We posted our review of Beautiful Beginnings and were so sad but happy to for the book. It’s just as great as the other books in the series. We’d like to thank Christina Lauren for doing another interview with us. We adore them so!
Beautiful Beginnings, as far as we know is set to be the last book in the series. What can we do to get you to write a Hanna and Will spinoff?
Ha ha thank you! It’s so amazing to see how much people are loving Will and Hanna! Will there be more? We’re working on something new that we promise readers will find equally sweet and smutty right now, but who knows? These books are so fun that as long as we have great ideas and great characters, we could maaaaybe possibly be convinced to write more. Especially if cookies are involved. JS. This is a horrible answer but never say never.
The series started off telling the story of Chloe and Bennett. Did you set out to end with them married or did the story just seem to progress that way?
It’s funny because at the end of Beautiful Bastard we thought ok, that’s it, Chloe and Bennett’s story is done. We never anticipated how much readers would want more. And once we had Max and Will in our heads and added to our crazy little gang, their stories all just sort of unfolded. We could probably write these guys sitting around a table at Thanksgiving and STILL have the time of our lives.
In one series you were able to create six characters, three relationships – that really are separate lives, but intertwine. What did you enjoy most about writing so many different lives? What was the hardest part?
The best part is probably how different they all are, and seeing how each couple has their own big cheering squad. At first readers only wanted more Bennett . . . until they met Max . . . then Will. Nothing will get you tacklehugged faster than showing up to a signing with a Team Pantyripper, Team Stella, or Team Will shirt.
The hardest might be not getting carried away with the silly. Have we mentioned how fun these books are??
We asked you this last time, but we figured we’d ask again (as a you know silent plea to do it) – any plans for a Beautiful Bastard lingerie line?
WHERE DO WE SIGN
People can say that the series is about sex, but we’ve grown to think it’s more about the relationships and love and the blurred lines in between. What do you hope that people take away from the series?
WE LOVE THIS ANSWER! These characters are sexy and smart and strong and did we mention sexy? So of course there’s going to be some shenanigans afoot. Do our characters get a little frisky? Um… YES. But we really try and make sure that each sex scene is there for a reason. In Bastard it’s because they’re both stubborn idiots, and the only time they really let their walls down are when their pants are down as well. Ahem. But hopefully it works, and readers see that the story and characters grow through the lemony goodness, and it’s not just there because we’re piglets. Even though we totally are.
A quick game of F@ck, Marry, Kill. And go – using the characters – Bennett, Will, and Max
Christina: I’m going to have a panic attack. If I have to answer… K: Max (omg I’m sorry Max cries), F: Will, M: Bennett. Swear to god this answer changes every single time.
Lauren: Kill: Max. Fuck: Will. Marry: Bennett. Ugh, it hurts.
Six books in one year is quite a lot. But you guys keep teasing that you have something new that you are editing? When do we get to find out what is happening next?
Our YA book Sublime was announced last week on Hollywood Reporter and CAN WE JUST SAY HOW EXCITED WE ARE?? It went on submission before we sold the Beautiful Books and then when we received a request for revisions, we were on such a tight deadline that we had to put them on hold! Thankfully, our editor Zareen was willing to wait. We made the changes and it sold in June.
But of course we’d be lost without our saucy books, too, and we have five more adult romance (read: smutty) books headed to readers. The first one, Sweet Filthy Boy, with our Beautiful series editor, Adam Wilson, will be out in June! We can’t wait for readers to discover how the Wild Seasons series ties in to the Beautiful series! As for more Beautifuls? See answer #1: never say never.
EXCLUSIVE: We Discuss The Important Stuff With Hailee Steinfeld – Like Why She Got Bangs »
We love Hailee Steinfeld. At the recent Ender’s Game Junket here in Los Angeles, we spoke with Hailee (along with our friends from That’s Normal). She’s such a doll, and we are very thankful for all the time that she spent with us. Ender’s Game is in theater’s today.
Q: What made you decide to get bangs?
Hailee: I had them when I was younger. I took in a couple pictures and I was like I want bangs and I want them to look exactly like that. I think I was 12 or 13. I brought in these pictures and I was like I want it to look just like that, not realizing that I didn’t have the same hair that the girl in the magazine did. I was really disappointed when I got home, then the next day when I had to do them myself. So I let them grow out. I have kind of just been having this thing where I have wanted them for awhile. I am doing a film with Kyle Newman called Barely Lethal and we decided give the character a little bit of (points up at bangs).
Q: I am excited about Barely Lethal.
