Teen Read Week was October 16th through the 22nd, but here at The Hub, we’re celebrating all month long with 31 Days of Authors. On each day in October, we’ll bring you exclusive author interviews and profiles plus reflections on what YALSA-recognized books have meant to us. Today we feature an interview with Pittacus Lore, whose book I Am Number Four is #4 (of course!) on this year’s Teens’ Top Ten list.
Can you tell us about your own life on Lorien before its destruction? Were you a writer then, as well?
I was the ruling Elder of the planet, its political and military leader. We led a very peaceful existence. Our planet was healthy and flourished environmentally. Our people lived simple, beautiful lives, absent of hunger and war. I never expected the Mogadorian War, and I never expected to be fighting that war on earth, and documenting it in a series of books.
Is it hard to write and work with a publisher when you’re constantly on the run from the Mogadorians?
Ours is a covert war. Almost a cat and mouse game. The Mogadorians are trying to find us and kill us. We hide from them, and strike when we feel the time is right. Writing the books is a way of recording the history of the conflict. I also enjoy it, and it relieves some of the stress of fighting.
Have you seen the movie based on the story you wrote? What did you think about it?
I watched with all of the Loriens who are currently together. We went to a theater and nobody knew who we were. We had a great time. It was fun seeing #4 and #6 portrayed on a large screen in a big Hollywood movie. And it was great working with Mr. Bay and Mr. Spielberg. One thing, though, the Mogadorian are far uglier in real life.
Death is a near-constant threat for the Lorien teens on earth. Do Lorics believe in an afterlife?
Like Earth, different Lorien believe different things. I can say though, we have more definitive evidence about what happens after death, which will be revealed at some point.
You recently said on YouTube that you’re telling the story of Lorien so that we humans can know what’s happening on Earth and help the Lorics and ourselves.
The Mogadorians are really powerful, though. What can we humans do to help you or to protect ourselves from the them?
Help us defeat them. Help us find their bases and destroy them. Help us send Setrakus Ra back to his home planet in a box. If you see them, send a message to Iamnumberfourfans.com. It will get to us and we will act. We also need material support, places to hide, means of transportation, food and supplies. We are putting together a team of internet sleuths to help us track the Mog activity online. Any way humans want to help will be profoundly appreciated. And will ultimately benefit the planet Earth.
There are some pretty shocking twists in The Power of Six. Is there anything you can tell us about what will happen in the next book in the series?
If you think the twists in The Power of Six were shocking, you’re going to love The Rise of Nine. While I can’t tell you exactly what happens, the story becomes more intense, the conflicts greater, and we find more of our brothers and sisters living on Earth.
— Gretchen Kolderup, currently reading Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins