Lauren will be awarding $50 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
These are the facts: My name is Callie Sinclair. I am seventeen years old. I live in San Francisco. I love my boyfriend, Charlie. I work for a secret governmental agency. I am a psychic spy. This romantic, action-packed twist on the classic spy novel is perfect for fans of Ally Carter’s Embassy Row series or for any reader who enjoys cinematic writing and stories of romance and intrigue.
At seventeen, Callie is the government’s youngest psychic spy, trained to track dangerous people and weapons in her visions. When another young—and handsome and witty—psychic joins the agency, Callie’s personal and professional lives get messy all at once. If she can’t find a way to change the events she’s seen in her visions, she could lose the people she loves most . . . and her mind. Literally.
Richly painted against the backdrop of San Francisco and Berkeley, Lauren Sabel’s enthralling novel captures the thrill of exploring a unique power in a dangerous world.
I love research. It’s one of my favorite parts of writing. To research the psychic spy parts of LIES I LIVE BY, I started by digging into one of my favorite topics: the remote viewing program of the US government during the Cold War. It led me to all sorts of weird places on the web, which is why I’m sure I’m on the CIA watch list at this point. (I’m innocent!)
I read and watched a lot of Ingo Swann’s work. Swann invented a great deal of the remote viewing protocol for the Stanford Research Institute. I named my fictional character Indigo Starr in honor of him.
I also read many remote viewing books written by the remote viewers in both the US Army and the SRI, including Tell Me What You See by Major Ed Dames and Joel Harry Newman, and Remote Viewers: The Secret History of America’s Psychic Spies by Jim Schnabel. The research was fascinating! What evolved out of my research was a mostly fictional book about a fictional character, built on a layer of truth. That’s what’s great about research – once you find out the facts, you can decide which ones to twist to make good fiction, and which ones to keep to make the story feel grounded and believable.
I also researched topics as wildly varying as the Hoover Tower, astral projecting, salt flats, nuclear waste leaks, and the Sudanese flag. It is amazing to me that every time I did more research, my book expanded – even if I didn’t use that specific research in the manuscript. Every idea we take in leads to more ideas, when given the chance to daydream.
And I do lots of that.
These are the basic facts about me:
I am 17.
I live in San Francisco.
I work for a secret governmental agency.
I spend many hours a day out of my mind.
I am a psychic spy.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Lauren Sabel lives in the quirky dark spaces of her mind, and she tries to shed light on these spaces in her books. After publishing VIVIAN DIVINE IS DEAD in Summer 2014 with Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of Harper Collins, she confronted her lifelong fear of being psychic by writing LIES I LIVE BY (pub May 2016). Since in this YA thriller, teenage psychic spy Callie Sinclair works undercover for the government, forced to hide her real identity from everyone she loves, Lauren is now certain she’s on the CIA watch list.
Website: www.laurensabel.com AND http://liesiliveby.com/
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