Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Remember Brigadoon? Welcome to the Dooniverse






Get Lost in a Story Readers, today we have CO-AUTHORS joining us in a very special story …. Please welcome Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon to Get Lost in a Story.

 
CAREY CORP and LORIE LANGDON came up with the idea for DOON, their debut novel, one fateful winter morning while discussing their love of musicals. Lorie had known since seeing Brigadoon, at age sixteen, that she wanted more of the sleepy kingdom than the original story revealed, while Carey adored the idea of reinventing a mythical world through the eyes of two, vastly different, but inseparable friends—much like themselves. As ideas flew back and forth, suddenly the village that slept for 100 years at a stretch awoke to epic life; and DOON was born. Lorie and Carey live two hours apart, but like Vee and Kenna, they talk and text throughout the day and have often wondered if they share a brain. 

 
DOON…

Despite outward appearances, Veronica Welling’s life is far from perfect. Her boyfriend is more into her competition, her mom treats her like a meal ticket, and the blond stranger who keeps appearing out of nowhere
well, he’d be darn near perfect, if he were real. After Vee catches her boyfriend cheating, an epic summer in Scotland with her best friend Mackenna Reid seems like the ultimate escape. Neither girl has any clue they’re about to step into a destiny bigger than they could ever imagine.


Through a series of clues left by Kenna’s aunt, Vee and Kenna open a portal and are transported to a thriving kingdom outside of time and place. For Vee, the land of Doon is the fairytale she’s always longed for, complete with the gorgeous blond stranger
who happens to be a flesh and blood prince. But rather than acting like her knight in shining armor, Jamie MacCrae treats her like a leper. Meanwhile, Jamie’s brother Duncan shows obvious interest in Kenna, but she shuts him down, fearing that a “love connection” will prevent her from returning to the modern world.

But the girls’ presence in Doon could break the enchantment that protects the realm. In order to save Doon, the girls must risk everything
life, love, and futurebefore the kingdom vanishes forever into the mists.

Doon is inspired by the premise of the musical Brigadoon, used with generous permission from the Alan Jay Lerner Estate and the Frederick Loewe Foundation.

 
DOON, Brigadoon reimagined co-written w/LORIE Langdon. Coming 8/20/13 from BLINK (a new YA imprint of Zondervan/HarperCollins).  Join the DOON journey: www.doonseries.com


~Destiny awaits...DOON

And now, let's learn about Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon:

Carey Corp
Lorie Langdon
DONNELL:  Hello, you two.  I love the concept and how your love of musicals and storytelling brought you together.  You write that you live two hours away from each other.  So…. Do you meet in person, do a lot of chatting on the phone?  What’s the best thing about writing as a team, the most difficult?

 LORIE: We do chat a lot on the phone, email, text and try to get together at least once a month. The hardest thing about working as a team can also be the best thing. When you co-author you give up a certain amount of creative control, but  this can also be an advantage because you have two brains instead of one!

 CAREY: We talk on the phone every day—multiple times a day, and trade texts. In fact, I talk to Lorie more than I talk to my spouse. The best thing about writing as a team is that you have twice the strengths. We complement each other. The most difficult thing is exactly what Lorie said.

DONNELL:  Scotland.  What a magical place. Add DOON to it you have mystical.   So… who’s the Gene Kelly lover, have either of you ever been to Scotland and do either of your characters resemble Kelly or Cyd Charrise or was this a germ of an idea that you made  your own?

 LORIE: I am a total Gene Kelly fan! But it was a local theater version of Brigadoon that first captured my imagination.  I fell in love with the romantic tale of the village that only appears to the modern world once every one hundred years. But one thing always bothered me about the original – during the hundred years that the portal to the kingdom is closed, the people in Brigadoon sleep. Really? They sleep! I couldn’t stop thinking about what I could do with that hundred years…

 
CAREY: Our characters are not meant to correlate to the Lerner & Loewe musical. That’s actually part of our permissions agreement. We wanted to use the concept—the bridge as a portal, the hidden Scottish community, but the construct of the kingdom of Doon and the characters are completely our own. I travelled extensively around Great Britain but I never got to Alloway where the actual Brig o’ Doon exists. So Lorie and I totally need to take a research trip. And she would look adorable in a little plaid tam!

DONNELL:  Did you know there are walking tours in Scotland?  My dream is to one day walk across Scotland… It’s 200 miles and it takes a month.  Do either of you have a bucket list?  What’s number one on it?

 LORIE: Unlike Carey, I’ve never been to Europe. So I have a HUGE travel bucket list. Number one on that list is Alloway, Scotland and walking across the real Brig o’Doon!

 CAREY: Number on of my bucket list is to take my family to Venice. I’ve been dying to go back to Italy.

 DONNELL:  Will you write more novels together, or is this a one-time deal?
 
LORIE: Since Doon is a four book series, we have quite a bit more writing to do together!

 CAREY: So it’s a good thing we’re such great friends.

 DONNELL:  They say writers have a theme when writing a book.  Did you two agree on one, or do you bring separate themes to your writing?


LORIE: This book has several themes, but there’s one that stands out for me – It’s okay to believe in something and pursue it with all your heart, no matter what anyone says!

 
CAREY: I agree with Lorie. That’s a huge theme. Also being brave enough to cross the bridge is very significant. Ironically, that theme comes into play with our two main characters in very different ways.

 

DONNELL:  And now Carey and Lorie, it’s your turn.  Time to ask readers a question.  And here, please let us know if you’ll do a book giveaway.

 LORIE & CAREY WANT TO KNOW . . .

LORIE: What type of YA story captures your attention right away? Romance, dystopian, fantasy…

CAREY: If the bridge represents a belief, a hope or a dream, what’s on the other side of your bridge?

 

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8 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for having us Donnell!

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    1. My absolute pleasure. Can't wait to read DOON Carey and Lorie! Wow, what great questions you two asked. I'm really a fan of dystopian fantasy for YA, but love fantasy and Sci Fi, says she who just bought ENDER GAMES because I'd hears so much about it.

      As for the bridge, what's on the other side? Sanity, perhaps. There is so much in your face argument on every topic -- under the bridge so to speak. On the other side of my bridge is respect and tolerance and reason.

      Thanks for being with us, you two!!!

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  2. Love the post. It's fun when there are 2 authors together!

    I do read YA... and I usually like romance or something with romance elements. I don't have any preference as long as the book is filled with dialogue. I love words! :)

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  3. May,
    Thank you! Carey and I have fun together and I think it shows. ;D
    I'm with you! If a book doesn't have a strong relational plot thread, it's hard to hold my attention. A strong friendship can be really engaging for me as well. (Like Harry, Ron and Hermione :)

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  4. Hi Lorie and Carey ! Welcome to GLIAS. I always admire writers who can write with a partner.

    To answer the question, I have to say dystopian always catches my eye. Although, I like when young people find out they have magical powers --that's always fun.
    ~Angi

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  5. Hi Angi!
    Thanks so much for having us. I've been reading a lot of dystopian lately. Highly rec Under the Never Sky. :)

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  6. 1. no cliffhangers
    2. a vacation

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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