All right everyone I am so ecstatic about this post today. New York Times best-selling author and poet, Ellen Hopkins is guest posting today on Journeys & Life as she sets out on her book tour promoting her latest novel Love Lies Beneath. This is such an incredible honor and I just want to thank Ellen for letting me take part in this and Amy Del Rosso with Lady Reader Bookstuff for putting it together.
For those of you who might be unfamiliar with Ellens work you can check out her bio below but Ellen previously wrote in verse on books like Smoke, Rumble, and Crank. She is now writing in prose for Love Lies Beneath. I thought my awesome readers (as well as myself) would be interested in hearing about the transition of switching styles so dramatically. In the same vein, I wanted to hear about any difficulties she had in her writing process with the change of style and if she would write in prose again. You can read her fabulous answer below.
Before moving into fiction, I was a freelance journalist and nonfiction author, so writing in prose comes naturally to me. On the flipside, I was also a poet, so the verse also flows readily. Truthfully, prose is much easier to do. I’ll finish writing and wonder how I put so many words on the page in such a short amount of time. With verse, every word must be the right word. Every word must count, and this can be a tedious process. Prose tends to be more wasteful, although I worked very hard not to be too excessive with the words while maintaining poetic devices like imagery, sound, and rhythm. Someone recently mentioned that the language in Love Lies Beneath is lush and poetic. The poet in me can’t quite shut up, I guess.
Prose is freeing. Verse is more challenging. I enjoy writing both ways, and will definitely continue to do so in the future. I am, in fact, currently writing the prose sequel to Love Lies Beneath (as yet untitled), which will release in 2016, along with a YA verse novel, Chameleon.
About The Book:
Love Lies Beneath
By: Ellen Hopkins
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: July 21, 2015
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Collateral comes a gripping novel about a woman caught in a love affair that could be her salvation…or her undoing.
Tara is gorgeous, affluent, and forty. She lives in an impeccably restored Russian Hill mansion in San Francisco. Once a widow, twice divorced, she’s a woman with a past she prefers keeping to herself.
Enter Cavin Lattimore. He’s handsome, kind, charming, and the surgeon assigned to Tara following a ski accident in Lake Tahoe. In the weeks it takes her to recover, Cavin sweeps her off her feet and their relationship blossoms into something Tara had never imagined possible. But then she begins to notice some strange things: a van parked outside her home at odd times, a break-in, threatening text messages and emails. She also starts to notice cracks in Cavin’s seemingly perfect personality, like the suppressed rage his conniving teenage son brings out in him, and the discovery that Cavin hired a detective to investigate her immediately after they met.
Now on crutches and housebound, Tara finds herself dependent on the new man in her life—perhaps too much so. She’s handling rocky relationships with her sister and best friend, who are envious of her glamour and freedom; her prickly brother-in-law, who is intimidated by her wealth and power; and her estranged mother. However perfect Tara’s life appears, things are beginning to get messy.
Writing in beautiful prose, Ellen Hopkins unveils a new style while evoking her signature poetic form that readers fell in love with in Collateral and Triangles.
Follow The Tour:
July 20th – Fangirlish – Review, Author InterviewJuly 20th – J & J Book Bangers – ReviewJuly 21st – Bookhounds – Review, Top TenJuly 21st – Reads All The Books – ReviewJuly 21st – Fiction Dreams – Guest PostJuly 22nd – Between The Pages Book Blog – Review, Interview, Top TenJuly 23rd – Actin’ Up With Books – ReviewJuly 23rd – All For Love of the Word – ReviewJuly 24th – Books & Bling – ReviewJuly 24th – Ramblings of a Perpetual New Girl – Review, Author InterviewJuly 27th – Backseats and Airports – ReviewJuly 28th – Books and Ladders – ReviewJuly 29th – Journeys & Life – Guest PostJuly 29th – Book Chic – Review, Author InterviewJuly 29th – Room With Books – Spotlight/ ExcerptJuly 30th – Bibliophilia,
Please – Guest PostJuly 31st – Alec John Belle – ReviewJuly 31st – Bookish – Debbie – ReviewJuly 31st – Pixie Vixen Book Reviews – ReviewJuly 31st – Heather Ann Book Reviews
About The Author:
“After eight highly successful young adult novels-in-verse, I decided to explore more mature subject matter and wrote my first two novels for adults utilizing my signature verse-style formatting. I changed directions with my third, Love Lies Beneath, choosing to write in prose to better connect with an older audience, some of whom might be resistant to the fiction/verse merger.
I will continue to write YA, of course. (My twelfth YA novel publishes Fall 2015.) Teen characters are hugely appealing to me. But some topics I want to write about demand adults as main characters. My first adult novel, Triangles, explores midlife directional changes, and my second, Collateral, follows a Marine couple through four deployments, with the inevitable consequences. Please visit the BOOKS page here to learn more.
Love Lies Beneath is sexy, chilling noir fiction about a woman who has it all—wealth, beauty, possessions; everything, except love, which she finally discovers at forty, after three failed marriages. While everything is perfect at first, things change when the doctor’s teenage son moves in. It’s then the lies begin to appear. But who, in fact, is the liar?
Expect the sequel to Love Lies Beneath in 2016 and more books for mature audiences in the future.”