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The Next Together (part 1) | The Next Together (part 2)  | The Next Together (part 3)| The Next Together (part 4) | The Last Beginning | Another Together | Another Beginning | The Loneliest Girl in the Universe | The Quiet at the End of the World | Book 5 (ghost house) | Book 6 (loneliest 2) | Book 7 (earth) | Book 8 (fandom) 

 


dragonwingsandtimetravel:

“Matthew was hers, had apparently always been hers, and now he was gone. How many times had they done this dance, this horrific, beautiful dance through time?”

book aesthetics // gifset // The Next Together by Lauren James

Sights: sky blue / mint green / soft yellow / fiery chestnut

Scents: old letters / spilled ink / hot coffee / fresh air

Sounds: Dear River by Kina Grannis / In Another Life by Vienna Teng / Come on Eileen by Dexys Midnight Runners / the music from that Lynx ad

(The Next Together will be published by Walker Books in September 2015. It’s kind of fabulous. You can find more information on it here and here, and preorder it here!)

WHAT WHAT WHAT WHAT WHAT WHAAAAAAAAAAAT

THIS IS THE GREATEST THING I’VE EVER EVER SEEN???

OMG OMG OMG

THESE ARE MY CHARACTERS!! YOU MADE ME A GIFSET?!?!?!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#the next together #thank you thank you thank you arianne #i can’t believe you did this! #you’re absolutely amazing!
17TH AUG 2015


I knew I did from that first moment we met. It was… Not love at first sight exactly, but – familiarity. Like: oh, hello, it’s you. It’s going to be you.
— (via sheathegay)

#awwwww #matt to kate #the next together
16TH AUG 2015


 


What’s that I spy in the September issue of Marie Claire? It’s ONLY MY BOOK!!!!!!!!! 🙌🙌🙌 #TheNextTogether#the next together
6TH AUG 2015


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I’m in the paper today!

#me #blog #the next together
6TH AUG 2015


 

LOOK AT THE BEAUTIFUL BOOK! I can’t handle how pretty it is!

#the next together #blog #this is the final version that will be in shops!!
30TH JUL 2015 88 NOTES


As there’s now only a month to publication, I am giving away a signed copy and a signed bookmark for my YA novel The Next Together, which will be published on September 3rd.

“Funny, romantic and compulsively readable” – The Bookseller

Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again, century after century. Each time, their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated.

Spanning the Crimean War, the Siege of Carlisle and the near-future of 2019 and 2039 they find themselves sacrificing their lives to save the world. But why do they keep coming back? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace?

Maybe the next together will be different…

A powerful and epic debut novel for teenagers about time-travel, fate and the timelessness of first love. The Next Together is told through a mixture of regular prose, diary entries, letters, “original” historical documents, news reports and internet articles.

Goodreads | Amazon UK | Waterstones | The Book Depository

Rules:

Open internationally
Reblog this post to enter
Must be following me (lauren-e-james)
Reblog as many times as you like
No giveaway blogs
Winner will be chosen randomly on August 15th
Winner must reply within 24 hours
Good luck!

Giveaway now closed and winner chosen!

#the next together #giveaway #ya #young adult #competition #give away #tumblr giveaway #blog
4TH AUG 2015


Anonymous asked: How do you go about finding names for your characters? Normally I don’t have a problem, but for certain characters ijust can’t find any ( and I’ve spent hours searching through lists and whatnot)

They usually come fully named, really! I try and find names that have the same feeling as the character, if that makes sense.

Katherine and Matthew were named that because they are quite traditional, there are lots of different nicknames for the names (Kate, Katy, Kit etc) which could also be very modern if the right nickname was chosen.

If you can’t find a name maybe trying looking at the most common baby names for the year that character was born, and see what fits!

#blog #the next together #Anon
3RD AUG 2015



 otpprompts: Person A is in bed reading a book. Person B enters and climbs into bed with them. Without looking up person A raises their arm so that person B can crawl under and snuggle up with them. Person B falls asleep.

dragonwingsandtimetravel: …Lauren

…LAUREN

#the next together #RECALL ALL FINISHED COPIES IMMEDIATELY THE BOOK NEEDS THIS SCENE #for like totally legit pacing and characterisation purposes not just because it’s hella cute and by ‘person a’ they mean ‘matthew galloway’

laurenjames: THIS IS SO MATT AND KATE THAT IT ALMOST PHYSICALLY HURTS MY SOUL. THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THIS TO MY ATTENTION, ARIANNE.

#the next together
3RD AUG 2015


 

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#lookin like #kate and matt #the next together
27TH JUL 2015 SOURCE: ELVISHNESS


dragonwingsandtimetravel: THE THINGS I DO FOR YOU, LAUREN JAMES

*channels the spirit of a romantic comedy meet cute* *only with reincarnation where Justin Timberlake should be*

So writing this was basically a mixture of

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(because it’s Kate and Matthew) and (because my writing)

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…which naturally meant it was going to end up on Tumblr! (But don’t worry, it’s much lovelier now I’ve edited it). Kate and Matt are TOO ADORABLE.

Inspired by and written in the style of the opening scene of The Next Together by lauren-e-james​. Particularly the lines “Next time, we’re moving somewhere hot and quiet before any of this happens,” she declared breathlessly and “I like Spain,” Matthew said, and pulled her into one last, desperate goat kiss because that is how my brain works, apparently.

(The Next Together will be published by Walker Books in September 2015. It’s kind of fabulous. You can find more information on it here and here, and preorder it here!)

——

“You could’ve been anything you wanted,” Kate Finchley grumbled to herself as she lugged her crammed suitcase up the narrow stairs. “You could have been a scientist. You could have studied journalism and reported on something dangerous and exciting! But no, you had to go and pick a foreign language so you could go abroad and meet cute Spanish boys with messy hair and accents.”

Letting out a huff of air as she reached the landing, Kate leaned on the banister and tried to get her breath back. Red waves spilled onto her shoulders, turned wildly curly in the intense heat. Brushing it out of her face, she made the mistake of glancing upwards and groaned. Three floors to go and not a cute Spanish boy in sight.

Her goodbyes had been a whirlwind of packing and promising her nanas she’d learn to make churros. She was certain nobody had mentioned all of those stairs.

Still, she’d come this far on her own. She’d just managed to get her luggage to the top floor when the door she was reaching for opened. Surprised, she drew back. And stared.

The boy in front of her was skinny as a rake. His cheekbones should have been wasted on anyone who wasn’t a model, but with his soft eyes and delightfully off-kilter fashion choices, he seemed mostly normal. A little startled and gangly maybe. Like a skittering baby deer. A dark mop of a fringe tangled around his forehead, and she couldn’t shake the feeling that they’d met somewhere before.

“Hi,” he said, then glanced at a hastily-written note in his hand and added, a little warily since she hadn’t blinked in several seconds, “Katherine?”

Kate realized she was still staring. And holding the excruciatingly heavy suitcase.

“Kate,” she gasped, ducking forward with a lurch. The boy retreated a step to avoid being flattened and she finally, blissfully, let the case go on the wooden floor of the hall. Her arms felt close to falling off. “You can call me Kate.”

“Matt. Matt Galloway,” he said, slowly, and there it was, a name from a long-ago string of emails that came with a stronger tug of familiarity than should have been possible. He looked strangely perplexed as she stuck out her hand and he shook it, but Kate didn’t blame him. She tended to have that effect on men. Especially ones who looked as ruffled and cute he did. “Nice to meet you.”

Kate could almost sense the silent I think on the end of his sentence when she flashed him her brightest smile, lit up by the delicious swirl of satisfaction. His cheeks had definitely coloured under her gaze.

Well, he wasn’t Spanish, but he did have an accent…

laurenjames: [sounds klaxons]

There’s FANFICTION OF MY BOOK.

MY BOOK, THE ONE THAT ISN’T EVEN OUT YET.

SOMEONE HAS WRITTEN FIC ABOUT IT!

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ARIANNE, YOU HERO, YOU’RE AMAZING!!!!!!

This is so ridiculously sweet I want to die.

#the next together #the BEST THING #that has EVER HAPPENED
16TH JUL 2015


An Interview with a character
It’s now 50 days to the release of The Next Together! When did that happen? How is it that close? (but also, how is there still fifty whole days to go?!?)

To celebrate, I thought I’d post a little teaser. Here’s an ‘interview’ I conducted with my main character Kate, in the spirit of my new blog series Behind the Book. This is set just before the beginning of The Next Together, and there are no spoilers at all.

Hey Kate, how are you feeling about starting university?

Hi! I’m really really excited about uni, especially because it means I’ll be moving closer to my grannies (I have married grandmothers, it’s 2039, get over it.). I can’t wait to go and steal all their baking!! I’m going to eat so many pies.

What are you studying?

Biology. AKA THE BEST SUBJECT, OBVIOUSLY. I have major plans to take over the world one day. Wait, what?

Have you made any friends at uni yet?

Not yet!

And is there anyone you’re going to be sad to leave behind? A boyfriend?

Nope! I’m single and ready to mingle. I have high hopes for fresher’s week. If you are/see any shy, brunet boys with glasses, hit me up, okay?

What are your hobbies?

Uh…..does stalking cute boys count as a hobby? Because I’m an expert at that. Oh, fandom! I’m big into fandom. Have you heard of that famous blogger, Spartacus? No? Well, he does social activism stuff. He’s a little bit illegal, and a little bit hilarious, and a whole lot of cute. I’m a big fan, as you can tell from my AO3 page. Wait, now I think about it, that’s just stalking cute boys as well. Dammit.

Well, I hope you meet the boy of your dreams at university. Any words of advice for any fellow freshers?

Nobody has any idea what they are doing. Just fake confidence and everyone will be so impressed and intimidated by you that you won’t have to worry about anything else. And don’t go mad on the canteen food. You’re better than that.

If that wasn’t enough of a treat for you, here are my characters Kate and Matt….as mermaids. I may have discovered a website that lets you create them, and gone a little crazy with power.

matt mermaid
#extras #the next together
15TH JUL 2015


tumblr_npa9msla8v1rkfuqno1_1280foxville: disney modern AU. Merida is still a rowdy tomboy; she loves to ride horses and is an excellent archer, and is really into the british punk-rock scene. Mor’du is probably her favourite band!

#wow #kate #the next together
12TH JUL 2015


Anonymous asked: Congratulations on your first book! I can’t wait to sink into your story 🙂 I was wondering if this book was your very first story you ever wrote or if it is one of many stories? I wish you much happiness…

Thank you! I hope you enjoy it! And it was my first story! It had a lot of different versions before it finally became The Next Together, though.

#writing #the next together #Anon
11TH JUL 2015


bookavid asked: how did you format the letters and fridge notes and stuff from TNT? i mean, which program did you use? or did they look different when you submitted to your agent?

I’ve always just used Microsoft Word. I use a lot of different fonts, and tables (with the lines made white instead of black) to organise text in different shapes. That way you can adjust the width of the text on the page, and it keeps everything neatly lined up, especially if you are including a IM chat or anything.

Sometimes I put pictures of notebook pages or pictures of coffee rings or stamps, but nothing major. That definitely wasn’t essential. I just did it for fun, to avoid actually writing.

For example, here’s an example of what I submitted:

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And here’s what that bit looks like in the final book, with the design work done by my publisher:

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#the next together #blog #bookavid
11TH JUL 2015


matt-mermaid
So…..I may have discovered you can make mermen too, and then this happened.

#the next together #merMatt #KatherOrca #HELP ME STOP
9TH JUL 2015


To celebrate the release of my first book, I’m posting a new “Behind the Scenes” exclusive about The Next Together daily until September 3rd. You can find them all here, including Chapter One from Matt’s Point of View, a Harry Potter crossover,  A scene from start to finisha playlist and the book as different genres.

28TH AUG 2015 15 NOTES

 


#KATE AS HELL #the next together #JEEZ HOLLAND
24TH AUG 2015

 


 


#me when people tell them that #the next together #made them cry #jonathan strange and mr norrell 


 

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The very first draft, finished in 2012 when I was 19, and the final book!


Guys, do any of you use authorgraph? It’s a way to get your kindle books signed and personalised by the author, and I’m debating whether it’s worth signing up (the kindle version of The Next Together comes out in 5 days! I could sign it for anyone who has preordered!).

Shall I do it?

I did it! You can now get a free signature from me here which will be sent to your e-reader! You don’t need to have bought the book yet to do this – anyone can do it whenever they want!
Get your e-book signed by Lauren James
#blog #YAY! #the next together
20TH AUG 2015


Reblog

spacezeros [Alice Oseman] since my amazing friend laurenjames has just had her first book published, i decided to draw her two protagonists, Kate and Matt!! everyone should read her book The Next Together, it really is something special and spectacular and i’m obsessed with her writing

Alice spoils me rotten and she’s done it AGAIN! Look at Kate and Matt, kissing all over time. This makes me swoony just looking at it. Thank you Alice!

#[saves as wallpaper on phone] #[saves as wallpaper on computer] #[prints out and wallpapers all over house] #the next together #alice #art
16TH SEP 2015


Okay guys…..I’ve been getting a LOT of spoilery asks about The Next Together, which is obviously not something I’m going to answer on my main blog, so I don’t ruin it for anyone who hasn’t read the book yet. I’ve set up a spoiler blog where you can ask and discuss The Next Together with me at http://thenexttogetheranswers.tumblr.com Send in your burning questions about dat ending here: http://thenexttogetheranswers.tumblr.com/ask

#blog #the next together
16TH SEP 2015 4 NOTES


The adults will tell you to stop looking for the spark. To settle for stability and companionship. But I don’t think I can sit next to someone on the dinner table for the rest of my life talking only about my day. There needs to be unsaid communication. The sarcasm that doesn’t go unnoticed. The teasing that doesn’t stop. That chemistry that you can’t find from just a good résumé.
— (via c0ntemplations)

#the next together
9TH SEP 2015


Anonymous asked: katherine and matthewwwwww (katt? mate? katthew?)

(For this ship thing)

kate insists that they are an awesome dancer even though they’re terrible. matt enjoys it anyway.
matt (secretly) likes to watch reality tv and kate mocks him for it when she first finds out, but then feels really guilty about it so she starts putting it on at 3am when they’re drunk
matt refuses to wear pants when they’re home alone (in a very early draft matthew and katy had a whole conversation about how much matthew likes walking around naked, this is canon)
kate is the jealous / protective one
matt goes all out on the holidays. he probably spends all year planning every detail, whereas kate is more of the wing it and see type.
matt and kate both cry over books. they’re softies.
neither is terrible with kids !!!!
kate drinks too much caffeine
probably matt could sleep for twenty-four hours straight
kate never wears matching socks
neither punches a tree when they’re angry :O
matt gets scared by the toaster. (this one was so cute it made me literally gasp out loud)
Thank you for the qus!!

#my personal preference is matterine tbh #the next together #Anon
8TH SEP 2015

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Two souls don’t find each other by simple accident.
— Jorge Luis Borges

#the next together
7TH SEP 2015


 


My launch was tonight and it was SO GREAT!!!!!!! Thank you so much to everyone who came to help celebrate The Next Together! inkslingerbooks#walker books #the next together #blog #me
4TH SEP 2015


As of RIGHT NOW, my book has been released in the UK and Australia! I’ve already been sent pictures of it in real life bookshops, oh my god guys. This is at Foyles Stratford!

I started writing this book in 2010, when I was a young innocent of eighteen, and I can’t believe my story has come so far that I now have an actual book which I can hold in my hands, that people can read and love as much as I do. I even have incredibly cool things like animated covers, and fans! There are already gifsets! For a book that has been officially released for…..one minute!

I mean…..who ever thought this would be real life? I definitely didn’t.

I’m so grateful to everyone who has supported me on this journey. Your endless enthusiasm has made my jump into the world of publishing, which could have been terrifying, into an absolutely thrilling experience. I feel like the luckiest person in the world and I’m so proud to be part of such a loving community. The YA book world is a magical place.

I really, really hope you enjoy the book as much as I’ve enjoyed writing and publishing it. Here’s to many more books to come!

Before I get completely teary, I’m going to leave you to enjoy the animated cover. This beauty was made by the genius Jack Noel, as always! Check out that shooting star! MY HEART HURTS.

Happy Birthday to The Next Together! I hope that everyone loves you as much as I do.

#the next together #blog
2ND SEP 2015


steinbecks: i am SO TIRED of romantic narratives where the climax is the couple finally getting together. i want a story where the couple gets together towards the beginning and then stays together through the end. what’s the point of making me want a certain romance if i can’t watch that romance actually happen after it starts?? people falling in love can be great and all but you know what? sometimes i also want them to STAY IN LOVE, like… i don’t want mutual pining, i don’t want wistful gazes, i don’t want ‘will they or won’t they,’ i want two people who are in love, they’re together, and they handle shit together

#seeing this tagged as #the next together #made me smile a lot #:) 🙂 🙂 🙂
1ST SEP 2015


The Next Together is now available on Amazon US!
It’s only just become available, so if any of you in the US were waiting to preorder on amazon you now can!

Signed bookmarks are still available for preorders here. 🙂

#the next together #blog
1ST SEP 2015

 


 

#ALERT #It’s science lab Matthew!! #Q was legit how I pictured matt when writing no lie #The next together

 

#is this a #the next together #AU or what

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supergirl-sass:  And this month’s @theyachronicles book, The Next Together by Lauren James (and a letter from the author)

#I LOVE THIS SO MUCH #the next together
4TH NOV 2015


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The Next Together is released in Australia on November 1st! You can follow my blog tour below if you wish.

 

Monday, November 9, Genie in a Book

Tuesday, November 10, Dymocks Bookmarked

Wednesday, November 11, Nicole Has Read

Thursday, November 12, Cassie the Weird

Friday, November 13, Imaginary Misadventure

Saturday, November 14, The Book Addict

I also have some new reviews and it’s THRILLING.

Smallish Magazine called it “Utterly gripping” and The Herald Scotland said: “The Next Together, is a rather clever piece of time-travelling science fiction meets romance, by debut author Lauren James. Katherine and Matthew are teenagers who meet and fall in love in numerous different time frames. Rather satisfyingly they come together for the “first objective”, a kiss, numerous times, and find themselves caught up in the violent dramas of history as well as the future. Smart and hugely creative.

The Lancashire Evening Post said “Funny, unique, filled with passion and danger, and utterly addictive, The Next Together is one of this year’s best young adult romances. James knows her audience and writes with the assurance and well-honed imagination of a seasoned novelist. No self-respecting teen would want to miss it!

So THANKS, Scotland and Lancashire!!

I also loved this so much I have to share it: Georgia at Teen Book Hoots wrote her own ‘next together’! I LOVE this idea – and I would not complain about being in her scenario either! 😉

#blog #reviews #the next together
29TH OCT 2015

 


momlonde: do you ever see a photograph of someone really attractive from like the 1800s and you suddenly get pissed because they’ve been dead for like 200 years and you probably don’t have a chance with them

“We have to go back”

#dkdkfjdjskcjed #no comment #the next together
27TH OCT 2015

 


missblackstar1678: important otp question: who in your otp holds the other back by the hood of their sweater when they’re about to do something stupid

#matt holds kate back #clove holds ella back #the next together #the last beginning
25TH OCT 2015


 

The Next Together, is a rather clever piece of time-travelling science fiction meets romance, by debut author Lauren James (Walker, £7.99). Katherine and Matthew are teenagers who meet and fall in love in numerous different time frames. Rather satisfyingly they come together for the “first objective”, a kiss, numerous times, and find themselves caught up in the violent dramas of history as well as the future. Smart and hugely creative.
— Amazing review of The Next Together in The Herald! I’m giddy with it!

#the next together
24TH OCT 2015


listen i know that character died but listen…….that character isnt dead

(via srslysnuffles)

#the next together
19TH OCT 2015


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I also found…….a bit of The Next Together from 2009! Age 16! (The ‘new footman’ was Matthew, obviously!)

#the next together
18TH OCT 2015


starry-nightengale: Imagine your otp kissing, but it’s like, only 40% actual kissing and 60% giggling.

#this is both #kate and matt #and clove and ella #the next together #the last beginning
17TH OCT 2015

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#Is it too mean to tag this #The next together #I just did a giggle then got sad #normal Friday night on laurenjames.tumblr.com then
9TH OCT 2015

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thebooklandrealm: laurenjames, as requested, have some 2019 Matthew Galloway. For research.. and science.. and stuff.

I just finished The Next Together, and I loved it so much. I can’t wait to read what’s coming next. (And to clear the confusion/suspicion on how it all works)

I’m still so happy that I won this copy in the giveaway, it’s my precious little baby, and one of the few books I took with me when I moved to Ireland for 10 months. I do not regret my choice!

So! cute! I! Can’t! Stand! It!

#the next together
29TH SEP 2015


chronicintrovert: hello! my excellent friend Lauren James and i have decided to run a giveaway of both our debut novels, Solitaire and The Next Together!

this week is the publication of This Winter on ebook in the UK/US/Australia and The Next Together in Australia! to celebrate, Lauren and i are doing a giveaway of signed copies of our books … with a twist. both books will be annotated by each other! the winner will receive a copy of Solitaire, signed by Alice and annotated with notes by Lauren, and a copy of The Next Together signed by Lauren and annotated by Alice (with maybe a few drawings too…)

Rules: open internationally. reblog this post to enter. must be following Alice Oseman @chronicintrovert​ and Lauren James @lauren-e-james​. reblog as many times as you like. no giveaway blogs. winner will be chosen randomly on 4th December. winner must reply within 24 hours. good luck!!

I am SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS GIVEAWAY. Mostly because a copy of TNT annotated by Alice? I want to keep that for myself tbh.

GET ENTERING.

#giveaway #the next together #alice
4TH NOV 2015



Look at the adorable doodles that @chronicintrovert did in The Next Together for our giveaway! We have one lucky winner! (I Need To Keep It tbh)

#the next together #Alice
7TH DEC 2015


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the-art-traveler:  Fanart of Matt & Kate, from the very delighting The Next Together by Lauren James. Kate can’t concentrate on anything except on how cute Matt is!

Look at this!!! Gosh!!!! This is so perfect! THANK YOU.

#the next together
6TH DEC 2015

 


laurenjames asked: Marty McFly!! Extra kudos if it’s a TNT crossover….
chronicintrovert:

(for the ‘Send me one of the following character names, and I’ll give you three paragraphs pertaining to my one of OTPs’ thing)

Marty McFly: time travel + Tori/Michael + Kate/Matthew (from @lauren-e-james​‘s The Next Together)

Tori opened her eyes, still with her right hand held out in front of her, the time machine strapped around her wrist whirring. She was sweating badly in her spacesuit and felt weirdly out of breath, but she was alive.

She’d done it. She’d travelled back in time.

Someone screamed “GET OUT OF THE WAY!” and then everything went dark.

*

The second time she opened her eyes, she was sitting in the back seat of a car.

It was, of course, a very old car, if she was in the year she was supposed to be in, which was 1925. It was going very slowly and making a lot of noise.

There were two people sitting in the front seat. The driver was a woman with auburn hair, cut just below the ears, and was dressed in a brown hunting jacket over a long evening dress. The man next to her had darker hair and was wearing a suit.

Tori had no idea who these people were.

There was nothing for it. She was going to have to speak. “Er, hello?”

The car screeched to a halt, nearly sending Tori flying forward into the front seats – there were no seatbelts. The man and woman turned around, both with fascinated expressions on their faces. Tori realised that she was still wearing her bright orange spacesuit, which was not part of the plan.

“By gods,” said the woman. She had a deep, throaty voice, and sounded like a posh Londoner. “You are a human.”

“We can’t be sure,” said the man. He was quieter and his voice was shaky, which, added to his half-moon wire glasses, gave the impression of him being a very nervous individual. “She could be in disguise.”

The woman barked out a laugh. “Oh tosh! What a coward you are, Matthew. Quite typical.”

“I say – just because I value safety, Katherine, doesn’t make me a coward-”

Tori glanced around her. They appeared to have halted on a country road, so no one else was around, thankfully. On the down side, this probably also meant that she was further from London than she intended to be. She needed to get back there – she had her mission, after all.

“Sorry, what’s the date?” Tori asked, interrupting the couple’s bickering.

The woman – Katherine – blinked at her. “It’s the fourth of August.”

“1925?”

Matthew’s eyes narrowed.

“Yes,” said Katherine.

Today was the day.

He would arrive in London.

She needed to get there. Now.

“Can you take me to London? Are we near London?”

The pair stared at her.

“Certainly-” began Katherine, but Matthew quickly interrupted.

“You’re just going to do the bidding of a child who appears out of thin air in a brightly-coloured-” He paused and sought for the word. “-costume?”

“Well it is the least we can do, Matthew darling, we did somewhat bash into her-”

“I think it was you who bashed into her.”

“You were the one who insisted I needed to practise my parallel parking, I mean, goodness knows when I’m going to use that nonsense-”

“Your lack of regard for general vehicular safety never ceases to astonish and terrify me-”

Tori cleared her throat. “Erm, so, I’m in a bit of a hurry.”

Katherine smiled warmly at her. “Of course, darling. We’ll be in London within the hour. It’s the least we can do.”

“Thank you.”

Katherine performed a terrible three-point turn – it was more of a thirteen-point turn, actually – and then they were off again.

“Might I ask your name?” said Matthew, coldly.

“Victoria,” said Tori.

“Ah, Victoria,” said Katherine. “Splendid. Like the last queen.”

“And what, Victoria, might you be doing here?” asked Matthew. He clearly did not believe that Victoria was Tori’s real name.

“I have business to attend to.”

“Business?” Katherine sounded intrigued.

Tori rolled her eyes. They seemed harmless so there was no reason to hide what she was doing from them. “I’m looking for a young man named Michael Holden. Around my age. He’s supposed to be in London today.”

“Where are you from?” asked Matthew, still sceptical.

Tori struggled with what to say. “Somewhere far away.”

“Hm.”

“I say, Victoria,” said Katherine. “This Michael Holden. We could help you find him, if you’d like?”

Matthew snapped his head towards her in alarm. “I beg your pardon?”

“Oh do lighten up, Matthew darling. It’d be an absolute lark.”

“Were we not going to the theatre this evening?”

“Yes, to see another one of your silly operettas.”

“My operettas aren’t silly. They’re a refined art.”

“If you say so, darling.” Katherine continued speaking before Matthew could protest any further. “So, Victoria of the Orange Costume, what do you say?”

Tori had not been listening to most of their quibble. She had been looking out of the car toward the field they were driving past. In it, she watched as a young man riding a horse galloped through the grass, his face steely and determined behind large, owl-like glasses. His hair was curly and a light oak colour, and his limbs were long but not gangly.

It was him.

It was Michael Holden.

“You know, Katherine…” said Tori. “Thanks for the offer, but I think I’ve already found him.”

WHAT is this okay good lauren au thing solitaire au solitaire my writing sprolden the next together lauren-e-james this was just me having fun with kate and matt arguing why did they put tori in their car honestly idk
04 Dec 15 · 13 notes

God!!!! This is amazing!!!!

#The next together #Alice #I’m not sure I survived reading this #It’s life changing
5TH DEC 2015


 


jumble-bumblr asked: “Send me a character” meme: Will Turner – siding with pirates to save a loved one

“No way,” Matt said firmly. “Absolutely no way.”

“Come on,” Kate said, patting him reassuringly on the bicep and readjusting her false moustache. “It’ll be fun.”

“In what possible way is mutinying against the captain fun?” Matt threw up his arms, and then paused as the captain pulled out a thumbscrew and approached a tied up Tom with it. “On second thoughts …”

#the next together #jumble-bumblr #character meme
4TH DEC 2015


dragonwingsandtimetravel asked: OhmyGodpleasedotheonewiththestreetracinggang. *heart eyes*

Dominic Toretto: street racing gang

“So where is he?” Kate whispered to the burly Harley-Davidson rider standing next to her. “The brutal gang leader who everyone is terrified of? Galloway something?”

“Don’t say his name,” the biker hissed, looking around nervously. “He has spies everywhere.” He gestured towards the cluster of motorbikes surrounding a pimped out green camaro, tattoos on his forearm flexing. “That’s his ride.”

Kate balanced on her toes, peering over bald heads to try and make out the fearsome Matthew Galloway. She caught a glimpse of lean limbs, fluffy brown hair curling up the wind of the underpass, and a set of long fingers pushing up the rim of his glasses.

“That’s him?” she snorted. “He looks like a primary school teacher.”

“Trust me,” the biker said, still looking around for eavesdroppers. “He’s scarier than he looks. I feel sorry for whoever he’s racing tonight – that engine is unstoppable.”

Kate grinned toothily. “Don’t worry. He’s racing me.”

#the next together #THESE ARE SO LONG #I’M GETTING TOO INVOLVED IN THIS #dragonwingsandtimetravel #character meme
3RD DEC 2015


chronicintrovert asked: Cher Horowitz 🙂 🙂 🙂

Cher Horowitz: one of the pairing is a spoiled, rich kid

“I’m sorry,” Matthew said, peering over his Chanel-brand glasses at Katy. “But you’re leaning against my Merc.”

Katy didn’t move, but folded her arms and settled in against the driver’s door, chewing her gum thoughtfully. “You’re seventeen and you’ve got a car? And it’s a mercedes?”

Matthew’s cheeks flushed the slightest shade of pink. “Don’t be a snob. It’s my dad’s.”

Katy grinned at him. “I won’t be a snob if you take me for a spin. You’re Mattie, right? Upper sixth?”

Matthew’s eyebrows rose. “I’d prefer if you called me Matthew.”

“Alright, Matthew,” she leered, delighting in the way his blush increased. “I’m ‘Katherine’. Let’s go to Shakeaway. We can get the millionaire’s milkshakes, with gold flakes.”

#matt is just gansey in this I ADMIT IT #this is about a car because MY DRIVING TEST IS TOMORROW #the next together #alice #character meme
3RD DEC 2015

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#kate would make matt wear this #the next together
28TH NOV 2015


themortalbooklibrary: 10 Reasons to read ‘The Next Together’ by Lauren James
1. The writing is beautiful!

