Book Nerd Interview
A few years ago, she left her thriving corporate career to satisfy the voices in her head. Now as a full-time author and stay-at-home mom, she spends her summers editing poolside while dodging automatic water-gun fire, and the rest of the year tucked into her cozy office, Havanese puppy by her side, working to translate her effusive imagination into the written word.
Why is storytelling so important for all of us?
Carey: Stories teach us things about our world, our culture, human nature. They give us hope, inspire us to dream, to love, help us aspire to triumph over evil. Stories help us to recognize the hero in each of our souls.
What’s one thing that readers would be surprised to find out about you?
Carey: I’m terrified of sharks, spiders, and ghosts!
Lorie: My first job out of college was selling cars. My student loans were due and I couldn’t find a job in my chosen field, but I ended up learning a ton, not only about cars, but men in general!
Beyond your own work (of course), what is your all-time favorite book and why? And what is your favorite book outside of your genre?
Carey: Les Miserable. I love the contrasting spiritual symbolism of Jean Valjean and Javert.
Lorie: My all time favorite is The Harry Potter series. If I’m in a reading slump, I’ll pick a random volume and start reading—it never fails to inspire me. My favorite book outside of my genre is Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen.
What was the greatest thing you learned at school?
Carey: That’s a toughie because I blocked out most of my high school experience. J I love Psychology.
Lorie: That the world doesn’t revolve around me. Meaning: People are much more concerned with themselves than with me, so stop being so self-conscious!
What is the best piece of advice you ever received from another author?
Carey: Write every day.
Lorie: Don’t sacrifice the integrity of your story to get published.
Can you tell us when you started Doon, how that came about?
Lorie: Carey and I met at a local writers meeting and became friends almost instantly! We’d just finished editing our respective solo projects and were discussing what we each wanted to write next, when I mentioned my idea of doing a retelling of Brigadoon. Coincidentally, Carey had just completed her second young adult novel, so I was picking her brain on voice and technique when somewhere along the way our conversation took a detour. Our ideas for the mythical kingdom of Doon sparked an explosion of evil witches, magic spells, daring adventures, two unique best friends, and heroic princes in kilts … soon it became clear that this story was bigger than the both of us, but that together we could make it amazing. So we jumped in with both feet and DOON was born!
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating Veronica?
Lorie: That her capacity for bravery in the face of impossible obstacles has inspired me to become braver in my own life.
If you could introduce Mackenna to any character from another book, who would it be and why?
Carey: I would introduce her to either Augustus Waters (TFIOS) because I love that character or Galinda from Gregory Maguire’s WICKED!
For those who are unfamiliar with Jamie, how would you introduce him?
Lorie: Jamie MacCrae is the eldest son in the royal family and has been groomed from birth to become the next king of Doon. He can be pretty intense, but it’s only because he’s tortured about choosing what he wants versus what is best for his kingdom.
You have the chance to give one piece of advice to your readers. What would it be?
Carey: Never give up on your dreams.
When asked, what’s the one question you always answer with a lie?
Carey: I always lie when people ask me how I am. My life can be literally falling to pieces and I’ll say, “I’m good.”
Where is the best place in the world you’ve been?
Carey: Italy. I spent 2 years there and loved every bit of it, even the messed up parts.
Lorie: Harry Potter World at Universal Studios.
What's the most memorable summer job you've ever had?
Carey: In high school I ran a summer playground program for elementary kids. Most of the other directors were in college. It was a fun job.
Lorie: Um…does hanging out at the pool and ogling the boy’s swim team count? I started working when I was sixteen, but I never had a “summer job.”
When was the last time you told someone you loved them?
Carey: I tell my son and daughter that I love them every single day. I tell Lorie that a lot too!
Lorie: Awww… :)
Which would you choose, true love with a guarantee of a heartbreak, or having never loved at all?
Carey: Can you ask me that again in about 2 years?
Lorie: I’d choose true love with heartbreak every time. It may hurt like crazy when it’s over, but you’ll have experienced something no one can ever take away.
When was the last time you cried?
Carey: Because of some of the things going on in my life, I feel like I cry every single day. But sometimes life sucks and you cry a lot. Eventually it will get better. Oh, and I’ve also cried all three times I watched The Fault in Our Stars.
Lorie: As I was listening to our Destined for Doon playlist yesterday. There’s a song on it that always makes me cry. It’s called For Good and if you read Carey’s acknowledgements in the back of Destined, you’ll know why.
What decade during the last century would you have chosen to be a teenager?
Carey: I’d rather be a teenager in the future. I can’t wait to see where we go next!
Lorie: Probably the 50’s because life was simpler and I love the poodle skirts!
What's the loveliest thing you have ever seen?
Carey: My daughter is the loveliest thing I’ve ever seen. She sees beauty in everything.
Lorie: Seeing DOON in print for the first time ranks right up there near the top!
Where can readers stalk you?
All the usual places, but we’re most active on Instagram and Twitter.
Twitter: @careycorp @lorielangdon
Instagram: @careycorp @lorielangdon_doonseries
And to find our playlists for both books go to: YouTube at “Doon Novel” (http://alturl.com/fydje)
Veronica doesn't think she's going crazy. But why can't anyone else see the mysterious blond boy who keeps popping up wherever she goes? When her best friend, Mackenna, invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Veronica jumps at the opportunity to leave her complicated life behind for a few months.
But the Scottish countryside holds other plans.
Not only has the imaginary kilted boy followed her to Alloway, she and Mackenna uncover a strange set of rings and a very unnerving letter from Mackenna's great aunt—and when the girls test the instructions Aunt Gracie left behind, they find themselves transported to a land that defies explanation. Doon seems like a real-life fairy tale, complete with one prince who has eyes for Mackenna and another who looks suspiciously like the boy from Veronica's daydreams. But Doon has a dark underbelly as well. The two girls could have everything they've longed for...or they could end up breaking an enchantment and find themselves trapped in a world that has become a nightmare.
DOON is loosely based on the premise of the musical Brigadoon, with permission from the ALan Jay Lerner Estate and the Frederick Loewe Foundation. Follow the journey at http://www.DoonSeries.com