We asked Lauren James, author of The Next Together, six questions about being a writer and her favourite books!
1) What was your inspiration for writing this book?
“I don’t really know! I started writing The Next Together when I was sixteen, and before that the idea of two people meeting and falling in love life after life was something I always wrote about in English lessons. It’s been with me for a very long time!"
2) What were the main challenges that you faced when writing this book?
“The historical research! The book includes two storylines set in the past, one in 1745 and one in 1854. I was very naïve when I started writing, and definitely didn’t know what I was getting myself into. I was a very frequent visitor of Wikipedia. "
3) As a child or young teenager, did you want to be a writer and if so, is it as you expected?
“I always loved the idea of being a writer, but I absolutely didn’t think it was possible. I thought people who became authors must have spent their whole life writing, and I was too interested in doing other things for that! Being an author is quite similar to how I imagined it, though – spending a lot of time alone, staying up late at night to write, summoning the devil in exchange for book ideas..….wait, what?"
4) Who are the writers that have influenced you?
“P. G. Wodehouse, Douglas Adams, Sarah Waters, Audrey Niffeneger.….I could go on all day, I think!"
5) What's in your reading pile currently?
“Lockwood & Co by Jonathan Stroud, The Diviners by Libba Bray, The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich, and The Almost King by Lucy Saxon. I’m on a huge YA kick at the minute!"
6) What is your all time favourite book?
“My favourite YA book is a close tie between Lirael by Garth Nix and The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. My favourite non-YA book is Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susannah Clarke."
The Next Together is available to pre-order now in paperback for £7.99 (£5.99 for WBS students).
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