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New York Times bestselling author Livia Blackburne wrote her first novel while researching the neuroscience of reading at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since then, she’s switched to full-time writing, which also involves getting into people’s heads but without the help of a 3 Tesla MRI scanner.

She is also the author of MIDNIGHT THIEF (an Indies Introduce New Voices selection), DAUGHTER OF DUSK, and ROSEMARKED (an Amazon best book of the month and YALSA Teens Top Ten Nominee).

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Livia Blackburne Yes, I'm currently working on a new unrelated YA series. Can't share much at the moment, but I've been researching PTSD, the persian empire, history…moreYes, I'm currently working on a new unrelated YA series. Can't share much at the moment, but I've been researching PTSD, the persian empire, history of medicine, terminal illness, archery, and fencing.(less)
Livia Blackburne Yes, James plays a major role in the second book. The current draft even has two scenes from his point of view, but that may change with future…moreYes, James plays a major role in the second book. The current draft even has two scenes from his point of view, but that may change with future versions.(less)
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Questions I'm asking while revising UMBERTOUCHED

I'm editing Umbertouched right now, the sequel to Rosemarked. If the first draft reads like a manuscript written in fifteen minute increments at 3am while breastfeeding, that's because... well, it was.  So I'm doing a big overhaul right now with my editors, and I thought I'd share some of the questions guiding my revision.

1.    Does every side character have a goal/personality/?
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“Risk is everywhere. Only the nobles have the luxury of a long easy life. Justice, vengeance, the ability to carve out your own fate instead of being herded like an animal. Sometimes it’s worth dying for.”
Livia Blackburne, Poison Dance

“The process doesn’t end there. Stories are more than just images. As you continue in the tale, you get to know the characters, motivations and conflicts that make up the core of the story. This requires more parts of the brain. Some parts process emotion. Others infer the thoughts of others, letting us empathize with their experiences. Yet other parts package the experience into memories for future reflection”
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“It is better to die honorably and render yourself immortal than live to old age and fade to dust.”
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Livia Blackburne, Dalle parole al cervello

“Someday, Locke Lamora,” he said, “someday, you’re going to fuck up so magnificently, so ambitiously, so overwhelmingly that the sky will light up and the moons will spin and the gods themselves will shit comets with glee. And I just hope I’m still around to see it.”
“Oh please,” said Locke. “It’ll never happen.”
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“I don't have to beat you. I don't have to beat you, motherfucker. I just have to keep you here... until Jean shows up.”
Scott Lynch, The Lies of Locke Lamora

“I can't wait to have words with the Gray King when this shit is all finished," Locke whispered. "There's a few things I want to ask him. Philosophical questions. Like, 'How does it feel to be dangled out a window by a rope tied around your balls, motherfucker?”
Scott Lynch, The Lies of Locke Lamora

“Nice bird, asshole!”
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message 21: by Gia✨

Gia✨ Thankyou for accepting my friend request. I love your books. They're one of my favorite. Can't wait to read more books by you! :)


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Iain Iain Read my first authored book free! It uses a Creative Commons 3.0 license.

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Can I have a review please?


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Ugbomeh Hi Livia, thanks for acceptance......have a nice day


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Kingdom Thanks for the friendship Livia.


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Jaree Francis


Free sample of the There's No Tomorrow
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Leon Shure Thanks for adding me as a friend,

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Jaree Francis Twilight fanfiction is up. 'No Apologies' edition >
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message 11: by Mia

Mia Adorable Wow you do have an interesting collection! Just wanted to say hi. take care.


message 10: by Jaree

Jaree Francis You have quite an interesting collection of books

- Jay


message 9: by Livia

Livia Blackburne Steve wrote: "Hi Livia. I've been watching with interest the books you have been adding to your lists recently, and I am amazed at how much we have in common. Expecially the David Eddings series. I had forgotte..."

Hi Steve,

I read a whole lot of fantasy back in high school. I've actually read the Mallorean and a few triologies in his other world too, but don't remember them well enough to rate them.


message 8: by Steve

Steve Opperman Hi Livia. I've been watching with interest the books you have been adding to your lists recently, and I am amazed at how much we have in common. Expecially the David Eddings series. I had forgotten those almost completely, but I enjoyed them so much. There are quite a few others I've read that you have reminded me about. I need to update my list. Hope you are having a fabulous weekend. Talk to you soon.

Steve


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Livia Blackburne Sambath wrote: "Hi, Livia. Thank you for the request. I checked out your blog. It's very insightful. Keep up the good work.

Sambath"


Thanks for checking out the blog, Sambath :-)


Sambath Meas Hi, Livia. Thank you for the request. I checked out your blog. It's very insightful. Keep up the good work.

Sambath


message 5: by Livia

Livia Blackburne LINCOLN wrote: "Hi, Livia!

I am completely stoked to be your friend! Neuroscience -- hmmm? There's no science to the fact that most writers are a bit crazy LOL :D (I sure am!)"


Neuroscientists are just as crazy...


Lincoln Hi, Livia!

I am completely stoked to be your friend! Neuroscience -- hmmm? There's no science to the fact that most writers are a bit crazy LOL :D (I sure am!)


Roxanne Hi Livia. Happy to meet another YA writer.


message 2: by Steve

Steve Opperman Thanks Livia for the Friend Request. I'm honored to have you as friend and fellow reader. Best wishes in your advanced pursuits.


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Laura Thanks for the friend request!


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