True Born Blog Tour: Author Interview with L.E. Sterling


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true bornBook Title: True Born

Author: L.E. Sterling

Release Date: May 3, 2016

Genre: YA Sci-Fi Fantasy


Your fate is in your blood…


Welcome to Dominion City.


After the great Plague descended, the world population was decimated…and their genetics damaged beyond repair.


The Lasters wait hopelessly for their genes to self-destruct. The Splicers pay for expensive treatments that might prolong their life. The plague-resistant True Borns are as mysterious as they are feared…


And then there’s Lucy Fox and her identical twin sister, Margot. After endless tests, no one wants to reveal what they are.


When Margot disappears, a desperate Lucy has no choice but to put her faith in the True Borns, led by the charismatic leader, Nolan Storm, and the beautiful but deadly Jared, who tempts her as much as he infuriates her. As Lucy and the True Borns set out to rescue her sister, they stumble upon a vast conspiracy stretching from Dominion’s street preachers to shady Russian tycoons. But why target the Fox sisters?


As they say in Dominion, it’s in the blood.


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About the Author:

LE Sterling

L.E. Sterling had an early obsession with sci-fi, fantasy and romance to which she remained faithful even through an M.A. in Creative Writing and a PhD in English Literature – where she completed a thesis on magical representation. She is the author of two previous novels, the cult hit Y/A novel The Originals (under pen name L.E. Vollick), dubbed “the Catcher in the Rye of a new generation” by one reviewer, and the urban fantasy Pluto’s Gate.

Originally hailing from Parry Sound, Ontario, L.E. spent most of her summers roaming across Canada in a van with her father, a hippie musician, her brothers and an occasional stray mutt – inspiring her writing career. She currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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Read below for an excerpt from True Born:

“Isn’t it a little weird that we have to do our tests again? Was there some kind of mistake with the first one?” Margot says it innocently enough, a slight twang to her voice to match the nurse’s rabble-like twang.

“Well, hon, sometimes they get mixed signals, you know? Like when you think a boy likes you but then he goes all hot and cold?” She winks. Margot’s fingers tighten on mine.

“Uh huh.” Margot nods. “So there’s a problem with your machines? Or with the staff?”

The nurse frowns. “Not this staff. They’re five-star amazing. Must have just been a bad sample or something. Try not to worry about it, sweetie.” She pats Margot’s arm just before she shoves the needle in my sister’s vein.

I squirm on my seat. The skin on my arm crawls from the sharp pain originating in my sister’s arm. Relaxed beside me, Margot doesn’t move a muscle. She knows what I’m feeling even if she can’t do anything about it. This is just how it is with us.

“How much are you going to take this time?” My voice shakes as our coltish nurse comes around to me and drives a needle into my arm. It doesn’t hurt nearly as bad as Margot’s did. Our hands stay folded together. There’s a note in our file about letting us. One of the perks of being born us.

“Oh.” For the first time she looks a little dismayed. “I’m sorry, hon. Didn’t they tell you? We gotta go through the whole protocol again. The whole shebang.”

My twin and I did know. We’d been told. Still, it bothers us. A full day’s worth of giving blood, going through tests, having your organs measured and documented. Urine samples, more blood samples, hair samples. We’d already been through this two times in the last two months. We no longer believe they’d gotten “bad” samples—not that we’re going to let on to the nurse.

And funny thing is, each time we come, the Protocols Nurse is new. This is the third we’ve had, each as clueless as the last.

We know better than to ask our parents. The deepening silence and constant rounds of testing and lies must mean the news is the worst. Late at night we lie together, holding hands and whispering under the deep canopy of one or other of our beds. We’ve thought about what it will mean if one of us turns out to be a Laster. We’ve talked until dawn about what we’d want, what we’d do. I tell Margot I’d want to go with her, but she’s against the idea.

“One of us needs to survive,” she said to me, her gray-green eyes as serious as I’ve ever seen them.

“What if it’s not that?” I asked her.

“What do you mean?”

“What if we’re, you know,” the words mere whispers, “True Born?”

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Read Below for an interview with L.E. Sterling!

Can you tell us about your book, True Born, in 40 words or less?

In a world divided into Splicers, Lasters and True Borns, Lucy and Margot Fox, twins with a special bond, are plunged into the mystery of what they really are, and why True Borns have been hired to protect them.

What was your favorite scene to write?

My favorite scene was where Lucy and Jared, one of the True Borns (and love interest) are trapped with each other as they go on a rescue mission. The sparks were just flying between these two and I loved how snippy they got with each other – and then Jared went absolutely feral, which was awesome.

What was the hardest scene to edit out?

In the original draft of True Born I had a really gruesome scene – something really awful happened to Margot. Apparently it was just too gruesome. One of my earliest young readers couldn’t stomach it. So I chopped it into something else. It was hard to let go of – it was such a powerful scene! But something wonderful happened from this: the new scene opened up all sorts of really interesting plot possibilities that got extended through the next two novels, so it was a very favorable trade!

Favorite quote?

It’s a toss up between:

“By your eighteenth birthday you’re supposed to know.

They’re supposed to tell you.

Splicer. True Born. Laster.”

(These are the words that began the original novella.) And the words that now begin the novel:

“When we came into the world, silent and cowled, my sister and I were attached by our big toes.”

I don’t know why – these are the phrases that for me resonate through the entire novels, kind of like the backbone of my ideas.

Standalone or series?

Series! That goes for what I prefer to both write and read. Isn’t it just so great when you fall in love with a book or a world or some characters and you just feel so lucky that you get to visit them again in the next book? I feel that way a lot these days. I even feel that way as I’m writing the True Born Trilogy.

If you had to give True Born a theme song what would you choose?

Oh, wow, how can I pick just one? Maybe Radiohead’s “Nude” – or Arcade Fire, which I have been listening to a lot lately while I write the series: I’d choose “Awful Sound” for the entire novel, but for the end of the novel I’d probably choose “My Body is a Cage.”  But I’m so bad at this! I’d like to hear from readers what theme song they would choose.

Are you currently working on anything else?

I’m wrapping up the third novel in the True Born Trilogy, but I’ve definitely got my eye on a couple of novels I’ve shelved for the past couple of years. One of them is a YA novel about faeries. The other is a thriller/romance about a Voodoo detective and a rodeo nurse. It was so much fun to write!

What is the best book you’ve read recently?

Such a hard question. I really enjoyed reading Divergent  – I finally got around to reading that about a month ago. It’s great!! I have also been kind of addicted to Jennifer Armentrout’s work of late, particularly the Dark Elements series.

What is currently in your TBR pile?

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare; I’ve recently added Pintip Dunn’s Forget Tomorrow and Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle series to my long, long list of books to be read. I’m really excited about these books! And I’m waiting very impatiently for Ilona Andrew’s White Hot, the next in the Hidden Legacy series.

Thanks so much for the interview!

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