by Lauren Sabel
GENRE: YA Thriller
These are the facts: My name is Callie Sinclair. I am seventeen years old. I live in
. I love my
boyfriend, Charlie. I work for a secret governmental agency. I am a psychic
spy. This romantic, action-packed twist on the classic spy novel is
perfect for fans of Ally Carter’s Embassy Row series or for any reader who
enjoys cinematic writing and stories of romance and intrigue. San Francisco
At seventeen, Callie is the government’s youngest psychic spy, trained to track dangerous people and weapons in her visions. When another young—and handsome and witty—psychic joins the agency, Callie’s personal and professional lives get messy all at once. If she can’t find a way to change the events she’s seen in her visions, she could lose the people she loves most . . . and her mind. Literally.
Richly painted against the backdrop of San Francisco and Berkeley, Lauren Sabel’s enthralling novel captures the thrill of exploring a unique power in a dangerous world.
These are the basic facts about me:
I am 17.
I live in San Francisco.
I work for a secret governmental agency.
I spend many hours a day out of my mind.
I am a psychic spy.
TOPIC: “How do you, as an author, keep the suspense and thrills continuing throughout a story to make it a book you can’t put down?”
When I am writing the first draft of a book, the suspense in my writing comes from not knowing what will happen next. I am constantly surprising myself with the plot twists and turns and the character reveals that happen along the way. Many of these exciting surprises must be taken out later in the process as they won’t fit what the story becomes, or add anything to the story in the final version, but every single one is worth writing for the personal spine-tingle I get from it. I hope that the ones that stay in the manuscript create that spine-tingling feeling in the reader because they really did surprise me too.
Writing tension into the following drafts is a bit trickier. Hopefully, by this point I won’t be surprised by my own plot and character twists (although it has happened before) because I will have outlined what will happen in each scene in order to make the plot work.
In these drafts, the tension comes from surprising myself again – but this time with how I use language. Even if I know what the plot twist/character reveal will be, I don’t know how I’m going to say it, and since a great deal of my love for writing comes from the act of twisting words into sentences that will keep a reader reading, it is just as fun.
In the final draft, I fine-tune the tension by cutting or adding specific words in order to keep the reader hanging on to one more page or one more chapter. This isn’t quite as fun because there is the ever-present awareness that these are the exact words readers will actually read, and that feels intimidating. But it’s still fun to choose these words carefully in order to make the most impact on a reader. If I can craft a normal sentence into a knock-out punch, I get to feel the spine-tingle again, and for me, that’s success.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Lauren Sabel lives in the quirky dark spaces of her mind, and she tries to shed light on these spaces in her books. After publishing VIVIAN DIVINE IS DEAD in Summer 2014 with Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of Harper Collins, she confronted her lifelong fear of being psychic by writing LIES I LIVE BY (pub May 2016). Since in this YA thriller, teenage psychic spy Callie Sinclair works undercover for the government, forced to hide her real identity from everyone she loves, Lauren is now certain she’s on the CIA watch list.
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Book Purchase Links:
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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE
Lauren will be awarding $50 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.