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Interview With Lauren Lynne, Author of The Recalcitrant Project
The Recalcitrant Project, Lauren Lynne’s sixth novel, and first in the dystopian genre. Published by Wyvern’s Peak Publishing, The Recalcitrant Project will be available May 27, 2017. Available for preorder now!
Wyvern’s Peak Publishing (WPP): Your new book is only weeks away from being released. How excited are you and what can you tell us about The Recalcitrant Project?
Lauren Lynne (LL): I am truly thrilled. I started The Recalcitrant Project in 2013. It began as a nightmare I had while getting my students ready for state testing. I took the idea of testing and retesting our students and blew it all out of proportion. In my story, students begin school at age three, are tested several times a year, and are continually recategorized. The protagonist, Elise, is a computer genius. It is now her senior year and programming is all she does. Her government tricks her into creating a scenario her year group can’t beat. The last few years of Elise’s schooling, a group has been rising against the government. The government has named this group The Recalcitrants.
What is a recalcitrant you may ask? Someone who is recalcitrant is an obstinately defiant person. The government decided that Elise’s year, having no relatives of anyone in the government, would be the ones to let Elise’s scenario loose on. They also thought it would be a great way to tie up loose ends (Elise) and get those rotten Recalcitrants to back off.
WPP: This is quite the venture away from your first series The Secret Watchers. What inspired you to write a dystopian targeted to teens and young adults?
Like I said, it began with a nightmare. I did such a good job scaring myself that I woke up and immediately knew I had to start writing. I’m not teaching this year, but I love working with students. My first endorsement was to teach the biological sciences to grades 5-12. In 2010, I added an elementary endorsement which covers grades pre-kindergarten through grade 9. Writing for young people is a perfect fit for me. Besides I am a big child at heart.
WPP: The main character is a young woman named Elise. What can you tell us about Elise without giving anything away? What sets her apart?
LL: Elise in our world would probably be on the autism spectrum. She is not fond of people in general but has connected with a few special folks. She is also brilliant. Elise feels much more comfortable in the computer world than she does in the human one. In addition, she has a strong will, a big heart, and the deep desire to make the world a better place.
WPP: We understand there is a certain young woman that sort of served as a creative “muse” for you during this project. Who is she? How did she inspire you, and what can we learn about this fierce and fascinating young lady?
LL: I first met Cipriana when she was dating my oldest son. She would be the first to tell you she is not a computer genius. Though, on a road trip to California, she proved that she could Google the heck out of ANYTHING, right down to telling us what was growing in the fields next to the road!
Cipriana is not the introvert that Elise is. Instead, she is bubbly and outgoing. Cipriana graduated in just three years and participated in show choir and theater. I watched Cipriana perform despite hurting her ankle, making it difficult for her to do anything. She made it work and that is the kind of survivor that Elise is. They share the qualities of being smart, hardworking, focused, and … fierce (what a great word choice).
WPP: Do you believe The Recalcitrant Project is a mirror held up to any current events or society as a whole these days? Is there a larger message readers should hear?
LL: The way the world is today, I’m not sure I want to touch that one. What if I’m harassed, bullied, or picked on? I’m kidding. I see things happening in our world and I stretched them out of proportion. The message here is that if you don’t like things – YOU need to do something about it and complaining doesn’t count. Educate yourself and become a voice of reason. There is argument over who said it, but I would like to remind us all to be the change we want to see in the world.
WPP: In terms of current dystopian novels, how is The Recalcitrant Project different? How is it the same?
LL: I have not read them all, but to name a couple … It is like Divergent in that people are classified based on their abilities. In Divergent, the protagonist got to choose her area, Elise does not get to choose – the testing has determined where she should be. It is like the Hunger Games in that Elise and her classmates are the age group that will be eliminated. They are all set to die in a horrible way but Elise sees the way out. She is a survivor like Katniss is. Like these and the Maze Runner, government has gotten out of control and has started to believe that they know better and their people and can do whatever they want.
WPP: Is your new book all action, action, action, or is there a love interest, or another element that stands out to you that readers would want to sink their teeth into?
LL: Ha! I actually had one early reader tell me that there was too much pain in it. Turns out she had never read a dystopian before and had to look up what it was. She wanted way more of the love story element, but I think that dystopian fans will be pleased. Girl gets in impossible situation and then she attempts to fights her way out.
WPP: About you … What do you love to do in your spare time?
LL: Spare time? What’s that? I use most of my spare time for writing endeavors. I also enjoy working in my yard, baking, hiking, taking pictures in nature, reading, and action adventure movies.
WPP: What are you working on now creatively?
LL: I have reached a phase where I have all kinds of stuff going. There are currently ten different projects saved to my computer is various stages of completion. They are all children’s literature, middle grade, and young adult novels. Maybe when I grow up, I’ll start writing for adults. For now, I know who my tribe is!
WPP: Favorite food? TV Show? Movie?
LL: Favorite food? YES! I love the same foods that Elise does. If there is Marionberry pie involved, I’m there. When it comes to TV and movies, I love action adventure themes. I also really like suspense and some humor. If I had to pick an all-time favorite movie series it would be the Jason Bourne and the Harry Potter films. I used to love CSI and I have also enjoyed Person of Interest, Blue Bloods, Super Natural, Grimm, The Blacklist, NCIS, and Teen Wolf. See a pattern there?
