21 Jul 2015

Love Lies Beneath by Ellen Hopkins

Love Lies Beneath By: Ellen Hopkins 
Publisher: Atria Books 
Publication date: July 21, 2015 
Pages: 320

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Collateral comes a gripping novel about a woman caught in a love affair that could be her salvation...or her undoing. Tara is gorgeous, affluent, and forty. She lives in an impeccably restored Russian Hill mansion in San Francisco. Once a widow, twice divorced, she’s a woman with a past she prefers keeping to herself. Enter Cavin Lattimore. He’s handsome, kind, charming, and the surgeon assigned to Tara following a ski accident in Lake Tahoe. In the weeks it takes her to recover, Cavin sweeps her off her feet and their relationship blossoms into something Tara had never imagined possible. But then she begins to notice some strange things: a van parked outside her home at odd times, a break-in, threatening text messages and emails. She also starts to notice cracks in Cavin’s seemingly perfect personality, like the suppressed rage his conniving teenage son brings out in him, and the discovery that Cavin hired a detective to investigate her immediately after they met. Now on crutches and housebound, Tara finds herself dependent on the new man in her life—perhaps too much so. She’s handling rocky relationships with her sister and best friend, who are envious of her glamour and freedom; her prickly brother-in-law, who is intimidated by her wealth and power; and her estranged mother. However perfect Tara’s life appears, things are beginning to get messy. Writing in beautiful prose, Ellen Hopkins unveils a new style while evoking her signature poetic form that readers fell in love with in Collateral and Triangles.


What is next on your to read list?
This is Where it Ends—it’s an ARC they’re hoping I’ll love.
What one item would you eat for the rest of your life?
I guess I can’t eat wine, so I’ll go for lobster. 

What is the last thing you bought?
Airline tickets to San Francisco. 

Craziest thing you ever ate?
I only took a nibble, but they were insanely hot chicken wings. Like one little bite just about did me in. 

Top 3 things on your bucket list?
Visit Iceland; learn to fly; go to the Superbowl (if the Niners are in it!) 

What makes your novel standout from the crowd?
Twists and turns. You won’t see ‘em coming. 

Most embarrassing moment?
The first time I spoke in front of a large crowd. I was so nervous I forgot everything I wanted to say. I’m completely at ease in that situation now. 

What is your view on self-publishing?
It has its place for niche projects especially. But without an already built platform, most people who go that route won’t realize the success they crave. 

How do you overcome writer's block?
I do something physical. Take my dog for a run or work in the garden. It lets the subconscious kick into gear. 

How do you juggle writing & family life?

It’s the hardest part of what I do. The family gets my attention first thing in the morning, and from dinner on. The rest of day is dedicated to my writing. 

Describe your book in 5 words.

Sexy, surprising, lyrical, mysterious, satisfying 

How do you feel about banned books? Do you have a favorite?

Considering my books often make those lists, it’s something I’m often faced with. What I think is no one person or group has the right to decide for everyone else what they may or may not read. Lots of favorites, but I love Why the Caged Bird Sings. 

Titles: do you write the books first and the title comes next or does the title come to you as you write?
Rarely do I start with a title. Sometimes they come to me. Sometimes they evolve out of discussions with my editors and agent. 

Is there something specific you need as you write? Cup of coffee, pen, candy, certain room, etc.
I can write anywhere. In the a.m., you’ll definitely find coffee on my desk, but other than that, I don’t have writing fetishes. 
Do your friends or enemies ever find themselves in your books?

All the time. I usually let my friends know they’re there. As for my enemies, I like to keep ‘em guessing. 

If you were not a writer, what would you like to do?

I’d like to be a pilot. 

Do your characters really talk to you?

Yep. Especially when I’m sleeping, and that is annoying as all get-out.
Are you for or against books being made into movies?

Depends on the book, and on the scriptwriter. 
Where is your favorite spot to write?

Home, in my office, which is bright and filled with cool mementoes. 
What drives you insane about the writing process?

Starting a book. The beginning has to be right, from the start, or I can’t move forward. 
About how long does it take to write a book?

I’m currently writing two books a year, along with promotion, etc. Around four months. 

What made you decide to write in this genre?

I like to challenge myself, and this is a departure for me. The story idea came from my real life situation of having a husband and a teen who often tell the same story, only not. 
What is your favorite part of the writing/publishing process?

Meeting my readers, whether online or in person.

“After eight highly successful young adult novels-in-verse, I decided to explore more mature subject matter and wrote my first two novels for adults utilizing my signature verse-style formatting. I changed directions with my third, Love Lies Beneath, choosing to write in prose to better connect with an older audience, some of whom might be resistant to the fiction/verse merger. I will continue to write YA, of course. (My twelfth YA novel publishes Fall 2015.) Teen characters are hugely appealing to me. But some topics I want to write about demand adults as main characters. My first adult novel, Triangles, explores midlife directional changes, and my second, Collateral, follows a Marine couple through four deployments, with the inevitable consequences. Please visit the BOOKS page here to learn more. Love Lies Beneath is sexy, chilling noir fiction about a woman who has it all—wealth, beauty, possessions; everything, except love, which she finally discovers at forty, after three failed marriages. While everything is perfect at first, things change when the doctor’s teenage son moves in. It’s then the lies begin to appear. But who, in fact, is the liar? Expect the sequel to Love Lies Beneath in 2016 and more books for mature audiences in the future.”
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