Lenore Appelhans moved frequently growing up due to her dad’s US Air Force career. To date, she’s lived in six countries and visited nearly sixty. She currently resides in Frankfurt, Germany, with her illustrator husband Daniel Jennewein. Level 2 is her first novel. Visit her at PresentingLenore.blogspot.com, where she has been blogging about YA lit since 2008.
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Welcome to “In Search of the Write Space,” a new feature on my blog where authors share pictures of their work spaces, giving us all a little glimpse into their creative lives. Don’t forget to check out last week’s post from Susan Dennard for a chance to win her steampunkalicious debut, SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY! This week we’ve got Lenore Appelhans, blogger over at Presenting Lenore–and, most importantly for our purposes, the author of the anticipated science fiction debut, LEVEL 2! Without further ado, here’s Lenore with her tour of her authorly space.
My husband (Illustrator Daniel Jennewein) and I share an office, and this is my corner. I actually usually swivel around in my chair and use part of his table (he has three) because my desk is so full of books and other curiosities. The feature I most love about my desk is the magnet board. I adore magnets, so naturally that was the first swag I got for LEVEL 2. You can also see the cover flats for the US and UK up there.
I ended up doing some of the drafting of LEVEL 2’s sequel while sitting on my bed. This is my nightstand, and I have a couple of writing books, a copy of the LEVEL 2 ARC, OUR TOWN (which plays a role in both books), a couple of notebooks in case I need to jot some inspiration down in the middle of the night and a couple of books I hope to read for pleasure.
I do a lot of my reading (which I consider part of a writer’s job) in this chair in our home office (that is, when the cats allow me to sit in it). Daniel inherited from his grandfather, and it’s one of the only non-IKEA furniture items in our office (along with our desk chairs). You can also see some of our bookshelves and Count Olaf from A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS (which a Harper Collins rep at the Frankfurt Book Fair gave us one year).
This stack of paper shows most of the process that LEVEL 2 went through. From bottom to top: Draft #1, Draft #2, Edit #1 with sticky notes from editor, Edit #2 with sticky notes from editor, (note: copyedits are missing because I had to send them back to S&S), first pass pages, and finally the UK first pass pages with UK copy edits. It’s a lot of paper!
by Lenore Appelhans
Since her untimely death the day before her eighteenth birthday, Felicia Ward has been trapped in Level 2, a stark white afterlife located between our world and the next. Along with her fellow drones, Felicia passes the endless hours reliving memories of her time on Earth and mourning what she’s lost—family, friends, and Neil, the boy she loved.
Then a girl in a neighboring chamber is found dead, and nobody but Felicia recalls that she existed in the first place. When Julian—a dangerously charming guy Felicia knew in life—comes to offer Felicia a way out, Felicia learns the truth: If she joins the rebellion to overthrow the Morati, the angel guardians of Level 2, she can be with Neil again.
Suspended between Heaven and Earth, Felicia finds herself at the center of an age-old struggle between good and evil. As memories from her life come back to haunt her, and as the Morati hunt her down, Felicia will discover it’s not just her own redemption at stake… but the salvation of all mankind.
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