ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
NY Times & USA Today Best-selling author, Carey Corp, wrote her first book, a brilliant retelling of Star Wars, at the prodigious age of seven. Since then, her love affair of reinvention has continued to run amuck. Writing both literary fiction and stories for young adults, she begins each morning consuming copious amounts of coffee while weaving stories that capture her exhaustive imagination. She harbors a voracious passion (in no consistent order) for mohawks, Italy, musical theater, chocolate, and Jane Austen. Her debut novel for teens, The Halo Chronicles: The Guardian, earned her national recognition as 2010 Golden Heart finalist and more recently made the N Times Best-seller list. Coming Sept, 2015: Shades of Doon (book 3 of the 4 book Doon series), a young adult series loosely based on the concept of the musical Brigadoon, used with permission from the Alan Jay Lerner Estate & the Frederick Loewe Foundation, and co-written with Lorie Langdon.
A few years ago, Lorie Langdon left her thriving corporate career with a Fortune 500 company to satisfy the voices in her head. Now as a full-time author and stay-at-home mom, she spends her summers editing poolside while dodging automatic water-gun fire, and the rest of the year tucked into her cozy office, Havanese puppy by her side, working to translate her effusive imagination into the written word. Her co-written four-book series, DOON, a YA reimagining of the Scottish legend of Brigadoon, will release beginning in August 2013 from Zondervan/Harper Collins.
Veronica doesn’t think she’s going crazy. But why can’t anyone else see the mysterious blond boy who keeps popping up wherever she goes? When her best friend, Mackenna, invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Veronica jumps at the opportunity to leave her complicated life behind for a few months.
But the Scottish countryside holds other plans.
Not only has the imaginary kilted boy followed her to Alloway, she and Mackenna uncover a strange set of rings and a very unnerving letter from Mackenna’s great aunt—and when the girls test the instructions Aunt Gracie left behind, they find themselves transported to a land that defies explanation. Doon seems like a real-life fairy tale, complete with one prince who has eyes for Mackenna and another who looks suspiciously like the boy from Veronica’s daydreams. But Doon has a dark underbelly as well. The two girls could have everything they’ve longed for…or they could end up breaking an enchantment and find themselves trapped in a world that has become a nightmare.
DOON is loosely based on the premise of the musical Brigadoon, with permission from the ALan Jay Lerner Estate and the Frederick Loewe Foundation. Follow the journey at http://www.DoonSeries.com
In this sequel to Doon, Mackenna Reid realizes she made a horrible mistake—choosing to follow her dreams of Broadway instead of staying in the enchanted land of Doon. To make everything worse, she’s received her Calling—proof she and Duncan are each other’s one true love—and it’s pure torment, especially when visions of the very alluring Scottish prince appear right before she goes on stage. So when Duncan tells her an ancient curse threatens to overtake Doon and the new queen needs her to return, Kenna doesn’t have to think twice. With darkness closing in on all sides, Kenna and Vee must battle a world of nightmares in order to protect the kingdom. But it will take the ultimate test of courage for Kenna to salvage her happily ever after.
After cheating death, Veronica Welling is determined to savor every moment in her idyllic kingdom with both her true love and best friend by her side at last. At the same time, Mackenna Reid is enthusiastically building her new life and a theater with her prince. But just as their dreams of happiness are within reach, the world Vee and Kenna have chosen is ripped away, leaving them to face their most horrific challenge yet—their old lives.
Thrust out of Doon, the best friends are confronted with tormentors from their past and no way to return to their adopted land. When the MacCrae brothers rush to their rescue, the girls’ situation turns from nightmare to modern-day fairy tale. But their happiness could be short lived: unbeknownst to them, someone in their closest circle is aiding the witch of Doon in her bid to destroy the kingdom once and for all.
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RANDOM FACTS: [COURTESY OF DOONSERIES.COM]
- Lorie and Vee both likes bad boys.
- Carey and Kenna prefer the boy next door, good guy.
- Lorie is not as angsty as Vee … Carey loves angst.
- Both Carey and Lorie love musicals but Carey is the die-hard, Playbill-obsessed drama geek who lettered in theater.
- Carey and Kenna differ greatly in their favorite Broadway musicals. Carey likes dark, angsty musicals the best while Kenna likes anything with great roles for her. Fortunately, then can agree on the awesomness of Sondheim.
- Lorie has a bit of a fairytale obsession. Carey thinks she would make a great Snow White!
- Like Kenna, Carey does spill things on her boobs. Unlike Kenna, Carey’s hair is brown.
- Lorie saw Brigadoon at the age of 18.
- Carey listens to show tunes A LOT! Her favorite musical is Spring Awakening. Kenna’s is Wicked.
- Unlike Vee, Lorie was never a cheerleader. Like Vee, she was too scared to try out for plays. Now she is very, very brave!
- Carey performed in Into the Woods, Children of Eden, Music Man, Hello Dolly, Once Upon a Mattress and many other musicals despite her inability to sing. She once had a director confiscate her tambourine due to lack of rhythm.
- Carey’s favorite obscure musicals are Was (based on the novel of the same name by Geoff Ryman), Bat Boy: The Musical, and Aces.
Question & Answer:
What urged you to be an author?
Lorie: I’ve wanted to be an author since I read my first Judy Blume novel, but when I entered college that didn’t seem like a practical career choice, so I chose another path. It took many years of working in the business world for me to go back to my true calling.
Carey: I’ve always enjoyed writing, but I felt compelled to tell a story after having a crazy dream. I’d watched a live-action version of Peter Pan the evening before and after dreaming about it all night, I woke up and captured the dream. It became the first chapter of my book Shades of Neverland.
What’s your writing routine?
Lorie: I’m most creative in the morning. So as soon as my kids leave for school, I begin writing. I usually have a daily word count goal and try to meet or exceed that goal before doing anything else.
Carey: Like Lorie, I’m also a morning writer. I write from 5-7 am before my kids get up for school.
What’s the easiest and hardest thing about writing?
Lorie: It depends on the day! But in general, the easiest thing is coming up with new book ideas, the hardest is sticking with them until the end.
Carey: The easiest about writing is the ideas. For me, the hardest thing about writing is balancing out my schedule and making time to write. It always feels like when I’m writing I’m ignoring other needs … family, household (cooking, cleaning, etc.), work. It’s hard to block out everything else that needs to be done. That’s why a regular routine and schedule are so effective for me.
Do you do lots of research for your book?
Lorie: Carey and I both love history and enjoy research, but we typically research as we write and try not to spend too much time researching things that may not end up in the books.
Carey: Research can become a rabbit hole that authors disappear down. You’re never going to get every detail right. So if it’s not a quick thing Google, I put the story first and then go back and research anything I feel needs to be firmed up.
What draws you to write the genre you do?
Lorie: Fantasy romance is my favorite genre to read, so it make sense that I like to write it! J
Carey: For me, DOON is a little bit of everything I love: romance, fairy tales, pop-culture, zombies, Buffy, Supernatural, Broadway, humor, angst, Once Upon a Time, bromances, womances, magical realism, Scotland, and a good underdog story.
Do you aim for the same amount of words/pages each time?
Carey: No. I have chapter goals. However, when I finish a chapter, I always try to start the next one. I hate facing a blank page. If I’ve got an opening paragraph or even a snippet of dialogue, it makes it easier to springboard into the next chapter.
*Thank you so much Author Lorie Landon and Author Carey Corp for answering the interview questions I sent. It was wonderful contacting you!