WPP: If you could pick someone to play the part of Elise from The Recalcitrant Project in Hollywood today, who would it be?
LL: Ooooh, good question. I used Josh Hutcherson as a base model for the Bren character. I’ve always seen my little buddy Cipriana as Elise, but let’s see … Nicole Gale Anderson of the Beauty and the Beast TV series would be a good choice. Another option is Danielle Campbell from The Originals. Someone like Elle Fanning would make a great Malorie and someone like Isabelle Fuhrman would make a great Jill.
WPP: Is there anything else you’d like to share with readers?
LL: Never give up on your dreams – sometimes what we want doesn’t come in quite the way we expect, but don’t give up on anything completely. This is my sixth book, ten years ago I wouldn’t have believed you if you’d told me I would publish even one. Today, I feel like I have something amazing to leave behind. No matter what, I’ll always be able to say … I did that!
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Available May 27, 2017
To learn more about Lauren Lynne visit www.LaurenLynneAuthor.com
We are proud to announce the cover reveal for Lauren Lynne’s new young adult dystopian novel, “The Recalcitrant Project”, set for a May 2017 release.
Here is what C. Michael McGannon, author of the best-selling Charlie Sullivan and the Monster Hunters series for young adults has to say about Lauren Lynne’s new venture:
“In The Recalcitrant Project, author Lauren Lynne, who also brought us the original and innovative The Secret Watchers series, continues to deliver to us characters who matter, not just vehicles for plot. In a world with more and more media being produced and released every day, it is the story like Recalcitrant that earns my attention from the very start with a heroine that is every bit as smart as she is determined to survive a harsh reality, and her resolve through the trials and heartbreaking events that befall keep my attention rapt until the very end.
The Recalcitrant Project follows a girl named Elise, a very timely protagonist. While by no means physically incapable of defending herself when the proverbial excrement hits those whirling fan blades, Elise is a programmer, and not much of a socialite. She’s fantastic at what she does. So fantastic that she ends up being in-part responsible for the success of the government’s mass murder of most of her graduating class.
Sounds brutal, right? That’s just the start!
Lauren Lynne balances a consistent string of tragedies, triumphs, misfortunes, and silver linings, all centered around the endurance of a powerful heart. It has all of the hallmarks of a great dystopian world: Government conspiracies, bleak technology, a repressed population, rebellion forces in the underground. And yet, I found Recalcitrant to stand out amongst the crowded genre with its world, which is almost too-believable. Not just possible, but likely.
Perhaps it is due to this near-reality, or perhaps it’s due to the way Lauren refuses to hold her punches, that I found myself on the edge of my seat reading Elise’s story. You want to see her and her handful of questionable allies succeed in the end, knowing all too well that failure is never far away, and never left unpunished.
All in all, The Recalcitrant Project breathes life into the dystopian genre once more, leaving me with the hope of a future installment. Elise is a welcome addition to those survivors and heroines that we have come to admire in the world of Young Adult Fiction.”
Please join us in celebrating this new cover, and prepare for a leader in a new generation of young adult dystopian books: Lauren Lynne’s The Recalcitrant Project.
“It’s been three years since we were last in the world of Charlie Sullivan, Darcy Witherington, Nash Stormstepper, and Lisa and Liev Vadiknov! Michael and I are beside ourselves with excitement to bring you the next adventure for Charlie Sullivan and the gang. This one will be a shocker for sure. There are a lot of new characters and its a wild ride for many of your favorites.” -D.C. McGannon, coauthor
Charlie Sullivan and the Monster Hunters: The Dragon Gate (Book 4) is available at the following locations currently:
D.C. & Michael are planning a special sale on signed editions very soon, so stay in touch here for more info on that and other events and book signings in 2017.
For now, go grab your copy of this exciting new adventure, find a comfy spot, and dig in!
What others are already saying:
“This book is a great addition to the series. Once again the authors showcase their knowledge of different culture’s mythology. They introduce us to some great new friends…and enemies, and add them to the adventure of our familiar monster hunters. Hopefully they stick around longer than some of my favorite characters from previous books. Bring on the next book!” -Amber, Amazon Reviewer, 5 Stars
“I love this series! This book does not disappoint. I got to meet new characters, which helped add a special element to the story. Good vs Evil with a unique twist. The authors kept me reading by filling each page with action, from beginning to end. I highly recommend this book and the series!” -Holly C., Amazon Reviewer, 5 Stars”
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Also, be on the lookout for the brand new YA Dystopian adventure from new Wyvern’s Peak author Lauren Lynne. Cover reveal coming soon. Book coming late Spring 2017!
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Wyvern’s Peak Publishing is proud to announce that the fourth book in the best-selling Charlie Sullivan and the Monster Hunters series for young adults, by D.C. & C. Michael McGannon, will be released April 18, 2017.
“It’s been a long time coming, and we are grateful to our fans and readers for their patience on this one. We believe everyone is going to love what is coming next for Charlie and the gang. This one was a tough one to write, but the rewards are huge!” says co-author D.C. McGannon.
Charlie Sullivan and the Monster Hunters: The Dragon Gate (Book 4) will be available immediately in paperback and ebook formats across all major retailers and through many local book stores.
Stay tuned for more information about the exciting new chapter in this series!