series: The Light #1
Published by Skyscape on September 15th 2015
ISBN: 1503949974
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 336
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For Noa and Callum, being together is dangerous, even deadly. From the start, sixteen-year-old Noa senses that the mysterious transfer student to her Monterey boarding school is different. Callum unnerves and intrigues her, and even as she struggles through family tragedy, she’s irresistibly drawn to him. Soon they are bound by his deepest secret: Callum is Fae, banished from another world after a loss hauntingly similar to her own.
But in Noa’s world, Callum needs a special human energy, Light, to survive; his body steals it through touch—or a kiss. And Callum’s not the only Fae on the hunt. When Callum is taken, Noa must decide: Will she sacrifice everything to save him? Even if it means learning their love may not be what she thought?

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Today’s guest is …

Lauren Bird Horowitz discussing SHATTERED BLUE

BAMF: Describe SHATTERED BLUE in 10 words or less.

Lauren Bird Horowitz: She’s mortal. He’s Fae. Together, they’re magic.

BAMF: What genre do you find yourself writing in most? Is this the same as what you read the most?

LBH: I used to write almost exclusively in the young adult space, mostly because until very recently I was a young adult! (and in mind, I will probably always be a young adult…let’s be real). Since I do write in many different forms, though, it’s hard for me to say which genre is my ‘bread and butter’—in my screenwriting I’m mostly doing a lot of gritty, heavy family dramas; my personal poetry is dark and deeply symbolic; and of course, Noa’s adventures are wild and fantastic (and get very much more so as the series continues). No matter how fantastic the premise though, I do like to keep everything grounded in particular experiences or memories, because no matter what the genre, authenticity is key. If a reader can’t feel that t I am writing something true—even when imagined— then we’re not connecting, and the power of writing is lost. Writing should be electricity, sparking soul to soul through pages and ink.

BAMF: What are your ambitions for your writing career?

LBH: I would love to get to a place where I can write and share whatever stories I feel need to be told, rather than what others, taking a chance on someone new (me), believe might be marketable or saleable. It’s so hard for me to have to worry about sales and marketing and whether or not a work is ‘performing’ on a monetary level; my poet’s soul cringes under those kinds of pressures. How lovely to be an established author with the freedom to choose to share based on what they feel in the words! But there are very few authors who prove themselves enough in the material plane to get that kind of creative freedom and respect. It is my dream, and I plan to fight for it as long as I am breathing.

BAMF: What was your favourite scene to write in SHATTERED BLUE?

LBH: The blintzes scene between Noa and her father, hands down—which, funnily enough—my editor wanted to cut or change. I had to fight for it, which made it even more dear to me, but from the outset it was always my favorite. It was one of those scenes that seemed to write through me…like I was a conduit, and the words wrote themselves, crystallizing from some warm, raw place inside myself. There is a lot of memory wrapped into that scene, woven into the steps Noa and Christopher take in their delicate dance of healing, and for me, it will always be essential.

BAMF: What advice would you give to your younger self?

LBH: Do not put so much stock in how others grade you. I was an overachiever, so eager to please, all through school, and worried constantly about how I was being graded and judged, and that was a terrible mindset to carry into the world as an artist. Lesson number one as a writer? You have to fight for it. You will hear no, not for us, not right, etc, SO OFTEN, you absolutely cannot let it reach you. Your tender, inner artist with the raw, soft underbelly needs to build an alter ego, dressed in armor, who hears and feels none of the rejection. My younger self would have done better to develop an inner core of confidence, rather than become so reliant—as I became—on grades and esteem. It was a lesson I had to learn the hard way, but now I know it in my bones: know, fight, believe.

BAMF: What inspired the different colour lines for the fae in SHATTERED BLUE?

LBH: The Colorlines come from a deeply personal place. I have always been a very introspective person, and one of my most difficult struggles is when I know something rationally—for example that something is not worth getting upset about—but then my feelings overwhelm me anyway. There are times when my emotions completely take me over, or my psyche fully deceives me, or the feeling of the outside world—its very elements and atoms—overwhelms me. I’ve often wondered which force is strongest, and if there aren’t those who are attuned to one or another—and might be able to manipulate one or the other to their own ends.

BAMF: I know that Olivia and Sasha have real life inspirations for their characters; do the other characters in SHATTERED BLUE have “real life equivalents”?

LBH: Absolutely. I try to base every character I ever write on someone (or many someones) I know in order to ensure they feel real. I want my readers to connect to them, to feel yes, yes, I know parts of this person. Miles is a combination of the eight boys I roomed with in college (yep, I was the only girl in our suite, lucky me!), right down to the swiss army knife and the predilection for sneaking hordes of candy. Noa begins as my teenage self, for sure, though her adventures lead her into a much different sort of world than mine. Noa’s family is my family, very very intimately. Isla is real. Judah is real. Callum is real. Darius is very, very real. And yes… Miss Jaycee is real, too—and an extremely rare instance of my use of someone I deeply loathe. Usually I try not to write out-and-out villains—Darius, for example, has a complex psychology that at least makes him understandable—but Miss Jaycee is different story. But that is a personal story for another time ☺

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About Lauren Bird Horowitz

Lauren Horowitz—or “Bird” as she is often known—is a screenwriter and novelist lucky enough to call both Los Angeles and Kauai home. Bird also counts herself lucky that writing exists as a profession—how else could she share the crazy, fantastic worlds in her head? Bird studied writing at Harvard University with novelist Jamaica Kincaid, where she won several prizes including the Edward Eager Memorial Prize for fiction. She’s a proud member of the Writers Guild of America. You can follow Bird on Twitter (@birdaileen) and Instagram (@birdaileen) for trilogy updates.

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