Thursday, October 20, 2011

You Give = We Give Author Spotlight: Sarah Alderson

Throughout the duration of You Give = We Give, Jess, Rachel and I will be spotlighting the amazing authors who have so generously donated both their time and their novels into helping make this a success. Random questions, awesome answers!

Today I'd like to welcome the smexy and talented Sarah Alderson, author of crazy awesome Hunting Lila. She also has another incredible novel, Fated, due out in January 2012.

What sort of impression does someone leave you with when they surprise you with kindness?
I once ate at an amazing Japanese restaurant in Bali. At the end of the meal the lady who owned the place came over and told us the whole meal was free (at which point I wished I'd ordered ten plates of sashimi and a few more cocktails). She did a pay it forward thing one day of every month and she asked us to pay it forward by doing 5 favours to people without any expectation of personal payback. It had a really big impact on us and we've been doing those favours - really making an effort to make them special. I try to teach my daughter that kindness is one of the most important things to cultivate because it costs nothing but it can make all the difference.

What is the name of the character you would happily jump into the book and in their arms for? Why?
I'd happily jump into Alex Fuentes arms from Perfect Chemistry. Yes please. Do I really need to explain. He's insanely hot.

What type of world do you long to live in?
A just one. A world where every child receives a decent education and where women are treated with equality. A world without cruelty or violence and filled with love. I'm a total hippy at heart. That's why I live in Bali. It's hippy central here.

If you bought a fish, seriously a fish, what would you name it?
I had two fish at uni and we called them Buffy and Angel. Buffy ate Angel. Then she died a week later.

Is there a movie that makes you want to cry but you hold back the tears to watch the ending, only to explode?
The last film I sobbed my eyeballs out in was 'I've loved you so long.' It 's a French movie and seriously I have never cried like that in a film before ever. Once you have a child you find you can cry in a way you've never cried before. It unlocks some deep seated fear in you that can see you reduced you to a crying hysterical wreck.

17-year-old Lila has two secrets she's prepared to take to the grave. The first is that she can move things just by looking at them. The second is that she's been in love with her brother's best friend, Alex, since forever. Or thereabouts.After a mugging on the streets of South London goes horribly wrong and exposes her unique ability, Lila decides to run to the only people she can trust - her brother and Alex. They live in Southern California where they work for a secret organisation called The Unit, and Lila discovers that the two of them are hunting down the men who murdered her mother five years before. And that they've found them. Trying to uncover the truth of why her mother was killed, and the real remit of The Unit, Lila becomes a pawn in a dangerous game. Struggling to keep her secrets in a world where nothing and no one is quite as they seem, Lila quickly realises that she is not alone - there are others out there just like her - people with special powers -and her mother's killer is one of them...

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If you'd like to chance to win a copy of Hunting Lila and dozens of other amazing books, then please check out the You Give = We Give post for all the details. Each donation counts toward making a child's Christmas that much brighter this year!


  1. I love the Buffy/Angel fish comment! It's sad that they died, but I cracked up! Think of how much more ironic it would be if Angel ate

  2. haaaa! i love this interview! Sarah seems like so much FUN :D

    Diana @ The Lovely Getaway

    ps. I'm with you on the whole Alex thing, but you'd have to fight me for him. Just a little FYI ;)haha!

  3. Awesome post! Sarah is very awesome! :)

  4. Great interview! It seems like Sarah has as much luck with pets as I do...

    The Cait Files

  5. Poor Angel... I think fish are just generally odd. I have had similar problems with them :P. Thanks for the interview! :)

  6. The Buffy/Angel fish story, as a huge fan of the tv show, fun to hear. It's sad that they died, but kind of ironic in a way. Poor fishes.

    Great interview.


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