Author Interview: L.M. Augustine

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Welcome to one of today’s stops for the 2013 Debut Authors Bash, hosted by YAReads!

I am SUPER excited introduce all of you to L.M. Augustine! L.M. Augustine debuted in May with his stand alone, young adult novel Click to Subscribe, while his second book, Two Roads, a new adult novel, was just released August 26th.

Hey, L.M. Augustine! Welcome to Between Printed Pages, we’re so happy to have you here today~

Thank you so much for having me!

Before we start, could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m L.M. Augustine. I’m an Author 007, a professional dork, a twitter addict, a dessert lover, among other things. I’m a bit obsessed with writing and reading as well. 🙂

17285743As a debut author, you must to extremely excited (and nervous) about getting your work out there. What/Who inspired you to start writing and what sparked the idea for Click to Subscribe?

I’m not exactly sure what inspired me to start writing. I always loved to read and consider myself to be a creative person, so I guess it sparked from there.

Click was actually inspired by… you guessed it… a YouTube video. I was watching one of John Green’s vlogs and he mentioned that two of his fans (one boy and one girl) met online and hit it off so much that they were organizing a real life meet up. At the time, I thought that was so cool. I mean, falling in love through YouTube videos? I didn’t even realized that happened.

Over time, the idea started to develop, and I kept thinking how plausible that could be. I wondered what those two people would have to be like to fall in love over the Internet, wondered what happened to them, wondered what will happen to them. I’m not sure how the rest came about, but the next thing I knew it was midnight and I was scribbling away the first chapter of what would eventually become Click To Subscribe.

What was the publishing process like for you? What advice do you have for aspiring writers and others trying to get their work published?

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I’d been querying agents with previous projects of mine for about a year and a half before I published Click To Subscribe, and I learned a lot about writing and publishing through it. Then one day I sat down and wrote Click To Subscribe and it sort of flowed out of me, and I decided I wanted to self-publish (I never queried this one) because I felt like for this book, it needed to be published my way. Self-publishing has been amazing so far. It’s a lot of work but so rewarding, and the awesome bloggers (like yourself!) and readers have been a great support. I wouldn’t have changed a thing.

I love self-publishing and I think much of the stigma against it is gone–plus money-wise, it’s the best option–but I also don’t think new writers should rush out and do it. I actually encourage you to get involved in the writing community, get on forums, and query agents when you write your first book, because that whole experience, whether it results in anything or not, teaches you so much about writing and publishing and developing thick skin that it’s almost needed if you want to make it in the industry. Then, once you feel like you know the ins and outs of publishing and that your writing is strong enough, I think it’s important to consider your options. There are so many ways to publish–small presses, Big Five publishers, self-publishing–that you have to remember what’s right for you. Do the research and know your goals and what you can and can’t achieve on your own. I don’t think any of these publishing methods is better than the other on their own, without your needs factored in. The playing field has been leveled and unless you’re a lead title with a Big Five, you have an even chance at success in all of these different publishing methods.

All that to say: take your time and develop your craft, then do what’s write for you.

As an aspiring writer, I often find myself with too many ideas and get sidetracked by them when I’m in the middle of a WIP. How do you stay on track with your WIPs when new ideas come knocking at your door?

Sometimes I don’t! I feel that way all the time too, but one thing that really helps is to write down the shiny new idea you’re having, maybe write the first page, and get it out of your head. Then finish your current project and go back to it later.

What’s next for you? Any new projects on the table?

I’m working on something now, actually. I’ve just started it and it’s NA, but I’m really excited about it. That’s all I can say for now. 🙂

For all the readers out there, could you name a few books for us that you’ve read and absolutely loved?

The Sea of Tranquility, The Fault In Our Stars, Before I Fall, and Slammed are some of my favorites!

Apart from writing, reading, and being awesome, what do you do in your free time? Any unusual hobbies?

Besides spending my nights as a masked superhero saving the world from crime? I have a goal to eat as many different types of fruit out there as possible. (Don’t laugh! LOL)

Who are your top 3 favourite authors (dead or alive) and why?

I’m a huge fan of John Green, Colleen Hoover, and just recently, Lauren Oliver. 🙂 I love all of their characters and their voices. Plot isn’t as big of a deal to me; characterization, fun dialogue, and character development as the story progresses are the most important in my mind, and these authors have mastered it.

What about your top 3 musicians/bands/groups and why?

