November 7, 2013

Whisper Falls Blog Tour Stop : Guest Post by Author Elizabeth Langston

While training for a mountain bike race, high-school senior Mark Lewis spots a mysterious girl dressed in odd clothing, standing behind a waterfall in the woods near his North Carolina home. When she comments on the strange machine that he rides, he suspects something isn’t right. When Susanna claims to be an indentured servant from 1796, he wonders if she's crazy. Yet he feels compelled to find out more.
Mark enters a ‘long-distance’ relationship with Susanna through the shimmering--and temperamental--barrier of Whisper Falls. Curious about her world, Mark combs through history to learn about the brutal life she's trapped in. But knowledge can be dangerous. Soon he must choose between the risk of changing history or dooming the girl he can't stop thinking about to a lifetime of misery.
Publisher-Spencer Hill Press
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About the Author
No Apology From Me
Recently, the Internet has been filled with rumblings about a highly-anticipated book and its unexpected ending. Many loyal readers of Veronica Roth’s DIVERGENT Series were upset when [semi-spoiler alert] the third book ends on a sad twist.
I don’t have anything specific to say about that book series because I haven’t read it. But I do have three things to say about the controversy that followed.
1) Personal attacks against an author are wrong. Always. It’s okay to hate the book, but don’t let those feelings splatter on the writer. If buyers don’t like a product, they just shouldn't buy it.
      2) Personal attacks against other readers with differing opinions are wrong too. When I’m reading a book, the only opinion that matters is mine. I can’t imagine getting mad enough over a disagreement on a book to tweet threats or insults.

Which leads to my last point…
3) I like happy endings. If I know in advance that a book doesn’t have a happy (or hopeful or optimistic or satisfying) ending, I’m not likely to read it. If you want to, fine. But don’t call me stupid, unsophisticated, immature, or any of the other crazy things being said about people who like happy endings.
And because I like to read happy endings, I like to write them too. I want my characters to win. I want them to work hard at a worthy goal and find a measure of success. If I want to saturate myself in sadness and suffering, I can find plenty of that in the real world. I go to books for something better.
I write stories with happy or hopeful or satisfying endings. And I’m not apologizing for that.

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