Chantelle-Louise Causer is a writer & prefers to goby C. L Causer because she hates her first name. She was born in England and spent the majority of her childhood in a small town in Lincolnshire that she couldn't wait to leave.
She is the author of The Lazarus Children and Willowhall Series
I read this strange article years ago in National Geographic about human limitations. It was like a page spread with a dozen different drawings of people in different situations. Like the longest a person can survive underwater, how long they can withstand fire or even high altitude sickness. I still have the creased and slightly battered piece of paper tacked to my board. That little page started my main character profile years ago, and it grew from there.
2) What is the best advice you received?
Just keep writing! My high school teacher always caught me writing in class. Most of it wasn't good but she told me that it didn't matter. As long as you keep writing, the skill will slowly catch up with my imagination. And as I got older, I learnt and read more each day, sure enough my stories started to get better. I'm not saying their perfect even now, but I still continue to learn more and more each day.
3) Have you always wanted to be a Young Adult Author? Why do you think the YA genre is so popular, even with people who aren't "young adults?"
Even though I've always loved YA fiction, I didn't know I wanted to write YA until I was actually doing it. When I was younger I used to write a lot of horror short stories. I would give them to my friends. But I think that was because I was a little weird. While my friends worried about boys and makeup, I was up watching cheesy horror flicks. I kinda haven't really changed.
But I think YA is so popular with all age groups is that age, between 15 - 21 is so crucial in everyone's life. There's so much going on, puberty and angst, that when its over nothing really feels as new or life-altering as it did when you were a teenager. I know it's down to hormones. But every once in a while, you just like to get that feeling back of the first love rush, your life about to start and entering adulthood.
4)Aqua Man or The Flash, why?
Even though The Flash is much, much cooler, with the theme song and red uniform, I love swimming and the ocean. Time and time again I've just wanted to swim faster and live underwater. I would have to change aqua man's uniform though. The green spanx and netted tank top isn't holding a candle to The Flash's sleeker lycra. (BloggerNote:Poor Aqua man not very cool or stylish.)
5) Power Within is part of a series right? So can you give a hint on what's next to come?
It is part of a trilogy. The second book, Potential, is almost finished (just a few more editing swipes). In the next book you will meet a whole new load of characters while keeping a close eye on the ones Charlie left behind. More of the end plot is going to be revealed as we find out about The Institute and what it is truly doing to the Powers and levels 9's. I'm really excited with this book because the new characters have been outlined since the beginning and I've waited AGES for them to come into action.
6) Would you be a super villain or hero?
I think I would be something in between! I would help out people when I can, like superman, but if I could get some vigilante justice in this world I would do it. A steal from the corrupt, kind of thing. I don't really think vendetta's are a hero trait. I would be like catwoman. Anne Hathaway not Halle Berry. I'd be truly good...but bad as well.
The Lazarus Children Book 1
Title: Power Within
Author: C.L Causer
Charlotte 'Charlie' Gordon wants nothing more, than to be a normal girl. But having a near death accident as a child, she finds out that she has powers. After accidentally electrocuting her sister and blowing up her mother's kitchen, she suppresses her powers for ten years. Unknowing that there are more people like her out there. A lot more.
That is until a secret group of them try and hunt her down because of her unusual abilities. Forcing her family into hiding, she goes on the run. Having to learn about her powers and her past, she meets many new friends along the way. But you can't run forever. She learns that someone has betrayed her to the very people she is running from