I’m a huge fan of Phillip Phillips, Maroon 5 (I know, I know), and Robin Thicke.

Last, but not least, what is your favourite word?

I love the word “inevitable.” I have no idea why.

Thank you so much, L.M. Augustine, for taking the time to answer our questions! Congratulations on your debut release, and we hope to see more for you soon!

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To commemorate L.M. Augustine’s debut and success, we’re also hosting a giveaway!

Open internationally. We’re giving away 2 ebooks of Click to Subscribe by L.M. Augustine!

Contest ends September 30, 2013 at midnight EST!

Fill out the form below to enter!

Don’t miss the rest of the celebration! Follow the Debut Authors Bash throughout September !

September 1st
YaReads – Geoffrey Girard
Swoony Boys Podcast – Jane Nickerson
Kristi’s Book Readery – Page Morgan
September 2nd
Book Bandit – Laura Lam
The Word Mineur – Mindee Arnett
My Friends Are Fiction – Samantha Shannon
September 3rd
Nose Graze – Jessica Verdi
Between Printed Pages – L. M. Augustine
You’ve Been Blogged! – Jody Casella
September 4th
Skye’s Scribblings – Kasie West
Lose Time Reading – Emily Murdoch
The Eater of Books – Kelsey Sutton
September 5th
Book. Blog. Bake – Lauren Miller
Bookend 2 Bookend – Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
Musings of a Blogder – Heather Reid
September 6th
Magical Manuscripts – Shaunta Grimes
The Reading Vixens – Sarah Ashley Jones
September 7th
Books for Birds – April Genevieve Tucholke
Book Blather – Romily Bernard
September 8th
Inspiring Insomnia – Stephanie Kuehn
September 9th
Kissed by Ink – Ellen Oh
Sleeps on Tables – J.R. Johansson
Always YA at Heart – Amanda Sun
September 10th
Lisa Loves Lit – A.G. Howard
whYAnot Reviews – Liz Fichera
Samantha Clark – Claire M. Caterer
September 11th
Rampant Readers – Leah Miller
Emily’s Crammed Bookshelf – T. Michael Martin
September 12th
The Uninterrupted Reader – Cat Winters
The Book Beacon – Christina Mercer
September 13th
Read & Reviewed – Lindsay Ribar
Paranormal Book Club – Kit Grindstaff
September 14th
Books as You Know it – Mary Gray
Paranormal Reads – Elsie Chapman
Bibliophilia, Please – Helen Douglas
September 15th
The Book Cellar – Erin Bowman
Fantasy Book Addict – Miriam Forster
September 16th
Pond Across the Pond – Laurie Crompton
YaReads – Debra Driza
September 17th
Teen Librarian Toolbox – Mindy McGinnis
Le’Book Squirrel – Kimberly Ann Miller
Finding Bliss in Books – Lydia Kang
September 18th
Rachel Reads – Errica Lorraine Scheidt
Kentucky Geek Girl – Holly Smale
September 19th
Turning Pages – Amy Butler Greenfield
September 20th
Synchronized Reading – J.L Spelbring
Reading is My Treasure – Kristin Halbrook
A&C Book Junkies – Carey Corp
September 21st
Playing Jokers – Lenore Appelhans
Lizzie’s Dark Fiction – Elizabeth May
September 22nd
Sandwich Making Book Bitches – Anne Applegate
Little Bookwork Reviews – Jennifer Iacopelli
September 23rd
Moosubi Reviews – Megan Shepherd
Little Miss Trainwreck – Julianna Scott
September 24th
Fictionators – Emma Trevayne
September 25th
Breath of Books – Steven dos Santos
Jennzah – Chelsea Pitcher
September 26th
Nightly Reading – Liz Coley
Pandora’s Books – Kelly A. Barson
September 27th
Forever 17 Books – Amie Kaufman
My Bookopolis – Jamie Blair
September 28th
Nick’s Book Blog – Jennifer McGowan
Curling Up with a Good Book – Leila Howland
September 29th
Ex Libris – Mindy Raf
September 30th
YaReads – J.J. Howard
Fiction Freak – Kate Karyus Quinn

Day 13: Your Favourite Writer – Dr. Seuss

See, now a cool person would put a clever little rhyme or something to set up this post… but I’m not cool, so… ONWARDS TO THE NUMBER TEN.