2. The cover and description of the book is amazing.

3. The different time periods.

4. Kate! She’s an amazing character, I want her to be my best friend.

5. Matt! He’s such a sweetie! He’s Kate’s soulmate and he’s just an amazing guy! (New addition to the book boyfriend list!)

6. The plot line!

7. The mystery!

8. Kate and Matt moments!

9. There are more books coming! (More Kate and Matt!!!)

10. Lauren James is going to be the next big author! She seriously killed-it with her debut novel!

I love this! 💖

#the next together
24TH NOV 2015


I do not use the word home lightly.

So when I sigh it into the crook of your neck,

Believe that your spine is a timber frame,

Your kiss a welcome mat,

And your enveloping arms my front door

#the next together
17TH NOV 2015 SOURCE: ESEKAO 67,075 NOTES


thenightvalepost: Tip: If you do not believe in reincarnation, just wait until your next life. Maybe you’ll feel it more then.

#the next together
14TH NOV 2015


The Next Together was included in an Australian subscription box @theyachronicles for the October theme of ‘time and time again’! It came with River Song’s journal, a time turner and some ‘timeless hearts’ bath melts and honestly it just looks incredible! I’m a little jealous!

Pics by Snowflake books, Bedazzled by books and clairereadsbooks on instagram.

#the next together #blog #nice people
4TH NOV 2015


ofools: you know what i don’t get? when like, people write romance stories where two characters are so in love w each other its all magnetism, but they? don’t even have fun together? or are even nice to each other sometimes?

“our love could level a thousand mountains and conquer a million cities”

ok but… are you even… like….. friends????

#Matt and Kate #BEST FRIENDS #the next together
4TH FEB 2016



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#go best friend #this is matt #the next together
3RD FEB 2016


GUYS i’m writing something TNT related today! i’m so excited! i can’t wait to tell you all about it!!

#the next together #i’m bad at keeping secrets
1ST FEB 2016

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THE NEWS IS OUT! The Next Together is being published in the US by Sky Pony Press, edited by Alison Weiss!
I’m absolutely thrilled to bits. I’ve been keeping this a secret since MAY so I’m going to be talking about it a lot now that I finally can! I’m really excited to work with the wonderful Alison and the team at Sky Pony to make the most beautiful American editions of my duology that we can. Both books are going to be coming out in 2017, so there’s not too long to wait after the UK release. It’s going to be a hugely exciting year. Bring on 2017!

#the next together #sky pony press #deal announcement
15TH JAN 2016


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To make things a bit easier to find, I’ve added all of the extra scenes and short stories that I’ve written about Kate and Matt to Wattpad. You can now read Chapter 1 from Matt’s POV, a medieval short story, some deleted scenes and a ton of…
To make things a bit easier to find, I’ve added all of the extra scenes and short stories that I’ve written about Kate and Matt to Wattpad. You can now read Chapter 1 from Matt’s POV, a medieval short story, some deleted scenes and a ton of drabbles.

Enjoy!

#the next together
11TH JAN 2016


Taking Stock
The end of my debut year is here! It’s been an incredible twelve months: I’ve made tons of new friends, gone to amazing events all over the country, and got to know some incredible writers. So here’s some of the amazing things I’ve done over the last year.

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It’s here! I’ve been dying to share this with you for ages now. Find out what storyline you’d live in The Next Together by doing the Buzzfeed quiz here. Reblog with your result!

#the next together
18TH DEC 2015


Anonymous asked: Hey, I don’t want to give the wrong impression here but on your buzzed quiz one of the answers to question 3 is “He would love me for myself” but what about queer women? ( Or straight guys!) I am a massive fan of your book but maybe you could make this a bit more inclusive?
All of the answers in the quiz are references to The Next Together – like the jobs, which are that the characters have or would like to have (Matt and Kate are scientists, and Matt is desperate to be a farmer), and the prized possessions are their favourite things in each life (Katherine keeps a diary, and Matt loves his fountain pen).

In that case, ‘he would love me for myself’ is a punchline to a conversation in the book here:

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Kate’s ‘Disney quiz’ to Matt here is what actually inspired me to make the buzzfeed quiz in the first place, so I had to make sure the punchline was part of the quiz. 🙂

(And don’t worry about inclusivity, the sequel is a lesbian love story…. I’ve got your back. Hopefully you can forgive this one answer not being diverse enough!)

#the next together #Anonymous
19TH DEC 2015


Creator versus Fandom – Authors on Social Media

At YALC this weekend, I gave a seminar on Social media with the wonderful Alice Oseman. This blog post is adapted from that seminar, for anyone who missed the workshop.

Alice and I have both been using social media since we were kids. However, since we’ve become authors, we’ve noticed a difference between our place online. It’s very different interacting in an online space as an author and as a fan.

 


folded.between.pages.of.books: “I’m glad that I met you. I don’t regret coming here, and keeping you for a few more days, even if it led to this. I would return over and over if it gave me a little longer with you.” – The Next Together 💕

#i love this so much #had to reblog it #the next together
22ND JUL 2016

littlebundleofbooks: “@laurenjames Foyles really likes you!

OH MY GOD!!!! THIS IS AMAZING!

#Thank you hannah!!! #The next together
4TH APR 2016


 

Grand giveaway! (Open INT)
So… it’s exactly three months today until The Last Beginning is released. Whaaaaat. NO, WHAT? Can you believe The Next Together came out ten months ago?! Time travel is definitely involved. Probably.

ANYWAY. To celebrate the imminent publication of my second novel, I’m holding a GRAND GIVEAWAY. Three prizes, for the three months until The Last Beginning comes out. And it’s open internationally! Here are the prizes:

RUNNER UP:
A signed and embossed copy of The Next Together + A signed postcard + A signed bookmark
I will send you ALL OF THE FREE THINGS. ALL OF THEM. Plus a signed copy of TNT, also embossed using my special press.

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AND THIS IS JUST THE RUNNER UP PRIZE.

SECOND PLACE:
A query or first chapter critique + A signed postcard
If you’re an aspiring writer, I will read and give feedback on a query letter or the first chapter of your novel. I’ll also send you a signed postcard. (If you win this prize and you’re not a writer, I’ll send you a signed copy of TNT instead.)

GRAND PRIZE:
A query or first chapter critique + An exclusive annotated, signed and embossed copy of The Next Together + A signed postcard + A signed bookmark
All of the previous prizes, PLUS this signed copy will also include annotated notes on the pages, such as behind the scenes details about Katherine and Matthew, little doodles and (hilarious, obv) jokes. One of only two to exist in the world! HOW DOES ALL OF THAT SOUND? PRETTY GOOD, RIGHT? RIGHT? OKAY, LET’S GET TO IT. LEMME SHOW YOU HOW TO ENTER.

To enter:
Leave a review of The Next Together or Another Together on Goodreads, Amazon, Waterstones, iTunes, your blog, and any other retailer site of your choice.
Send links to the review(s) to thenexttogether@gmail.com.
Each site that the review is posted on counts as one entry. The same review can be posted on multiple sites. Pre-existing reviews can be used. Reviewing a book, good or bad, continues to be the best way to support authors. And as Another Together is a free novella, anyone can enter this competition, regardless of whether they own a copy of The Next Together. It’s free! Download it and read away! Open Internationally.

The three winners will be chosen at random on 6th August 2016.

You have a month to enter. GOOD LUCK.

The Next Together: Amazon UK | Waterstones | Amazon US | The Book Depository |Wordery | Foyles | Kobo | iBooks | WHSmith | Goodreads

Another Together: Goodreads | Amazon Kindle | Kobo | iTunes | Amazon US | Amazon ANZ | Amazon DE

#giveaway #competition #free stuff #reviews #books #ya #the next together #prizes #author #another together
6TH JUL 2016


dragonwingsandtimetravel: right listen up it is time for some well overdue fangirling

Reasons You Should Read: The Next Together by Lauren James (@laurenjames)

set across three (well, four) time periods so there’s something for everyone
Kate’s Official Lesbian Nanas
Flo and Nancy are legendary and make no decisions even in times of crisis until they’ve made everyone a nice cup of tea
basically the book most of tumblr is looking for
bits of it are set in the future and in this future Scotland is the hero
Kate and Matthew keep running into each other throughout history. Is it fate? Is it reincarnation? Is it time travel? IS IT ALL THREE???
variety of ages, from teens to mid-twenties
sees your need for AUs and pUTS AUs IN THE BOOK
Kate and Matt: The Students of Science Edition
Kate and Matt: The One Where She Dresses as a Boy
“You’re not a goose egg” “Thanks for the reassurance”
The One Where’s She’s a Lady, He’s a Servant and Oh Look Rebellion
and my personal favourite, Kate and Matt: THE TUMBLR ERA
“I should never have married him, he has no respect for the sanctity of Netflix”
partially told in post-its, diaries, powerpoints, texts, emails and drunk blogging
like Outlander but with the humour of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
even high level conspiracies and Drama™ can’t get in the way of the fact that Kate and Matt have a healthy, consensual relationship
“You are ridiculous and I love you.”
their relationship is sex-positive!
Kate is all sass. All of her. Every version
Matt is adorkable. At one point he wanted to be a farmer???
Kate uses tumblr to document both her relationship and her discovery of a secret that could potentially cause the apocalypse
“WHAT IS THIS LIFE AND WHY IS IT DOING IT TO ME IN PARTICULAR.”
a cross between a book and the insane crackfic you wrote when you were 14
“in a voice she hoped was sexily husky and not just reminiscent of someone suffering from a bad cold”
frankly liberal use of the flipping tables emoji
“WE AREN’T THE COOL KIDS WE GET FIRED FOR SEXUALLY HARASSING A DESK”
Matthew, on his ideal Disney Prince: “He would love me for myself”
Katherine, on her choice of uni: “I only came here because a girl at a careers fair told me they did good field trips”
why yes, the fate of the world does rest on the shoulders of people who make these kind of decisions
Kate is (as they would say in ye olden times) Very Forward and is comfortable with her sexuality and making the first move
“Shut up. There isn’t anything wrong with a healthy interest in crop rotation”
TOM!! HOW have I not mentioned Tom yet
Tom is Matthew’s hot hacker brother
the only person who possibly loves Tom more than I do is Kate
“Stop talking about my brother when we’re in bed together!”
Lauren has sworn Tom is even hotter in the sequel. I am holding her to this
there’s a sequel which is good because I STILL HAVE MANY QUESTIONS
The Last Beginning: A Sequel, this time featuring EVEN MORE LESBIANS
the heroine of The Last Beginning (out October 2016 from Walker Books) is Clove and she is Very, Very Gay
her girlfriend Ella is also Very, Very Gay
LGBTQ rep! queer ladies who live!
Time Travel Romances: They’re Not Just For Straights Anymore!!
“I miss his stupid face” #truelove
I have read this book approximately 463 times and it still cracks me up
the duology tumblr would write if everyone clubbed together and threw plot at the metaphorical storytelling wall just to see what would stick
and of course: “King William furious as Scottish government confiscates Balmoral”

#THIS IS THE CUTEST THING I’VE EVER SEEN #the next together
30TH JUN 2016


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#m- m -Matthew #The next together
28TH JUN 2016


bechdels: a pleasant thought: gay grandparents will soon be commonplace

#the next together
13TH MAR 2016

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I copied a cute idea done by @themackenzilee to compare the differences and similarities between her books. So here’s the things in both The Next Together and The Last Beginning (out in October!). 😶

#the next together #the last beginning
12TH MAR 2016

 


In one timeline we kiss but the stars don’t come down. In another you set a world on fire for me but I perish in the flames. Another and we’re strangers on a busy street, brushing by close enough to send each other reeling off balance but not stopping. Somewhere there’s a final space where your hand on my face is the punchy climax to an epic saga, where the way our mouths meet takes the breath right out of people’s throats. One universe has us right, of all the millions stacked on millions. So it’s not this one. I can live with that. The world is full of wonders and a hundred years ago the moon was too much to dream of touching. Look how far we’ve come. Turn over your shoulder and just look. Maybe we’ll come across each other at the turning of the century, racing across the breaches between worlds. I’ll build my life on that maybe.
— elisabeth hewer

#The next together
10TH MAR 2016


albus-dumbledore asked: Hi Lauren! I really liked The Next Together and I just wanted to ask, don’t you think the song Avalanche by Walk The Moon FITS THE BOOK SO WELL. They’re my favorite band and after reading your book I couldn’t listen to the song without thinking of Katherine and Matthew. The song has lines such as “You’ve got a look in your eyes / I knew you in a past life” and “I don’t want to wait till the next life” and “Sometimes the past echoes in the future / Starting long before we were born” LIKE REALLY

oh WOW. I hadn’t heard this and HONESTLY. It’s so perfect! thank you for sharing it. it’s going on my playlist.

#the next together #claflin
23RD FEB 2016

 


Extract from The Next Together
As it’s Valentine’s day, I’m going to copy the lovely Kate Ormand’s idea and post a little romantic extract from my book! After you’ve read about her Flo and Jett being cuties, here is Katy and Matthew being cuties too. If you prefer, you can read it on Wattpad here.

Varna, Bulgaria, 1854

Katy had never felt such relief as the first time she managed to clean herself properly after the voyage from Southampton. It was the evening of their first day back on land, in the camp at Varna in Bulgaria. Their tent was dark and small, with only a single tiny cot, but it afforded

the privacy she needed to unwrap her chest, and it felt like a wonderful luxury. She scrubbed her skin until it was pink and the bowl of water Matthew had collected from the pump was brown and soapy.

When she finally felt clean again, she went outside to where Matthew was waiting. They were sharing the tent, just as they would have been if she really was his manservant. They couldn’t ask for another and, besides, Katy had been sleeping in a hammock next to Matthew and dozens of soldiers for weeks now, so she didn’t think it would be awkward.

“I’ll fetch you a fresh bowl of water,” she said. He nodded wearily. It had been a long journey from the steamer to the encampment, which sprawled outside the city of Varna, along the edge of a huge lake. Once they had arrived, they’d had to collect their tent and erect it. They were both exhausted.

As Katy walked to the pump, she passed the campfire where soldiers were cooking the meagre rations they’d managed to get. Katy felt a pang in her stomach. They hadn’t had any food since arriving and probably wouldn’t until the next day.

When she returned to the tent, Matthew was inside, shaving, having developed a layer of stubble during their voyage. She wouldn’t call it a beard exactly.

“Thank you,” he said, washing off the soap with the clean water she’d brought him.

“You’re welcome.” She sat on the cot and ran a brush through her hair, wincing at the build-up of tangles. She was going to need to get it cut soon. She’d kept it closely clipped ever since some of the other servant boys had teased her for her curls, saying they made her look like a girl. Now her hair was starting to curl up around her ears, and while she was androgynous enough to pass as a boy, it would be just asking for trouble to have long curly hair.

She sniffed at herself. Since she’d washed she had become very aware of the smell of her dirty clothes. “Do you think if I wash my clothes they will be dry by morning? I don’t think I can stand to wear these again. They smell horrendous.”

Matthew shrugged. “If they’re still damp then you can borrow some of mine.”

She looked up in surprise. Although she knew that he’d forgiven her for lying about her gender, this new kindness was unexpected. “Thank you,” she said softly.

He nodded, and returned his attention to shaving with an air of quiet embarrassment.

She tugged at the loose hair on the brush, admiring the mix of strands, her ginger and Matthew’s brown.

“Can I borrow some now? A shirt or something, to wear tonight?”

Matthew focused more than was necessary on washing the soap off his razor. “Yes. Take whatever you need out of my bag.”

Katy swapped her dirty shirt for Matthew’s clean one with relief. Matthew, who was washing his face, carefully kept his back to her. When she’d changed clothes, she sniffed herself again, but all she could smell now was a lingering trace of Matthew’s scent on the clean material.

Katy then tried her best to clean her clothes with just a small bowl of water and cheap soap. By the time she was finished, and the wet clothes were hung outside the tent to dry, it was dark.

Katy took a sheepskin off the cot and laid it on the floor, before making a pillow from a brown linen coat. The dirt floor didn’t look appealing, but she told herself it was better than sleeping outside, or on a ship, and settled down for the night.

“What are you doing?” Matthew asked. Arms crossed, he looked like a man on a mission. He would have been quite intimidating, if it hadn’t been for the way his hair curled around his face as it dried.

“I’m going to sleep?” she said.

“No. Stop it.”

She raised her eyebrows at him. “We’ve had quite a long journey. I think I deserve at least a nap.”

“I’m not going to make you sleep on the ground. Obviously you will take the bed.”

“We could always … share it,” she said. “Aren’t people supposed to huddle together for warmth in hostile conditions?”

He rolled his eyes, but a hint of a blush rose to his cheeks and the tips of his ears. He began violently brushing out his hair, sending water droplets flying. “That’s in the Arctic. I don’t think you’re in danger of getting frostbite here.”

“Oh, I wasn’t talking about me,” she said. “Me, I’ll be fine. I was talking about you. You’re so thin you might freeze completely through.”

“I think I can handle sleeping on the floor.”

“Well, don’t come crying to me if you’re a cold dead corpse tomorrow morning. You’re a delicate flower. I don’t think you can handle the floor.” Then when he didn’t respond, she added more firmly, “Matthew, I’m not making you sleep on the ground. I’ve caused you enough trouble as it is. Besides, I bet that cot is full of bedbugs. The ground is probably cleaner.”

“I’m not giving in, Katy.”

He started a brief staring contest, which was apparently his new method of persuading her to agree to his point of view without the hassle of actually yelling. She always squirmed under his steady gaze, but she was determined not to be the first to look away. However, this time Matthew was even more determined. She rolled her eyes, conceding defeat by overdramatically throwing off the blanket. It actually was quite cold on the floor, though, and she shivered involuntarily.

Matthew punched the air. “I win!”

“We will alternate nights. I’ll have it tonight and you can have it tomorrow. Otherwise we are both going to end up sleeping on the ground, aren’t we?”

“We are going to have the same discussion tomorrow, because I’m never taking the bed from you.”

“I’ll have a whole day to think of arguments,” she warned him.

“So will I.” He smirked.

Katy felt a rush of affection for him. She usually enjoyed their exchanges, and would have replied with something cutting, but today − in their new tent with a completely stationary floor and a proper bed, and not even one snoring soldier in here with them − she just wanted to be nice to him. He had been so forgiving and lovely to her since finding out that she was a girl, and she had never had the chance to return the favour. She’d have to wash his clothes for him and maybe find food for them both first thing tomorrow. It didn’t look like they’d be getting rations from the army any time soon. A sudden impulse overtook her and she stood up and wrapped her arms around him.

“Good night,” she murmured into his ear. He was tense, but he relaxed slowly, finally pulling her tight against him and pressing his face into her hair.

“Night,” he said back, a touch of something like surprise in his voice.

She stepped away, pulling down the shirt which had ridden uncomfortably high on her thighs. Then she climbed quickly into the cot and pulled the blanket over her.

“Matthew, thank you, really,” she said. “You’ve been so good to me.”

The corner of his mouth turned up. “It was a small matter.” He paused, and then added, “As the girl said to the soldier.”

Katy let out a thrilled, too loud laugh, and Matthew settled into the makeshift bed on the floor with an unmistakable air of self-satisfaction.

If you enjoyed this extract, you can buy The Next Together on Amazon UK, Waterstones or The Book Depository internationally, and add it on Goodreads.

#the next together #blog #extract
14TH FEB 2016


 


 


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This time next month the US edition of The Next Together is finally released! It’s been a long road to get here (my original US publisher shut down before the book could be released – hence the long wait!) but it’s almost here now.
I don’t have any…
This time next month the US edition of The Next Together is finally released! It’s been a long road to get here (my original US publisher shut down before the book could be released – hence the long wait!) but it’s almost here now.

I don’t have any copies of the lovely hardback to show you yet, so for now, here is the dust jacket. I’m still not over that beautiful sunset.

Out with Sky Pony Press on June 13th

16TH MAY 2017


evecoffn: character concept: two people who have been reincarnated for thousands of years and have always found eachother but instead of being in love they just fucking hate eachother

simonlevvis: @laurenjames this would be one hell of a next together au

Someone…..write me this. 🗡🔫

#the next together
24TH APR 2017


Anonymous asked: If you were to write Katherine and Matt’s wedding scene, what would it be like and why? (ps. love your books ❤ <3)

omg. WELL first off in 2056 kate proposes to matt. i know this is obvious, i barely need to say it. she does the whole monica thing and fills a room with candles, courts him until he’s blushing etc.

on the day, Matt wears a tuxedo and is so nervous that he’ll get the words wrong that he gets drunk before he even puts the suit on

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Kate dips Matt when the vicar says they can kiss.

she doesn’t wear white (”i did that last time”), she wears something shiny like this:

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her ‘something old’ is a tortoiseshell hair clasp from carlisle in 1745, her ‘something borrowed’ is clove’s watch with the rainbow strap (so spart can be part of the ceremony – matt insisted, “since you brought us together after all”).

her something blue is a tattoo of matt’s name written in blue fountain pen ink which she gets done drunk on her hen night. jen got a tattoo too: hers says ‘st andrews university

tom has this whole melodramatic joke about it. at the rehearsal dinner he tells every. single. person. that he’s not jen’s first love and he might never recover from the heart break. clove has to move to a different table because he’s so embarrassing.

oh, clove! Clove is the maid of honour and wears this:

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ella is technically her date but officially the ring bearer (”why do you want to be the RING BEARER?” – clove “we don’t have them anymore! i want to hold the cushion!” – ella. “if you lose the ring you are time travelling right out of that church to buy another.” – clove)

on the day, ella arrives in some futuristic dress that clove absolutely refuses to let her wear (”is that – is your dress made of clouds? are you FLOATING? No. no way. how did you think you would get away with this without anyone noticing?!”) so meg lends her a dress that looks like this:

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the wedding is the first time meg and ella meet and that goes as awkwardly as you would expect.

kate and matt’s wedding song is come on eileen.

ella lends them her skim for their honeymoon. they go on a tour of all of their lives. they’re gone two years but they time it so they come back after 2 weeks. no one notices how long they were really gone. even though matt has started going grey.

they have a baby boy six months later, and clove is the best big sister in the entire world. tom and jen enjoy being aunt and uncle and taking a less active role in the parenting (”you’ve got enough grey hair for both of us, i don’t need more stress in my life” – tom to matt. “if that were true you wouldn’t demand to babysit once a week” – matt to tom “WHAT ARE YOU DOING, DON’T STOP HIM!!” – kate to matt)

Summary: all my favourite power couples have a gr8 time
#the next together #this was so fun thank you for the ask!! #unofficial epilogue to tlb i guess?


Anonymous asked: Kate and Matt have A SON?? CLOVE HAS A BROTHER??? WHAT’S HIS NAME?????

I didn’t know until yesterday that they had a son, but YES THEY NOW DO. They didn’t get to raise Clove after all – they’ve never done the parenting thing!

His name is probably Alfie? That’s a nice name.

(Who’s gonna start the petition for a third book about him? I WILL SIGN IT)

#the next together #Anonymous
17TH JAN 2017

 


dragonwingsandtimetravel asked: I’D READ ABOUT ALFIE. What’s he like? *narrows eyes* Has he inherited a penchant for time travel troublemaking…?
i guess this is a THING now, okay. I HAD THINGS TO DO TODAY BUT OKAY.

Alfie Galloway is ginger. He’s not as clever as Clove and he feels bad about that sometimes. He LOVES trains. Anything about trains, he’s not picky.

Kate’s instagram is entirely made up of cute pictures of Matt and Alfie asleep together. Like, she posts one every single day. Sprawled on the sofa. Cuddling over a bedtime story. In the back of the car on long trips.

When he’s four he accidentally time travels himself somewhere with Ella’s skim and everyone freaks out. They manage to track him down in the end.

He doesn’t realise Spart is a AI and talks to him in a very serious voice like he’s a tiny man trapped inside all the computers.

He has a pet axolotl.

He worships Tom. Like, Tom is his favourite person in the entire world. He rides around on his shoulders and laughs at his jokes so hard that he cries.

Kate and Alfie make pancakes every Sunday morning while Matt has a lie in.

Matt and Alfie make chocolate cake on the days Kate works late.

When he’s six he starts reading the Harry Potter books and decides that he’s Ron Weasley. He makes Clove knit him a jumper with a big ‘R’ on it like Molly makes Ron, and wears it every single day until it’s too small for him.

#dragonwingsandtimetravel #the next together
17TH JAN 2017


ahsburkes asked: this thing i hear about what ella and clove’s engagement would be like….i’m afraid i’ll need to know more
Anonymous said:Please write Clove and Ella’s engagement scene!

Okay guys. LET’S DO THIS. After school, Clove does a degree at St Andrews while Ella finishes her degree at her home uni. Then Clove moves to Ella’s uni for a masters in theoretical morality, while Ella starts a PhD in classical history control potentiality. They live together in a tiny terraced house with a back garden, which Ella turns into a vegetable patch. It produces approximately 3 Brussel sprouts and a cucumber every summer. That’s all.

When they both finally graduate with a million degrees between them, Clove goes back to St Andrews to start running tests on the time machine with Jen, who now runs the St Andrews Physics department. Ella moves back with her. She commutes using her skim to a theatre company, where she works to gather accurate details about ancient greece for their productions, using her Skim.

They adopt a rescue dog, who Matt babysits during the day, because he works from home with Tom (they started a business together. they argue constantly.) Alfie, kate and matt’s three year old son, cries every day when Clove picks up the dog after work. Alfie hates goodbyes.

When Ella turns 25 she gets really nostalgic for how she and clove met (she reads a lot of fic written about them. Clove kinkshames her. It’s a Thing.). They drop the dog off with kate and matt and alfie and go on holiday to 1745. They hang out with 1745 Katherine and Matthew, and then Ella takes Clove on a picnic by the river, at the exact place where they met. The picnic is the same as the one Ella brought then, except there’s smoky bacon crisps too, this time.

After they eat, Clove naps with her head on Ella’s stomach. When she wakes up, there’s a bouquet of violets resting next to her. She laughs when she sees it, hysterically, and Ella gets offended that she finds her romantic gesture funny. Then Clove reaches into her bag and pulls out a box. She hands it to Ella.

Inside, there’s a ring.

“I guess we both had the same idea,” Clove says, blushing bright red. “You gave me a violet once, a long time ago. I thought it was about time I repaid the favour.“

Ella’s eyes flick down between the ring and Clove. “Are you…?” she says.

Clove nods. “Elenore Walker. Will you marry me?”

Ella bursts into tears. “You weren’t supposed to propose for another two years!” she yells. “It’s in your autobiography!!”

Clove grins. She’s been planning for a while that when she gets around to writing her ‘autobiography’, she’ll include some lies. Gotta keep Ella on her toes somehow. “Surprise?”

Ella says yes, they get married the next summer, it’s very stressful for everyone involved. The wedding photos go viral on Ella’s social media. Obviously this is their wedding song.

#the next together #the last beginning #simonlevvis #obviously as soon as they get home ella pulls out a ring she bought before she even officially met clove #she saved up her pocket money for it
9TH FEB 2017


#Kate would do this to alfie #tom would love it but matt and jen would refuse to have any part in it #the next together
14TH FEB 2017



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simonlevvis:

∟ books read in 2016; the next together by lauren james

‘’I love you. In every life, I love you. I love you so much.’’

#I LOVE THIS SO MUCH #the next together #GOSH #THANK YOU
3RD DEC 2016


taxloopholes: me applying for any job: so here’s the false identity I’ve constructed to appeal to you,

#lmao #Katy #the next together #crimea
30TH OCT 2016

 


New Kate & Matt short story – SNAILS.
My old university, the University of Nottingham @uniofnottingham asked me to write a short story for their alumni magazine recently!

As one of the timelines in The Next Together is set on the University of Nottingham campus in 2039, I decided to write about Kate and Matt during their time at the uni.

The short story is set somewhere between Kate and Matt’s first meeting, and the point when everything goes to hell. So… Chapter 2? :’)

If you’re a Nottingham uni alumni, you can enter a competition to write a 1000 word short story set at a Nottingham campus, to be judged by me! Details here.

SNAILS.
“So,” the Head of the School of Life Sciences said, eyeing them both over the rim of her glasses. “Why don’t you tell me how this happened?” “Kate?” Matt said, in a strangled voice. “Why don’t you explain?” Kate grimaced. “Well- I mean- I guess-” “Please.” The Head massaged her temples. “Just tell me how the fire started.” Kate swallowed. “I suppose it started with the snails.” Beside her, Matt slowly sunk lower in his seat, deflating like a very embarrassed balloon.

Read the rest here on Wattpad!


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The @chronicintrovert art prints should have started arriving today! Has anyone got theirs yet?

#alice #the next together #the last beginning #the loneliest girl in the universe
13TH SEP 2018


flyflysstuff asked: Hi Lauren! I was just reading your great piece about the publishing process and how excited you were, trying to motivate myself with edit 3 of what I’ve written. I was just wondering if you had done the same kind of account for when you were trying to find an agent. Reading about peoples real experiences is really helpful. I had a look but couldnt find anything. If not no worries, I know you’re busy. Love your books btw and so excited for TQATEOTW 😁

This one? I don’t have one about finding an agent, apart from some early early posts about writing The Next Together here and here.

Good luck with it!!

#the next together #flyflysstuff
23RD JUN 2018


 

Anonymous asked: Hi! Are any of your books been translated to any other languages? ❤

Yes! Here are the ones published so far:
První konec (“The First End”) – Czech Republic (CooBoo)

Em Nossa Proxima Vida (“In Our Next Life”) – Brasil (HarperCollins)

Bir Sonraki Hayatımız (“Our Next Life”) – Turkey (Yabanci Yayinlari)

Любовь И Другие Катастрофы (“Love and Other Catastrophes”) – Russia (Ripol)

Forever Again: Für alle Augenblicke wir (“For all our moments”) – Germany (Loewe) | Audiobook

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Poslední začátek (“The Last Start”) – Czech Republic (CooBoo)

Son Başlangıç (“Last Start”) – Turkey (Yabanci Yayinlari)

Forever Again – Wie oft du auch gehst (“How Often You Go”) – Germany (Loewe)

#the next together #the last beginning #Anonymous
13TH MAY 2018



phoneus: *holding clipboard* hm…. *kisses your cheek* interestning… *writes down results on clipboard but the results are a drawing of us holding hands*

#kate and matt #the next together
15TH MAR 2018


 

dragonwingsandtimetravel asked: Oh, I would love to see Kate’s responses to questions 19, 20 and 21…!