Hailee: Thanks, me too. I am fight training right now, and I can’t move. We’ve got an incredible cast coming together.
Hailee: So ya, I kinda just wanted my character in this film to look a little different.
Q: Do you relate to your character in Ender’s Game in any way?
Hailee: I do. I think one of the main similarities is that my character in this film is placed in this world where she has to act to like an adult. And in someways, where I never acted like an adult, you know I am in this world where there are a lot of adults and a lot of time it’s called for to be more mature then I am. There is a lot of that. So I think that is definitely a similarity. Just sort of finding your way. Petra is constantly having to mask any sort of feeling that she has of wanting to youthful or innocent or sad or anything. Any of those emotions she constantly has to sort of mask. I don’t have to do that thankfully. The closest similarity in terms of that is just sort of finding yourself.
Q: If you could play any other character in the movie, who would it be?
Hailee: l love Bonzo. I think the interesting thing about that character is he does somethings that you know he doesn’t want to do, but he does it anyways. He does it out of confusion and does it out of instinct and Moises Arias does it so well. There’s Ender – I mean I don’t know that I would want to play any other role because they have been done so well. Ya, I don’t know. Maybe Coronel Graff. That would be kind of cool.
Q: Do you think that the story would have played out differently if Ender was a girl?
Hailee: In what way? Just in General?
Q: Just in general.
Hailee: I think it could play out differently. I don’t know that it would play too differently, because the circumstances are still the same. They are so strict and so exact that there is no room for it to change regardless of gender. I think that is what is so interesting. My character has this nice balance of softness and feminism within that group of guys. That’s a really interesting question. I think it would play out as differently as it could.
Q: What are you currently obsessed with?
Q: What do you like to bake?
Hailee: Everything. I will go on the internet and try to find the most complicated thing ever and spend hours in the kitchen baking really yummy stuff, and I eat all of it.
Q: What kind of music do you listen to?
Hailee: I listen to everything. My brother who is 19, we’ve listened to a lot of classic rock. A lot of pop and R&B, and a little bit of rap. A little bit of everything. I am into it all.
Q: Are there any scenes that you guys filmed that didn’t make the final cut that you wish would have?
Hailee: I don’t think so. But there were so many outtakes that I want to see more then the film. Not even kidding. We had so many moments, from dogpiling on wires in the air at the end of a rig or being on the practical sets and forgetting lines and just cracking up laughing. There is so much that went on like that and I would love to see it all.
Q: I was lucky enough to visit the set, it was so beautiful.
Hailee: It really was. It is amazing to think how practical these sets are, but they are so futuristic. The way that they were done, the way that they are, they are so beautiful.
Q: I have to say you have blossomed since set. When I first met you I thought, oh she’s so young, and now I am like she’s more mature then I am.
Hailee: No. (laughs) It’s been over a year. Almost two years. It’s been a long time. And it’s funny to see, you know everyone around you grow up – in those three to four months, let alone from then to now. I think our reunion that is just about to happen at the premiere will be pretty exciting, just to see everybody, and be together again.
Q: Did you keep intouch with a lot of people?
Hailee: Oh ya. I see Moises all the time. Khylin and Aramis I talk to. Asa and I have been traveling everywhere together. I talk to Abby. And that is what is so cool too. Having worked with friends my age, I walked away with some of my best friends. I think that’s pretty cool.
Q: What’s the best piece of advice you have received from someone in this business?
Hailee: I have received so much advice from so many talented people, that I find different pieces of advice will come up at different times. One that I have gotten from more then one person has been as simple as have fun. I don’t take anything too seriously. I constantly remind myself of that because it’s so easy to get to wrapped up in all this stuff, and take yourself too seriously, and you forget to have fun. I like to go by that.
Q: What’s one life lesson that you took away from Ender’s Game?
Hailee: The Importance of Team Work. I have been home schooled since sixth grade and I remember being in the classroom and being paired with people for a project or something like that. But with Ender’s Game – having met the guys a couple of weeks before we started filming and over the course of the three month shoot, we just became this team. It was incredible and it comes through on screen. The fact that we were in this together – we’re all away from home and we’re all experiencing the same thing at the same time. I think that’s just a really important thing to have. A good source of communication and a sense of team.
EXCLUSIVE: David Levithan and Susane Colasanti Talk Trust »
Today’s Halloween and yeah, yeah, I hear all of you saying, “Duh,” in your heads, but it’s also the very last day of October. And here at Fangirlish, we have been celebrating Teen Read Week which has come and gone and now we are saying goodbye to October, National Bullying Prevention Month with one last video interview from the Less Than Three Conference.
