Author Interview: Lori M. Lee

We're excited to welcome the author of Gates of Thread and Stone, Lori M. Lee, to Reading Lark today.

Andrea @ Reading Lark: Who is your favorite movie couple? 

Lori: I don’t have a single favorite movie couple. Most recently, I fell hard for Peter Parker and Gwen Stacey. You can imagine how I felt after watching The Amazing Spider-man. I also have many Feelings about the bromance between Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes. 

Andrea @ Reading Lark: If your novel was a cupcake, which one would it be? 

Lori: It would be marble cake with a thick, creamy filling and dark chocolate ganache frosting. 

Andrea @ Reading Lark: Why do you choose to write YA? 

Lori: It wasn’t a conscious choice. I’ve been writing YA since before YA was a legitimate category in publishing. When I was ten, I was writing about seventeen-year-olds because I was so eager to be a teenager. Once I was older, I continued writing about teens. Those are the years when we’re discovering so many things about the world, about ourselves, about the type of person we’ll someday become. We feel everything so strongly when we’re a teenager because there are so many firsts. That’s always resonated with me. 

Andrea @ Reading Lark: Where do you find the inspiration for your novels? 

Lori: Usually by throwing a bunch of different ideas together. I get a lot of random little ideas just by observing people and watching the news and reading other things, and I write them all down. But it isn’t until I start mashing ideas together that they form something more story-like. 

Andrea @ Reading Lark: It's a tradition to ask - What is your favorite bird? 

Lori: I’ve always loved swans because they’re so elegant.

About the Novel

In the Labyrinth, we had a saying: keep silent, keep still, keep safe.

In a city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret—she can manipulate the threads of time. When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of her ever since. Kai doesn’t know where her ability comes from—or where shecame from. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together, and maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai’s only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and intrigues her.

Then Reev disappears. When keeping silent and safe means losing him forever, Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. She will leave the only home she’s ever known and risk getting caught up in a revolution centuries in the making. But to save Reev, Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique power.


  1. Great interview! I'm not much of a Spider Man buff but apparently (according to my husband) Gwen was Peter's one true love, so when he got with MJ she was a rebound that just didn't end. I find that to be depressing! ;p

    I've been thinking about getting this book but I'm stuck on what format: ebook or audio book. Hmmmmm

    Amber Elise @ Du Livre


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