Interview with Lindsey Bakken

What are you working on next?
My next book will be the sequel to When the Sun Goes Down, and it will be titled The Promise of Stars. The preorder is out already, and the book itself will be released on March 27th. Check it out on Apple, Diesel Books, Kobo, Smashwords, and Barnes and Noble! I know how hard it is to wait for a book I want to read, so I worked hard in order to cut the waiting time. This way, any eager soul who can't bear to go without the sequel can sooner find out what Ally has in store for her next.
Who are your favorite authors?
Lemony Snicket, a.k.a Danial Handler, is so incredible. The Series of Unfortunate Events contains some of the most real, creative, and thoroughly entertaining books I've ever read. Suzanne Collins is an artist, no question about it. I've recently gotten into Cassandra Clare and her books provide high-quality entertainment.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The fact that when I'm done with school and work, I can come home and cozy up with a wonderful book or write my own. I love to invent characters and their worlds. Writing frees my spirit and allows me to make enjoyable books for other people, which is priceless and definitely worth waking up for.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Man, depends how far back you want to go! I remember my first novel. I wrote it in fourth grade and it was titled The Drought, about a young girl who escapes her cruel mother and goes off to New York to make it big in the singing industry. I was so proud. It definitely helped spark my desire to keep going and developing my writing.
How do you approach cover design?
Before I do anything, I imagine the message I want to send out with my cover. The mood it will convey and the setting of my story. I like to give a glimpse of the character and her surroundings, but keep it mysterious so possible readers will wonder what the girl is like or where the heck she's at. Covers should give a readers a glimpse of the intensity of the story, and that's what I aim for.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Five books?! How funny. I could never choose only five. Some I loved though: Uglies by Scott Westerfield, Midnight Rider by Joan Hiatt Harlow, Allegiant by Veronica Roth, Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
Describe your desk
My desk is in my parents house, due to the fact that I'm still in high school. The room used to belong to my brother when he was going for a basketball theme, which explains the orange paint covering all the walls. My parents find purpose for the walls by hanging a few family pictures and photos from places they've visited around the world. It's a cozy room, the walls create a comfortable feeling. If I use the small lamp on the right, the coziness level shoots up by 40%.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. The encouragement of other people believing in you is incredible. There's no other way to put it. Even if it sounds cheesy and over-stated, I wouldn't be anywhere without my fans. A few days ago, I went to an elementary school to talk about writing (my book isn't for such young readers, but I told them about not giving up on their dreams and gave them tips on writing stories). I realized for the first time that what I do can impact those around me. I want to be someone that others can look up to and show them that they can achieve anything. Meanwhile, the kind words of others really build me up and make me sure that writing is the only thing for me.
Published 2014-02-14.
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Books by This Author

The Promise of Stars
Series: Girl at War, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 96,590. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Ally comes to the Rebirth with the expectation that everything will be different: she’ll be the queen of a wealthy city and live happily-ever-after with Maverick in her palace. Too soon, her dreams are shattered with the realization that there’s always more to learn. And people never tell the whole truth. When her world threatens once more to crumble down, she must fight back in a whole new way.
When the Sun Goes Down
Series: Girl at War, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 123,050. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
When the Sun Goes Down is centered around a girl named Ally at a time when the world has been taken out in an unspoken accident. She goes on a dangerous quest for knowledge and fulfillment, and faces impossible forces that act against her and put her life at risk.