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Broken at Love by Lyla Payne is her first new adult title. Check out this exclusive interview where Payne discusses antiheroes, becoming a writer and new adult novels.

Tell us five random facts about yourself.

I’m allergic to peanuts, I have a phobia of bees, I eat Chipotle like four days a week, I have the best family in the world, and when I met Joshua Jackson I told him that Charlie Conway (from The Mighty Ducks) was my first crush.

Tell us about your journey to becoming a writer.

I’ve always been a big reader, and my high school English teacher encouraged me with compliments on my writing. I have a Film degree, and it was in college that I knew I loved writing — I began with screenplays. A few other professors made comments along the lines of, “you certainly have a way with words,” etc. and then one day I had an idea I thought could be a book.

It did turn into a book, albeit a very, very bad book that hopefully no one ever has to read. My first self-published book was actually the fourth manuscript that I wrote, and Broken at Love is the eleventh. At this point, I can’t imagine ever doing anything else.

You are writing in a fairly new category, new adult. How did you know this was where your story belonged?

It actually wasn’t a hard decision for me at all. I see Broken at Love as more of the fun side of new adult, with certainly its fair share of angst and sad pasts, but the issues are generally born of the inherent malfunctions of the uber wealthy. The original idea felt akin to a story arc on Gossip Girl, to me. That show (and most of the CW shows that I love) is pretty much new adult fiction.

Quinn is not the most likable lead male; how did you come up with his backstory, and did you ever think “oh, maybe that’s too much,” with the things he was doing?

Oh, Quinn. I love this question. I did worry some, but I felt as though I needed to be true to his character and not pull any punches. It was ugly at times, but Quinn was narrating and that’s what was happening inside his head. When I got critique and beta feedback, one of my specific questions was whether or not Quinn was redeemed at the end of the story, and everyone said they couldn’t believe they felt that way, but ultimately yes.

The theme of redemption is one that fascinates me as both a reader and as a writer. Some of my favorite literary characters are guys that some might think irredeemable at the start of a story — Chuck Bass, Damon Salvatore, Jaime Lannister — but as we move through their lives and their issues (and usually how much they actually hate themselves more than anyone), we find that we love them in spite of their flaws.

So, if anyone feels that Quinn isn’t redeemed at the end of Broken at Love, it’s my fault as the writer, not his as the character. I don’t think any character is ever truly past redemption if their story is true.

Except maybe Hitler. And Voldemort.

Why do you feel you had to tell this story?

It started off as something that sounded fun to me – most of my other stories have super high, universal stakes, like the literal end of the world. It was fun to just write about people whose own hang ups and problems were the biggest issue, but it ended up being more than that.

I have a soft spot for antiheroes (I know you’re shocked, right?) and getting to write one of my very own really appealed to me. Also, I miss Gossip Girl and figured others probably do, too.

What was your favorite chapter/scene to write and why?

That’s a very hard question. I almost want to say the scene at the end where we really see Emilie’s scheming streak, but I think my real favorite is the scene on the beach when Emilie and Quinn really get to know one another for the first time. It fills out their story arc, for me, and makes it obvious why they appeal to one another.

At what point in the development of an idea do you know that it will become a full-length novel?

I’ve never actually written a shorter piece, but it’s something I’d love to try. So basically all of the ideas I go after are ideas with the potential to be novels.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?

“This manuscript isn’t ready. You’re not ready.” Those early criticisms were hard to hear, especially pertaining to a goal that I was determined to attain, but those critiques pushed me to work harder and become a much improved (but still learning!) storyteller.

What has been the best compliment?

My focus is always characters, so any time a reader really connects with a character on an emotional level, or sends me a message about how they can relate, it’s the best kind of compliment.

Do you relate to your main characters, or secondary characters?

Sure, I do. All of them in different ways, I think, and certainly some more than others. As far as Broken at Love goes, Emilie is really the kind of girl I wish I had been more like in college — confident and self-assured, secure in her sexuality and committed to a life without regret.