19. what is your favourite thing right now?

Kate: My newborn son, Alfie! He’s a little terror but he’s young enough that even when he’s having a tantrum it’s still kind of new and exciting – I never got to do that with Clove!

20. what is your hidden talent? (example: memory, double joints, etc. )

Kate: I can sense and uncover any chocolate cake hidden in any building, like a truffle pig.

21. what is the best dream you’ve ever had?

I once woke up from a pretty wonderful dream about my friend Matt actually being my husband in some kind of castle during a siege…..turned out that was actually a memory? It was a fun dream, though.

#the next together #thank you!! #dragonwingsandtimetravel
27TH FEB 2018


Anonymous asked: Is it bizarre to you that next year’s gonna be 2019??? THE 2019
I know!! Somewhere out there right this minute, new graduated

Katherine Finchley is applying to jobs in labs. And Matthew Galloway has no idea the new employee at CSL is about to storm into his life and kiss him in supply cupboards.

#the next Together
16TH JAN 2018

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Thank you to everyone who came to Romy’s second lift off tonight! I can’t believe I got to do this all over again. Will post lots of pictures tomorrow but for now – look how far we’ve come, @ajgraingerauthor! 2015-2017. Let’s hope we’re still doing…
Thank you to everyone who came to Romy’s second lift off tonight! I can’t believe I got to do this all over again. Will post lots of pictures tomorrow but for now – look how far we’ve come, @ajgraingerauthor! 2015-2017. Let’s hope we’re still doing this in twenty years time, @walkerbooksya.

#the loneliest girl in the universe #the next together
12TH SEP 2017


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For anyone who has read The Next Together series and is wondering if they’ll like The Loneliest Girl: here’s your answer, statistically and qualitatively.

#the loneliest girl in the universe #the next together #the last beginning
1ST SEP 2017


avocavo: turn on: a very nice pen with an even flow of ink

#Matthew #the next Together
23RD JUL 2017


 

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Talking of art, some pretty outstanding pictures of my books have been popping up recently. Here are some of my faves. You guys are all so clever!

#the next together #the loneliest girl in the universe #the last beginning
14TH JUL 2017

 

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Anonymous asked: I think Then & Again is such an awkward mouthful and the endings both have an ‘n’ and it blurs and idk I don’t want to be mean but if I saw that title at the store I work at I wouldn’t read it it just doesn’t grab attention and doesn’t have anything to it #redearthrollsforever

That is true! I’m finding it so hard to get a title that’s unique, conveys the idea of ‘reincarnation’, and isn’t cheesy while also being generally asthetically pleasing. I’m going to write a two page essay to my editor on why i want to keep The Red Earth Rolls. If I started a petition would everyone sign it?

Also, while it’s nice to get anons, you don’t need to be anonymous! It’s in your benefit not to be, because I am totally more likely to send out proofs to people who are liking my posts, and leaving me lovely messages. (If I’m given a few proofs to send out, which i hope I am! I’d like to do some sort of giveaway to reward people who have put up with my ramblings for literally years of their lives. I will BUY COPIES OF MY OWN BOOK IF I HAVE TO.).

No but seriously guys, I know we’re all super attached to TRER because that’s the title it’s always been, but 99.999999% of the people reading it won’t even know it was ever called that, and won’t think there’s anything wrong with whatever title I eventually choose. I’m okay with changing it, because I can see the benefits of it. It will be much more approachable for teenagers (my audience) and while TRER is great, the fact that I even have to shorten it to ‘TRER’ shows that it isn’t ideal. It’s long and hard to say and doesn’t make any sense even after you’ve read the book, it literally only refers to the epigram. It’ll be missed, but I don’t think for long. When the cover is chosen with a shiny fresh title on, we probably won’t even remember the old one. Promise.

#writing #The Next Together #Anonymous
14TH APR 2014


laurenjames: Who knows WHO KNOWS I still don’t have a title

chronicintrovert [Alice Oseman]: LAUREN YOU DON’T HAVE A TITLE YET sigh. have you narrowed it down at all? there were three options, weren’t there?

laurenjames: URGH TALKING ABOUT THIS STRESSES ME OUT. my current ideas are:
Then & again
Paradigm
The next together
Given time
Life and times
The brief many lives

#The Next Together #writing #claire’s coven
14TH APR 2014



Trends in YA
I want to talk a bit about trends in books. My novel is about reincarnation, which when I started writing was a very rarely seen concept in fiction- which is why I wrote it. In recent years, however, it has become a lot more common.

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It’s a bit frustrating, that something I wrote thinking was unique and original is instead becoming what might be the latest trend. I imagine a lot of writers felt the same way about their dystopian works in progress when the Hunger Games and Divergent became popular, or vampire novels when Twilight was the Big Thing.

When I first started writing I panicked a lot about whether someone was going to beat me to it, write my book first and better. But I’ve become a lot calmer recently (although research for this post did make me hyperventilate a bit. There are so many).

I’m calmer not only because I have a publisher, and my book is definitely going to be published whether it ends up being passé or done before ten times over. Because I’ve come to realise that trends aren’t always a bad thing. People read what they like, and all these other reincarnation books are building up a potential audience of reincarnation fans for me to steal. Maybe they’ll read mine because the other books they’ve read didn’t quite hit the spot the way they liked (the ending of Cloud Atlas left me desperate to know why and needing more, for example), or maybe they just wanted to relive the same kind of story afresh (pun intended).

Either way, the ‘reincarnation’ buzzword can only be a good thing when trying to find a place for my novel. If reincarnation brings good book memories to mind- which with great novels like Life after Life around, it hopefully will- then people are more likely to pick up a copy of mine and give it a chance.

There will, of course, be some people who are bored with the idea, but the people who enjoyed the ‘trope’ of reincarnation will far outweigh this number (I hope).

And even if an idea has been done before, that doesn’t mean that when the right book comes along, it can’t sweep people off their feet. There were hundreds of books before The One wizard/vampire/dystopia book came along. But which one do people immediately think of? I’m not saying my book is going to be that book, but…I don’t need to worry just yet about it. Probably.

It also makes it quite hard to think of titles….all the good ones are taken!

Life after life
The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare
Cloud Atlas
The River of No Return
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
My name is memory
The Gargoyle
Disclaimer: I haven’t read a lot of these, because I’m not entirely sure I can. Maybe once mine is finished I will give them a go, but for now…I’d rather keep my ideas about reincarnation my own. Although The River of No Return looks incredible, and I would love a cover like that for my own!

#writing #The Next Together #ya #ukya #kate atkinson #cloud atlas #meta #reincarnation
12TH APR 2014


chronicintrovert asked: What is Matt and Kate’s ~song~??????????????????

OKAY. So for their wedding first dance it would start with a really romantic waltz, strings and gazing lovingly into each others eyes, and then after a minute it would transition into THIS

Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen

They’d go MENTAL and start dancing like crazies and it would be the best thing ever.

I thought about this too much.

‘At this moment, you mean everything. With you in that dress, my thoughts I confess turn dirty.’

#The Next Together #writing #claire’s coven
12TH APR 2014


chronicintrovert asked: PLEASE MAKE A POLYVORE MOODBOARD FOR YOUR CHARACTERS SO I CAN SEE HOW TO DO IT BECAUSE I HAVE NO IDEA

This took sooooo long but it was the MOST FUN.

First, the 2039 versions from the recent future (recent as in: these are basically just modern clothes) both Kate and Matt are university students. Their clothing choices definitely reflect this.

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Then we get the fun, historical get-ups! In 1854, Matthew is a fancypants journalist and Katy is in disguise as a boy.

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In 1745, Matthew is a coachman and Katherine is a noble lady. They look like this:

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#The Next Together #claire’s coven #writing #chronicintrovert
10TH APR 2014


IMPORTANT UPDATE TO MY FANCASTING: I’ve changed my mind about this. I’ve decided that Tom Galloway is now going to be played by DYLAN O’BRIEN, because a) otherwise I was going to create a whole new character just to fancast him as someone and I DON’T HAVE TIME FOR THAT, b) I can kind of see a family resemblance between a dorky shy ben whishaw and a cool and sassy older bro dylan obrien in exactly the way Matt and Tom are, with more family traits than damien lewis bless his glorious soul, c) this gives me an excuse to reblog more obrien for my book tag and d) the sequel will then contain HOT DAD OBRIEN, DILF OBRIEN WITH A HINT OF GREY, ROLLED UP SLEEVES AND READING GLASSES, ALERT ALERT.
This was an important moment of self discovery for me and I wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t share this moment with you all. Dylan obrien, please rise as the Tom Galloway of all our hearts, may you rule righteously and DILFily.

(Reference: hot hacker http://southfarthing.tumblr.com/post/81405648380 )

#The Next Together #I need to go to sleep #I don’t even know
10TH APR 2014


catherine-doyle asked: Hey I have an assignment- oh, um, I mean ‘question’ for you – why don’t you write a haiku about your book?

“Kate, don’t do the thing.”
“I’m doing the thing. Suck it.”
“That’s what she said.”

#a more accurate summary has never been written #The Next Together #claire’s coven
8TH APR 2014


 

catherine-doyle asked: OK, so that last ‘ask’ was immature. Sorry. (not sorry). I’ll ask you what I just asked Alice since her answer was so fascinating. How will you cope with the public events you will be doing when your book comes out? Are you generally shy when meeting people or does the idea of book events excite you?

I don’t know yet. I’m not too bothered by the idea of public talking (I have to do regular presentations about my research so it kind of took the stress out of it) but I imagine I will find all the cheerful meet and greeting quite draining.
Mainly I’m worried about remembering peoples names. I usually need to see it written down for it to stick, so I’m scared I’ll be asked to sign a book to Heather and one second later have no idea what name I’m supposed to be writing. Nightmare.

#The Next Together #writing #claire’s coven
29TH MAR 2014



I finally have a title!
My novel is going to be called The Next Together!

Thank you all for giving me feedback about titles, and I hope you don’t hate it TOO much!

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#the sequel is probably going to be ‘The First Together’ aaaaaaaah #the next together
2ND MAY 2014


chronicintrovert asked: Write a scene from the POV of one of your other characters!

It’s always been my headcanon that Matthew knows a lot more about reincarnation than he lets on. While Kate is blundering through her memories, thinking she’s going mad, Matt has accepted the whole thing years ago. He probably used to have an imaginary friend called Kate when he was a kid (awwwwww).

So here’s my first chapter, from Matt’s POV. This will seem very mysterious and weird if you haven’t read the book so….sorry.

It had been a long week, full of paperwork and phone calls, but he’d finally managed to transfer over to Biology. It hadn’t taken long as a Chemistry undergraduate- one lecture on organic mechanisms and thirty minutes of an inorganic reflux experiment, and one visit to the nurse with a burn and a cut (on the same hand) to be exact- before he’d realised it wasn’t for him. His mum hadn’t been impressed, but his brother Tom had taken two gap years because he kept starting and restarting degrees before he settled on computing, so she had no reason to complain. At least he wasn’t changing universities to get away from an ex-girlfriend, like her other offspring. He didn’t even have any ex-girlfriends.

And now he was starting Biology- a week behind everyone else, without any of the textbooks, or any friends, or having studied any Biology for months, or- he took a deep, calming breath. He could do this. He had moved to England for a reason, and he wasn’t going to mess it up by freaking out before his first lab.

It was all going to be fine, and nothing terrible was going to happen- nothing as bad as spilling acid down his labcoat and then catching the sleeve on his lab partner’s bunsen burner in his panic. Nothing could be as bad as that…right?

Except being late. By the time he’d found the right lab, everyone else had already started working. A tired looking postgraduate demonstrator was sorting pipette fillers, with a disinterest that spoke of poor pay and a distracted mind. He wandered over and cleared his throat.

“Hi,” he said, when she looked up. “I’ve just changed to Biology. This is my first lab.”

“Right, hey. ” She pulled out a folder from under the stores desk. “Matthew Galloway, right?“

“Yeah.”

“Here’s your folder. It has instructions for all the experiments for the semester. There’s one a week, and you have to hand in the questions on the pre-lab at the start of each session, as well as your report from the previous week. Does that make sense?”

“Er, sure.”

“Great,” she said, and turned back to her pipettes.

He hovered for a moment, and then cleared his throat once again. “So, where do I work?”

“Oh, right.” She blinked. “I think there’s one kid without a partner. You can work with her.”

He thought about objecting to being part of an age group she called kids, but instead followed quietly in her wake. He looked around the lab, trying to predict who he would end up hanging around with for the next three years.

Those indie kids, headphones around their necks and hair in their eyes? The group of hungover guys in low slung jeans, who were chatting up a couple of disinterested blonde girls? Or the group of other international students, who had segregated themselves on the far workbench, away from the English?

Matt wondered why they were studying in England rather than their own countries, whether they had another reason for being here like himself. If all he had cared about was getting an education, he wasn’t sure it would have been worth it. Why commit to spending three years in a country that was on the brink of war with the rest of the world just for a university with better ratings? Why not stay at home, where the danger was so much lower?

“Kate Finchley?” the postgrad suddenly said, and he was pulled out of his thoughts with a rush of adrenaline. Had she really just…?

“Yep,” a girl said and turned around, labcoat, googles, a mass of red hair, and a voice that made the hair stand up on his neck.

That voice. It was her. It was actually her.

Matt tried desperately to keep his face blank, to not show the shock he was feeling. He scanned her face, looking carefully for any sign of recognition. She was fiddling with something in her pocket, and hadn’t even looked at him.

“Here’s your new lab partner; just transferred from Chemistry. You can get him settled, can’t you?”

 Her gaze passed over to him, and he tried not to react, nodded imperceptibly. She stared at him. The postgrad left. She stared at him a little more. He shuffled awkwardly, tried not to act like someone who was hiding a huge, potentially illegal secret.

“Hi,” she said. She sounded suspicious, and he wondered for a second if she had guessed already, and then realised how impossible that was. He nodded again, opened his mouth to speak and realised his mouth was bone dry, closed it again.

“Welcome to my lair. Make yourself at home.”

He nodded a third time, and immediately started hating himself intensely. He was going to have to speak eventually. He really wanted a beer. He could feel himself sweating, his head hurt. He felt like he was going to pass out. He dumped his stuff on the lab bench. She was still staring at him. Why did he ever think that he was cut out for this stuff? He couldn’t even lie to his mum about not emptying the dishwasher.

He pulled on his labcoat, trying to ignore the way his hands were trembling slightly. He couldn’t remember ever feeling this nervous, not even during his university interview. She was going to guess, there wasn’t any way she couldn’t. She was going to work it out and have him arrested before he’d even done anything wrong.

When he turned back around she was watching him, but this time her gaze wasn’t so much bemused as it was…hungry. Matt could feel himself blushing, and hated himself even more. He had absolutely no game, and it was obvious. Oh God, she thought he was a moron, he could tell.

He had to speak. He’d been silent for too long now, she was going to think he was actually incapable of forming vocal sounds soon.

“So, I didn’t actually get a copy of the labbook,” he said eventually, idiotically. “What experiment are we doing today?”

He winced, pushed his copy of the labbook under his bag where it was lying in blatant view on the desk. She frowned at him. He couldn’t blame her.

“You know, I knew exactly what your voice would sound like before you spoke. Weird, don’t you think?”

He stared at her in bemusement. Of all the things he had expected her to accuse him of (terrorism, breaking the law, having terrible dress sense) having a familiar voice wasn’t one of them. Was she trying to distract him, put him off his stride?

She smiled at him, strained and awkward. He realised his mouth was hanging open and closed it, tried to regain his poise.

“Sorry, what was your name?” Matt said, pretending to be calm and collected like he wished he was, like he had absolutely no chance of being.

She must already know, he realised. She must be here for the same reason. She was spying on him.

“Kate,” she said, and he nodded like he was absorbing this totally new information.

“Hi, nice to meet you, welcome to Biology, etc., etc,” she continued. “I know you from somewhere. Have we met before?”

“We haven’t met before,” Matt said, assuredly. Seeing as he’d been looking out for her ever since he’d found out she came to this uni too, it was hardly likely he would have missed her. “I would have remembered.”

As soon as he’d finised speaking he realised how much of a pervert that made him sound.  “I mean, I haven’t even been to this country before. I moved here for university.”

“Hmmm. Why are you transferring over to Biology, anyway?”

“There weren’t as many explosions as I was hoping for in Chemistry,” he joked. God, it had been better when he hadn’t spoken at all. He sounded so weird.

“Well there aren’t nearly half as many giant octopuses as you’d want in Biology either, sorry,” she replied, sending a sly smirk at him. She had great eyes. Bright, with these long eyelashes and, just- really great eyes.

He smiled, and looked away from her reluctantly. She really was pretty. He hadn’t expected that. Even if she had used the wrong plural for octopi.

“Shame. How’s the Physics department here?”

“Six out of ten. There aren’t enough brunets,” Kate said, and gazed off into the middle distance with a genuine air of disappointment.

“What?” he said, caught a little off-guard.

“Oh,” she corrected herself. “I mean, I hear their NMR research rivals Cambridge’s.”

“I’ll look into that, then. If the octopi don’t work out.” He was surprised to find himself playing along with her. Usually he didn’t banter, was never sure what to say. But she was just so- nice.

“I’m sure they will! No sea monsters today, though.” She turned to the neglected lab bench, and Matt stared down in surprise at the abandoned experiment. He’d completely forgotten they were supposed to be doing something. She was very- distracting. “We’re testing fertiliser effects on the development rates of bacteria cultures.”

“Sounds a lot easier than Chemistry labs. I had to bring an acid to boil. On my first day.”

Matt flexed his hand, which was still bandaged. It stung faintly with the memory of the failure.

“Ouch. Well, I’ll look after you today.” She smiled at him, and once again he couldn’t look away. Her hair was like gold. It was great. She was great.

She handed Matt a pair of latex gloves. He took it, brushing her thumb with his, half on purpose. And then everything went blurry, and suddenly he remembered the dreams he hadn’t thought about since he was a kid, playing in the garden with his imaginary friend Kitty. He’d met Kate before.

> First contact established in time-landscape 2036

#chronicintrovert #writing #claire’s coven #the next together #LEAVE ME HERE TO DROWN IN ALL MY FEELINGS
28TH APR 2014


melsalisbury asked: Where would your protagonist most like to go on holiday? Why? What would they do there?

Kate would want to go to space I’m pretty sure. She’d see GRAVITY and be all ‘yep, that’s my next holiday booked’. She’s a mental.

Matt would want to go to a ranch and ride horses and herd cattle or something lame like that.

#writing #claire’s coven #the next together #melsalisbury
28TH APR 2014


chronicintrovert asked: What advice would you give your characters if you could talk to them?

Dear Kate,

Stop doing stupid things, you’re hurting Matthew. Everything would be a lot easier if you didn’t keep get yourself into contrived plots and just trusted him a bit.

Lauren

Dear Matt,

You can trust Kate. Actually, don’t trust Kate. It depends.

Lauren

#chronicintrovert #writing #claire’s coven #the next together
24TH APR 2014

 


wildparsnip: my mom is on the phone with my dad (a microbiologist) and she told him “go to bed, turn off the computer, and just, just don’t do science. don’t do any science”

#the next together #kate and matt
17TH APR 2014


chronicintrovert asked: Please write me a fanfiction in which 2016 Kate and Matt meet Draco Malfoy, Hermoine Granger and Neville Longbottom (who are all approx 36 by this point). An argument about science probably ensues. GO!

Do other authors write crossover fanfiction of their own books? I don’t know, don’t care.

Katherine saw a flash of green light out of the corner of her eye, and turned back to the lab bench just in time to see her Bunsen burner flare up and wobble, just a little.

”Oh,” a voice said, slightly muffled. “I think we took a wrong turning.”

There was a thump, and then the Bunsen burner fell over. A neatly manicured hand reached out of the flame and firmly grasped onto the edge of the bench.

“Hurry up, Hermione!” a second voice urged, sounding slightly singed. “I think my hair’s on fire!”

The hand clenched at the bench and pulled, the Bunsen burner skittered across the surface, as an arm and then a shoulder somehow pushed free of the tiny flame. The shoulder turned into a curly haired head, another shoulder and a torso, and kept coming, tumbling off the bench onto the floor.

The woman stood up, let out a heavy, exasperated sigh that seemed to convey just how much she was done with this crap, and slapped out a flame that was burning neon green on her sleeve. She reached back into the Bunsen burner, bracing her feet on the side of the bench and pulled with all her strength. The burner birthed another human being, coughing and temporarily on fire.

“Get Draco,” he said, choking.

“He got us into this mess in the first place,” the woman said indignantly. “If someone would only learn to read directions properly!” She addressed the comment pointedly at the Bunsen burner, which rattled angrily in reply.

Another hand, with a slightly better manicure, appeared out of the flame and grabbed at a beaker, knocking it over before finding leverage and pulling. A second man appeared, blond and inflamed.

“Oh, don’t mind me,” he hissed, brushing down his robes. “Just let me burn to death.”

“It’s your bloody fault! We could have died!”

The blond was about to reply when the first man interjected hastily. “Where are we, anyway?”

In unison the three turned around, and noticed Katherine, pale and frozen by the fire extinguisher.

“Oh, hello,” the woman said, and gave Katherine a weak smile. “Sorry to just burst in on you like that.”

“What.” Katherine said, and blinked.

Matthew opened the door, holding a conical flask of toluene and humming a Disney tune. He stared at the group of smoking wizards. “Who’s this, then?”

The brunet cleared his throat. “Right. Muggles.”

*

Ten minutes later, Matthew was sitting with his head in his hands and Katherine was laughing hysterically.

Hermione, Neville and Draco were standing in an awkward silence. The Bunsen burner was still burning green.

“You’d think there’d be some kind of system in place,” Matthew muttered, “To stop this happening.”

“Why is it even called Floo powder?” Katherine asked. “What a stupid name.”

“It comes from the ‘floo’ plant, actually,” Hermione said. “Interestingly enough-”

Neville shot her a quelling look and she slowly shut her mouth.

“I know this is a lot to take in,” Draco said, awkwardly patting Matthew on the shoulder. “And I appreciate that you are having a hard time dealing with this emotionally, but is it okay if we leave now? We’re kind of in the middle of something.”

“Draco,” Hermione snapped, “It can wait.”

“But-“

“These poor people have had their lives turned upside down. We’re not abandoning them just so you can beat Harry and Ron at a scavenger hunt. It’s your fault we’re here, deal with the consequences of your actions.”

“In my defence, ’Bunsen burner’ sounds an awful lot like ‘Bunden burns’,” he told Katherine, who stared blankly at him.

“Can I see your wand?” Matthew asked Neville.

*

“Wait, so there are plants? Tiny little plants? In there?”

Neville was jumping around in excitement, head bobbing as he looked back and forth between the microscope slide and the viewfinder.

“Yeah, sure.” Matthew grinned. “They’re tiny, but they’re on the glass. The lenses magnify them so you can see them.”

“And they aren’t plants, they are bacteria,” Kate added. “They look a bit like plants because of the flagellum.”

“This is amazing,” Neville crowed. “Tiny little PLANTS!”

Matthew and Katherine shared a glance, and sighed.

*

“So it’s kind of like quidditch, but without the brooms?” Draco said, watching the football on Matthew’s laptop with interest. He prodded at the screen, jumping a little when the cursor moved. Neville was adding packets of sugar to his breakroom coffee with intent fascination.

“Uh, I don’t know what that is?” Matthew said doubtfully. “I guess so.”

“Less balls, Draco,” Hermione added.

“That’s what she said,” Katherine muttered under her breath.

“A pound in the jar, Kate,” Matthew ordered. She sighed, but obediently dropped a pound into a nearly full jam jar labelled ‘INNUENDO FINE’.

“What’s a pound?” Draco asked.

Hermione let out a heavy sigh of her own, and helped herself to more custard creams. “You’d think we’d gone to a different planet instead of the next town over.” She texted Ron, reminding him to pick up the kids from the cinema.

*

“You should totally come!” Katherine said, pressing an invitation into Hermione’s hand. “I’d love to meet Ginny, she sounds great!”

“We’ll be there,” Hermione promised. “I’ve never been to a Hen party. Wizards don’t really have them.”

“It’s going to be amazing! We’re going rock climbing after the bar crawl!”

“Kate! You never told me about that!” Matthew objected. “Why can’t I come?”

*

“We have to go,” Neville said, reluctantly admiring the lab one last time. “The scavenger hunt ended hours ago.”

“It was great meeting you! Come back and visit whenever you want.”

They nodded enthusiastically, Draco clutching tightly to a biro he refused to give up. He’d given Matthew 15 galleons for it, despite Hermione’s protests that she could get him thirty for under a sickle if she went to Tescos.

The three wizards twisted on their heels and disappeared, and Matthew and Katherine looked at each other for a long moment, before grinning broadly.

“Do you think we should have told them your brother goes to Hogwarts?”

“I’m sure Professor Longbottom will realise eventually.”

#chronicintrovert #writing #the next together #harry potter #….fanfiction #this was my 6666th post
16TH APR 2014


piptoe asked: I’m aware that i have bugged the crap right out of you today and as we all know i am a huge Red Earth Rolls title fan like that anon earlier but I just wanted to say that the new one, The Brief Many Lives, is really awesome sounding. I work in a barnes and noble (the anon said store well HA I AM IN A BOOK STORE) and I think that title would fit on one of our shelves

It’s okay! I like nothing better than talking about my book, obviously.

I do like The Brief Many Lives! I’ll move it up the list. I think the title needs to be decided by May so it won’t be toooooo much longer now.

yeaimdamnamazing replied to your post: Omgomgomg The time landscape thing So cool

I’m glad you liked it! I have read the first chapter so many times that I hate it, so it’s good to know it’s still intriguing!

#the next together #writing #yeaimdamnamazing
15TH APR 2014


catherine-doyle asked: YOUR TURN. Write TRER examples in the genres you like the least! Including Poetry!

i. crime

The corpse was the most horrifying sight that Inspector Galloway had seen in ten long years on the force, and that was saying a lot. It lay in a pool of the author’s lost self respect.

“Lauren James, according to her ID. Former writer of credibility and high standing,” DC Finchley said. “Until she got mixed in with this lot, it seems.”

She slid the victim’s purse to an evidence bag with a sensual grace that belied their totally gross surroundings.

Galloway held out his hand, and she passed him the evidence. A spark of chemistry jumped between the cops as their fingers brushed, but they ignored it, as they would for another six seasons. It wasn’t time yet.

“We’ll catch them soon,” Galloway said reassuringly, gazing deep into Finchley’s eyes. “Claire’s coven won’t be in operation for much longer.”

“I’m not sure how much longer this city can survive,” Finchley said, gazing pensively at the degraded and maligned corpse. The camera slowly zoomed in on her face, sad music playing.

(yeah i’ve IMMORTALISED YOU IN FICTION AS CRIMINALS, HOW DO YOU LIKE THAT)

ii. chick lit

“I’m warning you,” he ordered, hand tightly gripping my upper arm and wrinkling the sleeve of my purple v-neck with long sleeves and lace detail (from ASOS®). “Don’t come messing round here again, or you’ll be sorry. Extremely sorry.” He said it mysteriously yet seductively, angrily yet broodingly, eloquently yet growlingly. It was incredible. My inner goddess swooned.

He released my arm and I stumbled onto the pavement, the door slamming shut behind me. Outraged, I smoothed back my hair and shouted after him, “YOU’RE REALLY OUT OF CHARACTER IN THIS SCENE, MATTHEW.”

He didn’t reply, but smirked at me over his shoulder in an infuriatingly attractive way. I huffed, adjusted the strap of my Mulberry knockoff and posted a cryptic facebook status about the incident. Ignoring the four ‘inbox me babe x’ comments that appeared, I planned my next move.

(FIRST PERSON IS SO WEIRD EWWWWWW)

iii. high fantasy

Kate clutched fearfully at the helm of her sword, but outwardly retained her calm exterior with all the poise and grace that generations of ancestral nobility had invested in her. The man was scarce but a twig, swaddled in layer upon layer of furs and tartan kilt with only the bridge of his nose visible, and with her years of training she could have defeated him easily- were it not for the wolf growling at his feet, froth bubbling at the jaw and pounds of raw strength braced to attack in its muscles.

“Where do ye think you’re headed, sassenach?” he intoned, gruffly. “This isnae England anymore.”

“Do you even know who I am?” she asked indignantly.

“I know who ye are. And ye ain’t welcome here, Lady Finchley of Carlisle.”

She took a breath, and centred herself using her ancient Buddhist training. “You seem to have me at a disadvantage, Sir.”

“Aye, I do at that,” he replied, with a touch of amusement, and nodded to the wolf. It relaxed on its haunches, the lump of dried meat the Highlander fed it disappearing in seconds. “Now how about you tell me what you’re about, Lady Finchley. Before Saxon here gets hungry.”

(I really wanted to make this an Objectified Scotsman AU, but I couldn’t write Matthew with bulging muscles. I just couldn’t.)

iv. middle grade

Kate Finchley was only ten, but she knew three things for certain. One: boys were gross, and she was never ever going to kiss one. Ever. Two: When you added universal indicator to an acid it turned red. Three: Matthew Galloway was the weirdest person she’d ever met in her entire life and it was fascinating.

(Matt was an awkward child, we all know this to be true in our hearts. He was the weird kid who collected snail shells and silently stared at them with a magnifying glass while he ate his cucumber sandwiches and sliced grapes, the one who always drew exactly the same picture of a bacteria in art class and refused to discuss it.)

v. poetry

life

after

life

they reached for one another

twisting together in an eternal embrace

love after love

time after time

death after death

life, after?

(TEARS IN MY EYES)

#the next together #writing #claire’s coven #dreamsandink #i want to read full length versions of all of these ngl
15TH APR 2014


Hi guys!

I was just talking about how much I want to give you all copies of my book, so here’s a present. I’ve put up the first chapter of TRER here. I might panic and take it down later so read it now if you wish to at all! And let me know if you do.

