Interview with L.B. Simmons, author of Into the Light

When Aubrey Miller begins her education at Titan University, she is no longer the beautiful, blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl of her youth. In fact, she’s no longer even Aubrey Miller. Now with jet-black hair, multiple sets of eccentric contact lenses, and several facial piercings, she’s veiled herself in complete darkness as a form of protection for herself, as well as others.
As she enters her first year of college, her goal is simple: earn a degree with the least amount of social interaction as possible. What she never anticipates is the formation of very unlikely relationships with two people who will change her life in ways she never believed possible: Quinn Matthews, the overtly cheerful pageant queen, and Kaeleb McMadden, a childhood friend who never really let her go.

Over the years, as their connections intertwine and strengthen, a seemingly indestructible bond is formed between the three. And eventually, the ties of friendship and discovery of first love begin to coax her from her darkened path as they slowly bring Aubrey back to life.

Spanning the course of four years, this is the story of a young woman’s plight to finally reemerge,finding strength within unbreakable bonds as she delivers herself from her own manufactured darkness and safely back . . . Into the Light.

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Can you tell us about your book, Into the Light, in 45 words or less?

Into the Light is about Aubrey Miller who, due to the death of her family, masks her appearance to keep people away. In college she meets three special people who give the courage to face her inner self and eventually shine through her manufactured darkness.
What was your favorite scene to write?

There are so many. But one of my favorites is a scene in which Aubrey loses herself once again in her fear after coming so close to accepting person she used to be. It’s an emotional scene where her love interest is forced to let her go, realizing that no matter how much he wants her to stay for him, she needs to wade through her darkness alone and find her own way.
What was the hardest scene to edit out?

I didn’t really edit out any scenes, but the one that gave me the most difficulty was the death of her father. I really went back and forth a lot with my beta readers, trying to give the scene enough power to show the reader why Aubrey morphed into her darkened alter ego Raven without overwhelming them.

What theme song would you give Into the Light?

I would say Time, by Battleme. It reminds of a girl who is caged in her own fear and unable to fly.
Take me outside now, give me a bed I’m going down

I hear I’m losing bad, it’s better to lose than see you again

I’ve got no wings to fly, clipped them and caged my high

So now your bird’s not singing, singing again
I’ve got this future song

doing away with the freaks alone…
I’ve got no wings to fly, clipped them and caged my high

So now your bird’s not singing, singing again

What else are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on a new YA novel, titled We, the Wildflowers. It’s about four friends with troubled pasts, who find root in their friendship and begin to bloom.

What is the best book you’ve read recently?

The last book I could not stop raving about was The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon. Her writing is absolutely breathtaking and I’m a HUGE fan of anything she writes.

What is currently in your TBR pile?

Gah. So many books. I would say the number one on my TBR is The Chosen by J.R. Ward. I’m a HUGE fan of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series and cannot wait to see what’s in store.

After graduating from Texas A&M University, L.B. Simmons did what any biomedical science major could do. She entered the workforce as a full-time chemist. Years later, never in her wildest dreams would she have imagined herself a USA Today Bestselling contemporary romance author as well.

L.B. Simmons doesn’t just write books. With each new work, she attempts to compose journeys of love and self-discovery so she may impart life lessons to readers. Several novels later, she’s tackled suicide, depression, bullying, eating disorders, as well as physical and sexual abuse, all the while weaving elements of humor into the storylines in effort to balance the difficult topics. Often described as roller coaster rides, her novels are known for eliciting a wide range of emotions in each story she tells.

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