  1. Dr. Seuss
    Honestly, if you don’t like Dr. Seuss… well you should love Dr. Seuss. Why? WHY YOU ASK?! ‘Cause he’s an inspiration, a teacher, and probably the most creative guy ever, next to Shakespeare, when it comes to literature. While Shakespeare did break rules, and created more than a thousand words that are in our present day dictionary, Dr. Seuss created a world for children and adults alike that is equally enjoyable, sans death, tragedy, fights, etc. Plus he created hundreds, maybe even thousands of words that AREN’T in our present day dictionary, and that makes him even cooler.

    “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” – Oh, The Places You’ll Go

    With books like Oh, The Places You’ll Go Dr. Seuss described, basically, life. With everything around us – people judging us, parents choosing our paths for us – Dr. Seuss points out that we are individual and we can choose our own futures.
    In his book, The Lorax, Dr. Seuss saw the world for what it was before the majority of the world figured it out. He saw how destructive human kind could be to nature, to the earth, to the trees. And he made a valid point when he wrote:

    “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
    Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – The Lorax

    Dr. Seuss is a legendary author who managed to reach out to audiences of all ages with his words and he remains as one of my favourite authors/writers of all time.

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Day 13: Your Favourite Writer – John Green

Okay, in all honesty, there are MANY reasons as to why I love John Green, so… let’s go!

  1. John Green
    The first time I heard of John Green was back in 2010. My friend was walking home with this guy I’ve never seen before and I stopped to say hi to her. He was holding a book, and I asked what it was. Lo and behold, it was Looking for Alaska. Three weeks later, I borrowed it from him. Needless to say, I loved it.John Green weaves a number of amazing stories and his books talk about things I’ve never thought of, or even heard of. I was captivated by the before and after in Looking for Alaska, I found Quentin’s adventure though paper towns in Paper Towns riveting and different (in the best way), I hated all the math in An Abundance of Katherines but adored the book regardless, and I fell in love with The Fault in our Stars. John Green’s books are addicting, fun, and real. He brings emotions, humour, and amazing concepts and characters to the table and his books continuously blow me away~

    What I also love about John Green is his constant support for his fans and his unbreakable connection to them. Through YouTube, Twitter, Project for Awesome, IndieGoGo, Tumblr, and a number of other sites, John connects with his fans, his readers, his brother, the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, numerous charities, etc. He and his brother have helped their fans create and begin new ventures and projects, such as the Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

    John Green is an inspiration to many, and I feel like, through YouTube, Twitter, and all of his and his brother’s projects, he’s REAL. He’s HUMAN. And he’s AWESOME.

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Day 13: Your Favourite Writer – Maureen Johnson

Not bad time getting this up since the last one, haha ~ Yay /onaroll.

  1. Maureen Johnson
    I think I’ve told the story of how I first got into her books. It was way back in the day… at least like 5 years ago or something. I was at the Toronto Public Library at Bayview Village. There’s this creepy guy there who ALWAYS asks you what your name is, your address, phone number, etc. ’cause he seems to think everyone plans on stealing my card or something. ANYWAYS. He kept staring at me when I was looking at some of the books that were left on a table so I escaped to the YA section. There I found 13 Little Blue Envelopes. I decided to pick it up and when through the annoying process of checking it out through Mr. McCreepy. MOVING ON. I loved the book. As a 7th or 8th grader, this book was the craziest adventure, and I loved the envelope idea that took Ginny all across Europe. Years later, the sequel to it came out: The Last Little Blue Envelope. Somehow, I liked this book even more. I especially liked Oliver ’cause hot damn, he sounded like a pretty awesome guy by the end of the book.

    My favourite thing about Maureen Johnson, though, is that she’s really connected to her fans. She’s also a little quirky, but that makes her even more awesome. Through Twitter, I found that she has a large virtual presence and that’s pretty darn cool. She does Q&A stuff with her fans, and writes about the oddest things that happen to her or the people she knows. This made her seem more real to me, as a reader and as a fan. Honestly, she’s one of my favourite Tweeters~

    I have yet to read her new series, Shades of London, but I heard it’s awesome! I also enjoyed her book Girl At Sea, Devilish, and Suite Scarlet (though I still have yet to read the sequel…)

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Day 13: Your Favourite Writer – Julie Kagawa

Today, I shall be talking about the awesomeness that is Julie Kagawa and why I love her writing. Three more authors and I’m going to move on (finally) (I should have stuck with one, but it’s so hard to choose) (I would’ve done twenty, but I’m about as consistent with this as … well I’m just not ’cause books)

  1. Julie Kagawa
    I actually started her series a little backwards. My first sighting of the Iron Fey series was back in 2011. Ash was a contestant in The YA Sisterhood‘s YA Crush Tourney. I didn’t really pay any mind to how hot he was. What really grabbed me was the stunning cover of the yet to be released, at the time, The Iron Knight. I immediately virtually dashed over to GoodReads to check it out, only to find that there were three other books that came before. This time I actually dashed over to my school library (looking at Crush Tourney’s during school, tsk tsk), and the first book was shockingly sitting right there, on the shelf, tempting me.