ENJOY BYE I’M GOING TO PANIC NOW.

#the next together #writing
14TH APR 2014


cchronicintrovert replied to your post:
yeah there’s no use asking you that question because TRER basically covers all of them anyway GOD LAUREN WHY ARE YOU SO GENRE DEFYING
I WILL WRITE EVERYTHING AND DOMINATE EVERY GENRE AND NO OTHER AUTHORS WILL EVEN BE NECESSARY


chronicintrovert asked: I ALSO MISS THOSE DAYS. describe matt and kate’s christmas.

Kate would wake Matt up early by bouncing on the bed. She would then make him hot chocolate and croissants in bed while she claimed to be giving him a lie in, but she would singing so raucously the whole time he would give in and get up to help.

Matt would be really into christmas jumpers. Like, not in an ironic way. He really likes them. He wears them straight through to February. Kate wears baubles in her hair.

They would go to Kate’s family’s house on xmas day and drive up to Scotland to see Matt’s family for boxing day. Kate would be hungover and sleep the whole journey. Matt would listen to Stephen King audiobooks very quietly as he drove, with a huge thermos of coffee.

Kate would buy Matt more jumpers a year’s rent on an allotment so he can ~be a farmer~ like he always wants to quit his job to do, and Matt would buy Kate something wedding related that she’d asked for. Kate would alway let him know well in advance what she wanted and probably just buy it for him and ask for the money.

#claire’s coven #the next together #chronicintrovert #alice
25TH JUN 2014


leave a ✫ in my inbox + a character/pairing and i’ll generate a random number and write you a drabble
izumisays:

andralissathomas:

1. New Neighbors!AU
2. Runaway Royalty!AU
3. High School!AU
4. Superhero!AU
5. Childhood!AU
6. Rule 63!AU
7. Magic!AU
8. Vampire!AU
9. Werewolf!AU
10. Zombie!AU
11. Barista!AU
12. Hooker!AU
13. Royalty!AU
14. Prison!AU
15. College!AU
16. Hair/Makeup Stylist and Actor/Model!AU
17. Pretend Couple!AU
18. Camp Counselors!AU
19. Met In Detention!AU
20. Pen Pals!AU
21. Ghosts In Love!AU
22. God and Counterpart From Another Pantheon!AU
23. Brand New Step-Sibling!AU
24. Mundane/Domestic!AU

Sarah: i’m probably not going to bother with generator thingie, so character/pairing + number works (otherwise assume i’ll choose the number myself)

# also lauren write some matt/kate for every AU

Why thanks for the homework relicanth. Here you are.

1. New Neighbors!AU

Kate gawped through her living room window at the man who had moved into the empty (haunted, she was convinced) house next door. He was organising his kitchen. He was organising his kitchen, and he was naked. Or- at least topless. There was a counter in the way, unfortunately.

“Oh no, he’s hot,” she whispered to the cat. He flicked his tail at her, unimpressed.

The hot, naked neighbour began walking towards his window, and she ducked down below the windowsill, wincing. She crawled across the floor until she reached the doorway. She couldn’t let him see her yet. She needed to get a haircut.

“That butt,” she sighed, dreamily.

2. Runaway Royalty!AU

“You’re the Prince,” she said, pulling off his hat and sunglasses.

The Prince sighed, and stepped away from the gaggle of tourists. “Yeah.”

“You’ve tried four times this week, what makes you think you’ll manage to sneak past me this time?”

“I’ve found The Duckling,” she said into her earpiece, and then turned back to the Prince. “That one was rubbish. It’s like you’re trying to get caught now.”

He let out another heavy, sulky sigh. “Firstly, can I please, please get a better code name? And secondly, maybe I am trying to get caught.”

He stared at her meaningfully. She raised an eyebrow.

“I’ve told you before. Not until you’re eighteen.”

3. High School!AU

Mr Galloway and Miss Finchley leant against the door jamb of the staffroom, staring at the arriving students.

“How are the summer holidays over already?”

They both sighed in unison.

4. Superhero!AU

“Captain America and Iron Man are engaged,” Matthew commented, scrolling through the news on his phone.

“Surprise, surprise,” Kate said, spitting toothpaste into the sink. “Where’s my engagement ring?”

She turned to stare at Matthew, but he had disappeared.

“You’d best hurry up,” she called down the stairs. “If Bruce Banner asks me first I’m gonna say yes!”

“You would never marry a physicist,” he called back.

5. Childhood!AU

Matthew burst into tears. “Katyyyyy, give it back! It’s my turn!”

6. Rule 63!AU

“Hey there, cutie,” Kit said, his hands flat on the desk and leaning over her. “You doing anything after class?”

Mattie blushed, sat back in her chair and adjusted her glasses. “I’m free.”

Kit grinned and reached out to brush a strand of hair out of her eyes. “Have you seen Xmen yet?”

7. Magic!AU

here

8. Vampire!AU

“I hate blood donation day,” Kate sighed, as Matthew poked the needle into her arm.

“Except for the biscuits, right?”

“Except for the biscuits.”

9. Werewolf!AU

“Full moon again,” Matt said, “No wonder you’re so grouchy.”

“Did you get the steak?”

“Of course I got the steak. Put down that pigeon.”

10. Zombie!AU

“AND KATHERINE WINS AGAIN. MATTHEW GALLOWAY ONCE AGAIN WITHDRAWS IN DEFEAT, TEARS RUNNING DOWN HIS-”

“Kate, I’m not crying. It’s just a stupid zombie game.” He threw down the controller, not at all petulantly.

11. Barista!AU

“Here he comes, my true love,” Kate hissed at a surprised looking customer as she handed over a frappe creme. “The Cute Professor. No, not that one. The one with glasses.”

“Nice,” the guy said. “You forgot my cream.”

“Cream is unimportant! This is true love!”

“Hey, Cute Professor! Give this girl your number!” the customer called across the coffee shop. Kate drew in a sharp, betrayed gasp.

“I trusted you!”

The Cute Professor stopped in his tracks, staring at them in surprise. Kate smiled weakly, waved.

The Cute Professor waved back.

12. Hooker!AU

Matt stared at the g-string in horror. “Kate, your fantasies are getting more and more specific.”

13. Royalty!AU

“It’s my birthday tomorrow,” the Prince said, holding out a bouquet of sunflowers.

Kate smiled. “My shift ends at six. Wear something nice.”

14. Prison!AU

“That new guard is cuuuuute,” Katy said. “I think I need a haircut.”

She winked at the guard. He nudged up his glasses, looked away.

15. College!AU

“Cute Professor is my teacher!” Kate told another surprised customer. “I only just got his number! Like, yesterday! And now we ‘can’t date’ because ‘it’s inappropriate’ and ‘we can’t make out again’!!! Um????”

“Sucks to be you,” the customer intoned. “Can I have that without cinammon?”

16. Hair/Makeup Stylist and Actor/Model!AU

“Don’t touch my hair,” she said sharply. “I have a special guy for that.”

“Um….”

“Matthew will be here soon. Just do my makeup.”

17. Pretend Couple!AU

“Quick, kiss me!” Kate yelped.

Matt looked at her askance. “Um, why?”

“We’ll think of a reason afterwards!”

18. Camp Counselors!AU

“Bagsy I get the afternoon shift,” Kate said quickly.

“Dammit,” Matt muttered. “You got the lie-ins last year.”

“I deserve the lie-ins.”

19. Met In Detention!AU

“Heeeey there,” she said, leaning back in her seat and looking the boy entering the classroom up and down. “What’chu in for, cutie?”

He stared at her dubiously. “I’m the teacher overseeing the detention.”

She sat up in her chair abruptly. “Right.” She looked down at her desk, and let out a heavy breath. “Shit.”

When she looked up the teacher was trying to hide a smirk.

20. Pen Pals!AU

Dear Kate,

Thank you for the picture! Your dog is really cute. (You are too. I like your hair.) In answer to your question, my tour ends in a month and then I’ll be back in the UK. I can’t wait to get out of this uniform!

And there is one other person who writes letters to my regiment, a boy practising his English. It’s really kind of you to take the time to write to soldiers. I’m not sure I’d think of doing it if it was the other way around.

Do you think you’d like to get a drink when I’m back in London, maybe?

M. G.

21. Ghosts In Love!AU

“Back off,” she hissed. “He’s mine.”

She clutched the ghost kitten to her chest. It meowed pitifully. She cooed at it.

“You know they only hang around for a few hours, Kate,” Matt whined. “Lemme stroke it!!”

22. God and Counterpart From Another Pantheon!AU

“Science isn’t a God,” he said, folding his arms. “You don’t even have a trident.”

She snorted. “I can do as many miracles as you, mate.”

23. Brand New Step-Sibling!AU

“No,” Matt said, shaking his head frantically. “No way. Mum, no.”

“Hey, aren’t you in my year at school?” Kate asked, smiling welcomingly. “Dad, you never said!”

Matt’s mum looked at Matt’s blushing face. “Hang on… is this Kate you were telling me about…? The one you want to ask to prom?”

Matt let out a mortified groan and hit his head against the door.

Kate beamed at him.

24. Mundane/Domestic!AU

“Kate, you forgot to buy milk!”

“You forgot to kiss my arse!”

(via thelategreatrelicanth)

#writing #the next together #i love this meme because these could call technically be considered canon as REINCARNATION
25TH JUN 2014



Yesterday I went to Carlisle, a location in my book! I chose Carlisle as a location because it was the last castle to be sieged in England, during the 1745 Jacobite uprising. My book takes place during the siege, so the castle is an important location in the story. I wanted to visit to see what it was like today.

It was so weird, because I’ve spent so much time writing about this place I kind of felt like I’d made it up in my head. It was really valuble for my writing, not only because I can add more accuracy in terms of the layout and distance of the city, but there’s lots of little details that inspired me for extra things that can happen!

Here are some photos I took, of a house near the cathedral which is how I imagine Katherine’s home.

The castle as it is now.

The battlements where Things Happen, and the view where the Jacobites attacked, which is now a children’s playground.

A room in the castle where meetings and traumatic Things Happen, with A Queen sampersands on her throne.

Me at the town square sitting on steps where Matthew and Katherine sit and more Things Happen. Bagpipes were playing there and it was so nice.

We also went to the biggest secondhand bookshop I have ever seen, it was four stories and spread through a huge basement system and it was incredible.

It was a great day!

#the next together #carlisle #book #writing #blog
22ND JUN 2014

 


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“ “The probability of separate worlds meeting is very small. The lure of it is immense. We send starships. We fall in love.”
– Jeanette Winterson

#the next together

19TH JUN 2014


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mcavoyclub: “I take a lot of pride in being myself. I’m comfortable with who I am.”

#matt #the next together
19TH JUN 2014


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ACTUAL MATT GALLOWAY OH MY GOD THIS IS MY CHARACTER

#the next together
16TH JUN 2014


One of my editor’s comments on this draft was ‘perhaps a few too many sex references’

which

i think

says it all

#the next together #writing #i’m over halfway through my edits!!

13TH JUN 2014


Today in my edits I had to cut out one of my favourite scenes, so I’m posting it here, for posterity or something.

They wandered out of the library, and Kate took a deep breath. “So, Matt. Can I ask you something?” She wanted to ask him out for a drink. She wasn’t one of those people to sit back and wait for a guy to come to her. She was proud of it, even when she was rejected. She was a strong, independent, modern woman and all that.

He took a deep breath, looking resigned. “I guess,” he mumbled, which wasn’t encouraging.

She forced her voice to behave and not embarrass her with a tremor. Lightly she smiled at him. “Do you maybe, want to go out for a drink now? Like- a date?” When she plucked up the courage to look, he seemed a little blindsided.

“Oh, er-” He frowned at her, silent a moment. “Really?”

She stared at him. Well. That was direct. He seemed to realise how that sounded, because he quickly corrected himself. “I mean, I’m, er- I’m not interested, sorry.”

“Oh. Well, that’s fine,” she said breezily, brushing it off. She tried and failed to keep up her calm and unperturbed composure without any noticeable falseness. “Lots of work to do at the minute anyway, it’s probably not the time.”

He watched her carefully. He kind of looked like she couldn’t have surprised him more if she’d burst into song and dance.

“It’s fine, Matt. Chill out. I’m not going to force you to date me if you don’t want to- consent is important and all that. No means No.” She faked a laugh. “Anyway, with all this going on it’s probably safer not to do anything.”

His reply was sullen. “Sure. Thanks.”

They were silent as they walked, Kate overcome with embarrassment she was trying desperately to hide and Matthew quiet with some unidentifiable emotion.

“You don’t need to do this,” he said suddenly, viciously. “That was just mean.”

She took a moment to process that, wondering if she’d misheard, or just drifted off to sleep and missed half the conversation. “Do… all of what?”

“I know you’re spying on me.” He sounded tortured, angry.

“Spying on you,” she repeated with blank incomprehension. “Why would I be spying on you?”

He stared at her. “You aren’t?”

“Why would I be?”

“But- all of this stuff about the Galloways. Isn’t that just a way to find out? I thought you-” He cut himself off, looking at a loss. He ran a hand through his hair, sending it sticking upright.

She let out a noise of frustration. “Find out what? Matt, what’s going on?”

“Nothing,” he said shortly. “I’ll see you in labs.”

Kate watched him leave incredulously. What was that?

#writing #the next together #mourn the loss of this perfect scene
13TH JUN 2014

chronicintrovert answered your question:NO WHY DID THIS GET CUT NO NO NO

I kNOW. I tried as hard as I could to find a way to keep it in, but it won’t work anymore!! Because (cut for…old spoilers? i guess?)

chronicintrovert replied to your post: ahh I SEE! yes that does make sense. though i’d totally read a book about kate and matt picking out dinner sets.

I did spend quite a while trying to come up with a reason for Matt to possibly say no to Kate, but….I’m pretty sure that would never happen in any universe. She could be a serial killer and he’d still be writing dreamy poetry about her.

In the old version, Matt says no because he thinks Kate is spying on him, but he doesn’t think that in the new version, so if she asked him out he would probably say yes. Straight away! In chapter two! It would have been over immediately. The rest of the book would have been about them picking dinner sets or something.

(I also had to cut out some GREAT scenes about the mistaken spying:

“You- you think my whole family are spies?” she said with dawning horror. “What is wrong with you?”

“I overreacted! I don’t know, it seemed legitimate at the time,” he said petulant and slightly sulky.

Oh, Matt.)

#chronicintrovert #the next together #(i would read it too)
13TH JUN 2014


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write a novel guys, it’s so much fun!!!!!!!

#the next together #researching my arse off
9TH JUN 2014


melsalisbury asked: Say it’s possible for characters/universes from books to cross over and bleed into each other. What characters/stories would you be interested to see mixed in with yours in a kind of bizarre story mash-up? What would the impact be? Without spoiling, what would change?

OH DANG BEST QUESTION.

I would love love love a magic universe, so i’m going to say Harry Potter, like that time I wrote fanfiction of my own book .

But assuming that’s out of bounds because I’ve already done it, I’m going to say that the coolest crossover would be with His Dark Materials. I want my characters to have daemons (a representation of your soul in the form of an animal that can’t leave your side) and be able to travel between universes.

I want talking bears and witches and alethiometers.

Kate’s daemon would be a bouncy, ridiculous ginger fox. Matt would have a shy little vole that hides in his sleeve and Kate has never even seen until they’ve known each other six months.

It is totally intentional that Kate’s daemon would eat Matt’s alive.

I think apart from the daemons, not much would change. There would still be time travel and reincarnation and banter.

#writing #claire’s coven #the next together #melsalisbury
4TH JUN 2014


catherine-doyle asked: How do you feel about the editing process, particularly the possibility of content-changing decisions?

When I first got my agent, (this time last year (!) ) she told me I had to change roughly a third of my book. (long story short: one storyline was an apocalypse and they don’t sell..so i needed to make it pre-apocalypse at best) At first it was SUPER HARD to let go. I guess eventually I started seeing a difference between the words I’d saved on my computer and the story I was trying to tell. I use my writing to tell a story, and I want the story to be as good as possible. So I don’t mind changing things up if the story will eventually improve because of it. I have a vision of the story as a whole in the sense of it’s themes, style and overall emotions, but I don’t have a personal attachment to any particular plot point. If anything, I really enjoyed changing things up because it let me add layers and complexities and improve my writing in a way I probably wouldn’t have been challenged to do otherwise. My writing is always improving, and I think editing helped improve it more than anything else, because you really think about the writing and words and sentences rather than focusing on but what would Kate say to that? How is Matt standing right now?

At the same time, I would not be okay with intrinsic character changes- sexuality, personality, even hair colour or whatever. I would fight that hand and claw. If I do get asked to do anything like that (I’m meeting my editor on Wednesday to get my edit suggestions, aaaaah! Wish me luck!) then I’m not sure how I’ll deal with it…

I’m just starting my next round of edits, and I thought I’d review my opinion a bit. I’ve been thinking about edits for about 4 months now while I finished my degree, without being able to write anything. Instead of being reluctant to change things, I’ve seen the light of edits.

I’m really looking forward to them now! It’s a great opportunity to go back over what I’ve written and improve on it. Every time I read another book I feel like I know a bit more about storytelling, so I have so many things I can add to an old work. It isn’t really changing a story so much as enhancing it, even if some of the plot changes a bit. It makes it more streamlined and logical, and the real essence of a book is what people remember months after reading it. They aren’t going to care about the tiny little changes that I might have been desperate to avoid, but are more likely to remember the overall style and themes that edits really bring out.

So yeah, I am very strongly in favour of constructive criticisms. Bring on the comments!

#the next together #writing #claire’s coven
4TH JUN 2014


#Emma Thompson is my dreamcasting for nancy #the next together #THIS IS A NEW CHARACTER NO ONE ELSE HAS MET YET!!! #queen


chronicintrovert: so i did a couple of drawings while i was in scotland… and the first is the three leading ladies of mine, catherine-doyle and lauren-e-james’s books!!!! from left to right: Sophie from Vendetta, Kate from The Next Together, and Tori from Solitaire all on a day out together sigh

…and of course i could not resist also drawing our three main guys, our three favourite brunettes heheh… from left to right, Nic from catherine-doyle’s Vendetta, Matt from lauren-e-james‘s The Next Together, and Michael from my book, Solitaire

#Dying #DYING #I can’t BREATHE #the next together #matt/michael otp 4 lyfe #awwwwwww #alice is incredible

30TH AUG 2014


pun-rocker: You know why I love AUs? Because the whole point of them is that everything is changed, and yet these two people are still going to meet and fall in love- that they’re so set in stone and so meant to be that you can change literally everything in a hundred universes and they’ll fall in love over and over again.

#my book #the next together
20TH AUG 2014

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chronicintrovert:  lauren-e-james ASKED ME TO DRAW HER TWO PROTAGONISTS, SO I DID
SHE’S THE AUTHOR OF ‘THE NEXT TOGETHER’, A REINCARNATION ROMANCE THAT’S OUT NEXT YEAR. GO FOLLOW HER BECAUSE I’VE READ IT AND IT’S REALL EXCELLENT

looooOOOOOOOooooook!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Alice drew my characters and she got them SPOT ON.

Kate’s hair and the little love heart and Matt’s nervous step back!

Matt’s blush! His jumper!

I’m going to stare at it forever

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chronicintrovert: so i promised laurenjames that i’d do the 19th century matt and kate so HERE WE ARE. also i’m starting an art tumblr soon so i’ll stop spamming people with art all the time. anyway this was really hard but it turned out great!

in The Next Together by Lauren James, two people – Matthew and Katherine – keep meeting again and again and again in different time periods and in different reincarnations with no recollection of having met before… except for a vague feeling drawing them together. these two are from the mid-19th century where Kate is disguised as a boy and going by the name of Kit to be an assistant to journalist Matthew in the Crimean War.

laurenjames: YESSSSSSS. I don’t know what I did to deserve Alice but I’m never letting her go. She’s mine, back off.

I love how much you can read into the story in their stances- at this point Matthew has found out that Kit is actually a Katherine, and is SUPER MAD ABOUT IT. Mainly because now he has to deal with Feelings and stuff. Katy is feeling guilty about this (and other stuff…) and is too scared to look at him.

I love that Kit is wearing the jumper that Matt is wearing in the 2039 picture that Alice did:

And that he has the same glasses! They came back into fashion a couple of centuries later. 🙂

I love how Alice has done period accurate art styles, too. Look at how twenties the Victorian picture is, compared to the modern modern picture!! It’s so perfect ❤ ❤

Summary: Alice is the best and I’m going to have to bake her many, many cakes and kidnap a Michael Cera to make up for this art. I am the happiest hamster.

#the next together
13TH AUG 2014


chronicintrovert asked: What would your dream cover look like? If you could choose exactly what you wanted?

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Probably something like this, I would imagine.

(Also I always imagined it would say THE NEXT TOGETHER something like this:

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Except, you know, good.

I like the idea of concentric circles getting bigger and more important to represent their different lives!)

#chronicintrovert #the next together #alice’s art is my new fave thing
12TH AUG 2014


So I was just clearing out some old books from the loft and found a copy of Operation Red Jericho. I read it when I was 12ish and absolutely loved it because it’s full of maps and notes and pictures.
I loved the idea so much that when I wrote my book I did the same thing.
And… I just found out that Operation Red Jericho is also published by Walker, and I’ve actually met the editor behind it.
And now I’m freaking out a bit because that means I’m being published by the publishers who published the book that inspired my book….and in all likelihood they chose my book because it reminded them of Operation red Jericho. Which is amazing. I can’t believe that really happened.
(Also, the typesetting and design of all the maps and notes is absolutely beautiful and I’m really excited to see what the team does with mine now!!)

#the next together #the world is weird #blog
10TH AUG 2014


chronicintrovert asked:  What would you say has inspired you the most?

Books. If I read a good book or line I’m always intensely jealous/inspired. If I read a bad one I want to write it Better. If a book makes me laugh, I want to work out why, and how I can do that. Writing’s all a big competition.

chronicintrovert asked: Would you like your books to be turned into TV shows, movies, video games, or none?

TV SHOW. BBC miniseries, preferably. I don’t know how it would work as a video game but that would be cool.

Here’s how the trailer would go:

Simple piano music plays as a regency couple stare at each other. They take a step towards each other and the scene changes. The same couple are dressed in 19th century clothing, and the music gets a bit faster, a violin comes in.

They take another step closer, and the scene changes again to the couple in early 20th century clothing, gas masks around their necks. A guitar joins the music, which starts to sound like swing.

They take another step, and it cuts again so they are dressed in jeans and a t-shirt, the music picks up some drums and gets a bit rock n’ roll.

They take a final step, in modern clothes, a whole band playing, and then they touch hands-

Cut to black.

This Christmas, don’t miss out on….

THE NEXT TOGETHER

Coming to the small screen near you.

And then BBC iplayer.

You can watch it whenever, really.

No rush.

chronicintrovert asked: Which is your favourite original character, and why?

Clove! She’s my darling at the moment. She’s the perfect mix of shy and brave and I just want to give her a hug and tell her everything’s going to be okay.

Thanks for the questions!

#writing #the next together #chronicintrovert
25TH JUL 2014


adrieldaniel: “There are only patterns, patterns on top of patterns, patterns that affect other patterns. Patterns hidden by patterns. Patterns within patterns. If you watch close, history does nothing but repeat itself. What we call chaos is just patterns we haven’t recognized. What we call random is just patterns we can’t decipher. what we can’t understand we call nonsense. What we can’t read we call gibberish. There is no free will. There are no variables.” – Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor

#the next together
24TH JUL 2014


Lynx’s new advert is a perfect trailer for my book. Thanks Lynx!

#lynx #the next together #relicanth
7TH JUL 2014


Exciting COVER UPDATES
I should be getting a (first draft) cover within a month or so!!
When it’s decided on we’ll be doing a cover reveal scavenger hunt around some book blogs!
The designer of the cover described my book as ‘science porn’ which is extremely accurate
he recently did this cover which is SO COOL
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#the next together #writing #covers #blog
3RD JUL 2014


redsethorizon asked: How do you write a believable query letter. Could you share some tips on how to write a really good one? Please, share your experience. Thank you!
chronicintrovert: Address it directly to the agent by name. (DO NOT start it ‘Dear Sir/Madam’. It should be Dear Mr / Mrs / Miss / Ms … )
Don’t go over 500 words.
The easiest way to do it is a 3-part structure:
PART 1: Tell that agent specifically why you chose to submit to them. Tell them what your book is (e.g. I would like to offer my 76,000 word YA/crossover novel, SOLITAIRE, for your consideration.)
PART 2: A brief summary of your book. This must be amazing, exciting, enthralling, and must leave the agent dying to read your book. Try to write it as uniquely and interestingly as you can, but make sure that it is CLEAR and not difficult to read.
PART 3: A very brief biography. This isn’t so important, but you should include any writing accolades you have and/or why your own life shows that you are good at writing books. E.g. in mine I wrote that I was a teenager.
Tell them you look forward to hearing from them! Be really polite!
DO NOT imply that you’ve written the best book ever that they HAVE to take on. be modest.
there are LOADS of resources online on how to write a query letter. here’s a few that i have bookmarked from ages ago:

http://www.writersworkshop.co.uk/blog/sample-literary-agent-query-letter/

http://writersrelief.com/blog/2008/06/the-query-letter-what-to-include-in-a-letter-to-literary-agents/

http://queryshark.blogspot.co.uk/

hope this is helpful, and good luck!

This great advice! As an example, here’s my query letter. I sent it to 6 agents along with the first 2 chapters, and I had one request to read the full manuscript. She accepted me as a client!

Dear [Agent],

The Red Earth Rolls is a completed 120,000 word young adult novel based on the idea of reincarnation, and encompasses genres such as dystopia, regency, romance, science fiction and thriller. An adventure spanning three hundred years, this story has something to interest every reader.

Katherine and Matthew have done this before. They keep being brought back to life and every time they do things seem to be getting worse.

In 1745 Katherine Hallward is spending a little too much time with her coachman, Matthew, when the Jacobites attack the city of Carlisle, on the border of Scotland and England. Somehow the city has to defend itself against the feared Highlanders, and Katherine is determined to help in any way she can, regardless of the consequences.

In 1853 Katy, an orphan girl, is running from the police in disguise when she accidentally gets stuck on board a steamer bound for the battlefield of the Crimean war. Luckily a journalist is there to take her under his wing; although there is the slight problem in that he thinks she is a boy. Together they try and help the war effort as much as possible, despite the hostility of the soldiers.

In 2090 Kate meets a new researcher in her biology lab and discovers that together they bear a startling resemblance to her mysterious great aunt and uncle, who may have been more involved in the cause of the apocalypse- a destructive virus released during the third world war- than the government are willing to admit. Although they know that investigating a classified case means risking their own careers in a world still on the edge of survival, they can’t help but delve into the intriguing past hidden in their ancestor’s possessions: an ancient laptop and a coded diary. Meanwhile, Kate keeps recalling memories that aren’t hers: the siege of a castle, a kiss that never happened on a battlefield from a history book.

In each lifetime they are fighting for what is right, but however hard they try to help, will it ever be enough to stop them being brought back once more? Revealing the power of love regardless of circumstance, this book looks at the determination of two people in the face of growing turmoil.

This book should appeal to students; people who grew up speaking the language of the internet, who enjoy science fiction but also have a soft spot for Jane Austen. The Red Earth Rolls was written by a teenager, for teenagers: I’m currently in the third year of a Chemistry and Physics degree at the University of Nottingham. I wrote this novel after becoming increasingly frustrated by the glamorised science often found in media. This prompted me to write a more accurate story about scientists, and my love of history and genealogy brought forth another element.

I would greatly appreciate any advice you could offer me about my manuscript. Thank you very much for your time and consideration.

#The Next Together #writing #book
28TH JUN 2014


splattingdragons asked: So what’s your “How I became a writer” story, I bet it’s more interesting than mine 😉

My origin story is super dull. In my first year of uni I just decided to do NaNoWriMo because loads of my friends were doing it. I didn’t get very far, because of…uni. I think I only wrote 15,000 words or something lame. Then in the summer I decided to carry on with the book, and here we are! I birthed a novel and then all these things started happening with it.

I still feel like a bit of an imposter.

It’s been a long road to get here, but now I’ve finished all the hard work the fun starts!
I think everyone has a chance at getting published if they are determined, and willing to keep writing and rewriting, and rewriting, and rewriting……
You don’t need any formal training or anything. I never did. You just have to have enthusiasm, because that shines through even the inevitable grammar and spelling mistakes (no one is perfect. Thats what copyeditors are for.).
I would say writing is 50% reading other people’s books, 20% talent and 30% hard work.

#the next together #writing #splattingdragons #blog
4TH NOV 2014


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I can’t show you the cover yet, but look at the pretty samplers that were made for Frankfurt book fair! Loook!! ♡

#the next together
15TH OCT 2014
Things are getting official….

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#blog #the next together #that’s me #me #book #writing
1ST OCT 2014


 


Cat and I immediately demanded that @AliceOseman draw for us, so here is me with my character Kate on my shoulders! Epic.

catherine-doyle: It’s my signed copy of Solitaire by Alice Oseman! Whoop whoop! It has some awesome drawings of Lauren James, me and Alice, with our characters, Kate (The Next Together), Sophie (Vendetta) and Tori Spring (Solitaire), and I LAAAAAVE IT.

#the next together #book #me
27TH SEP 2014


Marry someone you want to annoy for the rest of your life.
— My mum (via everybodysgotadarkside97)

#kate #the next together
25TH SEP 2014



How I got published
Now my book is on goodreads (add it!) I realised I never properly posted a blog of how I got my book deal on here. So here you go! How to get published.

This was written a month after I got my deal, and rereading it now I sound MENTAL. The stress/excitement really got to me. I probably could have dealt with it all better, and being cut off from my entire family at uni for the whole process didn’t help.

