The Blurb: 17-year-old Lila has two secrets she’s prepared to take to the grave. The first is that she can move things just by looking at them. The second is that she’s been in love with her brother’s best friend, Alex, since forever.
After a mugging exposes her unique ability, Lila decides to run to the only people she can trust—her brother and Alex. They live in Southern California where they work for a secret organisation called The Unit, and Lila discovers that the two of them are hunting down the men who murdered her mother five years before. And that they’ve found them.
In a world where nothing and no one is quite as they seem, Lila quickly realises that she is not alone—there are others out there just like her—people with special powers—and her mother’s killer is one of them…
Today I have a very special guest on the blog, Ms. Sarah Alderson! I’m excited to be part of the blog tour and as part of the tour Sarah answered some burning questions I had!
Rhi: I know you’ve written a few other books and so what was different about this one?
Sara: Hunting Lila was my first book and I put a huge amount of love into it. I was consumed with the writing of it and I think it shows. I lived that book for so long that when I finished it I went into something a little like mourning. I was so depressed and couldn’t stop thinking about the characters, which is why I started writing a sequel almost immediately, even though I didn’t yet have a publishing deal.
Hunting Lila will always be the book that means the most to me, even if other books I write are technically better or whatever.
Rhi: Aw . . . I feel the same way about my first book, and haha whatever to other books being better.
Rhi: Psychokinesist, where on earth did you come up with that? (It’s brilliant by the way)
Sara: I Googled a lot of Latin and Greek terms and played around with them. It comes from Psyche meaning mind and kenosis – meaning to empty.
Demos can empty people’s minds – freeze them, make them do things they don’t want to.
Rhi: I like it and I think I need to consider it an official term now.
Rhi: Do you have any interesting abilities of your own?
Sara: No. Unfortunately. I can’t even hula hoop. I can dance like no one is watching though.
Rhi: That’s too bad, I could teach you a thing or two 😉
Rhi: Alex really reminds me of my own Boy Next Door, was his character based on someone you know?
Sara: Oh, lucky you! Alex is based in part on my husband. I stole his eyes and gave them to Alex and also his cool calm and integrity. Otherwise I also drew inspiration from the rather lovely actor Alex Skarsgard who is in True Blood but who I first saw in Generation Kill. I kind of fell in lust with him when I was writing Lila so Alex started taking on some of his ahum, attributes. Even his name! My friend met his best friend in LA at a dinner and told him about the book and him being my muse. I just hope I never meet him now.
Rhi: I have an unnatural obsession with Alexander Sarsgard as well, the difference? My husband has talked to the guy on the phone about coming out to comic con in Winnipeg. *swoon*
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today for the tour and best of luck with Hunting Lila! I promised a review and so it’s below, go click on the thingy there, and if you want your own copy of Hunting Lila, you know where to go get it!