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L. A. Weatherly - Author

About the Author

L. A Weatherly was born in Arkansas, and moved to the UK in 1995. Her first book, Child X, was shortlisted for the Sheffield, Leicester and Red House Book Awards and was also chosen by the American Library Association as one of their ‘Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers’. She lives in Hampshire.

L.A. Weatherly on writing Angel, the first in the trilogy:

I've known Alex for a long time. He first came to me as a character almost twenty years ago, when he was a thief in a fantasy setting – an expert with knives rather than guns. Nothing came of that particular novel, but Alex always stayed with me. He refused to go away, in fact! And over the years, I began to wonder about redoing his story completely, and placing him in a contemporary setting.

Willow came to me at the same time that Alex first did – her name was Jhia at that point – but she didn't feel fully formed until I started thinking about a contemporary storyline. Then her name changed to Willow, and I realised that not only was she psychic, but that she loved tinkering around with cars.

Once I had that, I had the rough premise of the story: suddenly I knew that Willow had psychically seen something that she shouldn't have, and Alex was a teenaged hit man. The two of them join forces instead, and fall in love.

I loved the feel of this, but that was as far as I got for several years. Though I kept writing snippets of the story (it nagged and nagged at me, really wanting to be told!), I knew that the premise as it stood wouldn't work. If Alex was a real-life hit man, then a happy ending wouldn't be very likely! And I like happy endings. I wanted this to be an action-packed, epic story, but also essentially a romance. So, the story stayed in the wardrobe of my mind for a long time – taken out occasionally to think about, but nothing more.

Then, in a bookstore about a year ago, I saw all of the books about angels that were out. Rather than focusing on the religious aspects of angels, these books seemed to be about something more: the idea of angels as very personal helpers to humans; friendly beings who you could call on for anything from helping you find a parking space to saving your life.

And as I looked at all the titles, I thought…what if angels weren't really what they seemed? What if we only thought they were kind, but in fact they had their own agenda? What if they were really beings to be feared, instead of admired?

With one of those almost-audible clicks that writers sometimes get, the two story ideas came together into a glorious whole.

Angel happened very quickly after that; it seemed to write itself. Writers aren't supposed to have favourites of their own books, but Angel is incredibly special to me – I've known and loved the characters for a very long time. I'm thrilled that Alex and Willow finally have their own story, and are going out into the world. It's been a long time coming!

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Other books by L. A. Weatherly

Black Moon

Black Moon

Author: L. A. Weatherly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2017

Welcome to New Manhattan, home of dictator, Kay Pierce, and her enemies in the resistance...Leading them is Amity. Working undercover for them is the man who betrayed her. Because even when her world is broken, Amity will risk her life to fix it. Set in a daring and distorted echo of 1940s America, Black Moon brings this epic series of corruption, romance and intrigue to an explosive finale.

Darkness Follows

Darkness Follows

Author: L. A. Weatherly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2016

Welcome to a 'perfect' world. Where war is illegal, where harmony rules. And where your date of birth marks your destiny. But nothing is perfect. And in a world this broken, who can Amity trust? Set in a daring and distorted echo of 1940s America, the BROKEN trilogy is an exhilarating epic of deception, heartbreak and rebellion. Welcome to Harmony 5: a secure prison camp where the rebellious and the Discordant are broken. Amity is their newest inmate. The rules are simple here: obedience or death. Anyone caught trying to escape is executed. But former Peacefighter, Ingo, is prepared to risk everything for freedom.And in a world this dark, what has Amity got to lose? The second in a brand-new YA trilogy with an exhilarating mix of irresistible romance, breath-taking action and thrilling mystery. Effortlessly fuses the old-style glamour of 1940s America with the corrupt menace of a futuristic world in a hugely original twist on the steampunk genre - Blitzpunk. Darkness Follows is a chilling and compelling journey of revenge, survival and love.

Broken Sky

Broken Sky

Author: L. A. Weatherly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/02/2016

Welcome to a 'perfect' world. Where war is illegal, where harmony rules. And where your date of birth marks your destiny. But nothing is perfect. And in a world this broken, who can Amity trust? From the bestselling author of the Angel trilogy comes Broken Sky - an exhilarating epic set in a daring and distorted echo of 1940s America and first in a new trilogy.

