Tuesday, April 16, 2013

{Interview} Shandy Lawson, Author of The Loop

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Woooh!!! Shandy Lawson is on the blog today you guys!!
He is just about to release his debut, The Loop!
A bunch of talk about the upcoming release!!
Let's get started shall we!!? :D

~The Author:
Shandy Lawson's "day jobs" have ranged from making wine recommendations to being a machinist, a dispatcher in an auto repair garage, a philosophy tutor at a local college and a stone mason.  Creatively, he put most of his energy into a career as a performing song writer before turning his focus to writing fiction. Shandy lives and works in New York City. The Loop is his first novel.

~The Interview:
1. What started The Loop?
You started with the hardest question. :) The loop that Ben and Maggie got themselves stuck in was created simply because of rotten luck. Think of time as a flowing stream. Now, drop a big rock in the middle of the stream, and imagine how it affects the current. The water flowing by will pass the rock, then actually circle back upstream in a little whirlpool called an eddy. Rocks in the stream are natural bumps and hiccups in spacetime; Benjamin and Maggie were just unlucky enough to run into one of those rocks and get caught up in that whirling eddy.
2. If you were stuck in a time loop how would you keep your sanity?
Oh, that’s easy. Someone stuck in a loop tends not to remember what happens from one cycle to the next (unless you’ve been in one for as long as Psycho Steve has), and when you add my terrible memory to the mix, I think I’d be blissfully unaware.
3. Whats your favorite thing about your book?
My favorite thing about the book is the basic premise: that two people can be pulled together by fate, only to  die just before really falling in love, and that happens over and over. And for them to finally be together and grow old with one another, they need to fight back against the will of the universe. I think it’s a pretty cool concept.
4. If you could cowrite with any author who would it be and why?
If I could co-write with anyone, I would have to go with Hemingway, just because in between chapters he could tell me stories about boxing and Cuba. Hard to find a writer with a more fascinating life than his was.
5. Whats the hardest part in writing a book? The easiest?n his was. 
The hardest part of writing a book, to me anyway, is when I get to the middle. The momentum of starting a new project has worn off, and the ending is SO far away. I love to write, but it’s most exciting at the beginning and the end. The easiest part about it is that I can do it anywhere– I can write at the library, in the park, on the road– it’s pretty convenient!
6. Do you think that Starcrossed lovers like Ben and Maggie are stronger and their low is more stable and promising because of the trials they had to go through?
Hmm. Honestly, I don’t know. I’d like to think they’re stronger because of what they went through, but I think what makes them so perfectly suited for each other is that they’re simply meant to be together. The universe brought them together, after all.
7. The author has a better understanding of the characters. What would you say is Ben and Maggie's weaknesses and strong suits?
Well... Benjamin’s weakness is his fear, I think. He doesn’t trust his gut instinct sometimes, and often questions himself when he should be taking action. Maggie’s weakness is the opposite: she often acts before thinking when she should otherwise perhaps take a breath and think things through first. As for their strengths, they are the same... They’re both strong because of their love for each other, and it’s that love that has gotten them through the universe’s toughest obstacles. Kind of sweet, yes?

~The Book(s):
The Loop
Author: Shandy Lawson
Release Date: April 30, 2013
by, Hyperion
Buy: ~Amazon~B&N~
Ben and Maggie have met, fallen in love, and died together countless times. Over the course of two pivotal days—both the best and worst of their lives—they struggle again and again to resist the pull of fate and the force of time itself. With each failure, they return to the beginning of their end, a wild road trip that brings them to the scene of their own murders and into the hands of the man destined to kill them.

As time circles back on itself, events become more deeply ingrained, more inescapable for the two kids trapped inside the loop. The closer they come to breaking out, the tighter fate’s clutches seem to grip them. They devise a desperate plan to break free and survive the days ahead, but what if Ben and Maggie’s only shot at not dying is surviving apart? {Goodreads}
Don't forget to grab your copy when it hits shelves!!!
The Loop is a fantastic book you don't want to miss :D
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoyed :)

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