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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Whisper to a Scream: Interview with Lauren Hammond

Hello Everybody!!!!  I’m super excited today, because stopping by on her whirlwind blog-tour for A Whisper to a Scream is author Lauren Hammond.

If you haven’t read A Whisper to a Scream—I totally recommend it as a perfect read for getting in the Halloween mood!!!—Lauren is an author who always knows how to give me the creeps (in a good way!)!!!  ;)


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nymfaux:  First off—Hi Lauren!—I want to welcome you and thank you for stopping by!
—My head is still all a-swirl with thoughts after reading A Whisper to a ScreamYou set a pretty intense mood from the beginning of the story—Is it difficult to keep that mindset, to go back and forth all the time—writing in such a dark place, then go make supper or lunch, and coming back to your writing?
Lauren Hammond:  LOL. Well, most of my writing is done really late at night and a lot of it is hand-written on a notebook before I type it out. It's much easier for me that way. I have no distractions. It's quiet and it really allows me to put myself in that character's head. Not that I'm anything like Adam, but I considered him a challenge to create and I enjoy a challenge when it comes to writing. He's very dark and personally, I am not—at all.

nymfaux:  On the same note, does your writing ever give you nightmares or keep you up at night?
Lauren Hammond:  No. Sometimes I wish they did, though. Nightmares make pretty awesome ideas for books.

nymfaux:  A Whisper to a Scream really evoked a lot of images for me while I was reading it; did you have any particular inspirations for the story or characters (hopefully not real-life!)?
Lauren Hammond:  The only inspiration I had as far as real life images is the town the story takes place in. I modeled it after the town I grew up in. It's small, quaint, and there are a lot of farms. Nothing ever happened there either. My parents never locked our front door, EVER. And I could play outside at night without my parents ever worrying. I also put a little bit of myself in Ellory. I was pretty rebellious as a teen and I can remember sneaking out my best friend's bedroom window, running through a field full of soybeans, to her boyfriend's car while he waited for us on the street. Lastly, the scene where Ellory talks about her grandfather jumping from the car. That's true. That was my grandpa. He hopped out of a moving vehicle after seeing my grandma walking down the street. 

nymfaux:  A Whisper to a Scream alternates between Ellory’s and Adam’s points of view.  Did you always see the story from both sides?  Were there any difficulties switching between characters?  Ever start a scene from one character’s perspective and then decide it was better from the other side?
Lauren Hammond:  Oh man. This book has seen so many different stages. The original version was written without Adam's POV, actually. The original was completely from Ellory's POV. And it didn't work that way. I kept reading through it and felt something was missing and everyone else who read it always wound up hating Adam. So I knew I had to add him in. He is a very bad boy, lol, but there is also a good side to him and I wanted the readers to be able to see that. If his POV wasn't there, how would the readers be able to like him or sympathize with him at all? I don't think they would be able to. He's already a very dark character and it’s hard to like someone like that without seeing or reading about what's going on in their head. Also, the book began with Ellory's POV too. Then I switched it. I thought the opening would have a much bigger impact if I started it with Adam's POV. And apparently, according to most of the readers, it does. 

nymfaux:  I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but I have to admit I have some love/hate feelings about Ellory and Adam’s relationship, and as a reader it was a rare experience for me that I wasn’t sure how I wanted the story to end.  As the author, did you have the ending in mind when you began writing, or was it as much a surprise to you as to me?
Lauren Hammond:  Ohhh no. The ending was just as much of a surprise for me as it was for you. Since I began writing it, the ending had changed three times.

nymfaux:  Did you have any favorite scenes while you were writing?
Lauren Hammond:  Soooo many. My favorite wasn't one scene in particular, but it was a lot of the interactions between Ellory and Adam. In a way, they're both walking around numb. Ellory chooses to live closed off, bitter after watching her parents split and she tells herself that she doesn't want to feel if it's going to cause her so much pain. Adam is numb because he can't help it. He was born that way. And what makes them so interesting is because Ellory puts up a wall on purpose and Adam is desperate to be able to feel anything at all. There's a push and pull between them and that's something I enjoyed creating. Love without conflict, craziness, and a little bit of tension to me is boring. 