So I keep meaning to write this entry, but I wanted to wait until it had sunk in a little more than just miscellaneous squealing, and somehow that delay turned into a month and I still haven’t even told you what happened with my novel, let alone written a summary of the process. Long story short: I got a two book deal, with Walker books, with publication set for late 2015. I’m so, so delighted, obviously, and initially was in complete disbelief, and confusion. But I’m a little more steadied now, and for the first time in months I can relax. Rather than continuously questioning and worrying, I can actually settle down and think about what is going to happen to me, and what I am going to do over the next year to make sure to works out. All my dreams have come true, obviously, but more than that- I’ve suddenly got a set plan for my life after I graduate. I now know exactly what I am going to be doing in a month, six months, two years, and that is incredible, and terrifying. In a little more detail, here’s how it all went down. I thought there might be some people who find it useful, and apart from that I just want a record for myself of how it happened, so I don’t ever forget the excitement of it, and how lucky I am. Sitting down to write this made me realise what a blur the whole thing is in my memory, so a lot of this was written with the help of emails, to remind me what happened! That sounds silly, that I can’t remember something that is basically the biggest deal to ever happen to me, but I genuinely can’t. It’s all a stressful, delightful blur. So on Monday November 18th, 2013 my agent C rang up 16 UK editors of YA fiction, and gave them a brief introduction to the book, and then sent a copy by email, along with the following pitch:

THE RED EARTH ROLLS (YA, 87000 words)

Katherine Finchley and Matthew Galloway are destined to be together. In 1745, during the siege of Carlisle, in 1854 on the way to the Crimea, in 2016 and 2036 as first scientists and then students uncovering and rediscovering a dangerous plot, and in multiple alternative timescales between. Again and again they are thrown together, with no memory of having met one another before, only an irresistible instinct that they must be with one another against all odds – even while the epic events unfolding all around seem sure to tear them apart.

Recounting through a series of intertwining love stories Katherine and Matthew’s increasingly urgent attempts to divert history, THE RED EARTH ROLLS is a romance that combines unique warmth and humour with an ambitious journey through reincarnation, time travel and war.

Lauren James is a student studying Chemistry and Physics at the university of Nottingham. She is 21 years old and this is her first novel.

She told them that the deadline was the following Friday, but said that might be extended if anyone wanted more time to decide. Then there was a week where we just waited. I had labs every day, so I basically worked in a distracted but diligent haze, and then came home and fell onto my bed in exhaustion. I didn’t really relax from the time I woke up until to past 6pm, when I knew there was going to be no more news.

I couldn’t sleep, except when I could, when I slept like the dead and could barely bring myself to wake up. I always had one finger on my phone, clicking the standby button to check for new emails. Whenever the little symbol for a message appeared in the top bar my heart skipped a beat, and I grew to hate the words ‘Unitemps’, ‘Prospects’, ‘Target Jobs’, because they were all signs it was just another false alarm, just another newsletter coming through instead of an email from my agent. (Meanwhile ‘C’, ‘Nottingham’ and ‘TRER’ are all still buzzwords that still make the breath catch in my throat because this time, maybe, just maybe this time….)

There was a weekend, during which I used up almost an entire month’s worth of minutes, lying in bed on the phone to my mum. (I didn’t see my parents until a fortnight after the deal was closed, and having to do the whole thing alone without them was probably the only part of the experience I would want to change). I ordered takeaways three times in one week, felt immensely guilty about the amount of washing up I just couldn’t bring myself to focus on, didn’t do any work for lectures (did I even go to them? I’m pretty sure I missed all my lectures that week, mentally if not physically).

One night my housemate had to actually intervene, because I came in and tried to make a meal of fish fingers, cheese on toast and rice pudding in a complete stupor. Then the next Tuesday I walked onto campus, listening to my WAKE UP, IT’S MORNING playlist (Campus- Vampire Weekend, Chloe- Grouplove, Lady Percy- King Charles, 22- Taylor Swift) and didn’t check my phone for emails the entire journey. I didn’t even check it when I got into labs, instead messing around in my bag for my goggles, determining which labcoat was mine by the faint chemical marks on the left sleeve, dumped my stuff under the bench. It was my day to make cakes for the lab group, so I had an ice cream carton full of chocolate chip cookies in my bag. I’d made them in a distraction the night before, and was a little embarrassed of them. They hadn’t risen right because I’d added raisins. But it wasn’t time for coffee yet, and half the post-docs weren’t even around, so I sat down at the desk that I had commandeered since I started working there, shook the mouse to wake up the ancient computer, which is only still used because it’s hooked up for Gas Chromatography analysis. It still uses Internet Explorer.

So I clicked onto Internet Explorer, waited the necessary seventy-eight seconds for it to load, realised I hadn’t checked my emails in almost half an hour, good god, and logged into my university email account.

There was a new message from C, dated fifteen minutes before. A forwarded email. I skim read the words ‘enjoyed enormously’, ‘Walker’, ‘encouraging’ and then suddenly all the tension I hadn’t really realised I was carrying left my body and I sagged back into the seat.

I had never really believed before then that anyone other than C and I would enjoy it, and suddenly I had this reassurance my book was worth all this hassle, which was all I’d been craving really, just a sign someone liked it. It was a forwarded email from an editor at Walker, and I could probably still pick out the exact blue colour of the font, and the yellow of the footer in her signature, I have read that email so many times. I don’t think I even stopped to read the whole thing, I just called my mum, the first time I’d ever used my phone in labs to make a call (I did this multiple times over the next few weeks, because I always seemed to be there when I got news. I never stopped feeling like I was crossing some grave moral or ethical line). She didn’t answer; I remembered she was at work and called her mobile. She didn’t answer again; I called her work phone. She picked up. I tried to say hello, but it came out a breathless, giddy kind of choked giggle.

I avoided the eyes of some students who were watching my breakdown from across the lab, and ran into the corridor. I told my mum; she was delighted. I didn’t stop to discuss at all, hung up quickly because I suddenly realised that I hadn’t actually even read the whole email. I ran back into the lab, leant over the desk and read the whole thing.

This is encouraging! I’ve let her know we can probably extend things a little if she keeps me posted.

C

Sent: 26 November 2013 10:16

Subject: RE: The Red Earth Rolls by Lauren James

Hi C,

Hope you are well? I enjoyed The Red Earth Rolls enormously – what an original concept and such strong characters. I am sharing with the team, but annoyingly a few people are away this week (how inconsiderate!). Is there any chance of extending the deadline? I will do my best to come back by Friday but want to give us a bit more wriggle room depending on how things progress.

Very best,

A

I span in a little circle, let out a giggle in delight. The girls were watching me, so I quickly mumbled an explanation. It was someone who hadn’t even known about the book, so I probably said something like ‘I wrote a book, and I just got interest from a publisher!!’ Which publisher? Huh. I opened a new tab, typed walker into the bar, realised I was using Internet Explorer and typed google.co.uk instead. Found their website, saw the logo- a bear with a candle- realised I recognised it- not only was this a publisher, a real book publisher who had read my book and liked it- it was a good publisher, one who had published books I loved, who was incredible and well known and respectable. I was overwhelmed.

Suddenly I realised I hadn’t told my Dad yet, so I ran into the hall again, rang him. He’d already spoken to Mum, and he sounded like he was in tears on the phone. I think my Dad was more emotional about the whole process that either of us, actually. While we were gleefully exclaiming together, a phd student in my group walked past. I remember I was saying ‘I’m going to die’ in delighted hyperbole at the time, and he looked at me strangely, lingered in the corridor waiting for me to hang up.

He wandered over, asked what I had made for Cake Monday. I stared at him, and then blurted out my embarrassing little explanation: ‘I just got an email from a publisher. Sorry- I wrote a book. My book- it has an interested publisher.’ He stared at me. Suddenly about ten, fifteen people came out of the next lab. Coffee time.

“We’re dying for cake,” one of them called to me. I looked at her, wide-eyed.

“Oh, that’s a guilty look,” she said, “Does that mean you forgot?”

“I’m not guilty, I’m happy,” I blurted, and then suddenly I was explaining to a whole audience what had happened. I was dragged along to coffee, dished out cookies, realised how ridiculous it was that I hadn’t even told my brother yet, any of my family, and a whole tearoom full of scientists already knew, and were fighting over my cookies.

Someone was teasing me about physics- I was the only physicist in the group, even though I’m really more of a Chemist now- but I just stood up, went into the corridor and leant against the printer for a bit. I closed my eyes, rang my brother. I don’t know what I did for the rest of that day. Sent out a few embarrassingly incoherent emails, (hopefully) did some labwork. I just remember telling my brother, and running out of the tearoom. In fact, from then on everything is a blur. I had to go through my emails to work out the order of what happened.

That was Tuesday.

On Friday we got expressions of interest from two another publishers, and more importantly I talked to A, the editor at Walker, on the phone. I can’t remember anything except the panic of it, of sitting on my bed staring at my phone and waiting for it to ring. C called me first, calmed me down, talked me through what I could and couldn’t say (don’t mention how many other publishers are interested; don’t go into great detail about what edits were done to it before submission).

She reassured me that A was pretty much probably the nicest person in the publishing industry, and we’d get along great. And then the phone rang again, and she wasn’t scary at all, just a normal, lovely person. She told me how much she liked the book, how she could barely talk about it without crying because the ending was so sad. She asked whether the sequel would have a love story, and whether she’d guessed rightly about what would happen (she was on the right track).

She loved how I’d included real historical figures in the story, and she’d done a bit of research into the Jacobite uprising and Crimean war to find out what happened in reality. She asked how I’d chosen my time periods, and I rather sheepishly admitted that while originally I’d wanted to include moments in history that weren’t immediately obviously gamechanging events, when it came down to the final choice it was just points where I could find primary sources for free on Google Books. She said that was a perfectly reasonable reason for choosing them, and said that she’d want to add more historical detail- really bring out all the different worlds so they felt real- so I’d better be prepared to get back to Google Books!

She asked how I’d got the idea, and I explained I loved the idea of nature versus nurture in how people’s personalities developed, and how interesting it would be to see whether two people would still have a connection if they were raised in different times, different places; whether their love was related to circumstance or was really soul-deep. Eventually we finished talking, and I was surprised that our conversation had only been half an hour.

I also spoke to another editor on the phone, who was just as lovely. Interestingly, she suggested the opposite type of changes- she wanted to cut back some of the historical storylines, make it more modern. She wanted to bring in a lot of the sequel into the first book in little excerpts, so that at the end there was a satisfying explanation of the machinations in the background, but I thought that it might ruin the impact of the sequel if it was all explained in the first one.

She had some really great questions about the main theme of the book- whether it was all about changing history, or about the couple getting together. She really challenged me actually, pulling out all the questionable vagueities of my sequel outline, and forcing me to decide what was really important. I’m so glad that I got the chance to hear two points of view (even if they were opposing and confused me a bit) because it has really helped see what the core of the book is that people enjoy- what I should focus on, what needs to be less confusing. I had two full expressions of interest, and two delays from other publishers who wanted more time to consider, and then we just had to wait for everyone else to come in with their decision. There was another weekend, which I tried to spend doing stuff- Christmas fairs, lab reports- rather than just lying around panicking.

The next Monday, a fortnight after submission, a solid offer came through from Walker.

Dear C,

Hope you are well and had a good weekend. It was so lovely talking to Lauren last week. Everyone here is very excited about her original and epic romance. We feel it has lots of potential, and its central themes – of love, loss and courage – are ones that will resonate with young readers everywhere.

It also offers lots of fun opportunities for marketing and promotion, and I am already dreaming of a gorgeous cover look! Lauren shows so much talent for one so young. Having spoken to her last week, I feel like she is someone with whom it would be a real pleasure to work. During our phone call, Lauren and I touched briefly upon ways to make this novel even stronger.

I feel that by building out the different time periods that Matthew and Katherine inhabit while finessing some of the historical detailing, the book will become even more compelling and so tug more firmly on readers’ heart strings. This work would build on the extensive research that Lauren has already obviously done.

As you know, Walker is a company that invests in its authors in the long term. We have a proven track record for working closely with authors to launch their careers around the world, most recently with Timmy Failure, a property we bought jointly with our sister company in the US. As well as a dedicated and passionate UK sales and marketing team, we also have a passionate foreign rights team, with an excellent track record of securing deals, often at auction.

As such, we believe that we are in an excellent position to provide a global home for Lauren and her books, and we sincerely hope that Lauren will choose us! Thank you again for sharing Lauren’s terrific novel with us! I will be sat excitedly (and probably biting my nails!) as I wait to hear from you.

An identical offer came in from another publisher on Wednesday. C got to work trying to improve the terms- she wanted to keep the film/merchandise rights, etc. I’d already decided I wanted to go with Walker, regardless of the offer, because my vision of the book matched A’s more closely, and she was so keen and excited about the book- although I did like how the other editor had challenged me, and how enthusiastic she was about elements of the sequel that I hadn’t really discussed with A. We waited anyway, to see whether they would improve their offers, and they both came back with increased offers that Friday. Walker’s was better. The offer came in at 10am, and by 6pm C had closed the deal. It was done, I had a publisher!

I sent C several excited gushing emails of thanks, tweeted 140 exclamation marks at A, and went home from labs (of course all this had happened in labs, under the amused eyes of the French postdocs, of course it had). I slept so well that night, oh my god. I slept that whole weekend, I think. It’s been a bit hard to come to terms with, especially because several days after the deal was closed my agent went on maternity leave, and then everything stopped for Christmas!

But it happened! I actually got a publisher, which is ridiculous.

#blog #the next together #writing
24TH SEP 2014

 


heatherwpetty: Novel-length kissing scene: CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.

#the next together #this is my book
24TH SEP 2014


My book is up on goodreads!
The Next Together
#the next together
24TH SEP 2014


I just got my line edits back.Things my characters do a lot:

-bite their lips

-giggle

-be thrilled/delighted

-gaze at each other

-kiss

Not really a surprise

#the next together #book #blog
19TH SEP 2014


I just saw my cover guys it’s WONDERFUL

#The Next Together #this is the best day
12TH SEP 2014


chronicintrovert asked: FIC CHALLENGE: I want a Matt and Tom childhood fic please. They could possibly run into a character/characters from Solitaire. That is all.
This is long and wordy, ENJOY chronicintrovert.

“You go.”

“No, you,” the older boy hissed.

They both stared longingly at the little boy and girl, playing with a pair of handtrux further down the beach. They had dug a hole so deep that the sand had turned into pebbles, which were large enough that it took both of them to lift them out of the hole. The boys had never seen anything so impressive in their entire lives- and they’d been to Legoland.

“Rock paper scissors not to.” Tom said eventually to his younger brother.

Matt nodded frantically. “Okay.”

“One, two, three… YESSSSS” Tom cheered, raising his scissored hand in the air. “You go.”

Matt pouted. “Fine. But I know you cheated.”

Tom folded his arms, exuding smugness. “Nope. Go.”

Matt trudged over to the other children, head ducked down shyly.

“Hi,” he said, quiet as a mouse. The brother and sister with the coolest hole on the beach were too busy arguing depth logistics, and didn’t hear him. “Hello,” he said again, a little louder.

They froze, and looked up at him from the bottom of their cool hole. Matt waved. “Can we play with you?” he asked.

“No,” said the girl. “Go away.”

She was wearing a neon green baseball cap that said BRIGHTON in orange letters, ponytail through the hole at the back. She had left enough hair free of the ponytail that it still managed to cover half her face. She bent down and prised up a rock from under her feet with a loud squelch.

“Tori!” the boy said, who was younger than the girl, about Matt’s age. “They can play.”

He smiled widely at Matt, dimples appearing in his cheeks. The girl rolled her eyes.

“Fine,“ she said. “Do you have a bucket?”

Matt nodded frantically. “Yes! I’ll go and get it.”

He sprinted off down the beach. “They said yes!!!” he yelled to Tom, who let out a whoop and ran to the cool hole, jumping straight inside. There was a muffled yelp from the depths of the hole.

“Get off me,” someone screeched.

Matt grabbed his bucket and stared at the rock pool shrimp trapped inside, caught in indecision. Finally he regretfully tipped it back into the sea.

“Be free, Gregory,” he murmured, and then ran back to the hole. By the time he got there Tom had taken complete control of the operation, and was giving orders to his subordinates.

“Tori, you bail out seawater. Charlie, you reinforce the sides with rocks to stop collapse. I’m going to dig.”

Charlie gazed up at Tom in awe, wide eyed. “Okay,” he said, handing him the handtrux. “Good plan.”

Matt whined deep in his throat. “Toooooom, I wanted to use the digger hands.”

“I’m the oldest,” Tom said, decisive. “Tori is only twelve. That means I get to dig.”

Tori rolled her eyes again, and took the bucket off Matt. “Shut up and get on with it then.”

“I’m going to get some shells to decorate the edge,” Matt decided. “Maybe a crab.”

“Good idea,” Tom said, and began to dig. Tori began scooping seawater out of the hole with the bucket. Charlie stopped staring at Tom and started pushing rocks into the sand. Matt wandered off somewhere.

The operation proceeded smoothly, until they all decided that the cool hole was finished and they wanted ice cream.

“Can we be penpals?” Tori asked Matt, licked her ninety nine.

“Sure,” said Matt. “I’ve got some Batman stickers.”

“Nice!”

“I like your hair,” Charlie said quietly to Tom. Tom beamed at him.

“Thanks, kid.”

#the next together #crossover fic #again #sigh #solitaire #chronicintrovert
9TH SEP 2014 22 NOTES

 


Exciting news!
As well as by Walker in the UK, THE NEXT TOGETHER is going to be published by Egmont US in America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’m obviously so excited and grateful that my little book is being published in America, wow. I’m so happy.

#the next together #egmont #walker
8TH SEP 2014 12 NOTES


 

spacezeros: and i also drew michael and kate getting very excited about baby otters at the zoo. i am so weird

#my favourite thing ever #solitaire #the next together
30TH AUG 2014

chronicintrovert asked: Dear Lauren. Please write a story in which Kate and Michael get very excited about otters. Thank you very much.

The double date was going reasonably well. Tori and Kate had only got into one argument, which was better than expected, and Matt and Michael were worryingly close to eloping together, they got on so well.

Though by far the best friendship to appear from the afternoon at the zoo was Kate and Michael.

Kate and Michael both lived their lives in a kind of perpetual, over the top excitement as it was, but when they got together their personalities exploded into toddler-on-a-sugar-rush levels of squealing and giggling. It was the worst thing Tori had ever seen, and even Matt was desperate for a cup of tea and a sit down.

“Shall we go and get a coffee?” Matt asked, staring in horror at Michael and Kate, who were currently holding hands and jumping up and down, d’awwwing at the sight of a hyena ripping to shreds some kind of rodent corpse.

Tori, who had been snapchatting Lucas pictures of giraffe’s bums, shot a disgusted glance at their respective significant others, and nodded.

They slowly slunk around the elephant pen, and once they were out of sight, sprinted for the cafe.

“Good idea,” Tori said, buying a coke and the biggest bag of quavers she could find. “I was about to throw them in with the lions.”

“MICHAEL, BABY OTTERS!” came a high pitched squeal from outside the cafe. Matt and Tori both winced. Then there was a thud, as something fell over.

“I’m so sorry!!” Michael said, “Are you okay?”

Matt and Tori stared at each other in horror. “I don’t even want to know,” Matt said, and drank the rest of his tea in one gulp like it was whiskey.



 

– What will your duties be?

– Sword fighting, obviously, administering rum and swabbing.

#this is basically my book #thanks kat #The Next Together
28TH DEC 2014


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Exciting news!!! My book is now on amazon!!!!
It doesn’t have a cover yet, because that isn’t finalised, but it’s now available for preorder. My book is now a real thing! (If things that are available on amazon are considered Real, which I think in…
Exciting news!!! My book is now on amazon!!!!

It doesn’t have a cover yet, because that isn’t finalised, but it’s now available for preorder. My book is now a real thing! (If things that are available on amazon are considered Real, which I think in this case they do.)

MY BOOK IS ON AMAZON.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Next-Together-Lauren-…/…/ref=sr_1_1…

I would be very very very grateful if you could preorder (PREORDER!!) my book (MY BOOK!!!!!!!!). It’s not out until September, which I know is a very long way off, but the more preorders I get then the more exciting things happen! My publishers will do more fun things with marketing and publicity if people are interested. You don’t have to! But I would LOVE it if you did!!!

MY BOOK IS ON AMAZON.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now that my BOOK IS ON AMAZON, all the exciting things are going to start happening, like cover reveals, and launch parties, and more pretty fanart by chronicintrovert probably, so……..I made a mailing list!

I’m only going to post very very infrequently, but if you want to sign up for updates about my book THE NEXT TOGETHER, then you can do so here. There will probably be rude jokes and links to cool youtube videos. Just saying.

While we’re at it, you can add the book on Goodreads here.

Thank you!

#the next together #blog #book
16TH DEC 2014

 


Character pictures
I just had to make up reference images of my characters in THE NEXT TOGETHER for my publisher, for cover related reasons, so I thought I’d post them here too!

Kate Finchley

Sassy, ginger, lewd sense of humour

Matt Galloway – Cautious, glasses, sweet.

So those are my babies!

#the next together #book
8TH DEC 2014


Anonymous asked: random q, but how different is your 2039 world from today? any major technological developments? or will i have to wait for the next together to find out? ;D

Hello nonny! I presume this is in relation to my interview with Kate here.

I’m not a huge fan of future books where the technology is constantly mentioned because its ~so different~ and ~fancy~ so I’ve tried to limit the number of those kind of references. The characters have tablets, which I imagine as being paper thin and kind of opaque. I don’t think that’s ever mentioned though.

The big changes in my 2039 are all political! England is getting into some trouble with the rest of the world, but I can’t say too much about it without spoiling anything……but Things will go down. It won’t be good.

#the next together #writing #book #Anon
25TH NOV 2014


chronicintrovert asked: Assignment time! Interview one of your new characters.
Okay, I’m a couple of chapters from the end of book 2 (!) and I’m avoiding writing it because I’m sad to finish it. So here’s a question from the archives!

I can’t do this for book 2 without major book 1 spoilers, so here’s an interview with THE NEXT TOGETHER’s one and only Katherine Finchley. This is set pre-book, so no spoilers for anyone!

Hey Kate, how are you feeling about starting uni?

Hi! I’m really really excited about uni, especially because it means I’ll be moving closer to my grannies (I have married grandmothers, it’s 2039, get over it.). I can’t wait to go and steal all their baking!! I’m going to eat so many pies.

What are you studying?

Biology. AKA THE BEST SUBJECT, OBVIOUSLY. I have major plans to take over the world one day. Wait, what?

Have you made any friends at uni yet?

Not yet!

And is there anyone you’re going to be sad to leave behind? A boyfriend?

Nope! I’m single and ready to mingle. I have high hopes for fresher’s week. If you are/see any shy, brunet boys with glasses, hit me up, okay?

What are your hobbies?

Uh…..does stalking cute boys count as a hobby? Because I’m an expert at that.

Oh, fandom! I’m big into fandom. Have you heard of that famous blogger, Spartacus? No? Well, he does social activism stuff. He’s a little bit illegal, and a little bit hilarious, and a whole lot of cute. I’m a big fan, as you can tell from my AO3 page.

Wait, now I think about it, that’s just stalking cute boys as well. Dammit.

Well, I hope you meet the boy of your dreams at university. Any words of advice for any fellow freshers?

Nobody has any idea what they are doing. Just fake confidence and everyone will be so impressed and intimidated by you that you won’t have to worry about anything else.

And don’t go mad on the canteen food. You’re better than that.

#chronicintrovert #claire’s coven #the next together #writing
23RD NOV 2014

 

Tumblr tag archive – The Next Together (part 1)

Everything is going a bit nuts over on Tumblr, and it’s made me think a bit more carefully about what I have on that site and what I would like to keep if it shut down. The main thing I have there is a history of each of my books in tags for each project, with inspirational pictures and progress updates. So I’m going to go through each tag in chronological order and upload them here as individual posts for each book. This is the one for The Next Together. You can find the others here:

(links to come) The Next Together (part 1) | The Next Together (part 2)  | The Next Together (part 3)| The Next Together (part 4) | The Last Beginning | Another Together | Another Beginning | The Loneliest Girl in the Universe | The Quiet at the End of the World | Book 5 (ghost house) | Book 6 (loneliest 2) | Book 7 (earth) | Book 8 (fandom) 

These are going to get loooong – there are 32 pages in The Next Together’s tag alone. But hopefully it’ll be quite interesting. I imported all my Livejournal posts to this blog too, a few years ago, so it should now be a complete(ish) record of all my internet writing activities. And it’s good to have a record in a place I can trust it will be accessible for longer than the next week.


Today I have written about 2000 words of crap about statistics, done a lab and got full marks, and painted a lion. I deserve a night off I think. Going to see RED now!

#the next together

15TH FEB 2011


laurenjames: Sarah and I had a writing competition. I wrote 2,323 words, she wrote about 400. I AM SO MUCH THE WINNER ITS NOT EVEN A PROPER VICTORY.

I have to go to bed now because I have to get up for pancakes tomorrow.

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relicanth [Sarah Barnard]: all my creys

I am a lazy writer okay. I will draw your picture tomorrow

laurenjames: A LAZY ARTIST TOO THEN HMMMMM

IM VERY DISAPPOINTED IN YOU

I EXPECT COLOURS

 

#the next together

8TH MAR 2011



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This is what I’ve written since 11 last night. I’m so proud of myself for getting back into it. Most of it is dreadful run on sentences and too much dialougue, but it’s getting the plot down thats the hardest. I love editing and fixing it afterwards, so this is great ❤

#the next together

8TH MAR 2011


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relicanth [Sarah Barnard]: LAUREN

You can’t see it very well, but you didn’t specify what kind of urchin you wanted so I drew a street urchin holding a sea urchin. The carriage is in the background.

laurenjames: egdfjsdljsldghowrehfero OMG this is wicked. I’m writing about a street urchin WHO SAILS IN A BOAT. so they may well be holding a sea urchin at some point

<3<3<3

#the next together

10TH MAR 2011

 


phantomry-blog [Sarah Barnard] asked: BUT WHAT SHOULD I DRAW FOR YOUR BOOK
QHAT

…I’m keeping that typo.

laurenjames: Ok here is a detailed list

1) a really awkward cute guy in a lab using a labcoat as a bag with apples/pens etc in it, wearing a waistcoat and docs

2) a girl dressed as a boy

3) people in space suits looking through a loft full of christmas trees and boxes etc

um

4) a girl cutting all her curly red hair off in a ship’s kitchen and chucking it out of a porthole

LOL I reread that and was like, wow, my novel sounds mental

#the next together
27TH MAR 2011



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sherlockholmes-: Look guys my iPod offers Helvetica as a font for my Notes AM I HIPSTER YET.

Ignore my notes they’re really odd aha.

laurenjames: I think it should be a Thing that people post their notes contents page, it reveals so much about a person. Mine say stuff like

  • the adventure of the t-rex
  • arthur had only known merlin
  • value your thesis
  • a stephen king dream
  • matthew is a reporter in coach

#the next together

3RD MAY 2011


ive nearly reached 10,000 words and my brain has switched off

COME ON JUST A LITTLE MORE AND THEN YOU CAN CELEBRATE AND GO READ YOUR BOOK

YOU CAN DO IT

please

#the next together
17TH JUN 2011


tumblr_ln8ksc7ePo1qzfnw6o1_540aosakana: Village Girl

this is my characterrrrr *saves as inspiration*

#the next together
27TH JUN 2011


why do authors never mention how fun it is casting actors as your characters?

picspams of your original fiction are the most fun you can have

#the next together
27TH JUN 2011


Today I have:

-put a shitton of crap on ebay

-wrote notes on a primary source about the crimean war FOR FUN*

-made a picspam of my characters**

-ate trifle

-forgot to brush my hair and only realised when my mum came home from work and called it a birds nest

*for research for my book

**if you want to see i may be persuaded to post it. just saying.

#the next together
28TH JUN 2011


My characters!

SCIENCE MODE:

scientist

VICTORIAN MODE (yeah ignore the fact that she’s underwater or whatever, thats her LOOK:

theif

MEDIEVAL MODE:

witch
What do you think? There aren’t enough redheaded pictures out there so the girl is varied but the boy is Cillain Murphy through and through. He even has tiny little freckles on his nose! Exactly as I’ve described him. He’s a bit brooding though, my character is more cheerful.

28TH JUN 2011

abigailpatrick asked: ARE YOU AWARE THAT THE BOTTOM RIGHT MEDIEVAL MAN IS THE LEAST MEDIEVAL HE COULD BE?

ALSO SCIENCE KATE IS HAAWWWTTT.

yes but he has stubble and….hair, and stuff. AND MY EDITING NEEDED ANOTHER PHOTO THERE

the one with the glasses or the one where shes leaning? YES I CAN DESCRIBE THINGS

#the next together
28TH JUN 2011


abigailpatrick asked: THE ONE WHERE SHE’S LEANING. =]

YES I LIKE THAT ONE A LOT TOO

It is a terrible thing that googling ‘redhead scientist lady’ doesn’t give any results whereas ‘cute guy cheekbones glasses’ gives lots. That must be sexist in some way but I’m not sure how.

I had to make do with a girl in a suit. SIGH

#the next together

28TH JUN 2011


i have now used up every possible method of writing avoidance. Abbii, get round here so I can bug you to write as a form of procrastination.

#the next together
28TH JUN 2011


I just hit ~*~thirty thousand words~*~!!!

Some of it is notes, but still 30,000!! Thats over half of NaNoWriMo!

Woooooo!

Also I now have plotted out every chapter to the very end, and I know exactly how it’s going to end (its a killer because I am a tease and love upsetting endings).

YES SO HAPPY

now if only i could make myself write more often.

#the next together
28TH JUN 2011


I think I’ve found the title for my book – The Red Earth Rolls

Jesus fucking Christ that’s a terrifying thought

I can’t do this.

(at the minute it’s from this because its so appropriate for my story

They will come back – come back again, as long as the red Earth rolls.
He never wasted a leaf or a tree. Do you think He would squander souls? – Rudyard Kipling)

#the next together

29TH JUN 2011


a romance novel written by a scientist:
when a girl looks at her crush’s PhD thesis instead of his facebook page

i’m enjoying writing this so much

#the next together

8TH JUL 2011


RESEARCHY TYPE RESEARCH FOR STORIES MAKES ME HAPPY:

Siege of Carlisle (November 1745) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The siege and capture of Carlisle was an important event of the 1745–1746 Jacobite rising. Jacobite forces loyal to Prince Charles Edward Stuart captured the city of Carlisle and Carlisle Castle on 14–15 November 1745.

