Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for Forestfall (World at the Lake’s Edge #2) by Lyndall Clipstone. This duology sounds so good and one I’m excited to binge this spooky season! I was lucky enough to get an interview with Lyndall Clipstone, which you can find at after the author and book info. Thank you Lyndall for taking the time to answer my questions! Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see the tour schedule for other content creators.
Lyndall Clipstone writes about monsters and the girls who like to kiss them. A former youth librarian who grew up running wild in the Barossa Ranges of South Australia, she currently lives in Adelaide, where she tends her own indoor secret garden. She has a Bachelors in Creative Writing and a Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Management.
She is represented by Jill Grinberg at Jill Grinberg Literary Management.
About The Book
Series: World at the Lake’s Edge #2
Author: Lyndall Clipstone
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Publishing Date: September 27th, 2022
Page Length: 384
Age Range: YA
Some oaths can never be broken…
The curse that haunted Lakesedge Estate has been broken, but at great cost. Violeta Graceling has sacrificed herself to end the Corruption. To escape death, Leta makes a desperate bargain with the Lord Under, one that sees her living at his side in the land of the dead.
But this world of souls and mist hides many secrets. And when Leta realizes she is still connected to Rowan by a tethering spell, she will risk everything— even her soul— to try and reach him.
Torn between power and love, life and death, Leta struggles to keep hold of her humanity as she falls further and further under the spell of the world Below… and the Lord Under.
Content Warning: Body horror; Gore and blood (including description of wounds); Discussions of death and grief; Descriptions of drowning and deep water; Drowning-related imagery; Self-injury
In up to 9 words or emojis, without spoilers of this book, what can readers expect from Forestfall?
Without spoilers, can you tell us a scene you had the most fun writing?
What I call the “throne room” scene – it was one of the first scenes I could clearly envision when drafting the book, and it was actually inspired by a very Reylo-esque piece of concept art from The Rise of Skywalker. It’s super romantic, and really shows the ultimate moment of Leta revelling in her power. It’s also the scene which includes a title drop, one of my favourite things to put into a story.
When you started Lakesedge, did you already have an idea of how Forestfall, and the duology, would end? Did you find it more difficult to write the first book or the finale?
I always considered Lakesedge a standalone with series potential, but only made a firm decision of how I wanted the book to continue (and end) after it had been sold to my publisher. Once I decided that I wanted the story to be told over two volumes, it all fell into place and I knew that it had always been meant to be a duology. With Forestfall I had a very clear idea of Leta’s arc and I could envision a few clear scenes for Rowan. But it took me awhile to settle on the finer details. I think both books had their own challenges, but writing a sequel was definitely tough – I wanted to be sure I did justice to the characters and give them endings that felt satisfactory to me.
Do you have any upcoming projects (writing or otherwise) that you could share with us?
I’m currently working on a YA gothic romance, a standalone separate from the world of Lakesedge and Forestfall. It’s lusher, more intimate, and darker than my first series. I’ve had such a creatively rich time writing this story. Hopefully I’ll be able to share more soon!
Do you have any recommendations that a reader should read if they loved World at the Lake’s Edge Duology?
Some recent favourites include: With Fire in their Blood by Kat Delacorte, Only a Monster by Vanessa Len, A Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson, Stalking Shadows by Cyla Panin, Within these Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood, and A Forgery of Roses by Jessica S. Olson
And a few upcoming 2023 titles I recommend include: Bitterthorn by Kat Dunn, Seven Faceless Saints by M.K. Lobb, and I’m Not Supposed to Be in the Dark by Riss M. Neilson