Today The Neverending Shelf is happy to welcome Lauren Baratz-Logsted. Lauren is the author of many Young Adult novels including her recent release, The Twin's Daughter.
Lucy Sexton is stunned when a disheveled woman appears at the door one day… a woman who bears an uncanny resemblance to Lucy's own beautiful mother. It turns out the two women are identical twins, separated at birth, and raised in dramatically different circumstances. Lucy's mother quickly resolves to give her less fortunate sister the kind of life she has never known. And the transformation in Aunt Helen is indeed remarkable. But when Helen begins to imitate her sister in every way, even Lucy isn't sure at times which twin is which. Can Helen really be trusted, or does her sweet face mask a chilling agenda?
Filled with shocking twists and turns, The Twin's Daughter is an engrossing gothic novel of betrayal, jealousy, and treacherous secrets that will keep you guessing to the very end.
One that people should buy. 🙂
[The smiley icon doesn’t count as a word, does it? I would hate for you to think that not only am I greedy, but that I also can’t do simple math.]
How did the idea for "The Twin's Daughter" come to you?
In a vision… I'm kidding. I have a lifelong interest in identical twins and I thought it would be intriguing to explore it from the perspective of the daughter of an identical twin. Before I knew it, I was thinking Victorian England, suspense, romance, murder… I'm not kidding about any of that.
What was the most challenging aspect of writing "The Twin's Daughter"? The easiest?
Knowing the ending, the answers to the mysteries, and still constructing the book so it would keep surprising the reader – that was the most challenging. The easiest would have to be writing dialogue for Lucy and Kit. It's probably against the rules for a writer to love something in her own creation so much, but I so loved the way they were together that writing dialogue – even writing the letters that pass between them – felt like breathing.
What's next for you? Are you currently working on or have plans for future projects?
I've always got plans – here's hoping that while I'm busy planning, the universe isn't busy laughing! The Sisters 8 Book 6: Petal's Problems, which is part of a series for young readers I created with my husband and daughter, comes out in a few weeks. Then in 2011, two more books in that series will be published plus my next YA novel, The Middle March, which is about a contemporary teen who develops an ununusual relationship with the classic novel Little Women.
What's something surprising about yourself that most people wouldn't think true?
I have four tournament trophies from my younger days when I used to shoot a lot of pool.
What is one question that you've always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
Q: "Lauren, what do you wish all readers understood about you?"
A: "Well, Lauren, I wish they all understood that I really do my best to make sure that each book I write entertains and sometimes even enlightens; that the results may never be perfect – or anywhere close! – but it's never for lack of trying. I love my readers and I want them to be happy."
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