Below David Levithan and Susane Colasanti speak about trust, the trust between an editor and writer which actually is a good metaphorical look at true friendship:
Because that’s what friends do. They trust each other in ways they cannot, will not trust other people and open themselves up to critique and instruction from that good friend in hopes of transforming into the best person they can be. No one wants to be a sucky version of themselves and sometimes we lose sight of the real person we are, and are not honest with ourselves and this is where a friend really helps out.
The thing is, too many times we do self-bully ourselves worse than any bully outside of us has ever done. We internalize mean words, hateful actions or even just flyaway comments that eventually turn into something dark, twisted and ugly festering inside of us that many times we are aware of but just cannot get rid of on our own.
This people is what The Less Than Three Conference focused on… we might be our own worst enemies after being bullied, because instead of accepting the love, allowing ourselves to be cherished; we let the bullies win by taking their words and making them our internal truths. And yet, those voices in our head, the ones that come from that very wrong place we’ve allowed inside, is a liar which lies. We are looking through “foggy lenses” as Carrie Ryan explained when talking about her own struggles to see herself differently after so long of believing what others had said about her.
Today though, Halloween is a great day to find a connection with someone. People in costumes feel free to be silly and are less prone to embarrassment when others around them are costumed. Everyone blends together and yet you learn a lot about a person based upon the costume they are wearing. So who’s up for it? Who is willing to put themselves out there, to start a friendship and develop a relationship where trust leads to transformation and bettering yourself?
My wish is for everyone who has been reading these Less Than Three Conference Exclusives… that all of you find that person to connect with. May the force be with you… May the odds be ever in your favor… Best of luck, lovelies!
Susane Colasanti is the bestselling author of When It Happens, Take Me There, Waiting for You,Something Like Fate, So Much Closer, Keep Holding On, and All I Need. Susane has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Astrophysics/Earth and Space Science with a minor in psychology. She has a master’s degree from New York University in Science Education 7-12, Teachers of Physics. Before becoming a full-time author in 2007, Susane was a high school science teacher for ten years.
As a teenage Jersey girl, Susane felt like her true home was across the water in New York City. The Knowing began when she saw Late Night with David Letterman for the first time in junior high. The show always started by zooming in on the Twin Towers, friends she carries in her heart. She lives in downtown Manhattan.
David Levithan is an American young-adult fiction editor and award-winning author. His first book, Boy Meets Boy, was published in 2003. He has written numerous works featuring strong male gay characters, most notably Boy Meets Boy and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. His most recent novels are titled Two Boys Kissing and Invisibility with Andrea Cremer. You can find a full list of his works HERE. (Sorry he did not have a nice easy bio page for me to copy here.)
Also, don’t forget to head to the other Less Than Three Exclusive blogs for a compilation of many anti-bullying resources. Even if you aren’t being bullied, you no doubt know someone who is and these resources are to teach everyone and give us the knowledge to help others. (Just type in Less Than Three into our search engine and it will bring them all up for you.)
EXCLUSIVE: T. M. Goeglein Addresses How Bullying Sometimes is a Faceless Crime »
“No one ever deserves it,” and yet so much of bullying is how one sees themself through the eyes of others. We are not excused from critical analysis by our looks, by our so-called smarts, fashion sense, home life and all the other things people feel they have a right to commentate on. Life today relies so heavily on snark and snarky, smart-ass comments that sometimes we forget the people on the receiving end of those words. Kindness is such an under-appreciated response to all things socially viable and in an international culture that values a smart mouth — that it can get you out of all sorts of situations or that humor comes only in the form of wise-cracking putdowns, the ultimate display of dominance in today’s dog-eat-dog world.
(NOTE: No potential triggers in this video that I can tell.)
The Less Than Three Conference wants you to know it doesn’t have to be that way. There should be no reason to find your self-worth in putting others down or making them feel bad. If that is the way you build yourself up, you are not going about it the right way. You will eventually find people only like you out of fear and in that interim, you will have destroyed and hurt so many others that they will be searching desperately for real friends who do build them up and understand the importance of kindness in all things.
Even if you don’t know the person or you think the person’s views are ridiculous, leaving hateful anonymous comments does not lead to discussion or intelligent choices. Whenever you can, you should be encouraging growth of character and frank conversations, because as far as humanity goes, it is the best way to build a better future. If you have to hide behind your computer, user name, or an identity you’ve created to keep the real person you are from being known so that you can speak meanly, make threats, bully others about; your existence still leads to the misery of others who do choose to put themselves out there, to be honest with their real selves in hopes of finding a place to belong… truly belong.
