Hey, everyone! Welcome back! Today I am very excited to reintroduce you to Page Morgan, author of The Beautiful and the Cursed and The Lovely and the Lost. If you haven’t read this series yet, then let me be the first to demand that you do so! I read The Lovely and the Lost the other month and it was oh so good! Stay tuned for my review later this month!
I’m the author of the YA Gothic thriller THE BEAUTIFUL & THE CURSED, along with its forthcoming sequel THE LOVELY & THE LOST. I’ve been intrigued by les grotesques ever since I came across an old, black-and-white photograph of a Notre Dame gargoyle keeping watch over the city of Paris. I wanted to tell that gargoyle’s story. Soon, the idea for The Beautiful & the Cursed was born.
I live in New England with my husband and our three daughters, an English Pointer puppy, an arrogant cat, two cuddly bearded dragons, fifteen chickens, and during the summer and fall, our neighbor’s two sweet horses.
Quick! Tell us about the Lovely and the Lost in 15 words or less!
The Waverlys encounter new gargoyles, new demon threats, and new romantic hurdles.
What was your favorite scene to write?
There’s a scene in the abbey with Gabby, Nolan, and a confessional booth. That is all I’m gonna say!
I’ve got you covered!
Are you allowed to be sneaky and give us one of your favorite quotes from TLATL?
Yes! It’s between Luc and Ingrid:
Ingrid added, “He said my scent was delectable. What does that mean? What exactly do I smell like, food?”
Luc huffed a laugh. “No, not food. It’s sweet grass, the kind that flowers in the summer, and if you tug up a strand and chew on it, it tastes sweet, almost like vanilla. And then, underneath that, your scent is like rich, black soil. Earth that will grow anything seeded there.”
I love this line from Luc because it shows how in tune with Ingrid he is, and how much he adores her.
When will the other novellas be released?
I don’t know, honestly. I haven’t written them yet! I think I’d like to explore Marco’s character some more, and perhaps bring his story full circle.
Do you have any info you can give us about the third book? More specifically, a title???
The title is finalized and the cover is as well, but it’s top secret at the moment! All I can say is that in the third book every storyline pretty much explodes. There is, of course, an epic showdown between good and evil, and I will confess—not everyone survives.
Are any new characters introduced in this book?
Yes! Ingrid’s father, Lord Brickton arrives and puts quite a damper on all the supernatural goings on at the abbey and rectory. Nolan’s father, an Alliance big wig also comes to Paris and causes quite a problem for Gabby and Nolan. There is also a new Duster, Léon, who has some icky demon arachnae blood; a new gargoyle at the rectory, Dimitrie, that no one can quite figure out; and a shady demonologist from an equally shady society called the Daicrypta. And I will confess again—not everyone survives.
He most certainly is. I didn’t expect his character to take off the way it did for me. I’d intended him to be a bad gargoyle who maybe died in the first book. But as I started to write his character, he refused to be boxed in and killed off. He is my favorite gargoyle in this series.
Do you have any plans for after the Dispossessed series is over?
It’s so sad to say goodbye to my gargoyles and Dusters and demon hunters, but yes, I do have some fun projects in the works. I’m working on some more YA manuscripts and also some adult manuscripts with another YA author and friend of mine. I also have a few middle grade story ideas I’d like to explore too.
Now that you’re not a debut author this year….what debut are you most looking forward to in 2014?
I feel like I’ve had my nose to the grindstone for so long I don’t even know what debuts are on the horizon. They’re already released, but I’d love to read CRUEL BEAUTY by Rosamund Hodge, HALF BAD by Sally Green, and WILD by Allex Mallory.
What is the BEST book that you’ve read recently?
Such a hard question!! Well, right now I’m reading SANCTUM by Sarah Fine and it is amazing. I also read THE ALMOST GIRL by Amalie Howard and absolutely loved it!
This is probably a little more selfish here, but WHAT does a girl have to do to get you to come to Seattle?! *hint hint*
I’ve never been to Seattle but would love to! If I ever go on tour or plan one on my own, I will definitely put Seattle on the list!
Thanks for stopping by YaReads, Page!