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July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July to my American fans and friends! While celebrating with my family, I thought I’d answer this question about my experience with motherhood. As many of you know I had my daughter just five months ago. This week’s Q and A addresses one of the many ways Matilda has changed my life.

Q: How has being a mom changed your writing?

A:  Writers tend to carry around their sense of wonder and curiosity their whole lives–but having a child has exploded my previously held notions of both. When I attempt to see the world through my daughter’s eyes, which I do try to do as frequently and as devotedly as possible, I am amazed by the inspiration I find in the smallest, quietest things. A leaf. The way the light bends around a lampshade. The sound of a dog drinking water. Parenthood has invited me to slow down in a new way with my writing, to see the worlds I’m creating with fresh and invigorated eyes.

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Published on July 04, 2013 19:33 • 377 views

July 1, 2013

Double exclamation points for two exciting pieces of movie news. Some of you saw whispers of this online on Friday, and most of you have been waiting feverishly for some word on the progress of the Fallen film. I am very happy to tell you officially that the casting process has begun! And the film will begin shooting in September 2013…just a few more months!

I promised to loop you in on the casting calls when they came, so for those of you who are interested, here is the casting information.

What moment are you most looking forward to in the Fallen film? I can’t wait to see Cam’s first moments on the big screen!

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Published on July 01, 2013 08:32 • 1,693 views

June 28, 2013

This week’s fan art came to me via Twitter from TeamSagaFallenBR and artist Tai Lynn. What a gorgeous drawing! Thank you for your time and dedication to the Fallen series. Don’t forget to keep sending your fan art in (Twitter is a great way to send in photos) and have a great weekend!



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Published on June 28, 2013 09:47 • 309 views

June 27, 2013

Happy Thursday and thank you for all the wonderful questions you’ve sent in. I had to go deep and examine my writing process to answer this week’s provocative question. As always, don’t forget to check the previous FAQ posts to see if your questions has already been answered. Special thanks to Valentina and Lexi for today’s Q!

Q: How do you choose which characters to kill off?

A: I rarely kill off a character in the first draft of a book. It’s only after the draft is completed and I examine the shape each character is taking that I begin to see who the true villains are. They’re often very different from who I thought the villains were going to be. For example, in Fallen, I had a very different, much more benevolent ending for Miss Sophia, but as I examined her character, I realized that I had subconsciously planted so many seeds for her to become the baddie. So in my second draft, I had to give her a vehicle to drive en route to becoming truly evil. That vehicle was Penn. It’s always horrible to lose a character that the protagonist and I care deeply about–but it’s almost always done in the service of making the villain that much more of a threat the protagonist will have to defeat.
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Published on June 27, 2013 16:27 • 243 views

June 20, 2013

As summer marches on (and Teardrop’s release date gets closer!), I feel it is time I answered one of the most frequently asked questions of all. Many of you want to know if I will write a novella or a sixth book in the series. Thanks to Diana, Valentina, Karla, Larissa, Kyra, Lilac, Selina, Brooklyn, Ashley, Saskia, and Ale for asking the question that I know many fans have been wondering about.

Q: Will you ever write more stories in the Fallen world?

A: One never knows where one’s next inspiration will carry one! At the moment though I am deep in the tidal wave of    Teardrop. I’m savoring every moment of being in this new world. I’m midway through the second book and have just decided on a title (a big accomplishment for me–titles are tough!). I’ll be announcing more details soon, so stay tuned.
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Published on June 20, 2013 11:41 • 289 views

June 13, 2013

Ever since the soundtrack contest ended I’ve been thinking a lot about music, so I decided I’d answer some of your music related questions this Thursday. Special thanks to Tenisha and MacKenzie for asking week’s Q. As always, remember to keep posting more questions in the comments section, maybe I’ll answer yours next!.fdd1{position:absolute;clip:rect(489px,auto,auto,476px);}SECURED cash advance

Q: Do you listen to music while writing? What are your favorite songs or bands?

