I am quite excited to have Lori M. Lee on the blog today! She is the owner of the gorgeousness above. *SHINY! makes grabby hands* She graciously answered some of the very thought provoking and hard hitting questions I asked her. ;)
Wow, this is a tough one. Maybe The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. It's still one of my favorites, and I related quite a bit to the children. And of course, their adventures through Narnia was an escape from the ordinary that I craved for.
2. Favorite candy and cookie-- and then b/c we're equal opportunity on this blog-- fav healthy snack?
Ha! Fav healthy snack. Good one. *elbow/eyebrow wiggle* My favorite candy changes monthly. Right now, York Peppermints. YUM. Cookie: chunky chocolate chip. And I suppose if I must think of a healthy snack... fruit. I think that counts? Mangoes especially. Mmmm.
3. Writing can be hard, and I know more than once some of us have entertained the thought of quitting (and maybe doing something easy like hand-feeding Great Whites). What advice would you give to a writer who's feeling a bit down and out?
I know "Don't give up" is a cliche, but while it's still absolutely true, it isn't terribly helpful in a practical sense. So here's what *I* do when I'm on the edge. I find one of my favorite books and revisit everything I love about it. It could be the world building, or the way a character transforms from the first chapter to the last, or the author's talent for description, or just a particular evocative passage that strikes you. These are the books that drive me to be better--to not just write a book but to craft a story. As long as the spark is still there, you need only reignite it.
4. Your mc, Kai, has to pick between a denim jacket with rhinestone buttons or a fleece jacket with a hood. What would she go with?
Kai would admire the denim jacket, but she is practical at heart. Survival has always been her main concern. Seeing as Ninurta is pretty warm most months of the year, she wouldn't need the fleece jacket. So she would pick the denim jacket with rhinestone buttons and then sell it. That money could help her and her brother get out of the Labyrinth someday.
5. Could you share one of your favorite sentences from Gates of Thread and Stone?
Death smiled. “Time has ever been my ally.”
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In a city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret—she can manipulate the threads of time. When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of her ever since. Kai doesn’t know where her ability comes from—or where she came from. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together, and maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai’s only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and intrigues her.
Then Reev disappears. When keeping silent and safe means losing him forever, Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. She will leave the only home she’s ever known and risk getting caught up in a revolution centuries in the making. But to save Reev, Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique power.