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GCC Author interview: Alyson Noel

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This week the Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit welcomes Alyson Noel, author of the brand new YA novel, Evermore (St. Martin's Press), the first in her Immortals series.

About the book:

Sixteen-year-old Ever used to have two parents, a little sister, a dog, and a nice house in Oregon.  She used to be a varsity cheerleader and go to school dances.  But that was before the horrible accident that claimed the lives of her family.

Now Ever blares the Sex Pistols through her headphones and hides under her hoodie in class.  She doesn’t need to listen to hear, or see to know.  All she needs is to touch someone to know their entire life story, not to mention always seeing their auras and hearing their thoughts.  She’s been branded a freak at her new high school in Laguna Beach as she goes out of her way to avoid human contact, but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste.

From the moment Ever first looks at Damen, she feels an instant recognition.  He is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy, and he holds many secrets.  Damen is able to make things appear and disappear, he always seems to know what she’s thinking—and he’s the only one who can silence the noise and the random energy in her head.  She doesn’t know who he really is—or what he is.  Damen is equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchanted new world where no one ever dies, and nothing is as it seems…

The interview:

Stacy: If you couldn't be a writer, what would your dream job be?
Alyson: I’d be a painter—but only on canvas, not houses! I’m fascinated by people who create great works of art.

S: What's the most surprising thing to happen since publication of your book?
Alyson: The fact that I’m still cleaning my own house, doing my own laundry, and I’ve yet to sit on Oprah’s couch—I mean, what gives?! But seriously, the most surprising thing is the amount of letters and e-mails I receive from readers—every last one of them makes my day!

S: What are you working on now?
Alyson: I recently finished BLUE MOON, the second book in my IMMORTALS series, and am now fully immersed in writing the next book in the series, UNTITLED BOOK #3!

S: Did you have a favorite teacher who encouraged your writing/reading habit?
Alyson: Mr. Sawaya, my high school AP English teacher, who graded the short stories I’d written as though they were the Tolstoy essay he’d assigned. And the day he chose to read one aloud to his classes—everything changed. It was the first time in a long time when I felt like there just might be a place for me, so when my debut novel, FAKING 19, was published, I thanked him in the acknowledgments and drove out to my old school to give him a copy. It was truly an amazing moment for me!

S: What's your favorite kind of chocolate?
Alyson: Dark and bitter—and the more strange and exotic the better! There’s a company named Vosges that makes some amazing combinations—they’re definitely an indulgent treat!

The reviews are in!

"Alyson Noël truly captures what it's like to be a teenager struggling to find herself." Portrait magazine

"Noël...writes with a bit more humor and authenticity than some of her chick-lit contemporaries..." —Booklist 

"Every once in awhile, a book comes along that I end up getting sucked into and become addicted. EVERMORE was one of those books. When I wasn’t reading, I was thinking about how I could sneak away to read some more. I couldn’t put it down. I dreamt about this book. When I finished, I couldn’t get it out of my head. This book was simply breathtaking.” 5 STAR GOLD AWARD, TeensReadToo  

"Teen angst and the paranormal make for a combustible mix as Noel utilizes typical themes and gives them a dangerous and eerie twist. Getting hooked on this new series, IMMORTALS, is guaranteed."- 4 STARS, Romantic Times magazine 

Top Choice Award, Flamingnet

About the author:

Alyson Noël
is an Orange County native and now lives with her husband in Laguna Beach, CA.  She is also the author of Saving Zoë, Cruel Summer, Kiss & Blog, Faking 19, Art Geeks and Prom Queens, Laguna Cove, and the adult novel Fly Me to the Moon.  For more information, please visit her website at:


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