#the next together

22ND JUL 2011


tumblr_loyq8649bt1qdessbo1_250relicanth [Sarah Barnard]: LAUREN I DONE YOU A PRESENT

cos I have neglected you

laurenjames: opsgjfdoslikjsdl;kcs;lfksdgkpf;jgpjgsp;sdfl

ok

#look at the pretty #sarah is the best #the next together
26TH JUL 2011


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my note making is getting progressively more and more chavvy the more i write
this is a sign i should go to bed
also, notice thats at 99 FUCKING PAGES OMG WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN
my note making is getting progressively more and more chavvy the more i write

this is a sign i should go to bed

also, notice thats at 99 FUCKING PAGES OMG WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN

#this post contains a ridiculous amount of swearing considering i don’t swear #the next together
28TH JUL 2011


timetravellingtortoise [Louis Osbourne] asked: How’s the book coming along?

i’m nearly at 50,000 words which is like novel length which is pretty scary

so far it has cross dressing, war, ships, apocalypse, finding hidden treasure, space suits, SCIENCE, russians, periods, pet seagulls (and owls) and cocky freshers

IS THAT ENOUGH INFORMATION

#the next together
30TH JUL 2011


timetravellingtortoise [Louis Osbourne] asked: What would you do if you were trapped on a steamship for a fortnight?

[This is a reference to knowing I was writing a book about being trapped on a steamship!]
ah, its my turn is it? bring it on

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i would like to say i would invent a better system of government based on ant society, but i would probably just sleep

#the next together
30TH JUL 2011


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lol

#the next together
29TH JUL 2011


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So I’ve moved onto the siege of Carlisle in my endless hobby of Research Everything Ever For This Story
Part of the 2nd Jacobite uprising, in 1745 Carlisle was attacked. It surrendered after about a week of pointlessly aiming canons over the city…
So I’ve moved onto the siege of Carlisle in my endless hobby of Research Everything Ever For This Story

Part of the 2nd Jacobite uprising, in 1745 Carlisle was attacked. It surrendered after about a week of pointlessly aiming canons over the city walls. The Jacobites put their helmets on spades and waved them at the city walls to tease the city garrison.

#the next together

30TH JUL 2011


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lets celebrate my nervous breakdown over this terrifying milestone shall we

#the next together
1ST AUG 2011



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60,000 words. Well, fuck.

#the next together
25TH AUG 2011

 


A short love story.
The boy was looking at her again. I nudged her, and she shot him a glance and then looked away quickly.

“What is his problem?” she murmured under her breath to me, barely audible under the sound of the music.

“He likes you,” I said, “Go and talk to him.”

“If he liked me he’d come over and talk to me,” she replied, returning her attention to the people dancing, a mass of multicoloured limbs in the darkness. She was looking out for her on- again, off- again boyfriend. They were currently off-again, and Clare had spent a significant part of the evening declaring her deep-seated hatred for him, whilst watching his every move.

“Maybe he’s shy,” I said, sympathising. He was cute, in a skinny kind of way, clutching a pint and listening to a friend chatting in his ear, eyes fixed on Clare.

Clare’s phone beeped and she checked it absently, visibly perking up as she did so. She turned vaguely to me, saying, “Matt wants to talk. I’ll be back soon.”

I nodded, but she didn’t see, already getting up to meet her boyfriend on the dance floor. I sipped my drink quietly, watching the boy who was watching Clare.

#the next together #writing
28TH AUG 2011


Prince Charles Edward Louis John Casimir Sylvester Severino Maria Stuart

what a name

what a man

i hope his friends called him maria

oh no wait they called him bonnie

nobody noticed my joke

i make a rant about torchwood and it gets like 5 notes

i make a humorous historical pun and it is ignored

why is life so unfair

#i feel like noone understands me #maybe its that i don’t understand myself #i turn into an emo when tired #the next together
2ND SEP 2011


death scenes are the most fun to write

i dont care if that is mean but it is so true

sex scenes are good but just embarrasing because im like OMG, MY MUM WILL DEFINITELY READ THIS ONE DAY SOON

and exposition is good but im all ‘what adjective should i use to describe the speech here’

but death scenes are so, so great

you dont need to worry about any of that

because the more out of control the writing is the better

and there is a challenge of can i make myself cry when writing this (yes) and if so you win all the awards and its just brilliant ok

I’M NOT HEARTLESS I SWEAR

#the next together
4TH SEP 2011


phantomry-blog [Sarah Barnard] asked: hello Lauren I like you so I just read through what I had missed on your tumblr. It made me laugh, lots of it!! One day I will illustrate your novel and they will be gr8 illustrations but not as gr8 as your novel!! Yes! This ask is written ridiculously. I think because it’s late. Hey there’s a maximum word count now isn’t there? Well I’m going to try and get to that. Did you like Doctor Who? I’m going to France soon. Scary times! I keep fighting with my mum about it 😦 26 caracteres restants eh?

HEY SARAH THANK YOU FOR THE BLOG REVIEW IT’S MUCH APPRECIATED

the pic you already did for my book is my wallpaper on my ipod i love it ❤

france ahhhhhhhhhhh

i’m going to nottingham soon AHHHHHH

oh, wait.

#the next together #nice people
18TH SEP 2011


I’m currently having a massive moment of doubt at whether anyone would even want to read a romance type novel set in 3 different war zones except me

i hope so, otherwise these 70,000 words are going to waste.

oh dear

#the next together
17TH SEP 2011


that awkward moment when you use the description ‘like a rabbit caught in the headlights’ when it’s set in 1745 and headlights didn’t exist

#the next together
18TH SEP 2011


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Why the convoluted sentences, people of the past?
“If only we knew what was happening, this is bullshit.”
sorted

#the next sentence is even longer #not a word of a lie #the next together
18TH SEP 2011


Trying really, really hard not to make a ‘rim me, hardy’ joke [reference to this comedy sketch] in this scene about Nelson, but I don’t think I’m strong enough. I’m abusing my powers as an author here, guys. Help.

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hi, i’m a mature adult, nice to meet you

#the next together
14TH JUL 2012


Hey, clever people.

Is it ‘he fell towards her’ or ‘he fell toward her’?

I feel like one is an Americanism but I don’t know which.

#the next together
13TH JUL 2012


i’ve written like 23 chapters of continuous plot whaaaaaaaaaaaaaat
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#look at that word count #how did this happen #the next together
6TH JUL 2012


and so we start another day of doing everything possible to avoid doing any writing, including but not limited to organising all of my c drive in minute detail

procrastination update: made mars bar cookies

#the next together
28TH JUN 2012


i want to draw my characters and have a general fanart session with pretty dresses and curly hair and plotty things but i can’t art waaaaaaahh

#the next together
25TH JUN 2012


andalites [Sarah Barnard]: omg go away congrats on ur words though

laurenjames: thanks!!

i think i am getting better at writing completely PG porn though

“This is a stupid idea,” he eventually muttered, mouth pinched. “This is going to end so badly.”

“Will you help?” she said eagerly, ignoring his pessimism. He let out a long suffering sigh and nodded.

“I will. But you have to be mature about this. We are going to have to be really careful.”

“It will be fine,” she said breezily. He stared at her, and she rolled her eyes. “I promise to be really careful and do everything you say, or you can do something really bad as punishment.”

“A warning isn’t at all threatening when it’s as vague as that, but yes, I will do something really scary if you behave like an idiot,” he replied, so she relaxed slightly. If he was joking with her he wasn’t about to panic and run just yet.

After a minute of silence, Matthew sulking and Katherine squirming in excitement, she added, “Well, look on the bright side. If it ends badly, I’m sure you can write a wonderful novel about how much you hated the whole experience.”

He snorted. “Sure,” he said dryly. “It will go down in history as the gospel truth on ‘Why Not to Trust Katherine Hallward Ever, Under any Circumstances’.”

She laughed giddily and relaxed in a boneless sprawl against his arm, already wondering how she could convince Matthew to lend her some of his clothes. He nudged her shoulder with his own, smiled down at her. She held his gaze, feeling the buzz of it under her skin, and he kept eye contact, until he had to look back to the road.

“So,” she asked after a content silence, “Can I borrow a shirt? Maybe a pair of trousers?”

He hummed sceptically. “I think my clothes would overwhelm you.”

She sat upright and stretched out her arms alongside his to measure the difference. Her fingertips reached the base of his thumb and she casually left her hand on his wrist as she pressed against his side. He was warm and she softly rubbed the bone of his wrist with her thumb. He didn’t mention it, but as he guided the reins his hand twisted. Her fingers curled into the palm of his hand, and she rubbed small circles into his skin.

“I don’t know, I think I’ll fit just fine.”

He pressed his hand tighter around hers.

“It might work, I suppose.”

 #the next together
21ST JUN 2012


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bitchin

#lauren does words #all of them are terrible #i have a ‘lauren drinks sherry’ tag is that really neccessary #the next together
21ST JUN 2012


Doing the writing
“Will you go on a date with me?” Matt asks, and Kate mutters “I guess so,” in the general direction of the floor. She’s pretty sure her face is telling him that what she really means is ‘Yes, yes I will, can we go right now before I explode with glee’ because when she plucks up the courage to look up he’s grinning smugly to himself.

#I’d forgotten how much fun it is #the next together
10TH JUN 2012


History repeats itself. Somebody says this.
History throws its shadow over the beginning, over the desktop, over the sock drawer with its socks, its hidden letters.
History is a little man in a brown suit trying to define a room he is standing outside of.
I know history. There are many names in history
but none of them are ours.
— “Little Beast” by Richard Siken from Crush

#my story #my heart #the next together
19TH JAN 2012


plans
for like life in general idk

  • finish my story
  • never going to happen but
  • i can dream
  • do my quantum coursework
  • learn to beat matlab
  • at everything
  • ALL OF THE THINGS
  • make a soufflé they look cool
  • go a day without buying someone a present on amazon
  • no cancel that
  • NEVER GO A DAY WITHOUT BUYING SOMEONE A PRESENT ON AMAZON
  • do laundry
  • like proper laundry with ironing and everything
  • start sleeping normal hours
  • that can wait til next year actually who needs to be sensible
  • revise point groups
  • goddamn things i hate them so much
  • get them away from me
  • then bring them back when they make sense
  • see The View live
  • STUDY ABROAD~~
  • get my birds tattoo

#the next together
25TH NOV 2011


sarah is reading over something i wrote

her only comments are on the food

“mmm i had pasta today” “pancakes oooh”

shes a great beta

#the next together
22ND NOV 2011



So this is mainly a refernce for Sarah if she’s ever doing another drawing of my characters (not that I’m asking, derp) but Katherines hair looks just like this in my head!

#the next together
20TH OCT 2011


Today I’ve written 700 words. Depressingly, thats more than I’ve written in about the last month.

#the next together
21ST SEP 2011


laurenjames: it kind of ruins the romance of a victorian sex scene when you go into a detailed description of the undressing process, doesn’t it?

http://www.victoriana.com/library/Dressing/1858-62.htm

spastasmagoria: HOW DID PEOPLE EVEN REPRODUCE IN THIS ERA?

unapologeticfangirl: Dude. I would have lost my desire after about ten minutes of trying to get a corset off!

laurenjames: at least the possibility of sex before marriage would be greatly decreased just because its too much effort.

#the next together
20TH SEP 2011


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#trapped in the ben wyatt tag #he’s my matthew #the next together
7TH NOV 2012


o well i guess this scene is ok

He shifted on the spot, his shoulder brushing against hers. She watched him as he looked out across the fog covered landscape, the shape of his nose, the curl of hair against his forehead. His Adam’s apple- moving as he swallowed. He turned his head, catching her eye, but she didn’t drop her gaze.

“Katherine,” he said thickly, voice low and with the slight hint of a warning. She could feel her eyes flick to his lips, so close to her own, and he blinked slowly in surprise, eyes darkening.

“Matthew…” The sound was barely more than a breath in the air, but it seemed to physically touch him. He swayed slightly, stepping back then rocking forward, closer toward her.

She could see each eyelash in perfect detail, fluttering as he blinked, his gaze darting over her face to rest on her mouth. She wet her lips, watched his pupils widen. Katherine felt unsteady, lit up from the inside like a beacon. She pressed closer until she could feel his rough breath against her, could see nothing but his face.

He closed his eyes, cleared his throat, and stepped abruptly away from her as if it were a physical ache. He ducked his head and turned, disappearing into the crowd without her seeing his face. She looked after him silently, gasping air like she’d been running, and pressed her palms against her hot cheeks to cover her blush.

#the next together #i keep getting caught up in the obvious UST and forgetting to edit
5TH OCT 2012


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redstrawberryginger: “ Redhead by ~onesummerago

#the next together
25TH JUL 2012

 


question that may or not be related to writing (spoilers: it is)
What would be the least sexy thing to wear on a date? Like, as a prank?

(must be funny)

(also not offensive)

GO WILD

#the next together
24TH JUL 2012


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First Look At Ben Whishaw As The New ‘Q’ In SKYFALL

laurenjames:ABBII ABBII ABBII

WHAT WERE YOU SAYING ABOUT HIM BEING MATTHEW

LOOK HE ACTUALLY ALREADY IS

Abbii: DO YOU THINK WE CAN CONVINCE HIM TO BLEACH HIS HAIR?

laurenjames: YES

I WANT A FILM

NOWWWWWWW

WHY DOES WRITING THINGS TAKE SO LONG

I WANT A FILM WITH BEN WHISHAWWWWWWWWWW

also i made a #the red earth rolls tag so now the entire world can see how bad at writing i am

#the next together
16TH JUL 2012


In the last half an hour I have googled radiation sickness, full highland dress, bloodletting and maid’s sleeping quarters. That was to write about a paragraph.

I’m either doing something really wrong in my research, or really right.

Also: my novel wouldn’t exist without wikipedia.

#the next together
16TH JUL 2012


 

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Laurenjames: hmm, wrong haircolour, and his face is a bit too thin. but he has the right build! also, ben winshaw is perf

#the next together
15TH JUL 2012

 


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laurenjames: hey abbii

you weren’t around earlier so i’m totally asking again

what does matthew look like in your head cause in mine he is this guy and i ONLY JUST REALISED

Abbii: Hmm…sort of. I see him with that hair but not that face shape. Also this guy wouldn’t suit a cowboy shirt and corduroy trousers. Matthew makes it work for him. In my head he does anyway.

laurenjames: yeahhhh maybe. he has the right eyes though

Abbii: And eyebrows. I dunno, I think Matthew has a less…triangular(?) face. I wish I could draw him for you. Fuck, how do you art?

laurenjames: i haven’t found a good katherine yet. i don’t really know how i see her features.

also i’m about a chapter away from being completely DONE!! i’m planning to read through it/have a quick edit and then i want to print off a copy, get everyone to read it and note down any corrections etc, pass it around so i can fix it all in one go. i’ve been looking for a good place to print it off and the minimum cost i can find is £12 for 250 pages 😦

i’m so excited to have people read it, everytime i write a good bit i’m like ‘JUST SHOW THEM NOW DO IT DO IT’ and i have to actively stop myself so i can read it through myself first and check for stupid mistakes. I’m so excited!!!!

Sarah: THAT WAY I COULD ACTUALLY READ IT. If you actually trust me enough to give me a copy, that is.

laurenjames: yeah of course you can read it!! i want EVERYONE to read it, which probably isn’t the best way to go about it. people can only read it for the first time once, so i should maybe save some people to read it after i’ve redrafted it to see if it reads better? if that makes sense. ANYWAY I’M TOO EXCITED IT’S UNFAIR

#the next together #stuck on a plot point in the last chapter #trying to avoid fudging it in my excitement to finish because it’s kind of important #the next together

15TH JUL 2012


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A possible Katherine. She needs to have the kind of face that would work as a boys in disguise, so I’m struggling to find a good match, but Amy Nuttall is pretty close.
A possible Katherine. She needs to have the kind of face that would work as a boys in disguise, so I’m struggling to find a good match, but Amy Nuttall is pretty close.

#amy-nuttall #the next together
30TH JUL 2012


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yes she’s perfect

#the next together
30TH JUL 2012


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nameless-passerby: – I’m your new quartermaster. ~ Ben Whishaw as Q – Skyfall

HEY MATTHEW

#the next together
29TH JUL 2012


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what do i do with my life from this point on

i finished

all the words

done

 

I…..wrote a novel.

#draft zero complete #the next together
25TH JUL 2012


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I’m been staring at this picture awestruck for about ten minutes because this is my character, Matthew. It’s like my brain made this picture.
I’m been staring at this picture awestruck for about ten minutes because this is my character, Matthew. It’s like my brain made this picture.

#cloud atlas #ben whishaw #the next together #lauren’s stupid novel
1ST JAN 2013


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laurenjames: Going through my inbox and just found the first EVER review of my book, which apparently passed the minimum requirement for published fiction. Let’s hope this leads the way for reviews to come.

Sarah: # i’m my favourite person# (that’s not true but shh)# lauren i’ve been going through your novel tag# i liked the hugh dancy posts and amy nuttall and the disney princess exchange# but i’m reblogging my own jokes instead

laurenjames: I think about Hugh Dancy too much.

The Disney princess is good, but I think the leg flick is my all time favourite novel IM convo now.

#better that 50 shades #the next together
1ST JAN 2013


Hey guys!

I went to Germany, which was amazing. Whilst I was there I also had some amazing news: an agent is interested in my YA novel! She read it and liked it and described me as often funny,which I keep telling everyone as if it’s some kind of official review of my personality. LAUGH AT MY JOKES, I’M OFTEN FUNNY. She’s going to help me work on the plot, which needs a lot of love before we can take it to any publishers, but fingers crossed soon (by which I mean, in the next year or so….when do I have time for writing on top of school?) I’ll have some exciting news!

Alright, ~Lauren OUT

#america #the next together #to all my professors now: I deserve an A on that essay #an agent said I was ‘extremely talented’ #you don’t know what you are talking about
22ND JAN 2013


Sometimes I go through my novel tag and weep at how carefree and innocent I was.
When now I’m actually getting stuff happening with it and it’s all STRESS and REWRITES and PAIN, SO MUCH PAIN.
can I go back to the days all I did was reblog pictures of Ben Whishaw and write makeout scenes

#the next together
23RD JAN 2013


My agent is literally just feeding my ego email by email:
I am completely bowled over by the fact that you wrote this at such a young age, not to mention the fact that you are a scientist too, on the side! This is an incredibly exciting demonstration of talent in a what you refer to as a first practice attempt – I can only imagine what fantastic books lie ahead of you, and am so pleased to be in touch. The below feedback might feel a barrage of criticism, but please know that I have spent so much time thinking about this because I’m genuinely excited about what you can do. It’s very rare to come across such an exciting new voice.

GUYS

GUYSSSSSSSSSSS

!!!!!!!!!!

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#the next together #when you can only express your emotions through anthropomorphised animals
23RD JAN 2013


 

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hey there, kate

#the next together #CHARACTER!!1!
31ST JAN 2013


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I may have introduced my agent to Dinosaur comics. I may have the best agent ever.

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#ryan north #dinosaur comics #the next together
6TH FEB 2013


I’m waiting for some important news (TUNE IN SOON FOR HOPEFULLY EXCITING NEWS, GUYS) too which is making me antsy.

#the next together

19TH DEC 2012


#why does everything give me book feels
29TH JUN 2013


 

#his jumper #his glasses #urgh #the next together
27TH JUN 2013


A The Red Earth Rolls reincarnation playlist for procrastination reasons

Lyrics:

It’s strange how soon you forget

That you’re like stars

They only show up when it’s dark

The past, it knocks on your door

And throws stones at your window at 4 in the morning

Well maybe he thinks it’s romantic

He’s crazy but you knew that before

Isn’t it time you got over

How fragile you are

We’re all wait- Waiting on your supernova

Cause that’s who you are

And you’ve only just begun to shine

Shine, Anna Nalick

I’m so tired

Tired of waiting

Tired of waiting for you

I was a lonely soul

I had nobody till I met you

But you keep-a me waiting

All of the time

What can I do?

Its your life

And you can do what you want

Do what you like

But please don’t keep-a me waiting

Tired of waiting,The Kinks

Well I came home

Like a stone

And I fell heavy into your arms

These days of dust

Which we have known

Will blow away with this new sun

But I’ll kneel down

Wait for now

And I’ll kneel down

Know my ground

And I will wait,

I will wait for you

I will wait, MUMFORD & SONS

I cut my hands

And break my back

Draggin’ this bag of stones

Till they bury me down, beneath the ground

With the dust and rattlin’ bones

Rattlin Bones, Kasey Chambers

Time is racing toward us

till the Huns arrive

Heed my every order and you might survive

You’re unsuited for the rage of war

So pack up, go home you’re through

I’ll make a man out of you, Mulan

New life decides we never had a clue

The two of us deciding what to do

Though my hands are all but tied

I rebound so I can say at least I tried

If I only just begin to understand it that’s because

Every time I time I start to change my mind again

It gets me back to where I was

And long as I’m allowed I’ll change my mind

That’s what it’s for I’m getting older but I’m still the same

I’m just thinking anymore

Back to where I was, Eric Hutchinson

I was left to my own devices

Many days fell away with nothing to show

And the walls kept tumbling down

In the city that we love

Grey clouds roll over the hills

Bringing darkness from above

But if you close your eyes,

Does it almost feel like

Nothing changed at all?

And if you close your eyes,

Does it almost feel like

You’ve been here before?

How am I gonna be an optimist about this?

Pompeii, Bastille (I can’t get over how perfect for Book it is (if you close your eyes does it almost feel like we’re been here before) (the walls kept tumbling down in the city that we loved))

A terrible autonomy

Has grafted onto you and me

Our trust put in the government

They told their lies as heaven-sent

‘Til the war came

And the war came with a curse and a caterwaul

And the war came with all the poise of a cannonball

And they’re picking out our eyes by coal and candlelight

When the war came, the war came hard

When the war came, The Decemberists

I lose my page in the book then the plot then I swear

She makes the most of her time by loving me plenty

She knows there’ll come a day when we won’t be getting any

Stain of the sepia of the butcher Crimea

Through the rack of a brass band I thought I could see her

In a cake walk she came through the dead and the lame

Just a little bird floating on a hurricane

To the dogs or whoever, Josh Ritter (courtesy of Sarah)

Feel the beat; music and rhyme

While there is time.

We all go round and round

Partners of lost and found

Le meme Histoire, Feist (courtesy of Sarah)

Every time she rises up the ocean sinks

Her memory drags a drape of a thousand angry stings

Set adrift into her swarm-man o war

Caught up in her dangling sting-off the shore

Of a foreign brown sand beach as blue as bottles cover you

Many messengers and rebels have come and gone without a trace

And many more will come tomorrow and many more will be erased

They tap the lines to hear the sounds that start the songs the rebels sing

And drag a net to seine the bottom for the purse the bastards bring

And like a lion don’t mind if a lamb takes her time

A beast doesn’t care if you surrender tonight

Cause a beast knows she’ll get what she wants in good time

What she wants all in good time

Man o War, Eric Bachmann

I fell asleep beneath you

In the tall blades of grass

When I woke the world was new

I never had to ask

Most kind of stories

Save the best part for last

Most stories have a hero who finds

You make your past your passed

It’s a brand new day

The sun is shinning

It’s a brand new day

For the first time

In such a long long time

I know I’ll be ok

This cycle never ends

You gotta fall in order to mend

And it’s a brand new day

Brand New Day, Joshua Radin

And a preview of the sequel:

Run, whirlwind run

Further and further away

Into the sun

In, 20 minutes

Everyone will remember you when you’re gone

And your heart, is a stone

Buried underneath your pretty clothes

Don’t you know people write songs about girls like you?

How would you cope if the world decided to

Make you suffer for all that you were?

Girls like you, The Naked and the Famous

#the next together

25TH JUN 2013


dreamsandink replied to your post: Love Bastille! I can totally see it!

lonelycarp replied to your post: the bastille song in the context of your book is actually really clever wow

laurenjames: the first time i heard that song i was v suspicious about where they got their ideas from, it was that accurate

 



fuckyourwritinghabits: Why Your Characters Never Poop (And Other Unnecessary Information)

Writing an interesting novel is all about your ability to cut needless or boring information. When I was younger I often found myself thinking about why characters never go to the bathroom or do any mundane activities in books. I thought, “When I write a novel, MY characters will take bathroom breaks.” This is a weird thing to think about when you’re in middle school, but it’s safe to say I was a weirdo (I still am, don’t worry). As I got older, however, I realized why these things should NEVER happen.

• No one wants to read about your character doing things we do every day that ARE UNINTERESTING. The only time your characters should be in the bathroom is when they are staring at themselves in the mirror and thinking about life (avoid writing this scene because it’s overdone, but I know it happens). Maybe they’re checking their appearance or maybe they’re in high school and they’re hiding out from the school bully. The point is…WE DO NOT WANT TO KNOW WHETHER THEY ARE POOPING OR PEEING. Especially in novels with a lot of action, we don’t want them to suddenly step away from your well-crafted scene and say “well, I gotta go take a wiz.” THAT’S why it doesn’t happen.

• Everything in your novel should drive the plot forward, not bring it to a screeching halt. When we take the time to describe over and over again what our characters are wearing or how they look or what they’re going to eat, we take away precious time we could be spending with more important character development. Explaining how your character dresses once is usually enough. Obviously there are circumstances where you need to continually explain what your character is wearing, but that isn’t normally the case. We want to hear about the love interest’s bulging muscles over and over again, especially if they have no depth whatsoever.

• I read because it takes me away from the normal world and transports me somewhere more interesting. I’m not saying my life isn’t interesting, but reading IS a form of escape. I don’t want to read about characters doing the same stupid crap I do all the time. I don’t want to hear about them taking a shower every chapter or how they lace up their shoes. CUT THIS INFORMATION. CUT IT NOW.

• You don’t want to waste everyone’s time. If someone reading your novel keeps waiting and waiting for your narrative to go somewhere, they’re going to get bored. You want it to be exciting so that people stay interesting. Anything unnecessary will only turn people off from your work. You need to be very careful about what you decide to include. The boring stuff is always unnecessary.

This post is mainly a way for me to yell at my middle school aged self for being so stupid…in case I get a time machine.Thank you for your time.

-Kris Noel

I actually made a character getting her period the big pivotal point in my novel in one draft because I really wanted to make a point of this, of having bodily functions be not only mentioned but important.

#the next together
18TH MAY 2013


I lasted the grand total of one day on holiday before I began writing again. I’ve missed it so muchhhhh

K: I want you to do the leg flick
M: What? I’m not doing the leg flick.
M: What’s the leg flick?
K: Like in films. The girl flicks her leg and waves it in the air and that shows how good a kiss it was. Next time we kiss, I think you should do that.
M: Why don’t you do it?
K: No, the point is that I get to say my kiss is leg-flicking good. I can’t make my own leg flick.
M: Mmm, now that’s an image.
K: NOT ON TWITTER

#the next together
13TH MAY 2013

 


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ooh, cartoon matthew hey

#all i blog about is my book #the first fangirl #the next together
30TH APR 2013


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hotandbusted: Photo courtesy: Blount County Sheriff’s Office, Tennessee
Charge(s): Misdemeanor probation violation

what a good website

#matthew’s causin trouble #the next together
26TH MAR 2013


 

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This is still my favourite part of my novel. I laugh every time i reread it, not gonna lie.

#the next together
17TH FEB 2013


 

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she’s just so much Kate

sobs

#the next together #kate #jessica chastain #all i talk about is my book #deal with it
9TH FEB 2013

 


The most impressive naval career of all the female sailors is that of William Brown, a black woman who spent at least twelve years on British warships, much of this time in the extremely demanding role of captain of the foretop. A good description of her appeared in London’s Annual Register in September 1815: “She is a smart, well-formed figure, about five feet four inches in height, possessed of considerable strength and great activity; her features are rather handsome for a black, and she appears to be about twenty-six years of age.” The article also noted that “in her manner she exhibits all the traits of a British tar and takes her grog with her late messmates with the greatest gaiety.”

Brown was a married woman and had joined the navy around 1804 following a quarrel with her husband. For several years she served on the Queen Charlotte, a three-decker with 104 guns and one of the largest ships in the Royal Navy. Brown must have had nerve, strength, and unusual ability to have been made captain of the foretop on such a ship….The captain of the foretop had to lead a team of seamen up the shrouds of the foremast, and then up the shrouds of the fore-topmast and out along the yards a hundred feet or more above the deck….

At some point in 1815, it was discovered that Brown was a woman and her story was published in the papers, but this does not seem to have affected her naval career….What is certain is that Brown returned to the Queen Charlotte and rejoined the crew.

— David Cordingly, Seafaring Women

#my jam #the next together #kate
2ND OCT 2013


if anyone is interested in the gradual mental decline of a writer check out my book tag

hah

haha

join me next week when i’ll be crying into my pillow

#the next together
27TH SEP 2013


I just finished the latest draft, ahhhhh

draft…five? six?

#it feels like draft fifty at this point #the next together
27TH SEP 2013


Help i’ve forgotten how to write plot

things? happening?? how????????????????????

#why do books have to have anything except characters making out #plooooooot #the next together
22ND SEP 2013


It’s got to the point where I open up my draft and just stare at it helplessly. I can’t make any more changes! I’ve done enough!! (She says, as she rewrites two chapters)

#the next together
19TH SEP 2013


I’m so sick of editing urgggggh
& I know it’s not going to stop for at least another few months
Urgggggggggggggggh

#stupid book #the next together
15TH SEP 2013


#kate and matt?KATE AND MATT???? #the next together
13TH SEP 2013

 


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Formatting your Manuscript
If you’re planning on one day turning your manuscript in to literary agents and publishing houses, you need to make sure it’s formatted correctly. In many cases, your manuscript will be skipped over if it isn’t done to industry standard, so here’s the basics that you’ll need if you don’t want to be ignored. Before I get started, please know that this is aimed specifically at fiction manuscripts. If you’re writing non-fiction or a memoir, the expectations will be different, so it would be wise to Google what you need.

