An interview with Hidden Variables author, CAITLIN LYNAGH.
Caitlin Lynagh releases the second book in her Soul Prophecies series, Hidden Variables, this month The book is the prequel to Anomaly, exploring Sophia Leto’s story as she battles with intuitive gifts to solve a murder and put herself on course to make a scientific discovery to guide the future of mankind.
We were lucky enough to chat with Caitlin about her inspiration and work!
- For those who haven’t read the Soul Prophecies Series, what is Hidden Variables about?
Hidden Variables is the prequel to my book Anomaly. It follows the family and the younger years of a character from Anomaly named Sophia Leto. The Leto family have unique gifts, they can see visions of the future and the souls of the living and the dead. Sometimes they choose to alter the future if they see a terrible event, but the decision is not made lightly. The Letos understand that by altering one event it often alters other future events and it can have disastrous consequences. Sophia Leto finds herself in a predicament when she discovers that a murderer is still on the loose and she has a vision depicting the death of one of her classmates. Sophia has to decide how she is going to help her classmate and how she can put the real killer behind bars. However, what she doesn’t realise is that her family have seen a terrible future which involves Sophia, and they are keeping their own secrets.
- Hidden Variables crosses many genres, as much as it feels like a Young Adult fantasy there are elements of sci-fi, supernatural and mystery without the stereotypical tropes of other books in these genres. Was this deliberate?
No, I can’t say it was deliberate it’s just how the book and the series turned out. When I began writing Anomaly, it was a very different book from the one that was finally released.
- There are some interesting science ideas behind both books. How do you find inspiration? Is it a passion or are you exceptionally curious?
A bit of both. I’m not a scientist, but I do love science and studied for a science degree at University, although not physics. The rest was just a lot of reading, research and creative thinking.
- Would you consider yourself an intuitive person?
Not particularly, though I think I am pretty good at reading other people.
- The Soul Prophecies will have four books in the series. You hint that one character, Ahrl, is from a different planet and a different time. Will we explore his story too?
Yes, this will be my third book but it will technically be the first book if you were to read the series in chronological order. Its current working title is ‘Lost Frequencies’ and I just sent off the final draft last week, so it should be ready by the end of the year.
- Of all the characters you’ve created so far do you have a favourite? If so why?
I do, but I can’t really tell you much about him so far because I’m still writing that book. What I can say is that he will turn up in book four, the final book in The Soul Prophecies Series.
7. What’s the best thing about writing a book?
Letting my imagination run wild.
- Do you have a writing routine?
No, I wish I did though. Pulling all-nighters is hard work.
- You also run two popular blogs, The Book Igloo and Diary of a Young Writer, could you explain more about them?
I started The Book Igloo for fun. I was reading a lot of books because reading is one of the best ways to learn as a writer so I thought, why not review them too? Thus The Book Igloo was born. I also post up reviews on Amazon and Goodreads as I know how important these platforms are to authors. The Diary of a Young Writer blog is hosted by Outlet Publishing, a fantastic organisation who encourage young writers to pursue writing careers here in the UK. They kindly asked me to write blogs giving advice and information to anyone who may be interested in becoming a writer/author. We also have another blogger, Jen, who is a young poet and she gives advice and tips on what it is like to write poetry and be a poet.
- Would you be interested in collaborating with other authors? If so, who would be your ideal collaborator?
I would love to collaborate with another author. I don’t have anyone specific in mind, maybe Isaac Marion, if he would be willing. I would collaborate with anyone, though I would like to see their work first and talk to them about ideas so I could judge whether or not we are likely to be a good match.
- What do you do other than writing?
I work part-time at Westwood Books in Sedbergh, Cumbria. It’s a large second hand bookshop with over 70,000 books across two floors.
- What books do you like reading? Are you specific to one genre of do you read many?
My favourite genre is fantasy, but I do read books from all genres as I want to learn from as many authors as possible across all genres.
- If you could be teleported to any place or time where and when would you go?
My house in 2006, there’s a lot of stuff I need to tell my younger self.
- What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Read and keep reading.
- What advice would you give to other aspiring young authors?
Read and don’t give up on your writing.
- What are your thoughts on the state of the world right now?
It’s pretty bad and it’s a miracle that we’re not all dead yet. There’s much that needs fixing, I don’t think many of the traditional ways work in the modern age – whether that be party-politics or education.
Thank you for your time, I wish you every success.
Hidden Variables is available now in paperback and Ebook from all good shops and online stores.
You can find Caitlin on Twitter: @CatlinLynagh, Facebook: /Caitlinlynaghauthor
And at caitlinlynagh.com.
Disclaimer: this review is not my own and was published with permission from Caitlin and the interview team.