Page Morgan is the author of the newly released book, The Beautiful and the Cursed. If you follow my reviews, then you know how much I lovvvved The Beautiful and the Cursed. It was, by far, my favorite book of the year. I’m dying to get my hands on the second one! If you haven’t read my review, you can find it here. You can learn more about Page Morgan at her website.
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate
Favorite TV show? Game of Thrones
Bigget pet peeve? When people talk in a movie theatre, or are constantly leaning in to whisper and are sitting right in front of me.
Best book you’ve read recently? The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
Can you tell us about your newest book, The Beautiful and the Cursed?
Sure! It’s a gothic thriller set in Paris in 1899, and it revolves around shape-shifting gargoyles that are enslaved by angels, a society of demon hunters known as the Alliance, and two sisters, Ingrid and Gabby Waverly, who have moved from London to Paris, into an ancient abbey and rectory, with their mother. Ingrid’s twin is supposed to have been in Paris to meet them, but they find that Grayson is in fact missing. Of course, the demons and gargoyles and demon hunters are all involved, and Ingrid and Gabby get pulled into that world in order to find Grayson.
I think it’s safe to say that gargoyles are pretty rare to find in YA books. What inspired you to write about them?
A photograph of a Notre Dame gargoyle inspired the story and the main gargoyle character. I loved the idea that these ugly things had a purpose—to scare off evil spirits and protect the humans inside whatever building they were perched on. I was excited to work with a creature that wasn’t really out there in the YA world just yet.
How long did it take you to write The Beautiful and the Cursed?
From concept to finished product, about four years. It took a while to figure everything out, like the mythology behind the gargoyles. I also did a lot of exploratory writing before I actually got down to business.
What was your favorite scene to write about?
If I must choose, it would be a kissing scene, of course! Just please, don’t make me choose which one!
I am a huuuuuge fan of Gabby and Nolan. What can readers expect to see from them in the second book?
So am I! Those two were fun to write. Gabby and Nolan meet with a challenge in the next book—namely Nolan’s father, Carrick Quinn. But the great thing about Gabby and Nolan is that their relationship has such fire to it. They really are propelled toward one another and they work well together.
Well, there is a new demon threat for Ingrid—a mimic demon that can do some pretty tricky and deadly stuff! There will be some revelations about Luc’s past—how and why he became part of the Dispossessed. Vander has a surprise or two in store for him too regarding his Duster half. And without saying too much, Grayson becomes intrigued by Chelle, but she is wary of him for reasons that will be quite obvious once you start reading the book!
Is this going to be a 3 book series, or do you intend to extend it further than that?
Yes, it’s a 3-book series, and there will also be 3 e-book novellas scattered about as well. This is definitely a world and mythology that could be extended and taken beyond three books, but right now I don’t have any plans to do that.
Do you have anything else that you’re working on?
Just the third book at the moment! New story ideas keep popping up though, so I know I’ll have a new project as soon as I’m finished.
What is currently in your To-Be-Read pile?
DUALED by Elsie Chapman and THE 5th WAVE by Rick Yancey (which I started by was instantly terrified so I’m going to have to gather some courage to keep reading!) I also have GAMEBOARD OF THE GODS by Richelle Mead and INK by Amanda Sun in my TBR pile.