(Bio from author website)
Lou Morgan is an award-nominated adult and YA author. Her first novel, Blood and Feathers – an adult urban fantasy – was published by Solaris Books in 2012 and the follow-up, Blood and Feathers: Rebellion, was released in the summer of 2013.
Her first YA novel, Sleepless, is published by Stripes / Little Tiger Press as part of their Red Eye horror series, while her standalone YA thrillerThe Opposite of You will also be published by Stripes in early 2017.
She has appeared at the Bath Children’s Literature Festival and the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and has been nominated for three British Fantasy Awards (Best Newcomer, and twice for Best Fantasy Novel). Her short stories have appeared in anthologies from Solaris Books, PS Publishing and Jurassic, amongst others. She has also written genre novel-related features for magazines including Future Publishing’s SFX and is a long- and shortlist reader for the Bath Novel Award.
Born in Wales and a graduate of University College London, she now lives in Bath with her family.
Lou tweets as @LouMorgan, and can also be found on Pinterest, Tumblr and Facebook.
"Methinks You Are My Glass…" (or: Everybody Loves an Evil Twin)
Writers love twins. We can't help it, I don't think: there's something really appealing about writing them - whether they're identical, missing, evil, estranged (or a Weasley), the "twin trope" is alive and well in fiction. Why? Well, apart from the obvious possibilities for an identity-swap in the case of identical twins, there's still something enigmatic about these sibling pairs.
Rightly or wrongly, twins are perceived as having a closer-than-average bond; one that predates even birth, and which makes them potentially strong in partnership as allies, fearsome in vengeance for one another… or a terrifyingly united enemy. And that's before we even get to the idea that twins share something, an inexplicable and mysterious bond that we can't quite understand or define, even today. This was behind the idea for my next book, The Opposite of You, in which 15-year old Naomi goes missing, leaving her identical twin Bex to find her using only the link between them: a link that Bex isn't sure she even believes in.
But twins - like all people - come in many different shapes, sizes and flavours… so here's a few of my favourites from the horror / thriller genre.
Dove and Wing: THE PERFUME, Caroline B. Cooney.
I devoured the Point Horror books in my early teens. I love them beyond all sane reason, and this is both my favourite and arguably one of the nuttiest. Dove Daniels finds herself irresistibly drawn to a new perfume, Venom, only to discover that it releases her (evil) twin, Wing - who was rejected by their mother's body (because evil), but whose personality has hidden away inside Dove's, just waiting to be unleashed…
Lydia and Kirstie: THE ICE TWINS, S.K. Tremayne.
Not quite a thriller, not quite a horror - but far more unnerving than either, The Ice Twins is a book to read with every light in the house on. After the death of one of their identical-twin daughters, Sarah and Angus move to a remote Scottish island in the hope of rebuilding their lives. But when Kirstie - the surviving twin - starts insisting that she's actually her dead sister Lydia, things take a turn for the creepy. And when I say "creepy", I mean I jumped at every single sound for a week after finishing this.
The Grady Twins: THE SHINING, Stephen King (film adaptation by Stanley Kubrick).
"Come play with us…"
Sorry, no. I'm too busy hiding under this blanket and I'm not coming out again. Ever.
Jane and Alec: the TWILIGHT series, Stephenie Meyer.
I have a soft spot for the Twilight books, flaws and all - and, like Aro, the head of the vengeful Volturi coven, I'm actually pretty fond of Jane and Alec. Youthful, immortal and both in possession of terrifying psychic gifts (Jane can make people believe they are in immense pain, Alec strips away his victims' senses) these two give new meaning to the phrase "evil twin".
Special bonus twins!
Mia and Dominic: SLEEPLESS… by Lou Morgan.
I'm sneaking ultra-competitive Mia and Dom, the twins from my Red Eye series horror book in here because I loved writing them. Like the other characters in Sleepless, they attend the high-pressure Clerkenwell School - and like the other characters, they make the mistake of taking FokusPro: an illegal study drug they find on the internet. A mistake that might well turn out to be fatal…
And whether you like your twins unsettling, heroic, fierce orw downright evil, here's a few more books where they take centre stage…
Babydoll - Hollie Overton
False Hearts - L.R. Lam
The Fire Sermon - Francesca Haig
Young, rich and good-looking, Izzy and her friends lead seemingly perfect lives. But exams are looming - and at a school like Clerkenwell, failure is not an option. Luckily, Tigs has a solution. A small pill that will make revision a breeze and help them get the results they need. Desperate to succeed, the friends begin taking the study drug. But as the side effects take hold they realize there are far worse things than failing a few exams.
RED EYE SERIES - BUY HERE - LOU'S BOOKS HERE
Keep an eye out for Lou's new book coming out in 2017 called The Opposite Of You! A YA thriller about twins! How amazing does this sound???!