Deadly Little Lies, the follow-up to Deadly Little Secret, is scheduled to be released November 10, 2009, but I was lucky enough to get a copy on Saturday. Laurie's publisher was able to get 40 copies of the book at the local B&N for the signing. I haven't started reading it just yet because I'm swamped with school stuff, but I hope to start it soon.
Here's some tidbits that I remember from the Q&A:
- Prior to becoming published authors, Laurie was a business major and Megan had some well-known professors who were authors or involved in the industry (I distinctly remember her talking about her professor who is Leo Tolstoy's granddaughter and how she ripped her writing apart)
- Laurie tries to write 10 pages per week when she's working on something. Megan is a procrastinator and lets things simmer for a while
- Both women wrote about the Danvers State Hospital, an abandoned mental institute that was shut down in 1992 (Laurie-Project 17 & Megan-Sisters of Misery)
- Both use their Massachusetts roots in their stories
- Laurie's novel Bleed was written for an adult audience, but the publisher felt it fit better in the YA genre
- Laurie loves writing novels in a series and developing characters over several books
- Deadly Little Game, the third novel in the Touch series is already complete. It's still being edited, but is scheduled to be released around this time next year.
- Laurie only likes to give her characters 'powers' that she feels could exist in real life
- Blue is for Nightmares has been optioned to be a film, but nothing has come of it yet.
Check out Laurie's website and Megan's website and make sure you pick up Deadly Little Lies on November 10th.