Kate Brian is such a prolific, flexible writer! She just recently spoke to us about her modern, mythology-inspired TRUE LOVE series, and today she’s here talking to us about the conclusion of her darker SHADOWLANDS series. ENDLESS is out this month, and you know what the end of a series means, right? You’ll finish it knowing what happened! Be forewarned, the book synopsis contains spoilers for earlier books, as does one of her interview questions, which we did mark! Thanks for being here, Kate!
YA Series Insiders: Who or what was the inspiration for the villain in your book?
Kate Brian: I was thinking a lot about Regina from Once Upon a Time while I was writing this. In the first season she had that single-mindedness. The only thing that mattered to her was revenge (okay, and Henry, but I’m talking about the flashback scenes, mostly). The villain in this book has one goal and one goal only, and it doesn’t matter who gets hurt or what gets destroyed as he/she tries to reach that goal.
YASI: What is something about X character that you didn’t put in the book/series?
KB: [SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN’T READ BOOK 1!]
We never find out how Tristan died, which was during the Civil War. The way I imagine it, one of his fellow Colonial soldiers draws his weapon on a very young British patriot and Tristan stepped in front of the shot. It’s very Tristan, to sacrifice everything for an innocent.
YASI: What’s the most common question fans ask you?
KB: Fans always ask me how I can write such crazy, evil characters when I’m so nice. First of all, thank you. Secondly, I think writing characters that are my complete opposite is more challenging and enjoyable than writing anything else. A lot of my protagonists are a lot like me. I think that’s pretty natural because you want to write what you know and write someone you understand. But then it’s great to write a villain that goes against your every instinct. To sit here and say, “What would I do?” and then write the character doing the complete opposite, is just so freeing. That was why I loved writing Ariana Osgood, the lead character/serial killer from the Privilege series. No one was ever more fun to write than her.
YASI: What question do you wish fans never asked?
KB: “Have you ever thought about making your book into a movie?” If I could somehow tell every single living soul on the planet how very little I have to do with decisions/miracles like that, and then have that question answered forever, I would. I am such a huge TV and film geek that I would KILL to get one of my books made into a TV show or movie, so explaining over and over again why it hasn’t happened is hard.
YASI: What scene made you cry while you were writing?
KB: My mom passed away while I was in the middle of writing this series, and there’s a scene in ENDLESS in which Rory gets to see her mom, who passed away a few years back. I can’t even READ that scene now without blubbering. Writing it, I was a mess.
YASI: What is your favorite quote from the book/series?
KB: From SHADOWLANDS, Book One, when Rory first spots Tristan. This quote pretty much sums up the series to me: “He was looking at me as if he knew me. As if we knew each other. But also as if he was sad to see me.”
YASI: Did anything happen in your series that surprised you, that you didn’t plan?
KB: SO much! The cliffhanger from book one was supposed to be the cliffhanger of book two, but then I realized I couldn’t draw that secret out for that long. The entire plot of book two changed once I moved up the cliffhanger, which led to Rory growing in ways I had never imagined and her relationship trajectory with Tristan completely changing. It was a rough go, re-plotting book two, but I think the series is better for it. Never be afraid to change your plan, even if it means more work!
YASI: Any advice for writers currently working on a series?
KB: See the above.
YASI: If you could pull one thing from your series world to have in real life, what would it be?
KB: I wouldn’t mind being the third point of a Tristan-and-Joaquin love triangle.
About the Book
An unthinkable betrayal threatens everyone Rory loves in the third installment of our dark, thrilling Shadowlands series from New York Times best-selling author Kate Brian.
Rory Miller didn’t just fall in love with Tristan Parrish. She fell in love with the idea of forever. He was the one who told her the truth about her existence in Juniper Landing: that her mortal life is over, and she will now spend eternity on the island, helping others in limbo move on.
But like Juniper Landing, a bright island with dark secrets, Tristan is too good to be true. The mysterious, heartbreakingly beautiful boy Rory thought she knew is responsible for unthinkable evil-sending good souls to the Shadowlands in order to get himself a second chance at life on Earth. He has already claimed Rory’s friend Aaron and her own father, but when SPOILER Tristan sends her sister, Darcy, to the Shadowlands, too, Rory decides to take matters into her own hands. She will do anything to save her family, even if it means going to hell and back
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About the Author
Kate Brian is a young adult author who was born, bred and still resides in New Jersey along with her husband Matt and her two-year-old son. A graduate of Rutgers University with a double-major in English and Journalism, Kieran worked as a YA editor for several years before striking out on her own as a writer. Her first hardcover novel Jingle Boy (Delacorte Press), was published in 2002. Her next book, I Was a Non-Blonde Cheerleader(G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2005) was an ALA Quick Pick, an NYPL Book for the Teen Age, and was featured on the Texas Library Association’s TAYSHAS Reading List for 2006-2007. The book spawned two sequels, Brunettes Strikes Back(2006), and A Non-Blonde Cheerleader In Love(2007). Kieran’s fifth hardcover novel, Geek Magnet was published by Putnam in 2008. She’s So Dead to Us, the first volume of her new trilogy about friendship, love and the things that really matter, was released in May 2010 from Simon and Schuster.
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