Soul Song

Soul Song

Author: L. A. Weatherly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/07/2014

Thrilling finale to L.A. Weatherly's breathtaking paranormal romance trilogy. Iris and Nate have spent a lifetime dreaming about each other. They have fought tooth and nail and defeated unimaginable odds to be together. Now, at last, they have found a way of existing in the same time. But Iris and Nate are not out of danger yet - real life could yet tear them apart...Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

Soul Desire

Soul Desire

Author: L. A. Weatherly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/03/2014

Heart-stopping supernatural romance. Iris and Nate now know that Sibyl's malevolent interference has put a seemingly impossible obstacle in their way - can Iris travel to Nate's time, or he to hers? Or is there a third option? As the pair wrestle with this problem, it becomes clear that Sibyl's demise may not have been as final as they thought...Second instalment of L.A. Weatherly's paranormal romance trilogy. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic teen readers.

Soul Mates

Soul Mates

Author: L. A. Weatherly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2014

Beautiful and intriguing paranormal romance about two teenagers whose love is so special that nothing can keep them apart - not even time. Iris and Nate have dreamed of each other all of their lives. When they meet by chance in an abandoned house, they discover that their dreams were more than fantasy - they are soul mates, destined to be together. But someone or something is watching them, determined to tear them apart. Will Iris and Nate's love be strong enough to survive the test of time? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

Angel Fever

Angel Fever

Author: L. A. Weatherly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2013

Willow and Alex are mankind's only hope. The world is devastated, and the angels are slowly enslaving all humanity, moving survivors into camps where they can devour their energy, causing slow but certain death. With their love stronger than ever, Alex and Willow are training a team of Angel Killers, determined to stop the destruction once and for all. But when Willow senses a terrifying shift in the angels' powers, Alex is forced to embark on a deadly solo mission. Now Willow is left to defeat the angels with Seb, and she has no idea if Alex is ever coming back...The final captivating book in the bestselling trilogy, Angel Fever is a powerful story of heartbreak, revenge and love.

Them

Them

Author: L. A. Weatherly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/06/2013

Jas has made it clear that if new girl Kylie wants to be in her gang, she'll have to go to some lengths to prove it. Kylie reckons she's up to the challenge, but doesn't realise it will mean hurting her new friend. Will she be able to recognise true friendship and do the right thing? Beautifully packaged new edition from popular teen author L. A. Weatherly. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers of 12+

Watcher

Watcher

Author: L. A. Weatherly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/07/2012

A dark and captivating story from an award- winning and internationally acclaimed author is given a brand new package. Sarah's mum walked out on her family seven years ago without explanation. Now she lives just a few miles away - but she refuses to see Sarah. Sarah is desperate to know why her mother left, and why she doesn't want to see her now, but mostly she just wants to make her pay for what she did - A tense, atmospheric page-turner from a top teen author. Particularly suitable for the relucatant, struggling and dyslexic teen

Wasted

Wasted

Author: L. A. Weatherly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2012

For Jake, playing his guitar is his only respite from life with his alcoholic mother. When he runs away from home to escape his mother's violence, he ends up in a squat and resorts to busking to earn some cash. But will music help him get home? Gritty urban story. Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

Angel Fire

Angel Fire

Author: L. A. Weatherly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2011

Only Willow has the power to defeat the malevolent Church of Angels - and they will stop at nothing to destroy her. However, Willow is not alone. She is with Alex, a trained Angel Killer - and her one true love. Together, they must train a new generation of Angel Killers. But as a half-angel, Willow can't help feeling like an outcast, even with Alex by her side. So when a handsome stranger with a tortured past arrives at the AK camp, Willow finds herself inextricably drawn to him.

Angel

Angel

Author: L. A. Weatherly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/09/2010

Willow knows she's different from other girls. And not just because she loves tinkering around with cars. Willow has a gift. She can look into people's futures, know their dreams, their hopes and their regrets, just by touching them. She has no idea where she gets this power from - But Alex does. Gorgeous, mysterious Alex knows Willow's secret and is on a mission to stop her. The dark forces within Willow make her dangerous - and irresistible. In spite of himself, Alex finds he is falling in love with his sworn enemy.

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