Happy Book Birthday! Please welcome author L.E. Sterling! Her novel, True Born, is set in a future where humans are forced to evolve or die. True Born is the first novel in a trilogy. Twin sisters Lucy and Margot are different, their blood may hold the key to figuring out the virus that is wiping out the human population. I want to thank L.E. for agreeing to let me interview Lucy and Margot! Please check out their interview below to learn more about these strange sisters and the world that they live in! True Born sucked me in to the story with its interesting premise and secrets. For my full review, check back later in the week. True Born was released today, May 3, 2016, from Entangled: Teen! Read the first ten chapters here.
L.E. Sterling had an early obsession with sci-fi, fantasy and romance to which she remained faithful even through an M.A. in Creative Writing and a PhD in English Literature – where she completed a thesis on magical representation. She is the author of two previous novels, the cult hit Y/A novel The Originals (under pen name L.E. Vollick), dubbed “the Catcher in the Rye of a new generation” by one reviewer, and the urban fantasy Pluto’s Gate. Originally hailing from Parry Sound, Ontario, L.E. spent most of her summers roaming across Canada in a van with her father, a hippie musician, her brothers and an occasional stray mutt – inspiring her writing career. She currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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Dark Faerie Tales: Hi, Lucy and Margot! Thanks for agreeing to my interview today! I’d like to start off with the events surrounding your birth. Can you tell us about how you were connected at birth? And your separation?
Lucy: We were connected by our big toes. After they separated us we cried for days, unless we were touching.
Margot: Don’t forget the bloody caul. They wanted to murder us.
Lucy: And the birthmarks left over from the cut. Mine looks like a lock. Margot’s is a key.
Margot: (looking at her toes) I like my key.
DFT: Can you tell us about the usual connection that you two have?
Lucy: We don’t understand it, really, do we, Mar?
Margot: No. But we don’t need to.
Lucy: I can feel her, you know. My sister. I feel her pain, her sorrow. Her joy.
Margot: (grumbling) I wish it would be the other way around.
DFT: What is the Plague? How has it devastated the world around you? (What’s the difference between a Laster, Splicer and True Born?)
Margot: Oh, the Plague! The Plague. It’s all ever anyone speaks of.
Lucy: They say the world fell to its knees when the Plague came. But there were other things that were born when death was sown.
Margot: (nodding). Yes. The True Borns came. The Splicers are the lucky ones. They can be cured with new DNA wired in to replace that damaged by the Plague.
Lucy: It’s the Lasters who won’t survive. One it comes on, you’d better kiss your babies goodbye. Sometimes it takes just days.
DFT: Margot, if you could describe your sister in three words, how would you describe her?
Margot: She’s selfless. Lucy is like a bright star, the fiercest warrior. Sorry, I can’t stick to three. She doesn’t know it, you know, so don’t bother to tell her.
DFT: Lucy, if you could describe your sister in three words, how would you describe her?
Lucy: Vivacious. Charming. Beautiful. (sighing) Perfect.
DFT: What did you think about Nolan Storm when you first met him?
Margot (laughing): He scared the pants off me.
Lucy: Your eyes slide right over him like they can’t grab hold of the air around him. It’s the weirdest thing. And there’s the strange way I sometimes see these spectral things over his head… like he’s wearing a crown of bone.
DFT: Lucy, you seem to have a strong pull towards Jared Price, how do you feel about this connection?
Lucy: I can’t talk about it. I hate him. Loathe him. He’s arrogant, mean. And look at the way he dresses. So why can’t I get him out of my head?
DFT: How does this connection compare/differentiate from the connection that you share with your sister?
Lucy: Margot is inside of me. Jared… I don’t understand him. Why is he such a jerkface at times? But then he goes and does something so noble and wonderful it tears me apart. And then I can’t hate him at all. It drives me mad.
DFT: Margot, how do you feel about Lucy’s relationship with Jared?
Margot: (snorting) It’s about time Lucy’s got a fellow. She’s sacrificed a lot, you know, trying to be the perfect daughter. I like that someone is finally recognizing that she’s the good twin. But is he worthy of my sister? We’ll see.
DFT: Your Reveal Party is coming up, where you will find out if you are a Laster or Splicer, Are you both nervous about your future?
Lucy: Terrified. What if they tell us that one of us is a Laster?
Margot: We’d go together, Lu. We’ll never be apart.
DFT: I wish you luck at your Reveal Party! Thank you for agreeing to today’s interview.
Available May 3, 2016 from Entangled: Teen
About this Book:
Welcome to Dominion City.
After the great Plague descended, the world population was decimated…and their genetics damaged beyond repair.
The Lasters wait hopelessly for their genes to self-destruct. The Splicers pay for expensive treatments that might prolong their life. The plague-resistant True Borns are as mysterious as they are feared…
And then there’s Lucy Fox and her identical twin sister, Margot. After endless tests, no one wants to reveal what they are.
When Margot disappears, a desperate Lucy has no choice but to put her faith in the True Borns, led by the charismatic Nolan Storm and the beautiful but deadly Jared Price. As Lucy and the True Borns set out to rescue her sister, they stumble upon a vast conspiracy stretching from Dominion’s street preachers to shady Russian tycoons. But why target the Fox sisters?
As they say in Dominion, it’s in the blood.
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