Isn’t that what everyone’s looking for? A place to connect on multiple levels with another human in a way that they don’t feel so alone, like an outcast. And no one is exempt from this need. Be careful what you say and how you say it.
On the flip side of this too, never assume you cannot make a difference with your words either. T. M. Goeglein spoke of multiple friends who he thought had it all together, and yet, each one of them felt out of place, as though they did not fit in. He found himself in the unique position of being the one person with a simple compliment or an invitation to a party and making it all about the fun rather than the event — he became the example of the nicer side of their peer group. ”Never think no matter what you say, it won’t help — if you have the chance to say something positive, do it,” he explained when telling his story.
Don’t you agree. Let’s make this world a better place for everyone. Do not let the facelessness of online social media allow you to become less than the best friend, the kind activist you need others to be to you. Because afterall, the golden rule still stands today: Do unto others as you would have them do to you.
T.M. Goeglein began his career as a writer of print and television ads for a host of advertising and media companies. As a screenwriter, he created both original scripts and worked as a script doctor for several production companies in Los Angeles. He was an original contributor to the Huffington Post ‘Living’ section, and continues to write for both the national edition and Huffington Post Chicago. Read T.M. Goeglein’s stories on the Huffington Post.
His debut young adult novel, COLD FURY, was published by Penguin/Putnam on July 24, 2012 and was the first in a trilogy. Since June 2013, it is also available in paperback. The second installment in the Cold Fury series, FLICKER & BURN, hit the market on August 20, 2013. The author is currently working on the third book. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Laura, and two young children.
The Less Than Three Conference this past Saturday, October 19th featured a panel on cyberbullying. Here at Fangirlish we see a lot of that happen in various fandoms, and the comments get quite mean and violent sometimes and so much so that these pockets are making headlines. Not only that, “bullying kills” takes on new meaning when teens from around the United States are taking their own lives because they cannot escape the hellish confines of bullying from peers since it follows them home on their computer, their phone, through texts and various social media.
Shaming and bullying someone because of their likes or dislikes in a fandom seems especially harsh and an extreme abuse of privilege when fandom is a specific happy place created by fans who are suppose to band together in a unified love. Let’s hold onto to that unified positive momentum, yeah?!
Below Lisa McMann tells fangirlish she thinks fandom is just the place to find like-minded people who could be creating conversation rather than bullying and feeding the hate (NOTE: There is no potential triggers as far as I can tell in this video):
Lisa McMann lives and writes in the Phoenix area. Her books include the NYT bestselling paranormal WAKE trilogy, CRYER’S CROSS, DEAD TO YOU, and the dystopian fantasy series THE UNWANTEDS. (Book 3, Unwanteds: ISLAND OF FIRE came out September 3rd, 2013 and the Fourth in the Unwanteds series is called ISLAND OF LEGENDS).
There is nothing more surreal then sitting in the Dauntless pit- well at least when you are on the set of the highly anticipated DIVERGENT movie. DIVERGENT has been a large part of my life since January of 2011. I had imagined the pit, what it would be like to be sitting the the hub of everything Dauntless. I looked to the left and to the right – taking in the walls and thinking, this is so much better then I ever could have imagined.
If I closed my eyes, I could imagine the sounds of the chasm and I thought for a second – I could totes rock the black and tattoo’s that would identify me as Dauntless.
But my day dreaming was brought to a quick stop, when I heard the sound of positivity walking in the room. And yes, I mean that. When Shailene Woodley enters a room, it’s like light follows her in. Standing beside her was the tiniest person I had ever seen, Zoe Kravitz. They both smiled at each other and then looked at us. Shailene carried with her, her signature mason jar full of tea (memo to myself – try that one day).
Shailene was enthusiastic as they walked closer to the table, looking at all of us and saying, “Hi guys! WHAT’S CRACKIN’? What’s happening?”. Each of our expressions was surreal. She was a far cry from what we had expected, but somehow even more perfect. Zoe and Shailene started to mess with the pack on her back and we started to ask our questions. There is one thing you learn quickly with set visits- time is limited, so you don’t waste any.
Shailene, was it intimidating for you to come into sort of a heroic type of YA literature role?