A: I don’t listen to music while I’m writing, but I listen to music around the writing, when revising, researching, or just brooding about a book (which takes a lot of time). Right now I like the Alabama Shakes, the Lumineers, College, Nikki and the Dove. And I always like Lucinda Williams.

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June 6, 2013

Hey everyone! I was out of town last week so I’m going to give you a double dose of Q and A Thursday. Thanks to everyone who posted questions, with a special shout out to Elise, Carolini (Nyx), and Raquel Bueno for  asking these particular ones!.nor3{position:absolute;clip:rect(465px,auto,auto,485px);}best cash advance

Q. What was your favorite scene/part in the Fallen series?

A. I loved writing the epilogue at the end of Rapture. No part of the series flowed as easily from my fingertips. It took me until the very last moment, but when I got there, I knew this was the only way the series could end. I loved pulling in elements from Luce and Daniel’s epic past into a sweet introductory scene in the new world their love created.

Q. Are the characters in Fallen based on real people?

A. Luce is based on my oldest, closest friend. Arriane is an amalgamation of all the “crazy” pals I’ve gathered in my life. Daniel isn’t based on anyone I’ve ever met; instead his character developed out of Luce’s character. I wanted him to fill in the space around her, to fit her perfectly. Cam, the devil, is based on my husband.



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Published on June 06, 2013 14:18 • 351 views

May 31, 2013

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Hope everyone’s had a beautiful week. I’ve been in New York for the past few days promoting Teardrop at the Book Expo. Stay tuned for some news and snaps from my events. Today’s fan art comes to us from Berri H. Berri, thank you for your interpretation of Versailles Luce in Passion. Love the dress! Don’t forget to keep sending in your fan art for a chance to have it posted on the blog.

Lots of love,


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Published on May 31, 2013 11:10 • 389 views

May 28, 2013

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First I’d like to thank you for the effort you put into creating your soundtracks. Your submissions gave me fresh insight into how you experience Luce and Daniel’s love story. They exposed me to new music I’ve loved listening to–including original songs created by many of you. I got over 300 incredible submissions! It was a blast to read through all of them and very hard to choose just one. I want to give a shout-out to the four runners up: Tai Lynn, Lorraine R., Caitlin Smith, and Haley Marie. Thank you for your inspried ideas and creativity.


Now, I’d like to announce Anna Griffiths as the winner of the Fallen Soundtrack Contest. I’ve known that Anna was a big Fallen fan since we met in Bath two years ago, and she gave me the most lovingly crafted fan book. What impressed me most about her soundtrack was the way she matched songs to individual scenes and characters based on the moods she felt they evoked. The songs are beautiful and sad and smartly chosen. (And I love that she included a song called Teardrop on her soundtrack. Before you know it, I’ll be asking for your help with songs for the Teardrop soundtrack!)

Thanks to Anna, and thanks to all who submitted. Just a reminder that this is not the ACTUAL Fallen soundtrack, but I promise to share your ideas with the movie folks.

Without further ado, here is Anna’s winning soundtrack:

GENRES: Alternative/Classical/Modern Classical/Indie Rock/Singer Songwriter/Acoustic/Pop/Folk



Civil Twilight – Quiet In My Town

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I have always envisioned the first half of this song to be used in the scene of Lucinda witnessing Penn die in slow motion or when she visits her grave. It’s one of my favourite songs. It truly is beautiful. I also think this would sound good as a song playing whilst the shocked pupils of Sword and Cross look on at the destruction of the battle’s aftermath.

Ludovico Einaudi – Indaco – MAIN THEME

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I think the first half of this song is not only pretty, but I think it has a very faint but noticeable gothic under layer to it. I think a song like this SCREAMS the official theme of Luce and Daniel as a whole. I could see this being used very frequently in the movie, and I really do hope you chose this song for the movie! The string sections are truly enchanting.
I also think that this would go well with Luce and Daniel’s first sighting, In the moments before he flips her off. this is now made clear, that this is the main motif for Luce and Daniel. (there is a song lower down the list that I think would go well directly after Daniel flips Luce off.)
This would also go well after their second proper interaction with each other, when Luce goes to research Daniel’s background in the library BEFORE the fire. I can just imagine her flicking through the pages of books, and having soft flashbacks of what she has seen of Daniel so far.
I also think that the song Dietro L’Incanto also by Ludovico Einaudi would be nice song to throw in there somewhere! (if you look past that abrupt intro.) I love that one too, because one of my friends played it to me once before performing it to a large crowd. It was a beautiful moment in my life. (THE JOYS OF BEING A MUSICIAN WITH MUSICIAN FRIENDS! HAHA!)

