Author Lanie (Lee) Bross joins SciFiChick.com today to talk about her debut novel Fates!

Can you tell us a bit about FATES in your own words?

I think it boils down to a girl who truly believes that everything that happens in the universe is dictated by fate, and a boy who believes that he is the only one who controls his destiny, and how throughout their journey they start to understand that maybe neither of them are right or wrong.

Who is Corinthe? Can you tell us why she’s exiled?

Corinthe is one of the girl fates who live in Pyralis Terra. She was exiled to Humana ten years prior for being too curious about the Messengers that transport the marbles between worlds. Fates are supposed to exist without questions and Corinthe is paying for her one mistake.

How much does free will versus fate come into play?

In the world of FATES, the destinies of every living thing is dictated by the marbles. Most destinies fulfill on their own, but there are some that need a little help. That’s where the Executors step in to be sure they come true. Luc, one of the main characters does not believe in fate. He’s had some pretty crappy things happen in his life and is adamant that the choices he makes dictate his own future. You can imagine what happens when Corinthe and Luc meet. She doesn’t understand why he doesn’t believe the universe controls everyone’s destines, and he can’t believe how she could believe that people can’t choose for themselves.

Why is Greek mythology still so popular today? What was the inspiration for you?

I think Greek mythology is so popular because it is timeless. It is the explanation for
anything from weather to seasons to human nature. I think it’s a fun way of looking at why the world exists as it does, especially amongst all the other theories and beliefs.

Will the story conclude with the sequel? Or could we see more?

Yes, the sequel to FATES concludes with book 2. There is no cliffhanger or plans for a book 3 at this time.

What’s next for you, after this series? Any other stories on the horizon?

I have a two book series releasing from Disney/Hyperion starting mid-2015. Those books are YA Historical.

Tell us a bit about yourself and your experience in writing.

I live in Maine with my family and I started writing about 7 years ago. I’ve always loved words, the library was my favourite place as a kid, so one day I decided that I wanted to try writing my own words. I heard this story on the way to work about young people returning to their hometown for the funeral of a friend. It gave me an idea. So I wrote a novella length story. It never went anywhere and it was *really* bad looking bad, but it gave me the confidence to start and finish. I haven’t stopped writing since!

Who are some of your favorite authors? What books do you love?

My real bookshelf and my Kindle app are pretty eclectic! I really don’t have favourites. I just really love a good story. I am a fast reader, so I sometimes read 2-3 a day!

Thanks for your time! Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Thanks for having me here! I am so excited that people finally get a chance to read FATES!

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