Shailene: Um, it was intimidating because of the word heroic. I don’t think Tris is a hero necessarily- she’s not a super hero and she’s not like an action star, she’s just a normal girl who’s put in a very elevated situation and she has to rise to the occasion. Just in the same way had it been Christina who had been in this situation, she would have risen to that event. I don’t think that Tris is more special than anyone else, she’s just the one that has to be girl who has to get her shit together.
We are pleased to be part of the Indigo Blog Tour, by Gina Linko. Here’s our exclusive interview with Gina Linko.
How would you describe your book in 5 words or less?
Spooky, romantic, empowering, hopeful (that’s hard to do!!)
What inspired you to set Indigo in New Orleans?
I love to do research for my novels, and I was doing a bunch of research on sixth senses, and I got the idea like, “What if there were clusters of people with sixth senses?” Like places in which the environment worked to produce more people with ESP or clairvoyance, etc. The environment as a catalyst of sorts. Of course, I kept going with this idea and my brain immediately matched that idea up with New Orleans. It has such a rich history of things just beyond the edge of reason — ghosts, fortune tellers, the macabre, voodoo, everything.
What’s something you admire about Corrine?
Corrine is able to change. That is an admirable quality in someone: the ability, the strength to recognize something in yourself that is not optimal and to work to better it.
How would you describe Corrine and Rennick’s relationship?
Stormy, for sure. Destined, maybe. I love their relationship so much; it’s one of my favorite things about the book. They are so good for each other in so many ways, and I like to think it is very much like a real relationship, not an idealized account. Just two authentic people tuning into and understanding the other’s real self, underneath it all.
What was one of your favorite elements in your book to create?
See above! Their relationship was so superfun to write. I love the push and pull of their relationship, their romantic moments, their fights, all of it.
Plus, I LOVED writing the moments in which Corrine experiences the touch. Describing the sensations — the power — of the indigo touch, it was really fun. The burning sensation under her ribs, the indigo lens, the electricity under her skin. I love the creative freedom of writing it, trying different things out, and then I relish when I get it just right, when it seems like it could be real! It kind of freaks me out!
About The Book
A moment that changes everything. . . .
Caught in an unexpected spring squall, Corrine’s first instinct is to protect her little sister Sophie after a nasty fall. But when Corrine reaches out to comfort her sister, the exact opposite occurs. Her touch–charged with an otherworldly force and bursting with blinding indigo color–surges violently from Corrine to her sister. In an instant, Sophie is dead. From that moment on, Corrine convinces herself that everyone would be better off if she simply withdrew from life. When her family abruptly moves to New Orleans, Corrine’s withdrawal is made all the easier. No friends. No connections. No chance of hurting anyone. But strange things continue to happen around her in this haunting, mystical city. And she realizes that her power cannot be ignored, especially when Rennick, a talented local artist with a bad-boy past, suggests another possibility: Corrine might have the touch. An ability to heal those around her. But knowing what happened to her sister, can Corrine trust her gift?
“People don’t like the answer, ‘I don’t know,’” A.S. King pointed out during the LGBTQ Bullying Panel at the Less Than Three Conference, Saturday. It’s a pertinent observation, especially when you’re a teen, because as much as teens would like to believe they are getting to a place where they have answers, many times they are just discovering how much they really don’t know about life or about themselves. It sucks and it leaves them vulnerable, open to the lies bullies tend to tell.
“It was confusing and only got more confusing,” King says of her high school years where people would spell out her sexuality to her even though she didn’t know at all. And while King feels she never truly did come to terms with the labels and boxes out there, she always knew one truth in her life. She wanted to be the nice one, the one to find an awesome love where she felt like herself and allowed the other person to be his or herself and that together they fit in a way where nothing mattered except how they felt about each other.
So maybe King sounds idealistic, but who doesn’t want that for every single person they love. Who cares what society names things anyway? Aren’t we all who we are and evolving all the time? What matters most is finding that place, a place where you can have a family, a life even if it means leaving your past unwelcoming home behind.
She, also, believes books saved her a lot of heartache while growing up. Her strength to know what she wanted, to care about others came from putting herself in the shoes of fictional characters, seeing their lives, their perspectives through the filter of her own brain and thoughts. It made her empathetic so even in the confusion, her kindness ultimately let her push away the negative.
Listen as she tells Fangirlish in her own words about the importance of books (NOTE:This video contains no potential triggers that I can tell.):
She is also the author of the ALA Best Books for Young Adults Dust of 100 Dogs, an adult short story collection, Monica Never Shuts Up, and the released-just-today Reality Boy. After a decade living self-sufficiently and teaching literacy to adults in Ireland, she now lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and children.