nymfaux:  You’re a very prolific writer (12 books in one year!?!?!!?!?!!)—Obviously you’re very dedicated, can you talk about your process?—How long does a single project take you?  Do you work on a one project at a time, or alternate?  Do you keep a strict writing schedule 9-5, or just squeeze writing in wherever you can?
Lauren Hammond:  Wait for 2012, lol! Well, for the most part I struggled with a few of the books because I had yet to find my true voice. Now that's I've found it, I'm pretty sure there's no looking back. I answered a previous question where I talk about writing in notebooks. That’s how it pretty much works. I write at night in my bedroom right before bed. And it takes me about 4 days to complete a rough draft that way. Then when I transfer it to the computer, it takes me about another two or three days, so I'd say in total it takes me about a week to write a novel. 

I do write one entire book at a time. But I'm not going to say that I don't get other ideas while I'm writing the novel I'm currently working on lol. And I will begin writing those while I word on the current project b ecause I don't want to lose anything I've just thought up. I'd say for the next year there are going to be at least 15 books I'm going to release including most of the sequels for books I already have out.

I think what's most important is that I don't rush through my writing process on purpose.  If I need time away from a book I'm working on, I take it and come back with a pair of fresh eyes.  Honestly though, most of the time when I get an idea, I just write and write when inspirations hits... The characters stick in my head and won't shut up until I finish their story.


I swear I'm not crazy, LOL.

nymfaux:  Do you think there might be any sequels in store for Ellory and Adam?

Lauren Hammond:  There is :) . This is actually a trilogy. The second book is Yelling Out Loud and the third is A Cry in the Dark.


nymfaux:  Anything else you want to share while you're here??? ;)

Lauren Hammond: 
 I have a novella out, too.  He Loves Me...He Loves You Not...  It's steamy and devious & if you like to walk on the dark side, check out A Whisper To A Scream.  I promise, it's to die for...

Happy Halloween!



Sometimes love....can be deadly. 
A Whisper to a Scream


Ellory Graham detested high school. She relished the fact that she was a rebel. A wild, carefree, type of girl. She basked in the glory of being the type of girl who stood up to authority. Unfortunately for her, her upfront, honest and bitchy nature always managed to land her in some kind of trouble.

Adam Jacobs was everything Ellory was not. Not only was he beautiful, but he was smart, artistic, and sweet. To almost every girl he seemed like the total package- that all around perfect guy. But in a town were nothing particularly interesting happens, and gossip seems like the only fun thing to do, sometimes those perfections become flaws. And it doesn’t take long for Ellory to find out, even Adam has secrets.

But Adam’s secrets, are the kind of secrets people die for...


nymfaux:  Thanks again for all your time!—It’s always great to have you visit, and I’m so excited about all of your upcoming releases!!!!

A Whisper to a Scream is available at:  AmazonBarnes and Noble, and Smashwords

For more information about Lauren Hammond and her books check her out here:
And follow her on Twitter: @NovelistLauren








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3 comments:

Darkfallen said...

Awesome interview!

And WOW I finally found someone else that handwrites thier novels first!!! I handwrote the first 3 notebooks worth, then I went to tyrp the rest and the computer turned into a mean bully in the lunchroom, and I the little nerd hiding in the bathroom stall. That was when I learned what writters block was all about, and I am choosing to believe that it was bc I tried to type it first. It just suck the personality out of it for me.

And LOL @ Lauren "push & pull" wonder where I've heard that before;)

This book is wonderment wrapped in a black ribbon and drizzled in blood...I SO can't wait for book two!

nymfaux said...

@Darkfallen--THANKS!!! :D
I was really blown away by the handwritten novels--And I LOVE it!!!
#imaginingmountainsofnotebooks

Also makes me rethink my own writing--I love the computer, because my mind always seems to be so much farther along than my pencil, and on the computer I can keep up better--but it's *S0* easy to get bombarded with distractions on the computer!!!!

also <3 your words--very true. A Whisper to a Scream was completely fresh and original--with obviously a lot more fun to come!!!! ;)

Lola7384 said...

Push and pull lol. Yes from you :) But... it's true!