Lucid by Kristy Fairlamb Blog Tour and Giveaway!

Lucid (Lucid #1) by Kristy Fairlamb
Publication Date: April 23, 2019
Publisher: Lakewater Press

A terrifying power. A horrifying curse. 
Lucy Piper lives a lonely existence on the precipice between life and death. She possesses the horrifying ability to resurrect real-life tragic events in her nightmares, reliving over and over, as if she were there, the last few moments before the victim takes their final breath. Car accidents, drownings, plane crashes – Lucy has seen it all. No one understands what it’s like living death by night and fearing sleep by day.

When Tyler Sims and his family move to town to escape past traumas, Lucy is drawn to him. The two of them are linked through their dreams, and with Tyler’s trust and friendship, hope for a brighter future returns to Lucy’s world. But Tyler’s presence awakens something else in Lucy, and with this new knowledge, she will be forced to make impossible decisions. Decisions that will change history, and the future.

Chilling, haunting and compelling, this novel is the first in a two-part series for fans of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and The Hidden Memory of Objects that will leave you breathless for days.

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Kristy Fairlamb is an Australian author of the Young Adult Lucid series coming out in 2019.

She spends her days drinking coffee and torturing her characters with loads of tension – both love related and the nail biting kind.

Long before her days of writing began she spent half her childhood in a make believe world; daydreaming about growing up, falling in love, and travelling the world.

She’s worked as a nanny in country England, a junior matron in a boy’s boarding school south of London, a governess in East Timor, and made coffees and cleared tables in the New South Wales snow fields.

She lives with her husband, teenage daughter, and two sons in the beautiful Adelaide Hills where they’re lucky enough to get occasional visits from the local koalas.

She’s terrible at gardening, likes her bookshelves sorted by colour, and recently checked off a lifelong dream of jumping from a plane.

When she’s not writing or daydreaming about her stories you’ll find her reading, cooking for her family, or doing anything to avoid the housework.

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***Author Interview***

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? 
My dad used to tell us bedtime stories and it’s what sparked my love of storytelling. I never thought writing was something I could do though. I always wanted to write a book but didn’t think it was possible for me. Until one day I decided I’d just give it a go and see if I could.

What inspired you to write your first book? 
Talking about my dreams with my daughter. And an idea I’d had for years about the what-ifs you experience when you’ve had a close call with death.
I was also at a cross roads in my life, I’d left my paid work to concentrate on being a mum to my three children and it felt like the perfect time to try something new.

How did you come up with the title? 
I can’t even remember. It was always just there. Once I wrote the story, I played with other titles, but I kept coming back to Lucid.

How much of the book is realistic? 
Not much. The setting is real. Antil Springs is a made-up name, but it’s based off the time I lived near the New South Wales snow fields when I was younger.
And the book is set in current time with real friendships at a regular high school. But the dreaming side of things and Lucy’s affliction are completely invented from my wild imagination.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? 
The beginning, getting it just right. And the plot holes after you’ve written the first draft and you’ve got to go back in and really make it work. That takes a lot of brain power and I find it extremely challenging. But I love that once the hard work is over, it always comes out a much better story.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? 
Yes, that I could do it. I had no idea how when I started or if I could. Sometimes that’s the best way to learn how to do something, just get in there and do it.

What books/authors have influenced your writing? 
When I read the first in the Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin, I remember thinking, man, I want to write a book like this one day. When I sat down to write I think there was certainly an element from these stories that influenced my own writing.

Do you ever experience writer's block? 
Not writer’s block. But I often get writer’s laziness, writer’s lack of motivation, or writer’s no direction.
I struggle the most when I don’t know where things are going. If I’m not sure of the direction to take that’s when things are a struggle and each word hurts to get out.

Do you write an outline before every book you write? 
Yes, but only to about the ¾ mark, then I’m just itching to write. I know the ending, but the lead up is a bit vague, but I like how this allows my story to take its own form along the way. Then I usually plan the final three quarters once I’ve arrived there and the story has evolved a little.

What is your favorite genre of book that you read?
I love YA but read plenty of adult novels too. I like all sorts; contemporary, paranormal, historical, mystery. But almost everything I read has an element of romance to it. It keeps me turning the pages, because I love having someone to root for.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? 
I recently stumbled upon Brigid Kemmerer. I absolutely adored Letters To The Lost. She’s not a new author, but she’s new to me!

Do you have any advice for other writers? 
Just write. Don’t read all the writing books, go to the classes and think on it so much that you forget to actually write. That’s where all the learning is. You can fit all that in around your writing, or even after, like me, but if you’re not putting words on the page, you’re missing the best learning opportunity there is.

What are your current projects?
I’m working on Lucid’s sequel to Luminous. I’m currently making my way through some big structural changes ready for the finer edits and its release early next year.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? 

There is no better feeling than to find people are enjoying what you’ve spent so many hours creating. If you’re one of those people, thank you for reading my book!

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