The Basics

Make sure your font is 12 point Times New Roman, Courier New, or Arial. These are the only three fonts you are allowed to pick from.
Your spacing should be 1 inch on all sides of the text. This is the default on most word processors, but double check your settings just to be sure.
Your text should be double spaced.
All of your indentations must be a half inch. Do not press indent. Instead, drag over the top arrow on the ruler to have every new paragraph automatically indent.
The Title Page

The top left-hand corner of your title page will have all your personal information. They want to see your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, the novel’s genre, and word count.
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Your novel’s title is allowed to be between 20-24 point font if you want. Bold is also an option, but not necessary.
The title will appear halfway down the title page.
“A novel by [your name]” will be about three quarters of the way down the page.
The Next Pages

If you have a dedication, it will be on its own page.
If you have some sort of verse or quote, those will also need their own pages.
Do not include a page for acknowledgements.
The Chapters

Chapter titles will be 12 point font. No bolding or italics.
Chapters will start from one quarter to halfway down the page.
An easy way to format chapter headings is to press enter five or six times
Make sure you always start your chapters the same way every time.
When you start a new chapter, make sure you use a page break to bump the new chapter onto a new page. This will keep it in place so that it will never budge, no matter how much you cut out or add to the previous chapter.
Page Numbers

Page numbers will start with 1 on Chapter 1 of your manuscript. Page numbers will not appear on the title page or dedication page.
Page 1 will be labeled in the footer of Chapter 1. It should be centered.
Page 2 will be in the header of the next page.
From page 2 onward, your headers will be labeled like this:
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If you insert a section break after the title and dedication pages, it will make it easier to insert the page numbers.
For the most part, this is the most important of what you’ll need to know for formatting your manuscript. I used this video as reference, so I’m trusting everything it says is true because it was made by an author who has several novels published, and because it was uploaded this year, it should be up to date.

But just remember, whenever you go to turn in a manuscript, make sure you check the website of the agent or publisher you’re trying to contact. They might have specifications that differ with the ones stated in this video, and you should always do whatever you can to abide by what they want.

Oh wow, I didn’t do any of this

#the more i think about the more i realise how freakin lucky i got that my agent took a chance on me #jesusssssss im so bad at this #having a minor panic attack over paragraph indents here ignore me #the next together
27TH AUG 2013


I’ve read this damn thing so many times I can’t even tell if the first few chapters make sense. Is this enough information? Would new readers understand this? I have no idea anymore

#the next together #why i make new friends #so i have new people to force to read my stupid book
25TH AUG 2013


 

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An edition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein laid out using characters and glyphs from PDF documents obtained through internet searches. The incomplete fonts found in the PDFs were reassembled into the text of Frankenstein based on their frequency of…
An edition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein laid out using characters and glyphs from PDF documents obtained through internet searches. The incomplete fonts found in the PDFs were reassembled into the text of Frankenstein based on their frequency of use. The most common characters are employed at the beginning of the book, and the text devolves into less common, more grotesque shapes and forms toward the end. (via The Frankenfont project reconstructs Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein using parts of incomplete fonts found in PDFs from the internet. | Fathom)
(via the1001cranes)

#the next together #this is a cool idea for titles #different fonts to show different lifes? #note to self
24TH AUG 2013


 

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Making this AU headcanon for my own novel ngl

#the next together #kate just totally ignoring matt like always #god matt just learn to climb rocks jesus #kate ignoring matt like NEVER #cmon girl play it cool
19TH AUG 2013


 

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I found him.
I found my soulmate.
Behold my idiot as he spazzes into the sunset

#kate #the next together
11TH JUL 2013


 


Anonymous [This was actually Alice Oseman, haha] asked: PLEASE SUMMARISE YOUR WRITING JOURNEY IN STEP BY STEP BULLET POINTS, I WANT TO BE A WRITER AND I NEED HELP

Hello friend, welcome!

+This is the perfect month for this question, because I originally started writing because of Nanowrimo!! It’s a great way to force yourself to do Writing without getting selfconscious about it, because there’s barely any time to reread it, let alone doubt its quality.

+So yeah I failed (I blame….university and also my inability to exist with less than 11 hours sleep a night) but it really made me realise how easy and fun writing was if you just did it and didn’t make a big deal of it.

+Okay, sit down and listen up. Here’s what I did. I decided one day I wanted to write a story, so I made a list of all the things I like most in the world (thieves, secret passages, sass, time travel, hidden treasure, Science, history, long boat journeys, enforced close quarter living with UST) and then I made up a plot that used them all.

+My number one tip is WRITE THE BOOK YOU WANT TO READ. If you don’t spend the entire time going ‘aw, man, I can’t wait to find out what happens! I wish someone would finish writing this so I can READ THE HELL OUT OF IT’ then you are doing it wrong. If you find it boring, why should anyone else care? JUST HAVE FUN. Write something that makes you giggle and flows out of your fingers faster than you can type because it’s just SO GOOD YOU NEED TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS NEXT. Also have making out, it’s sure to add quality to your story unless the characters are like giant space snails (in which case, each to their own!).

+so I had an Idea, and suddenly had miraculously gained the confidence to actually write a large thing instead of staring at a paragraph and silently weeping or w/e. I just DID IT. Over the summer, so I had no homework/distractions(/social life, sob). And I wrote and wrote until I had a half finished thing, and then I went back to uni and left it in a drawer. But I kept thinking about it, and I had 6 months to tease at plots and develop ideas and that helped SO MUCH. Like, I’m not saying wait six months before you finish a thing, but the next summer when I went to finish the thing I finished the thing in like four weeks flat, because man was I ready to finish that thing.

+aaaaaand, then some stuff happened. I turned 20, I went to america for a year. I forgot about my book for a bit, until someone told me that harpervoyager were accepting submissions of manuscripts for the first time in 10 years. So I dug it out my harddrive and polished it up a bit, and sent it off. While I was at it, I send it off to some agents too, because why not.

+then guys. THEN.

+I
+got
+an
+agent.

+I GOT AN AGENT. SHE LIKED MY BOOK, AND THOUGHT I HAD POTENTIAL.

+ I died.

+but she said there were problems with it, mainly that it contained some dystopian themes which were a dying trend, that I needed to change if it was sellable. But she said I was ‘often funny’ and had a nice writing style and all these wonderful things so it took away the sting of ‘pls change your thing thx’.

+so I thought about it for like three months straight I s2g and then I did some writing for the third summer in a row, and finallly it was done (and so much better this time, because I knew my characters inside out and could build on the foundations of what i’d written before and just add layers and layers of deja vu and recurring themes and inside jokes (and that’s what she said jokes) and guys it got SO GOOD I wanted to cry with happiness)

+so YEAH. I sent it back to my angel of an agent and she was like, ‘hmmm, way better but maybe if you just do this and this it would be even nicer’ and we sent at least 30 emails just about one single paragraph of the thing and then IT WAS DONE. I had a palatable draft, and a desire to never edit the thing again, and a satisfied agent.

+ that leads us to TODAY. When it had been submitted to 16 publishers! So ! Yeah ! That has happened ! And I will probably hear about the thing by next Friday so KEEP THOSE FINGERS AND TOES CROSSED FOR ME EVERYONE.

ThxforreadinghopeyouenjoyedthebulletpointsBYEEEEEE

#the next together #the lauren and alice faqs #chronicintrovert
22ND NOV 2013

 


chronicintrovert [Alice Oseman] asked: So, on the subject of covers – what sort of cover are you hoping for?

I’ve never really thought about the cover that much, although I do have a few photos that I think summarise the book quite well in my tag. something like this?

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idk man i can’t graphic design

Sarah: can’t believe the disrespect for my design

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laurenjames: I forgot you were kind enough to make me this!! Sorry guys, this is my cover and that’s final.

#the next together
25TH NOV 2013

 


chronicintrovert asked: so here is my writing question of the day: why did you decide to write YA sci-fi/fantasy/dystopia?

hello! the short answer: doctor who.

the long answer: my book didn’t start out that way! it started out with the idea that someone could grow up in different times and be different in lots of ways, but also the same. i wanted to play with the idea of nature vs nurture, and how much of people’s friendships or attractions are really soul-deep, or just based on shared experiences or interests.

that grew into a story about reincarnation, and as i wrote it and started taking it seriously (rather than HEY WHAT IF MY 18TH CENTURY CHARACTER MET ANOTHER VERSION OF HER BOYFRIEND FROM THE FUTURE BUT THIS TIME HE’S NOT HER SERVANT, HE’S HER BOSS??? WHAT ABOUT IF SHE’S ALSO SPYING ON HIM??) then i needed an explanation for….all of that, and somehow it developed into an overcomplicated scifi plot. which, as a fan of doctor who (some of the time) i loved just as much as the crazy relationship stuff. i also love the way fandom explores alternate universes, and how their favourite characters behave in different places and times, and realised I’d never read an actual book that really explored that, so i decided to write one!

in terms of dystopia (which the original draft featured a lot of) i think i used it as a kind of crutch, actually, and i’m so glad i got rid of it. it’s an easy way to get people to connect to the characters and world, because you feel so sorry for them (and that’s why it’s going out of fashion a lot now, because it’s overdone and just gets boring if there’s nothing else to make you invest in the world). now i’m a better writer/have more confidence, i don’t think i would be as interested in writing that kind of story again, because it does severely limit the places the story can go, and doesn’t really add much to the plot other than some shock-driven scene setters. and once you’re already in a dystopia, you can’t really go downhill from there, so it removes a lot of the tension from the plot that isn’t purely character based.

#the next together #the lauren and alice faqs #chronicintrovert
24TH NOV 2013


relicanth [Sarah] said: laughs at you clinging to “often funny” after all this time

BEING DESCRIBED AS ‘OFTEN FUNNY’ WAS A VERY IMPORTANT MOMENT IN MY LIFE, OKAY

#probably the defining moment #the next together
22ND NOV 2013


I’m brainstorming book titles because apparently The Red Earth Rolls is too literary (…true) and i’m basically taking the piss

Déjà vu

So this one time

Sass: the novel

Things Kate said

What Katy said this time

That’s what she said

Shut up, Katherine

Matthew is exasperated: a memoir

Dust to dust

Up against time

Oh no, not again

Yet again

Stuck yet repeat

Time around

Next time around

Back in my day

Regeneration

#the next together #relevant readers feel free to make suggestions #help me out please i need it
8TH NOV 2013


Update: my agent vetoed ‘That’s what she said’ as a title so im probs gonna get new representation because some things just AREN’T A JOKE

#innuendos are very important to me #the next together
13TH NOV 2013


relicanth said: “three times a katy”

…perfect.

“What Katy did next [and next] [and then after that]”

#the next together
8TH NOV 2013


relicanth [Sarah] said: that’s what she said is perfect, exactly what i would expect a novel by lauren e james to be called

sampersands [Clare Samson] said: I second Sarah. Also don’t call it Regeneration that is already a wonderful thing I don’t think the name can handle two of them

thank you for the feedback friends. i have sent your opinions on to my agent re that’s what she said (which i am semi-seriously considering as a title; it’s a running joke through the book it totally makes sense!!!!)

#the next together
8TH NOV 2013


chronicintrovert: i just can’t wait until my book comes out i just can’t wait until people love my characters like i do i just can’t wait why is it not auguST ALREADY

laurenjames: same, samesamesame. i’m like a single person fandom atm.

“this story is so important to me i think you should all pay more attention!!”

“can i read it then?”

“noooooo not yet sorry”

#the next together
6TH NOV 2013


 

Novel updates!!
Things are happening! We submit to publishers next week, so I’m oscillating between terror and excitement on a particularly increased rate atm. Next week editors are going to be getting phone calls about my book and hopefully reading it and ???? ? ????????

Right now I’m writing an official outline for the sequel, which makes it REAL and it’s kind of more stressful than finishing the first one, because I’m having to turn vague mental details into solid decisions and aaaaah the whole plot is going to fall apart why did i write so many cliffhangers???

tl;dr book news soon! things happening exclamation marks terror!!

#the next together


chronicintrovert asked: We haven’t done any writing questions for a while so let’s do the classic writing question: Describe your writing routine!

My questions are piling up, oops. My writing routine involves a lot of dancing around excitedly, waking up in the middle of the night to make indecipherable notes, and almost exclusively takes place in the summer, because I can’t write during term time at all (see above re: the dead of night). I can’t wait until I graduate when my writing/life routine is going to be:

wake up after lunch lbr
walk across the fields to go for a swim in the village pool
get a coffee in the cafe and WRITE FURIOUSLY UNTIL MY HAIR DRIES
come home and play with the puppy
write more????? maybe??????
sleep forever
#the next together #writing #the lauren and alice faqs #chronicintrovert
8TH JAN 2014

 


timetravellingtortoise [Louis] asked: How’s the book coming along?

laurenjames: i’m nearly at 50,000 words which is like novel length which is pretty scary

so far it has cross dressing, war, ships, apocalypse, finding hidden treasure, space suits, SCIENCE, russians, periods, pet seagulls (and owls) and cocky freshers

IS THAT ENOUGH INFORMATION

laurenjames: awwwwwwwww have another post from 2 years ago because look at my baby fledgling story just stretching it’s wings in strange pet seagull related ways

(what happened to the pet seagull???? why did i cut it out??? why would i do that????????????????)

Look at this, this is precious. this is from 2011. i’ve been thinking about these characters for a long time.

#the next together
6TH JAN 2014 #blast from the past


chronicintrovert asked: THERE IS A FILM OF YOUR BOOK. STEP 1) CAST YOUR CHARACTERS.

THIS IS MY ALL TIME FAVOURITE THING TO DISCUSS, HOLD ONTO YOUR SEATS GUYS. THERE’S GONNA BE A LOT OF CAPITAL LETTERS AHEAD.

aLRIGHT ALRIGHT SO MATTHEW GALLOWAY, MY MAIN MAN.

BEN WHISHAW. BEN FREAKIN WHISHAW.

HOW’RE YOU DOING THERE, BABYCAKES. MMMM.

WE’VE GOT FUTURISTIC SCIENTIST MATTHEW:

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SAFETY SPECS AND TERRIBLE CARDIGANS AND NERVOUS CONFIDENCE AND….COME HERE LET ME CUDDLE YOU AGRESSIVELY.

AND HISTORICAL JOURNALIST BABE MATTHEW:tumblr_inline_mx3m3azUY91qzl77q
CHECK OUT THAT VULNERABLE BEAUTY. THAT POETIC INTELLIGENCE. THAT GENTLE SWEEPING CURL OF HAIR.

THAT’S MY MATT.

Alternatively, Hugh Dancy:

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Urgh. Urgh. Get away from me. Urgh.

KATE FINCHLEY. MY GIRL IS A LOT HARDER TO CAST, BECAUSE SHE HAS TO HAVE THE KIND OF FACE THAT IS ANDROGYNOUS ENOUGH TO PASS AS A BOY WHEN IN DISGUISE, BUT ALSO SUPER CURLY GINGER LOCKS.

SO IT’S A TOSS UP BETWEEN GILLIAN ANDERSON (this picture is saved on my pc as HOTTIE MCHOTTIE PANTS) IN HER SASSY GINGER SCIENTIST MODE

AND JESSICA CHASTAIN. SO ELEGANT. SO DIGNIFIED. SO LIKE KATE, WHO IS ALL THOSE THINGS (UNTIL SHE OPENS HER MOUTH).

SHE IS BASICALLY PERFECT. SHE CAN PULL OFF BOY AND OLD FASHIONED LADY OF LEISURE AND SHE BASICALLY ALREADY IS KATE. LOOK AT HER TEASING MATT. LOOK AT HOW EMBARRASSED HE IS. MY CHARACTER, HOW ARE YOU HER. LOOK AT YOU SOLVING MYSTERIES AND BEING COMPETENT AT EVERYTHING, URGH.

MY BABIES, I LOVE YOU.

SO THEN WE HAVE THE SECONDARY CHARACTERS, WHO ARE A LOT HARDER TO CAST BECAUSE I HAVEN’T SPENT ALMOST THREE YEARS THINKING ABOUT THEM INSIDE OUT.

TOM GALLOWAY.

I’M THINKING SMIRKY, COCKY, A BIT OF GINGER? STUBBLE.

MAYBE A YOUNG DAMIAN LEWIS?

Nope, changed my mind! Dylan O’Brien. Sexy hacker older brother Dyls O’B.

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LORD RAGLAN = CHARLES DANCE

ELIZABETH SPENCER. The closest i can get is a young Meryl Streep? Idk.

COLONEL DURAND = DONALD SUTHERLAND OR MAYBE BILL NIGHY

AND FINALLY, Anise. ELLEN PAGE.
I think that might be everyone? I had to cut a lot of characters out in the last edit, and maaaaan does it show. :/

#the next together #the lauren and alice faqs
30TH NOV 2013


chronicintrovert asked: STEP 3 – LOCATION! (this is going to be a very difficult question for you i think!!)

For those of you who are following along, Alice and I are fan-designing films of our novels, because what else are we going to do to avoid homework. Step one was fancasting (mine and Alice’s), step two was soundtrack (Alice’s and I actually did mine a while ago here*) and step three is location (Alice’s).

I have….so many locations, so I might try to keep this brief. Listen to the soundtrack while you read, go ooooooon.

Carlisle, England, 1745

Most of the action takes place at the castle during the Jacobite uprising and siege, which would have looked something like this:

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Nowadays it looks like this (I really need to visit soon!):

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Imagine a couple dressed as servants, cleaning those cannons and not-so-surreptitiously checking each other out. That’s my book.

There’s also a lot of action at the family house, which I imagine to look something like this:

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Main points of interest:

dusty stables full of dozing horses and nooks and crevices for secret make out sessions.
a shy little boy who is never seen but leaves intricate toy battles in his wake
secret passages
an amazing library with creaky leather sofas. perfect for getting relationship advice and hugs from a greying gentle uncle. selection of scottish whiskeys.
bedrooms with views looking out over the city wall, mist rolling in off the hills, some kind of birds nest in the eaves outside the window, noisy in the morning and feathers and mess on the windowsill
Crimea, 1845

None of this is going to be historically accurate hahahaaha who cares LET’S DO IT.

A hefty chuck of the book takes place on the journey to Gallipoli, so here’s what I imagine the ship to look like:

Decks full of bored, smoking soldiers, playing cards and arguing over rum rations. Owls get stuck in the rigging a lot. Not much to do except flirt, discuss politics, learn shorthand, fall in love, &c.

Then when they get to the front, there’s some Florence Nightingale-esque hospital stuff, but the actual battlefield will look like this:

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points of interest:

vineyard with lots of squidgy grapes underfoot, kind of gross
flowing river
ramshackle old cottage that’s kind of on fire but is also made of stone so is a possible refuge from the bombs
guns
fighting
Okayyyyy, that’s enough history. Modern plotlines.

Central Science Laboratory, 2016

Just a typical lab at this point:

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And on the inside something like this:

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contains:

hip young scientists, everyone pulling pranks and joking around
lots of science gets done probably
whiteboard where people tend to just draw dicks until there’s a lab tour and it’s replaced with a quick sketch of some vague aromatic molecule
all these things might possibly be based on my lab
there are a lot of lunchtime hookups in the offices because half the lab is married to each other and there’s a secret signal that everyone knows means you probably shouldn’t interrupt that ‘meeting’
that part is unfortunately not accurate to my lab
I have a lot more headcanon about this lab but…..SPOILERS. It looks a bit like this sometimes, anyway.

University campus, 2036

So I never explicitly say it, but it’s probably at Notts uni. The campus:

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Matt’s room:

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lots of stephen king books
bed is a double: important!!!!!
he’s pretty messy
has a dedicated supply of snacks probably
also a collection of cutlery stolen from the caf that he feels continuously guilty about
no like it probably keeps him up at night sometimes
has a communal bathroom which is always full of very judgy neighbours
An Important Loft:

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Messy, lots of christmas decorations and boxes. There is probably a lot of broken glass on the floor, but neatly pushed into a pile.

UM OKAY THAT’S ENOUGH LOCATIONS ENJOY

*this is mainly just music about my book than a movie soundtrack, but you get what you’re given so be grateful.

#the next together #the lauren and alice faqs
4TH DEC 2013 1 NOTE


chronicintrovert asked: STEP 4: a) NAME YOUR DIRECTOR. b) GIVE 5 FILMS WITH PICTURES AS EXAMPLES OF THE STYLE OF YOUR FILM

I know nothing about directors or cinematography, so here are just a few films that I like the general themes of!

1) Desperate Romantics
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2) Stoker

Okay so this isn’t really my genre but I adore the style of this so so much. I just love everything about it, the pastel clothing and silent communication and the soundtrack. I love the way the background is faded and mute, to bring your focus onto the main characters.

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3) Cloud Atlas

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4) Pride and Prejudice

So much awkward panic! The beautiful cosy family home! Quiet humour! Visual jokes involving geese! There’s a whole scene in my book based on the misty field ending, too.

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5) The Hour

Their friendship to relationship is perfect and the clothing is wonderful and cute but also historically accurate and just, perfect.

 

I guess in general the main things it needs are

chemistry between the main characters. so much chemistry, even when they are trying to avoid it, unmistakable unstoppable ust
so many costumes. all of the historical costumes.
each different time would have a different colour scheme, so you can tell them apart immediately. some would be darker than others, the modern very clean and crisp and the oldest very sumptuous and intricate.
very upbeat and fun and jokey
#the next together #the lauren and alice faqs #desperate romantics #stoker #pride and prejudice #cloud atlas

 


chronicintrovert asked: Step 5: Marketing!!!

Hmmmmmm. I really want to do a thing where I run twitter accounts of my characters, have flirty meetcute interactions between them, maybe pulling pranks on twitter on each other, that kind of thing. I think that would be really fun. I might do that for the book release.

I think what works really nicely about my book is the juxtopostion of future and past storylines, so it would be lovely to play with that in the posters. Maybe having three posters/book covers, one representing each timeline.One would be really modern and then another could be super 50’s style old fashioned:

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It would be really interesting to see the same film marketed as a few different genres, I think.

so YEAH. How i want to market it: in every way.

#the next together #the lauren and alice faqs #chronicintrovert
17TH DEC 2013


So, my bio just went up on my agency’s website. Nothing special. CHECK IT: http://www.rcwlitagency.com/authors/lauren-james/

#the next together
13TH DEC 2013


chronicintrovert asked: STEP 6: Changes. Is there anything about your book that you think wouldn’t work as a film?

My story takes place over multiple timelines, like Cloud Atlas, so I think that in general it wouldn’t work very well as a film, because it would either be too long or too condensed to let you properly invest in the characters.

I think for it to work properly, it would be a tv miniseries, maybe? Although I’m not sure how exciting the first few episodes would be.

One other problem would be adapting the present day storyline, which is told mainly through diary entries and letters. I think to adapt it properly there would have to be an expansion of that storyline, because a lot happens there, so it can’t just be written out.

I think in general it would have to be adapted quite a lot for the screen, but I don’t really mind that. I’m not hugely protective of every scene. I’d prefer a really good adaptation than one that’s a bit dull but is loyal to the book- because things work differently in writing to on screen.

#the next together #the lauren and alice faqs #chronicintrovert
21ST DEC 2013


masrika [Kat Harris] asked: Dude, congratulations on getting published! It’s seriously amazing. I mean, not shocking, because you’re a fantastic writer, but so much well done. 🙂

Thank you!!

I’m still completely overwhelmed, but so, so happy! Best christmas present ever!

#the next together
18TH DEC 2013


chronicintrovert asked: So what’s it like having to plan a sequel/sequels!? I can’t really imagine it, seeing as mine’s a standalone, and my next one will also be a standalone…

Okay, so I never originally planned to have a sequel. I wanted to leave it on a cliffhangery ending, that explained the book’s premise but left it a bit mysterious as to how it happened. I didn’t even know myself, and I liked how it was an explanation and not an explanation at the same time.

I also didn’t really want to write a sequel, because I had so many ideas I wanted to play with. I don’t want to be one of those authors who spend ten years on one series- I want to play with horror and space and murders and ghost sitcoms and try my hand at everything I can.

But then when I was getting near the end, I started thinking about it a lot more, and came up with all these amazing ideas and plots that I couldn’t fit into the book. Then I came up with a character that I knew I had to write about asap. So I started writing it!

It’s a sequel in that it is about the same idea, but it’s a completely different set of characters and style of book (it’s a lot more sci-fi time travel than the historical style of the first book). So I’m happy that I’m doing a sequel that’s not limited to the same story and characters, and my main worry right now is that my writing and plot development will have improved so much in the sequel it will make the first one seem terrible! but i can deal with that (probably).

i’m also scared that i won’t finish it before the first one is published, and i’ll get caught in a plot hole that i can’t change the first one to fix, and it will all goes terribly wrong….i imagine J K Rowling had so many sleepless nights over that too. how do people do it??

the good things about sequels:

*you can include references in the first one to things that don’t happen until the next book!

*you can add long term plots that spread over several books!

*you can make mysteries which have just enough information to be solved, if you read both books.

*you can have cameos from characters, that are older or younger than they were when you last met them.

*you can have scenes that you saw in the first book mean something entirely different in the sequel because you know more about what’s going on and how much the characters know.

*you can have character traits appear in related characters and be like OH WOW HIS BROTHER DOES THAT TOO, OMG and it gives you enough time to actually explore it

basically, IT’S ALL AMAZING. i love tricking my readers into thinking something happened, but it was totally different all along.

i love it i love it i love it

#the next together #the lauren and alice faqs #clove #writing #The Last Beginning
27TH NOV 2013



veryunsure: i love boys with with really strong accents like irish or scottish. i don’t have a clue what they’re saying. i love it. i hate hearing a coherent boy. i don’t actually care about what you have to say.

#kate #The Next Together
12TH JAN 2014


Anonymous asked: Once you finish your trilogy, have you considered writing science fiction? You seem particularly suited to it, due to your apparent ease at working with multiple dimensions and overlapping times. I would like to see your lady scientist persona evinced in your literary contributions….

I AM ALL ABOUT THE SCIFI. There’s a lot of it in the sequel anyway (it’s a lot more timetravelly) but my third book (if I ever get that far eeep) is TOTALLY ABOUT SPACESHIPS AND SPACE AND MURDER. IT’S GONNA BE ACE.

but yeah one of the things I want to do most is include more science in books, i think that’d be amazing.

#The Next Together #writing #it’s not a trilogy btw #i’ve got a two book deal #i don’t think i could stretch out the plot to another one D:
12TH JAN 2014


chronicintrovert asked: SORT YOUR CHARACTERS INTO HARRY POTTER HOUSES

Kate is clearly a Gryffindor, she’s an idiot.

My little cutie Matt is a Hufflepuff. Kate is always running off into danger and Matt tries to stop her. He thinks a lot before he acts (Kate doesn’t think at all, ever.)

#The Next Together #writing #claire’s coven #clove is a ravenclaw #wait what who’s clove #chronicintrovert
11TH JAN 2014


chronicintrovert asked: (Sending this again bc not sure whether it sent the first time) What is important to you when writing a book? Is it telling the story? Expressing a moral? Generating empathy? SOMETHING ELSE?

I’ve been thinking about this a lot, and I don’t really have an answer. I want to make people laugh, and I suppose come away from it caring about the characters. I want to tell an outrageous story in a believable way, in a way that makes people really care about the outcome.

I think the biggest achievement for me would for people to smile because something happens that reminds them of a joke or reference in my book. That would be fitting, I think. A little bit of deja vu about my book.

#The Next Together #writing #claire’s coven #chronicintrovert
11TH JAN 2014


chronicintrovert asked: So I was thinking more about your book and basically it’s as if you’ve written the prequel before the main book. It’s like you wrote the Marauders story before the Harry Potter story. And that’s basically the greatest thing ever.
(Without spoiling anything)

It is, kind of, isn’t it? I can’t wait to write the sequel and find out how it all happens. I hope it lives up to those Harry Potter expectations…

I really hope that people say that when they read the sequel though, because what a compliment- the sequel was so good it made the first one feel like a prequel to the main event.

#The Next Together #writing
11TH JAN 2014


catherine-doyle asked: Do you have a favourite line or passage from your book? If so, TELL ME IMMEDIATELY.

three:

“Can I borrow a shirt? Maybe a pair of trousers?”

He hummed sceptically. “I think my clothes would overwhelm you.”

She sat upright and stretched out her arms alongside his to measure the difference. Her fingertips reached the base of his thumb and she couldn’t help herself, she casually left her hand on his wrist as she pressed against his side. He was warm in the cold night air and she softly rubbed the bone of his wrist with her thumb. Her fingers curled into the palm of his hand, and she rubbed small circles into his skin. He pressed his hand tighter around hers.

“I don’t know, I think I’ll fit just fine,” she murmured. Her voice sounded huskier than she’d ever heard it.

He let out a gruff, slightly strangled noise of confirmation.

two:

“You don’t know, do you?” he said. “What…what men and women do. Together? Once married.” He flushed. She stared at him.

Eventually he managed to explain, with great delicacy and awkwardness, something that made them both flush redder and redder. She stared at him, blankly. He lifted his hands and then dropped them ineffectually.

“So. That’s that.”

He leant forward and made an aborted attempt at a kiss, but sat back when she didn’t respond. Her mouth opened and she closed it with a snap. Well. She had been missing a lot.

She stared in the general direction of his chest with vague horror, trying to stop her gaze dropping to his crotch, which it tried to do several times. He cleared his throat. She jumped a little, and tried to hide it by standing up.

“That was…enlightening, thank you. I- er. Well. Yes. I think I’m going. I need to. Er. Do that. That thing. The library! Yes. I’m going to the library. Goodnight. It was very pleasant to, er, see you? Yes. It was, let’s do it again soon,” she mumbled, backing away to the door. He stepped towards her, mouth opened to speak, but she scurried away like a frightened mouse before he could utter a syllable.

“Kathy!” she heard him call, confused, from where she was hiding in the hallway, “You didn’t even eat your dinner!”

one:

She pointed a finger at Matt, and exclaimed, “You!” Matthew rubbed his eyes, and frowned at her lively face.

“What.”

“You listen to farming shows!” she gleefully announced, “Oh my god, you loser!”

