Interview with Lena Pendleton

Who are your favorite authors?
I read a lot so to tell you my favorite authors would take quite a lot of time. I will, however, name a few and hopefully some are authors you've never discovered and will give a chance.

Stephen King--all of his stories are amazing, but IT and The Stand are by far my favorites
Cassandra Clare-- She's taken the story of Nephilim and given them amazing new meaning. All three series are fantastic
Rick Riordan--What can I say? I love greek and roman mythology and he's made it so much fun to learn about
Jonathan Maberry--his rot and ruin series is genius
Patricia Briggs--Her Mercedes Thompson and the Alpha and Omega series are so great and if you like werewolves, you'll enjoy this.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
That's a trick question as of late. I recently lost my father this past May and it's been extremely difficult. He was so proud that I'd pushed myself and gone back to college. He was also incredibly proud that I was about to reach a dream of becoming published, even if it was just self-published, it's a huge accomplishment. Why do I get out of bed each morning? The dreams I have while asleep are the main source material for my books. I have crazy ass dreams and I have to write them down. Sometimes the stories are just for me and sometimes I can't wait to share them. I love my family and I'd never want to disappoint them and I love my job. I have a day job that challenges me and I give 150% of myself to it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
If I'm not at work or writing, then I'm either doing homework or reading. I will of course take some time for a girls night out or treat myself to a movie, but I read a LOT. I'm also Forensic Psychology major and that entails a whole bunch of homework so I'm kept pretty busy.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I will search Goodreads or Amazon for a specific genre. I will will read the synopsis and if it seems interesting then I'll give it a go.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh boy that's an embarrassing one. The very first story I wrote, I was eighteen years old and it was a fanfiction. I think almost every writer starts out this way. You don't have to worry much on setting up the atmosphere because it's an established fandom. Mine, of course, was a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fanfiction. It was set after the end of season 7, where we were left with a cliffhanger and there would be no more show (yeah thanks a lot for that Mr. Whedon) and I pretended that Season 5 of Angel never happened. I created this elaborate 28 chapter story where the story ended properly and the way that I was happy. Re-reading that is difficult because it was not good.
What is your writing process?
I always create a storyboard. I have dry erase boards all over the place, my friends laugh at that. I will write on a piece of paper, the character list and summaries. Then on the white board I'll write beginning ideas, and flow. I have one for the sequel to Z-Day already ready to go and I'm a quarter the way finished with it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Probably not the first story EVER, but the one that resonates with me is "The Giver." I wanted everyone to read it because I thought it was amazing. I read it when I was in the eighth grade, it was a classroom read. I actually got in trouble because I read the whole book in 2 days. We were supposed to read 2 chapters a day and then write a summary of what we read. Getting in trouble is a little much, but my teacher was dismayed that I read it so fast, did the summaries, and the book report in 3 days when the book was meant to last us the whole month. She had to find me something else to read.

It was THAT good. The idea that these people didn't know what something as simple as sunburn was, didn't know what color was. And that it was something they chose? MIND BLOWN
How do you approach cover design?
Well this was my first attempt at it and I'm very happy with the outcome. I actually hired a freelance artist on Freelancer.com and he did amazing work. I gave him the synopsis of the book and kind of what I was looking for. It took a couple of tries, but the end result is beautiful.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Harry Potter Series---I LOVE HP. I mean I was in high school when the first book came out and well out of it when it finished. It's been years since it came out and when the cursed child came out, I pounced on that! It's such a fantastical world and I crave more of it.

Percy Jackson Series--I Love Greek and Roman Mythology and I love the story that Mr. Riordan wove. You really feel bad for Percy every single time he gets kicked out of school and anticipate what mischief he's going to get himself into.

As The World Dies--Rhiannon Frater scared me with a book. Her zombies left me lying awake going "ugh, that was creepy"

Romeo and Juliet--What can I say? I love old Will, he's a classic for the feels and I love just about everything he's done. But there is something about two people who are willing to risk absolutely everything, including their lives to be together that just makes your toes curl

Vampire Academy---I like the drama
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a lot of different genres. I love Harry Potter, Shakespeare, Twilight, and even Fifty Shades of Grey.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My Apple Ipad Pro
Published 2016-10-27.
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