    It is now two years later and I have fallen for Julie Kagawa’s characters, her imaginative worlds, and her stories. However, as much as I found Never Never a true world of fantasy and Puck absolutely hilarious, while Ash was smolderingly hot, I have to say that I love Kagawa’s Blood of Eden series more.

    Just when you thought that the vampire thing was dead and gone, Julie Kagawa took the sparkly, over-hyped, and overdone trend and made it into something scary, something dangerous, and something absolutely thrilling. Kagawa has this ability to make her characters so real, that you feel like you know them, you feel what they do, and next things you know, you’re sitting in the sewers with Kanin, Allie, and Zeke, and yet you’re happy you’re there ’cause OMFG they just became REAL.

    But you’ve all heard me gush about Kagawa’s writing before. If you still haven’t checked out her stuff… WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!? GO!

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Day 13: Your Favourite Writer – Sarah Dessen

It’s that time of the month again where I continue with my 30 day challenge that has taken MUCH long than 30 days~

  1. Sarah Dessen
    I’ve been a fan of Sarah Dessen since I was in ninth grade (to put that in perspective, five years ago). My friend told me about this book that she got during the weekend. At the time I was heavily immersed in the vampire/werewolf/generally supernatural overflow of YA novels. I wasn’t about to put aside the last vamp story to read a contemporary. But when I took the time that day at lunch to peak into This Lullaby, I tossed my currently-reading and to-reads list off a cliff and borrowed the book. I loved it!

    As I said before, it’s been five years and I’ve read all of Dessen’s novels (save for That Summer, ’cause… well, I just never got to it -shrugs-). Dessen’s characters are all unique. Some entertaining, some insecure and shy, while others could probably kick yours and my ass for the hell of it. I have enjoyed reading each and every story, some more than others, and even watched HOW TO DEAL, a movie based off a mix of Dessen’s That Summer and Someone Like You.

    Since ninth grade, Dessen’s imagined town of Colby has become a second home for me, as much as Quick Zip has become an imagined hangout for me.Dessen has created this unique world with her characters, her settings, and her books. My absolute favourite thing about her books is that she weaves each one with the other. As I’ve said in my review of The Moon and More, you get a glimpse of characters from previously read novels, or something like Spinnerbait or a good game of Gotcha! is mentioned, and you just feel in the loop, like you’re a part of their story too.Sarah Dessen is without a doubt one of my favourite authors, and I hope to read more by her soon ~

Other books by Sarah Dessen:
The Truth About Forever
Just Listen
Along for the Ride
Lock and Key
Dreamland
Keeping the Moon
What Happened to Goodbye

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Day 13: Your Favourite Writer – Colleen Hoover

I’ve had all these sitting in drafts for so long, I really should get back to it :$

Alright, next author on the list….

  1. Colleen Hoover
    I discovered Hoover at the same time I came across Tammara Webber’s book Easy. Hoover’s novel, Slammed, had been a finalist on Goodreads too as best contemporary fiction or something, and I figured that any book that made it that far had to be good. So I stuck it on my to-read list and purchased it after I got a number of Indigo/Chapters/Coles/Kobo gift cards for Christmas last year, and in all honestly, I loved it. Granted, I’ve only read two books by Hoover, Slammed and Point of Retreat, I really enjoyed both books. In Slammed and Point of Retreat, Hoover wrote both a emotional, heart-wrenching story, but also moving and very cleverly written poetry. I loved that her books included my two favourite types of writing. I’ve never read a book like these and I loved them so much, they’re number two and three on my top ten list for books read in 2012!
    Colleen Hoover’s use of poetry to express feelings, sentiments, and bits and pieces of her characters lives brought her characters to life. If you haven’t read any of her book yet, I would recommend them to everyone. There’s something to be gained through her novels, and I for one have fallen in love with her characters, her stories, and her books ~

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