Lies I Live By by Lauren SabelPublisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: May 31st 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Romance, intrigue, and action collide in this psychic twist on the classic spy novel.
Callie Sinclair is literally out of her mind; as the government’s youngest psychic spy, she finds valuable information for top-secret missions. Her work keeps her headaches at bay, but it means she must lie to everyone she loves, including her longtime boyfriend, Charlie.
When a new psychic arrives at the office, Callie can’t help but flirt; Jasper already knows her in a way Charlie never will.
But as her love life gets more complicated, so do her visions. People halfway around the world seem to be in danger...and people in her own backyard, too. If Callie can’t find a way to alter future events, she could lose the people she loves—and her mind. Literally.
Lauren Sabel’s enthralling, romantic novel captures the thrill of exploring a unique power in a dangerous world.
How did you get the idea for Lies I Live By?
I always write based on whatever I am most curious about at the time. I don’t sit down and come up with a story; it happens for me during the times that I am not thinking about storytelling at all.
A few years ago, I became fascinated by the remote viewers the US government trained to help track down nuclear weapons and locate criminals during the Cold War. Other countries had remote viewers as well, and called them by different names, such as the Russian extrasensors. The topic became an obsession – I spent uncountable hours reading about the Stanford Research Institute and Ingo Swann, as well as the military remote viewers on the East Coast.
Nothing satisfied my curiosity until Callie started speaking to me. It really felt like that – like she was inside my head, narrating her life story to me –and at first, I just transcribed what she said. Eventually, a plot began to form around her experiences, and her voice led me into – and out of - the conflict she felt with her mom and missing dad, and Charlie and her new coworker Jasper.
I continued researching the US-based remote viewers, eventually calling them “psychic viewers” in the book since Callie’s story started to vary wildly from the factual version of events and into her own personal narrative. This book also led me to research astral projection, which I found fascinating as well, and down other tunnels I can’t speak of yet, since one of them turned into my next novel, which I’m currently calling THE END OF US.
I hope you enjoy reading my book as much as I enjoyed writing it!
Read an excerpt here.
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Originally from the Rocky Mountains, Lauren Sabel has returned to the cool mountain air of Boulder, Colorado after living in several wonderful cities that she will always love and continue to visit year after year.
Lauren loves her husband, her family, her friends, and stories that end happily. (Unfortunately, hers never do.) She also loves digging into her mind and revealing tiny gems she didn’t know were there.
Lauren learned to mind dig while getting her MFA in Creative Writing from Naropa, a Buddhist college in Boulder, Colorado. Before Naropa, Lauren studied film in Rome, where she developed her love of crypts and other beautiful creepy things. She also worked in the film industry in New York and San Francisco, focusing mainly on film festivals, as she can never pass up a good party. In San Francisco she worked for Chronicle Books, where she was inducted into the fascinating world of book publishing.
For the past eight years, Lauren has been teaching college students the joys of creative writing, whether they like it or not.
In 2008, Lauren was published in Undiscovered Voices, an anthology of the best new writers for children in the U.K., where she was living at the time. Then life got very exciting very quickly. She signed with Jodi Reamer Esq. at The Writer’s House Agency in New York, and they made magic happen, and that magic is named Katherine Tegen. (aka: Katherine Tegen Publishing, Harper Collins).
At that time, I was obsessed with reading books about the remote viewers who helped the US government during the Cold War. My book LIES I LIVE BY came out of how that research blended with my imagination. Callie, the 17 year old psychic spy, burst out of me with a voice of her own, and 18 months later, she was ready.
LIES I LIVE BY came out May 2016 with Katherine Tegen Books.
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