Meet The Authors: Lauren James, Author of The Loneliest Girl In The Universe - Interview

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to Author Five on Seven of October's Meet The Authors and I hope all of you have been absolutely loving 'meeting' all these wonderful authors and entering the giveaways they've been hosting.

I got the chance to read a lovely ARC of today's authors latest book a few months ago and I FELL IN LOVE. I love everything to do with Space and Romance and twists you won't see coming. This book released in the UK in September but releases in the US in May 2018 so keep a look out for it because this is one book you SHOULD NOT MISS.

So, without further ado, please welcome the LOVELY Lauren James, author of The Loneliest Girl In The Universe who I had the honour of interviewing.

P.S: She's talking about a possible sequel to this book and I CANNOT WAIT FOR IT ALREADY.
 We'd Love To Get To Know More About You: 

If you had the opportunity to visit space, would you accept? Would you prefer to go on a long journey like Romy Silvers' or a relatively shorter one? 

I’m not sure. I think I’m probably not as brave as Romy. I might go after tourism space travel has been running for a few decades and it has been proven its safe, but definitely not yet! If I could go anywhere safely, I would want to go and visit an alien civilisation!

2 What has been the best part of the publications journey so far with all of your wonderful books? 
Getting to sign battered books for readers who’ve read my books over and over again. That’s always my favourite!

If you could take five personal items to space with you, what would they be? 
Kindle, my dog, Skype, my fountain pen, diary.

And now, moving onto your masterpiece: 

4. For those readers who have't heard of/ read The Loneliest Girl In The Universe yet, do let them know what it's about:
A girl alone on a spaceship find a connection with another ship, just at the time she needs that the most.

5. Who would you see cast in the movie for your BRILLIANT book? 
Top row from left to right:
Commander Romy Silvers – Alia Shawkat
Romy’s Dad – Ricky Whittle
Jayden Ness - Alfie Enoch
Bottom row:
Dr Talia Silvers - Lesley Sharp
? - Chris Pine
Lyra Loch - Georgia King
Dr Molly Simmons – Hattie Morahan
More details here!

6. What was the cover design process like? What did you first think when you saw the final cover? (I love the way both the ARC and the finished copy look)

It was actually a really simple design process, as far as I’m aware. The designers, Iree Pugh and Maria Soler, settled on the concept straight away and we didn’t even consider any other ideas. I think it’s such an easy hook that they knew immediately what they had to go for!
The American cover, though….. just you wait. It’s going to blow your mind.

7. Is there a sequel to The Loneliest Girl In The Universe in planning? What are we going to see from you next? 
My next book (out with Walker in 2018) will involve mudlarking, time capsules, romance and - of course - more science. It’s kind of a sci-fi detective story about the extinction of humanity.  I do want to write a sequel about Romy, though – maybe in 2019. Keep an eye out!

Lauren   James Lauren James was born in 1992 and is the British Young Adult author of The Next Together series and The Loneliest Girl in the Universe. She graduated in 2014 from the University of Nottingham, UK, where she studied Chemistry and Physics.

The Next Together has been translated into five languages worldwide. It was described by The Bookseller as ‘funny, romantic and compulsively readable’ and Kirkus as ‘An ambitious, promising premise . . . James is one to watch’. It was longlisted for the Branford Boase Award, a prize given to recognise an outstanding novel by a first time writer.

Her other novels include The Last Beginning, the epic conclusion to The Next Together which was named one of the best LGBT-inclusive works for kids and young adults by the Independent, who called it ‘ideal for teenagers. The Last Beginning is on the ball’. A short story set in the world of The Next Together series, Another Together, is also available.
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe was inspired by a Physics calculation she was assigned at university. Lauren is a passionate advocate of STEM further education, and all of her books feature scientists in prominent roles.

She lives in the West Midlands and is an Arts Council grant recipient.
Twitter at @Lauren_E_James, Tumblr at @laurenjames or her website, where you can subscribe to her newsletter to be kept up to date with her new releases and receive bonus content.
Title: The Loneliest Girl In The Universe
Author: Lauren James
Publication Date: September 7th 2017
Publisher: Walker Books
Part of a Series?: No, A Standalone
I Got A Copy Through: Penguin India (THANK YOU!)
Buy Links: Amazon IN || Amazon UK || The Book Depository || Wordery || Foyles || Waterstones || WHSmith || Kobo || Google Books
Blurb Description: Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never met, never even spoken to – someone who is light years away?
Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew-member of a spaceship travelling to a new planet, on a mission to establish a second home for humanity amongst the stars. Alone in space, she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth – with a single passenger on board. A boy called J.
Their only communication with each other is via email – and due to the distance between them, their messages take months to transmit across space. And yet Romy finds herself falling in love.
But what does Romy really know about J? And what do the mysterious messages which have started arriving from Earth really mean?
Sometimes, there’s something worse than being alone . . . 
 What are some of your favourite books and movies set in Space? I'm always looking for more recommendations. 
If you ever got the opportunity to visit another planet that humans begin to colonize, would you you take it? Or would you stay on Earth? 
I can't wait to hear from you!
Don't forget to say hi to Lauren!

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