Lauren Miller’s novel, Free to Fall, is a romantic thriller that takes place in the near future. In this world, it is understood that to achieve happiness in your life, you must follow every recommendation of an app on your mobile device. It’s a life-changing technology called Lux that optimizes every decision, big or small, for the best personal results. Free to Fall explores consequences after the main character, Rory, goes to an elite boarding school and stops following the recommendations of her Lux. In this edition, host Jeffrey Masters sits down and talks with Lauren Miller about her new book, Free to Fall.
“Knowing that the voice wouldn’t scream to be heard, they made sure that the world stayed loud with music and movies and 24/7 news and incessant online chatter. If they couldn’t silence the whisper, they’d bombard people with other voices. Infinite choices.” ― Lauren Miller, Free to Fall
I grew up in Atlanta. I went to college at Yale and law school at Berkeley, then I got married and moved to Southern California to practice law. Then I got pregnant. Unexpectedly. This freaked me out. Not because I didn’t want kids (I did), but because I was afraid (ok, convinced) that motherhood would zap my creative potential.
To prove myself wrong, I resolved to write a novel in the first 100 days of my child’s life and blog about it, an experiment I called “embracing the detour” (if you’re looking for an embrace the detour fridge magnet, I’m your girl. If you’re looking for old embrace the detour blog posts, click HERE). At the time, it seemed like a brilliant idea. Looking back, it makes me laugh at the childless version of me.
Then again, she’s the reason the current version of me ended up with a two-book deal at HarperTeen. And my very first script sale (but that’s a whole other story).