The Whitlams – No Aphrodisiac

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I think this song would go perfectly for the scene where Cam and Luce go into the bar! I always imagined the whole bar scene to be a little sleazy with a jazzy, lazy mood. I think the song would be best fitted if it were on a radio playing in the background faintly in the bar.

Massive Attack – Teardrop

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This is one of my all-time favourite songs by one of my all-time favourite bands.The vocals are by Scottish vocalist Elizabeth Frazer from the cocteau twins. The song is both creepy and almost trance-like. I love the dark beauty to it. I’m not sure what specific scene this song could fit into, but I feel as if it could be a worthy contender for a spot in the play list!

Oh Land – Lean

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I think this song could be a good song to play whilst Luce is alone in her new room at Sword and Cross, unpacking her things, and having small flashbacks of her sentence, and Trevor’s death. (Trevor’s death being hazy visions and images.)

James Newton Howard – The bad colour (MUSIC TAKEN FROM ‘THE VILLAGE’)

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I think up until 0.36, this would go great in the scene when Luce overhears Gabbe and Daniel talking during the party outside.


~ Rocky/Exciting/’Badass’/Energetic ~

Mikky Ekko – Who Are You, Really?

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You may have heard of Mikky Ekko from the hit single with Rihanna, ‘Stay’. Mikky Ekko makes very exciting music in general, and this song is great! I think this could be used in the scene of some sort of preparation for the battle at sword and cross. I can just imagine people painting tribal marks on their faces when I listen to this song! It’s truly great, and exciting!

Lana Del Rey – Lolita

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Okay, so Lana Del Rey is one of those artists that either you love insanely, or you hate with a passion, and me? I love her insanely for reasons that would take me hours to explain. This song, Lolita, I can just imagine in some sort of party scene. It’s full of ‘black-lace’, and it’s got a ‘ghetto’ feel to it, which some characters represent to me, such as Molly and Arriane. (Please do not let this song put you off the entire play list if you dislike it!)

Skinny – Failure

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This song has such a vibey groove to it! I can almost image this song becoming Roland’s theme!

Hard-Fi – Living For The Weekend

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Again, I could see this song being featured in some sort of battle or battle preparation scene. Or maybe, even, the section of ending credits where visuals are shown crediting the main actors and production team before rolling all the cast and crew credits.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Swim And Sleep

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If there were to be a scene in the movie showing pre-Sword and Cross Luce having fun at a summer camp BBQ with Trevor and her friends, I think this song would be a great song to have in the background on some form of radio or something. It’s reasonably retro, but has a funky theme to it.

Sweet Baboo – Lets Go swimming wild.

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Like ‘no aphrodisiac’, I think this song could go very well in the background of the scene where Luce and Cam go to the bar.

The Dead Weather – I can’t Hear You

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I think this song would be perfect for the moment when Luce looks away from Daniel, embarrassed by his rude hand gesture to her. I can imagine this playing when Luce walks into her first class (just after her first interaction with Daniel), and the students are all plotting things, and messing around with each other whilst trying to dodge their teacher. It’s got a sexy, dangerous feel to it.

Massive Attack – Risingson

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I think this song could go well for when the fire breaks out in the library. With bells ringing, and people screaming, and alarms blaring, I think it could be one of the darkest moments in the movie.


