Deadly Sweet Lies by Erica Cameron
Nadette Lawson knows when you’re lying.
Every night for the past two years, the Balasura have visited her dreams, enticing her to enter their world. And every night she’s seen through their lies. Now, they’re tired of playing in the shadows and they begin to stalk her in the waking world. It’s no longer just an invitation; if Nadette doesn’t join them, they’ll take her family. Forever. She needs help, and the haven she’s seeking may be just out of reach.
Julian Teagan is a master of deception.
To survive, he has to convince the world his mother isn’t useless, that everything’s fine, otherwise he’ll lose what little he has left in this life. He knows the lying won’t be enough to keep him and his mother in the shadows, but it’s all he knows. The only light of truth is Orane, a Balasura who sees past Julian’s facade and challenges him to face the darkness.
Then Orane is killed, and Julian learns his mentor was far from innocent. The Balasura have hunted children like him for centuries, and their next target, Nadette is his one chance at finally being a part of something real. If Julian can just convince her to trust him…
About the Author:
After a lifelong obsession with books, Erica Cameron spent her college years getting credit for reading and learning how to make stories of her own. Erica graduated with a double major in psychology and creative writing from Florida State University and began pursuing a career as an author.
Erica is many things but most notably the following: writer, reader, editor, dance fan, choreographer, singer, lover of musical theater, movie obsessed, sucker for romance, ex-Florida resident, and quasi-recluse. She loves the beach but hates the heat, has equal passion for the art of Salvador Dali and Venetian Carnival masks, has a penchant for unique jewelry and sun/moon décor pieces, and a desire to travel the entire world on a cruise ship. Or a private yacht. You know, whatever works.
Her debut novel, Sing Sweet Nightingale, released March 2014 and it was the first volume of The Dream War Saga. In May 2015, Erica and her co-author Lani Woodland launched the Laguna Tides series with Taken by Chance.
Interview with Erica Cameron!
What made you want to write this book?
The birth of this particular book is a little strange. I knew going into this world that there would be more than one book, but my original plan didn’t include narration by anyone except Mariella and Hudson. I knew the story needed to expand beyond Swallow’s Grove, but it wasn’t until my editors pointed at Julian in my outline of a potential book 2 and said “Him. What’s going on with him? Can we have the story from his point of view?” that I considered telling this particular story. Changing Julian’s story gave birth to Nadette and the rest of it unfolded from there.
What made you want to become an author?
No one ever told me that becoming an author was an option. Growing up, teachers talked about books and stories but they never talked about writing as a legitimate career option. This is why despite my absolute adoration of books and movies and stories through my entire life, it wasn’t until college that I realized “Hey…I could do that!” Also by then I’d realized that I don’t like most other jobs or career options. Really, I can’t think of anything else I want to do. Becoming an author was practically a foregone conclusion.
Out of all the characters in your book who would you want to be?
If I could choose? K.T.! She’s focused in a way I’m most definitely not, incredibly intelligent, compassionate, and fiercely loyal. K.T. is the best friend I believe everyone–including me–wants to have.
Out of all the characters in your book who would be your BFF?
*points to previous question* Same answer. Although being best friends with any of my characters would have pretty solid plus points. Nadette always knows when people are lying and would always call you on your crap–which could be both good and bad. With Julian you’d have to get past his outer shell first, but once you do gain his trust you have it for life. Hudson would quite literally die to protect someone he loves. Mariella would too, but she’s–on average–more likely to draw you into some adventure or another. Dawn mothers the hell out of her friends and family and Horace does too although he’s more likely to love with food and whatever little ways he can make your life easier.
Any fictional boyfriends? (We all have them)
Not so much! I have a lot of books and characters that I adore, but I honestly don’t fall into the “book boyfriend collector”
Which fictional world would you want to live in and why?
I’m always torn between three: Lyra’s Oxford because daemons, Tortall because I love Tamora Pierce’s worlds and characters, and Narnia because it seems so stunningly pretty.
Any book recommendations for us?
So many! I don’t even know where to start. I recently read Natalie Parker’s Beware the Wild and just wow. Highly recommend. Another of my debut sisters that I talk about a lot is Sarah Coombs’ Breakfast Served Anytime. A book that shocked me with how much I enjoyed it was Fives and Twenty-fives by Michael Pitre. It’s not YA. It’s about a Marine platoon that clears IEDs from the roads in the Middle East and when I finished listening to the audiobook I was hit with one of the strongest book hangovers I’ve had…ever.
Any advice for young writers?
Sometimes I wish there was a solid piece of single When it comes to the “how” and the “process” of writing, there is absolutely no right or wrong way to create a novel. Whether it takes you ten days or ten years doesn’t matter as long as you have a book that you’re proud of at the end of it. Also? Edit. Edit,edit, edit, edit, edit. Learn to love revisions and editing and waiting because that’s what 90% of the long-term writing process is.