He stared at her. “Shut up. There isn’t anything wrong with a healthy interest in crop rotation.”

She choked on her laughter, utterly delighted. “No one listens to farming shows except farmers. It broadcasts at four am! You record it, to listen to later,” she said, amazed at the sheer dedication he took to listen to farmers discuss fields.

He crossed his arms, petulant. “They have interesting sections on badgers and stuff too.”

She couldn’t help shaking her head at him. “I thought you were cool,” she said accusingly, sadly. “You misled me. All this time with the fountain pen and the retro haircut and the mismatched clothes I thought you were being ironically hipster but really you are just an old man! I can’t date someone who listens to this, it will utterly ruin my street cred!”

#The Next Together #claire’s coven #writing #dreamsandink
10TH JAN 2014


melsalisbury asked: How do you feel about the idea of your book being optioned as a film? How will you deal with that?

I would probably die of excitement, and then immediately go to bed with a stress headache. I have enough problems trusting myself to tell the story properly, I can’t really imagine passing over the reigns to someone else.

BUT OBVIOUSLY INCREDIBLY FLATTERED AND AMAZED THAT SOMEONE LIKED IT THAT MUCH.

#The Next Together #claire’s coven #writing #melsalisbury
9TH JAN 2014


catherine-doyle asked: Who (if anyone) was the inspiration behind Matthew and Katherine? Also, have you considered the couple name ‘Mattherine’ If not, WHY NOT?

I always say that both Matthew and Katherine are me. Both of them, at the same time, in different ways. (I’m quite looking forward to writing new stuff because I feel like I’ve never really created an original character yet…I just write stories about myself.)

SAYING THAT, Matthew is totally based a little on Char, from Ella Enchanted*. I would have taken a bullet for Char when I was thirteen. He’s this wonderful male love interest who just thinks the girl is hilarious and incredible and he’s quite shy and quiet and serious until she brings out the fun and jokes from him. (“That’s funny, you’re funny. I like you, I’m quite taken by you.” )And he had freckles, and slid down the castle banisters. I had a lot of feelings about that character. So a lot of Matthew is based on my residual childhood crush on Char, but I didn’t realise that at all until recently.

Kate is probably more based on just who I would like to be as a person, and……………………do I want to say this? Okay I’ll say it. She’s probably a little bit of Jim Kirk from the new Star Trek. THAT SOUNDS WEIRD, OKAY, BUT SHE TOTALLY IS. JUST….GO WITH IT. SHE IS. I read a lot of Jim/Bones fanfic when I was writing it, cough.

And roughly 80% of the time I accidentally say Matterine or Kathew when talking about my book. It’s a problem.

*The book, not the film. The film….let’s not talk about what they did to Char in the film.

#The Next Together #claire’s coven #dreamsandink
9TH JAN 2014


cartoonology [Melissa] asked: I remember you telling me about this story in 2009, when we first met by reading each other’s answers to a LiveJournal writing prompt about reincarnation. I dropped my story about it ages ago but now your’s is getting published next year!!

I KNOW, ISN’T IT CRAZY. My life has been about this book for far too long.

#The Next Together #cartoonology
8TH JAN 2014


catherine-doyle asked: My questions is about the timelines in your wonderfully witty book, in which you are ‘often funny’. Were there other periods in time you explored/liked the sound of when you were writing it? And what made you decide on the ones and the number of timelines that you ended up with? Haha, that’s actually two questions sucker. That’s how I roll.

Awwwww, you’re gonna make me blush! I’m going to have the infamous ‘often funny’ written on my gravestone not even joking.

So my editor asked me the same question on the phone before I signed with her (most stressful phone conversation ever. best phone conversation ever.) and I had to rather sheepishly admit that it was just events where I could find primary sources for free on Google Books……

(She said that was a perfectly reasonable reason for choosing them, and that she will want to add more historical detail- really bring out all the different worlds so they felt real- so I’d better be prepared to get back to Google Books. I laughed nervously.)

Anyway I am a lazy writer with research (wikipedia is my BFF) so yeah. It was almost entirely practicality.

I also really didn’t want to do just another WWII book, because although that’s an obvious choice (and I’m so glad I didn’t since Life After Life by Kate Atkinson did the WWII reincarnation thing better than I ever could) I feel like there’s an oversaturation of it in the media. I find myself a bit anaesthetised by it, so I didn’t think taking such a well known historical point could really bring out the emotion that I wanted.

For a really long time I wanted to include a medieval storyline, with Kate as a midwife who gets accused of witchcraft for all her herbal remedy skillz and is put to death. Matthew would be the hangman (hence the origination of the surname ‘Galloway’ OH YEAH I PUT THAT MUCH THOUGHT INTO IT) who realises she’s not a witch, and they run off together and become underground doctors~~

But in the end I just got a bit intimidated by all the research I’d have to do and put it off, and also thought it was a bit too similar to a plotline from Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.

And I ended up with 3 timelines just because that seemed like the usual number of multiple storylines that people can follow, I guess? There wasn’t a great deal of thought behind that decision. (The 4th one in the chapter headings crept up on me a bit, that wasn’t supposed to be there originally.)

WOW THIS WAS LONG SORRY.

#writing #The Next Together #the lauren and alice and cat questions #too long a tag???? #CLAIRE’S COVEN SECRET WRITERS GROUP #my agent described me as ‘often funny’ in her first ever email #if you are confused #dreamsandink #claire’s coven
8TH JAN 2014

 


dreamsandink replied to your post: Oh my God, I was reading that and falling in love with the medieval story as you were explaining it. I would read that fan fiction.

one day. ONE DAY.


chronicintrovert replied to your post: you should write a medieval!kate&matt fanfic just saying
…..i may have done that at one point. maybe it’ll be a short story eventually.

dreamsandink replied to your post “chronicintrovert replied to your post “chronicintrovert replied to…”

Will you stay up all night and write this and then send it back to me tomorrow? Please please please.

OH NO I ACCIDENTALLY FICCED.

so this is medieval!Kate, who is a midwife with a place in the woods where she keeps her herbs and medicines. Matthew is the village hangman.

 

Kathy was frozen to the spot. She stared at the proffered hand, trying to hold back the impulse to run. A clump of mud fell off the monstrous, ugly thing he was holding out to her. The hangman shook it slightly, in what was presumably a threatening gesture of intimidation.

What was it, some kind of… some kind of death token? Did this mean he was after her now? Oh god he was going to hang her and she’d never see her parents again and this was terrible, everything was the worst how had she made such an unbelievable misjudgement in setting up her stores so close to the gallows. She’d thought no one would come near here- everyone stayed away from Gallow’s Way, avoided the lingering reek of death. She hadn’t even thought about the hangman.

He cleared his throat, and she flinched, expecting him to shout angry demands for her arrest, accuse her of witchcraft.

“It’s garlic,” he said, a little sheepishly. “I heard it was good for wounds.”

*

“Witch! Kill her!”

The villagers were screeching wild, terrified wails of anger as she was hoisted onto the gallows. A tomato hit her shoulder, breaking into her hair with an ugly squelch.

Matthew pulled the noose over her head, and she stared at his bowed head, disbelieving. He couldn’t be doing this, not after everything he’d said, not after he’d given her the wooden token she could feel pressing against her thigh, engraved with their initials, entwined together. He’d found her garlic, and now he was going to kill her.

He leant in to adjust the knot. She could feel his breath against her neck, a warmth of heat against the abrasive roughness of the rope. She closed her eyes, tried to hold back the rush of tears pressing at her eyelids.

“I’ve got you,” he said, low and quiet into the dip of her jaw. He turned his head nearer, where the villagers couldn’t see, and pressed a kiss to her earlobe. “Trust me.”

She opened her eyes, stared wide at him, and he nodded once, almost imperceptibly.

She didn’t take her eyes off him as the noose tightened and she fell down, the air full of victorious cheers, the world going black. She met his unwavering gaze until the very last moment, and trusted him completely.

*

When she woke up her throat was on fire so she couldn’t breathe, her neck and spine a tight swell of pain, but Matthew was there, pressing kisses against her cheek, holding her close.

“I’ve got you,” he said, quiet. “I’ve got you.”

#claire’s coven #The Next Together #i’m supposed to be revising physics #you are all a terrible influence

 


chronicintrovert replied to your post LAURENASDFALSKDJHF
dreamsandink reblogged your post and added: IT’S PERFECT

laurenjames: And then obviously they both die in a very tragic and violent and emotional way, no big deal.

this is medieval!Kate:

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what a babe huh

she’s probably got a little place in the woods where she keeps all her medicines to stop people destroying them, and one day Matthew is going for a walk and TOTALLY INTERRUPTS HER MIXING HERBS. she probably runs off because it’s the hangman, oh my god he’s going to actually kill me, and he is left standing there feeling guilty and lost because he was just about to offer to find her some more ginger root

#chronicintrovert #The Next Together #claire’s coven
8TH JAN 2014


Anonymous asked: How do you pick what sections of history to place your characters in? There are so many really good ones, though many have been over done. I would like to see Matt and Kate in Roman occupied Britain, perhaps caught up in Boadicea’s fight for liberation.

I just answered this here!

But I have endless short stories I could write about Kate and Matt in different timelines…the book has to stop somewhere!

#Anonymous #The Next Together #writing #hi cherra
11TH JAN 2014


chronicintrovert asked: HELLO! How is everything going a la book? Decided a title yet? Are you being ~revealed~ at Bologna? What’s happening!!??!!

Book goes…slowly at the moment. I have 3 weeks left of classes and 8 weeks in total before I graduate (aaaaaaAAAAAAHHHHHH) so I have had to put edits a little on hold while that real world stuff goes on.
But i have my edits and I have solved all of the plotty problems they will cause so I just need to get writing! I’m so excited to get it done and FINISH THE SEQUEL. I wanna know what happens!!
The title needs to be decided by April and the current frontrunners are:
Then & Again
The Next Together
Given Time

So LEAVE YOUR FAVE IN MY ASK PLEASE GUYS. Or any suggestions, obv.

(Oh, and Bologna! We decided because I don’t have a presentable draft (or title….) yet that we’re not announcing at the fair. Which, I’m kind of sad about. I could be holding a proof copy in my hands right now! But I want my ~big reveal~ to be with as good a copy as possible to give it the best chance, so it’s the right thing to do. There’s always Frankfurt! I don’t know if we’re releasing a press release anyway, probably when the title is decided on? Then I’ll actually have proof it’s real and they can’t back out (which I still have nightmares about))

#The Next Together #writing #claire’s coven
24TH MAR 2014


#as suggested by Shannon #is this guy not EXACTLY MATT?? #The Next Together
9TH FEB 2014


catherine-doyle asked: How do you feel about the editing process, particularly the possibility of content-changing decisions?

When I first got my agent, (this time last year (!) ) she told me I had to change roughly a third of my book. (long story short: one storyline was an apocalypse and they don’t sell..so i needed to make it pre-apocalypse at best) At first it was SUPER HARD to let go. I guess eventually I started seeing a difference between the words I’d saved on my computer and the story I was trying to tell. I use my writing to tell a story, and I want the story to be as good as possible. So I don’t mind changing things up if the story will eventually improve because of it. I have a vision of the story as a whole in the sense of it’s themes, style and overall emotions, but I don’t have a personal attachment to any particular plot point. If anything, I really enjoyed changing things up because it let me add layers and complexities and improve my writing in a way I probably wouldn’t have been challenged to do otherwise. My writing is always improving, and I think editing helped improve it more than anything else, because you really think about the writing and words and sentences rather than focusing on but what would Kate say to that? How is Matt standing right now?

At the same time, I would not be okay with intrinsic character changes- sexuality, personality, even hair colour or whatever. I would fight that hand and claw. If I do get asked to do anything like that (I’m meeting my editor on Wednesday to get my edit suggestions, aaaaah! Wish me luck!) then I’m not sure how I’ll deal with it…

#The Next Together #writing #claire’s coven #dreamsandink
3RD FEB 2014


masrika asked: So did your characters go off and do their own thing and leave you to clear up the mess? Because mine just brought a plot point early and now I don’t know what to do. >.<

My characters are pretty well behaved in terms of plot points, it’s the conversations I can’t do. If there’s any sort of misunderstanding they will resolve it immediately and become friends again, there’s literally nothing I can do to stop them. They talk about their feelings so much.

My advice is to go with the flow, and see where they take you. You might come up with a bigger, better plot point that happens next, now that ones done and dusted. You can always go back and add more conflict to extend the earlier one later!

#The Next Together #writing #kat tell me what you’re writing about PLEASE???? #masrika
3RD FEB 2014


chronicintrovert asked: WHAT ARE KATE AND MATT’S OTPS?

YESSSSSSSSS.

I think Matt would be really confused by the concept of OTPs, but when Kate had explained it to him he would realise he has very strong feelings about Amy/Rory and Rory being Mr Pond because….yeah. Mr Finchley. And Simon/Kaylee for pretty much the same reason. (He just has a thing for dominant women, okay? It’s totally not even worth thinking about. CAN WE NOT TALK ABOUT THIS, PLEASE, KATE.)

Kate would be into black widow/pepper potts because STRONG LADIES and hannibal/will because she has a hugh dancy thing. (just because he looks a bit like you, matthew, it’s nothing, it’s not an issue, ssssh, it’s fine matt).

#The Next Together #claire’s coven #writing #the best of all possible questions #chronicintrovert
2ND FEB 2014


catherine-doyle asked: Heeeeere comes the hypothetical question because I love me some hypotheticals! And you’re all getting the same question because I want to know your answers. So, if you could swap lives with any of your characters and live in their world, would you? And if so, which one?

Uhhhhhhhh i genuinally don’t think I would. Like there are certain aspects of characters that I’d like- Kate’s hair (omg), ~regency dresses~, some of Matt’s personality traits, but in terms of the world, I’m pretty happy living in the 21st century with internet and washing machines, thanks. I’d rather not break out the barricades and guns just yet.

#The Next Together #claire’s coven #writing #dreamsandink
2ND FEB 2014


melsalisbury asked: Hello. I like your hair today. What kind of research did you do when writing your book? Did you look up anything potentially incriminating on the Internet or in a library? Did you try or experience anything bizarre in the name of accuracy/believability?

In terms of real research, rather than wikipedia, I got a lot of books from the uni library about the Crimea. I think that having access to that resource about 5 minutes walk from my halls of residence is probably the only thing that forced me to actually start writing instead of avoiding it.

This summer I want to go on a road trip to Carlisle, to visit the castle and make those scenes a bit more real. Also I think I’d just like to visit, it would be surreal to actually be there.

Apart from that I just did stupid acting out of poses or whatever when I couldn’t remember which way arms bent or how horses ears worked. Yeah.

#The Next Together #claire’s coven #writing #melsalisbury
2ND FEB 2014


catherine-doyle asked: This question is about naming your characters. I’m always fascinated by this process. Is there any special significance behind the names of any of your main characters, or how did you come to decide on them?

aahahHhahaahah I made a HUGE mistake naming my characters. Kate and Matt were always my favourite names, that I wanted for my kids, and when I started writing I was like, ‘eh, i’ll call them that for now’ and now i can NEVER CALL MY KIDS THAT. SUCH BAD PLANNING.

#The Next Together #claire’s coven #dreamsandink #calling my kids that would be so incesty now #why???
26TH JAN 2014


chronicintrovert asked: We haven’t had any questions for a while, so here’s a classic one we haven’t done yet: Who are your writer heroes? Did any particular writers inspire your work?

I’m not even going to try and give a list of my writing heroes, because I will read everything and anything and it would go on forever. Instead, here are some books that I would recommend, that have stuck with me, and have a big influence on my writing (I got a bit carried away).

Cross Stitch, by Diana Gabaldon
The time traveller’s wife, Audrey Niffenegger
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susannah Clarke
Fingersmith, by Sarah Waters
Lirael, by Garth Nix
Northern Lights, by Phillip Pullman
The passage, by Justin Cronin
Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell
Oryx and Crake, by Margaret Atwood
The Dark Tower series, by Stephen King
Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine
Spindle’s end, by Robin McKinley
Exodus, by Julie Bertagna
The lies of Locke Lamora, by Scott Lynch
The disreputable history of Frankie Landau Banks, by e lockhart
The Shoebox project
The Sandman, by Neil Gaiman
Daddy long legs, by Jean Webster
The thief lord, by Cornelia Funke
The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova
The Bromeliad trilogy, by Terry Pratchett
The Host, by Stephenie Meyer
The Wind Singer, by William Nicholson
The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde
Daughter of Venice, by Donna Jo Napoli
#in other book news #today i found a draft of TRER from when i was sixteen ahahahahahah #sob #The Next Together #claire’s coven #chronicintrovert #recs
26TH JAN 2014


catherine-doyle asked: Can you remember the most emotional moment (positive or negative) you ever experienced as a result of a scene in a book? Elaborate.

LET’S PRETEND I DON’T HAVE AN EXAM TOMORROW.

I think the most emotional I’ve been about writing is when I’m plotting. I tend to get hugely overexcited if I solve a plot hole, and jump around in an extremely embarrassing manner. I remember solving one particular problem involving Matt finding out something about Katy and just LEAPING AROUND ON THE SOFA LIKE A CHILD. I don’t know, i really don’t.

In terms of a particular scene, the very last one (the one under the table) was only written about 2 days before we submitted to publishers (on a last minute suggestion from my agent) and that gave me shivers down my spine in a way nothing else had. I was literally shaking when I wrote it. It just felt like it slotted into place, as if the whole thing had been waiting for that one last scene to finally come together, and when it was done I felt like I’d actually written a complete story and…yeah I cried a bit about that scene.

#The Next Together #writing #claire’s coven #dreamsandink
23RD JAN 2014

 

 

Kindle Highlights for authors

As you may or may not be aware, Amazon Kindle has a feature where popular sentences of eBooks are underlined, showing parts that multiple readers have highlighted.

This is basically the best gift ever for a writer: if you’re ever feeling down, go and flick through your eBook and see what people like. It’s great.

I thought I’d share the quotes that were highlighted in one of my books – The Next Together, since it’s been out the longest.

To be honest, if I stopped joking around I’m pretty sure I’ll go to bed and never get up again. I’m only barely holding onto my sanity right now through a series of poorly thought-out puns.

All throughout history they had been doing this, finding and loving each other and being ripped apart before they even had a chance to live.

I don’t think there are any true heroes. Just people who ignore their survival instincts long enough to do something incredibly foolhardy.

It doesn’t do any good to mourn for someone who is gone. They don’t care. Their story has finished.

Will you marry me, Katherine? I want us to spend this life and the next together.

“Did you have nightmares about it?’ He nodded hopefully and then said, completely seriously, “It was traumatising.”

“A pencil. A PENCIL,” he said, with growing horror, staring into empty space as if at the horrific vision she had laid before him. He shook his head. “Some people just want society to collapse.”

Isn’t that cool?! From that I’ve learnt that readers like the romance, the humour and the intellectual thoughts about life. I can provide more of that.

Authors, I’d love to see yours if you do this (and make sure to add the quotes to the book’s Goodreads page, as it’s a great way to draw in new readers).

What would Kate and Matt’s wedding be like?

Someone sent me this ask on tumblr:

If you were to write Katherine and Matt’s wedding scene, what would it be like and why? (ps. love your books ❤ <3)

I loved it so much I answered in detail. I thought some of you might also appreciate it, so I’m reposting it here. It’s kind of an unofficial epilogue to The Last Beginning. Spoilers within!

omg. WELL first off in 2056 kate proposes to matt. i know this is obvious, i barely need to say it. she does the whole monica thing and fills a room with candles, courts him until he’s blushing etc.

on the day, Matt wears a tuxedo and is so nervous that he’ll get the words wrong that he gets drunk before he even puts the suit on

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Kate dips Matt when the vicar says they can kiss.

she doesn’t wear white (”i did that last time”), she wears something shiny like this:

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her ‘something old’ is a tortoiseshell hair clasp from carlisle in 1745, her ‘something borrowed’ is clove’s watch with the rainbow strap (so spart can be part of the ceremony – matt insisted, “since you brought us together after all”).

her something blue is a tattoo of matt’s name written in blue fountain pen ink which she gets done drunk on her hen night. jen got a tattoo too: hers says ‘st andrews university <3′.

tom has this whole melodramatic joke about it. at the rehearsal dinner he tells every. single. person. that he’s not jen’s first love and he might never recover from the heart break. clove has to move to a different table because he’s so embarrassing.

oh, clove! Clove is the maid of honour and wears this:

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ella is technically her date but officially the ring bearer (”why do you want to be the RING BEARER?” – clove “we don’t have them anymore! i want to hold the cushion!” – ella. “if you lose the ring you are time travelling right out of that church to buy another.” – clove)

on the day, ella arrives in some futuristic dress that clove absolutely refuses to let her wear (”is that – is your dress made of clouds? are you FLOATING? No. no way. how did you think you would get away with this without anyone noticing?!”) so meg lends her a dress that looks like this:

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the wedding is the first time meg and ella meet and that goes as awkwardly as you would expect.

kate and matt’s wedding song is come on eileen.

ella lends them her Skim for their honeymoon. they go on a tour of all of their lives. they’re gone two years but they time it so they come back after 2 weeks. no one notices how long they were really gone. even though matt has started going grey.

they have a baby boy six months later, and clove is the best big sister in the entire world. tom and jen enjoy being aunt and uncle and taking a less active role in the parenting (”you’ve got enough grey hair for both of us, i don’t need more stress in my life” – tom to matt. “if that were true you wouldn’t demand to babysit once a week” – matt to tom “WHAT ARE YOU DOING, DON’T STOP HIM!!” – kate to matt)

FIN.

(If you enjoy tumblr rants I recently made one about the excellence of Pacific Rim)


In other news: The Russian cover of TNT was revealed today! Title translation: “Love and other catastrophes”. Out in March!

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New Kate & Matt short story – SNAILS.

My old university, the University of Nottingham, asked me to write a short story for their alumni magazine recently!

As one of the timelines in The Next Together is set on the University of Nottingham campus in 2039, I decided to write about Kate and Matt during their time at the uni.

The short story is set somewhere between Kate and Matt’s first meeting, and the point when everything goes to hell. So… Chapter 2? :’)

If you’re a Nottingham uni alumni, you can enter a competition to write a 1000 word short story set at a Nottingham campus, to be judged by me! Details here.


SNAILS.

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“So,” the Head of the School of Life Sciences said, eyeing them both over the rim of her glasses. “Why don’t you tell me how this happened?”

“Kate?” Matt said, in a strangled voice. “Why don’t you explain?”

Kate grimaced. “Well- I mean- I guess-”

“Please.” The Head massaged her temples. “Just tell me how the fire started.”

Kate swallowed. “I suppose it started with the snails.”

Beside her, Matt slowly sunk lower in his seat, deflating like a very embarrassed balloon.

Read the rest here on Wattpad!


Kate and Matt are characters from The Next Together series, published by Walker Books.

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In other news: I was interviewed in a few places: on the Author Allsorts blog by Cat Doyle and by Ally Dewing, who had this amazing thing to say:

” I absolutely adored the character of Clove; she was so realistic with her strengths – her intelligence and her passion – as well as her weaknesses – her impulsiveness and stubbornness – making her a well-rounded and easily lovable character. Her actions and reactions were all so understandable; this is something that I think can be overlooked in books, when something crazy or unbelievable happens within a story it can be played off as normal when the characters respond in a way anybody else would, and this is something done so well in The Last Beginning! I also found all the characters were well developed like Clove, in particular Spart and Ella! #CLOVELLAFORLIFE”

Thanks, Ally!

Alice and I did another infamous talking-nonsense video:

I’m obsessed with collecting seasonal pictures of my books. Here’s Spring, SummerAutumn and Winter.

Finally:

Valentine’s Day extract

As it’s Valentine’s day, I’m going to copy the lovely Kate Ormand’s idea and post a little romantic extract from my book! After you’ve read about her Flo and Jett being cuties, here is Katy and Matthew being cuties too.

If you prefer, you can read it on Wattpad here.


 

Varna, Bulgaria, 1854

Katy had never felt such relief as the first time she managed to clean herself properly after the voyage from Southampton. It was the evening of their first day back on land, in the camp at Varna in Bulgaria. Their tent was dark and small, with only a single tiny cot, but it afforded

the privacy she needed to unwrap her chest, and it felt like a wonderful luxury. She scrubbed her skin until it was pink and the bowl of water Matthew had collected from the pump was brown and soapy.

When she finally felt clean again, she went outside to where Matthew was waiting. They were sharing the tent, just as they would have been if she really was his manservant. They couldn’t ask for another and, besides, Katy had been sleeping in a hammock next to Matthew and dozens of soldiers for weeks now, so she didn’t think it would be awkward.

“I’ll fetch you a fresh bowl of water,” she said. He nodded wearily. It had been a long journey from the steamer to the encampment, which sprawled outside the city of Varna, along the edge of a huge lake. Once they had arrived, they’d had to collect their tent and erect it. They were both exhausted.

As Katy walked to the pump, she passed the campfire where soldiers were cooking the meagre rations they’d managed to get. Katy felt a pang in her stomach. They hadn’t had any food since arriving and probably wouldn’t until the next day.

When she returned to the tent, Matthew was inside, shaving, having developed a layer of stubble during their voyage. She wouldn’t call it a beard exactly.

“Thank you,” he said, washing off the soap with the clean water she’d brought him.

“You’re welcome.” She sat on the cot and ran a brush through her hair, wincing at the build-up of tangles. She was going to need to get it cut soon. She’d kept it closely clipped ever since some of the other servant boys had teased her for her curls, saying they made her look like a girl. Now her hair was starting to curl up around her ears, and while she was androgynous enough to pass as a boy, it would be just asking for trouble to have long curly hair.

She sniffed at herself. Since she’d washed she had become very aware of the smell of her dirty clothes. “Do you think if I wash my clothes they will be dry by morning? I don’t think I can stand to wear these again. They smell horrendous.”

Matthew shrugged. “If they’re still damp then you can borrow some of mine.”

She looked up in surprise. Although she knew that he’d forgiven her for lying about her gender, this new kindness was unexpected. “Thank you,” she said softly.

He nodded, and returned his attention to shaving with an air of quiet embarrassment.

She tugged at the loose hair on the brush, admiring the mix of strands, her ginger and Matthew’s brown.

“Can I borrow some now? A shirt or something, to wear tonight?”

Matthew focused more than was necessary on washing the soap off his razor. “Yes. Take whatever you need out of my bag.”

Katy swapped her dirty shirt for Matthew’s clean one with relief. Matthew, who was washing his face, carefully kept his back to her. When she’d changed clothes, she sniffed herself again, but all she could smell now was a lingering trace of Matthew’s scent on the clean material.

Katy then tried her best to clean her clothes with just a small bowl of water and cheap soap. By the time she was finished, and the wet clothes were hung outside the tent to dry, it was dark.

Katy took a sheepskin off the cot and laid it on the floor, before making a pillow from a brown linen coat. The dirt floor didn’t look appealing, but she told herself it was better than sleeping outside, or on a ship, and settled down for the night.

“What are you doing?” Matthew asked. Arms crossed, he looked like a man on a mission. He would have been quite intimidating, if it hadn’t been for the way his hair curled around his face as it dried.

“I’m going to sleep?” she said.

“No. Stop it.”

She raised her eyebrows at him. “We’ve had quite a long journey. I think I deserve at least a nap.”

“I’m not going to make you sleep on the ground. Obviously you will take the bed.”

“We could always … share it,” she said. “Aren’t people supposed to huddle together for warmth in hostile conditions?”

He rolled his eyes, but a hint of a blush rose to his cheeks and the tips of his ears. He began violently brushing out his hair, sending water droplets flying. “That’s in the Arctic. I don’t think you’re in danger of getting frostbite here.”

“Oh, I wasn’t talking about me,” she said. “Me, I’ll be fine. I was talking about you. You’re so thin you might freeze completely through.”

“I think I can handle sleeping on the floor.”

“Well, don’t come crying to me if you’re a cold dead corpse tomorrow morning. You’re a delicate flower. I don’t think you can handle the floor.” Then when he didn’t respond, she added more firmly, “Matthew, I’m not making you sleep on the ground. I’ve caused you enough trouble as it is. Besides, I bet that cot is full of bedbugs. The ground is probably cleaner.”

“I’m not giving in, Katy.”

He started a brief staring contest, which was apparently his new method of persuading her to agree to his point of view without the hassle of actually yelling. She always squirmed under his steady gaze, but she was determined not to be the first to look away. However, this time Matthew was even more determined. She rolled her eyes, conceding defeat by overdramatically throwing off the blanket. It actually was quite cold on the floor, though, and she shivered involuntarily.

Matthew punched the air. “I win!”

“We will alternate nights. I’ll have it tonight and you can have it tomorrow. Otherwise we are both going to end up sleeping on the ground, aren’t we?”

“We are going to have the same discussion tomorrow, because I’m never taking the bed from you.”

“I’ll have a whole day to think of arguments,” she warned him.

“So will I.” He smirked.

Katy felt a rush of affection for him. She usually enjoyed their exchanges, and would have replied with something cutting, but today − in their new tent with a completely stationary floor and a proper bed, and not even one snoring soldier in here with them − she just wanted to be nice to him. He had been so forgiving and lovely to her since finding out that she was a girl, and she had never had the chance to return the favour. She’d have to wash his clothes for him and maybe find food for them both first thing tomorrow. It didn’t look like they’d be getting rations from the army any time soon. A sudden impulse overtook her and she stood up and wrapped her arms around him.

“Good night,” she murmured into his ear. He was tense, but he relaxed slowly, finally pulling her tight against him and pressing his face into her hair.

“Night,” he said back, a touch of something like surprise in his voice.

She stepped away, pulling down the shirt which had ridden uncomfortably high on her thighs. Then she climbed quickly into the cot and pulled the blanket over her.

“Matthew, thank you, really,” she said. “You’ve been so good to me.”

The corner of his mouth turned up. “It was a small matter.” He paused, and then added, “As the girl said to the soldier.”

Katy let out a thrilled, too loud laugh, and Matthew settled into the makeshift bed on the floor with an unmistakable air of self-satisfaction.


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