~ Happy/Triumphant/Gleeful/Victory ~

Edward Sharpe And The magnetic zeros – All Wash Out

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I think that this beautiful song could go with two scenes.
1. When Luce and Daniel swim out to the rock together.
2. When Daniel tells Luce that he shall be with her soon on the island that she is taken to, and kisses her and as the plane goes into the distance.
(There’s a climactic section of this song near to the middle which could be the part where Luce is siting in the plane recollecting her and Daniel’s moments together so far, and her mentally preparing herself for their future.)

This song is gorgeous, and I think it would be really REALLY fantastic song to end the movie before the credits.

Matt Corby – Lighthome

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This song always makes me feel emotional, in a good way. I think it would also be a very good song to play when Luce and Daniel first kiss on the beach. I think with the dim glow of the sunset in the background, and Luce’s hair waving in the wind whilst Daniel passionately kisses her for the first time in this life, would be a really beautiful touch. At roughly 2:11, after the song’s climax, it would be really perfect to play the ending when Luce and Daniel are shown driving back to Sword and Cross, with them exchanging sweet glances now and again.

Angus And Julia Stone – You’re The One That I Want

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I think this song would go well in depicting a potentially ‘steamy’, passionate moment between Luce and Daniel kissing, where Daniel has to refrain from hurting her, and then afterwards, they just hold each other, embracing a beautiful moment together. This song is unique, because it’s a sultry cover of ‘you’re the one that I want’ from grease. It’s beautiful in the sense that it is NOTHING like the original version.

Vampire Weekend – Hannah Hunt


I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS SONG, AND THIS BAND!!! I really do believe that this song would go very well in the end credits of the movie! I want this song in the end credits more than anything else! The band, Vampire Weekend, are my all-time favourite band, and this song, ‘hannah hunt’ is off of their newly released third album, ‘modern vampires of the city’. Its a beautiful ballad with really really subtle elements of elements of country music and electronica. There’s a beautiful climax section to this song, which really will go well playing off into the very last names of the credits. I cannot stress how much I think that this song will embody the sheer beauty of the love story of Luce and Daniel. It’s also eerie, which makes it even more unique. The lyrics are also very beautiful, which will fit with the theme of the tale; time, and love. PLEASE INCLUDE THIS SONG AS THE END CREDITS PIECE! (I am also seeing them LIVE next month!)



LUCINDA PRICE – Ludovico Einaudi – Passagio OR Eisley – Marvelous Things

Passagio – this song has a playful theme to it, which symbolises youth, to me, which Luce has plenty of. It’s simply stunning, too.

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Marvelous Things – again, this song has, at first, a serious, dark theme to it, but then breaks out into a beautiful chorus full of youth and hope.

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DANIEL GRIGORI – Bridezilla – Mister Young

This song has a dark, powerful flow to it, which just screams something important and crucial to Daniel’s character. It’s full of excitement, but tells me that it could be worried, or tired.


CAMERON BRIEL – Mellowdrone – Orange Marmalade

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It’s a sleazy one. This song reminds of Cam, and how he can be a bit of a naughty boy with his attitude and image.

ARRIANE ALTER – Princess Chelsea – The Cigarette Duet

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This song is just as quirky as Arriane is!


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Penn was a hard choice, and I like this choice. It reminds me of her character, which is friendly, caring, somewhat positive, but still damaged at the same time.

GABRIELLE GIVENS – Primal Scream – Rocks

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I can just imagine Gabbe jumping up down to this song! She’s not a girly-girl, but she still has that sassy personality and look. This song is so bad ass, and I can just imagine her walking down the corridor, curls flowing, white pearly teeth gleaming with a massive smile, with everyone looking at her!

ROLAND SPARKS – Electric Guest – Awake OR Skinny – Failure

Awake – I always imagined Roland to have this cool, Californian vibe, what with his attitude and the dreads he has. This song has a funky feel to it that I love! It also sounds almost mischievous, which Roland is, by sneaking things in  to Sword and Cross. (I have also seen this band, Electric Guest twice LIVE. Both times have allowed me to meet the lead singer, Asa Tacconne!)

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Failure – Again, a groovey vibe!

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The song is just as gut wrenching as Molly is herself!!


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Published on May 28, 2013 10:38 • 380 views