Do you have things you need in order to write (ie: coffee, cupcakes, music)?

Coffee, of course. Seinfeld DVDs and Hershey’s Kisses, too.

Where’s your favorite place to write?

I have a day job but no children, so snuggled up at home is my favorite place to write.

What is easier to write, the first line or the last line?

The last line, I think, though that’s a hard question. The first line is harder for me because it sets so much of the tone for the book, but there are aspects that can’t be given away. By the end at least all of the spoilers are out and the characters’ voices are in place.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on another book set at Whitman University! There will be a reveal soon about who the main character will be, along with a short blurb, but I’m really excited. Don’t expect the crowd at Whitman to get a whole lot nicer along the way, but I promise they’ll be fun.

 

‘BROKEN AT LOVE’

When a knee injury ends twenty-year-old Quinn Rowland’s pro tennis career, he’s not only dumped by his hot Russian girlfriend but ordered to attend college by his disinterested billionaire father. A rich kid who’s not used to being disappointed by life, Quinn and his sociopathic half-brother Sebastian create a frat house game intended to treat girls how they see them — as simple game pieces to be manipulated for their pleasure.

College sophomore Emilie Swanson knows Quinn’s reputation — after all, he did send one of her sorority sisters into therapy earlier in the semester — but the game and his charm bring them closer together and soon she starts to believe there’s more to Quinn than people think.

But what if the more is something darker than a game of toying with emotions and breaking hearts?

Quinn and Emilie might be falling for each other, but there are secrets he’s not ready to tell — and lifestyle changes he’s reluctant to make. She willingly stepped on the court, but if Emilie finds out she started out as nothing as a pawn in Quinn and Sebastian’s twisted game, she might never forgive him.

To his surprise, Quinn finds that he might finally care about someone more than he cares about himself…even if that means letting Emilie walk away for good.

Author Bio

I’ve long had a love of stories. A few years ago decided to put them down on the page, and even though I have a degree in film and television, novels were the creative outlet where I found a home. I’ve published young adult under a different name, but when I got the idea for Broken at Love (my first new adult title), I couldn’t wait to try something new – and I’m hooked. In my spare time I watch a ton of tennis (no surprise, there), play a ton of tennis, and dedicate a good portion of brain power to dreaming up the next fictitious bad boy we’d all love to meet in real life.

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Some awesome celebrities turned out today to support the Women’s March on Washington movement, in order to send a strong message to the Trump administration that women’s rights are human rights!

Massive crowds all over the world today are taking part in the Women’s March to send a message about women’s rights. Here at Hypable we give a big shout out to all of those taking a stand today. To show that you’re not alone in this fight, here’s a look at some of the celebrities who were among the estimated four million marchers who showed up to support you in D.C. and all over the world.

Emma Watson and Bonnie Wright

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Some awesome celebrities turned out today to support the Women’s March on Washington movement, in order to send a strong message to the Trump administration that women’s rights are human rights!

Massive crowds all over the world today are taking part in the Women’s March to send a message about women’s rights. Here at Hypable we give a big shout out to all of those taking a stand today. To show that you’re not alone in this fight, here’s a look at some of the celebrities who were among the estimated four million marchers who showed up to support you in D.C. and all over the world.

Emma Watson and Bonnie Wright

Kristen Stewart

Charlize Theron

Madonna

Nick Offerman

Sir Ian McKellen

Candice King, Julie Plec and Kayla Ewell

Mindy Kaling

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Darren Criss and Nick Lang

Melissa Benoist

💪#womensmarchonwashington

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Misha Collins

#womansmarch Jacksonville, FL. Fight on!

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Aja Naomi King and Alfred Enoch

Resistance. Respect. #womensmarch 👊🏾

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Lin-Manuel Miranda

Joss Whedon

Edgar Wright

Miley Cyrus

Ariana Grande

today filled my heart with so much hope !! got to meet many beautiful, passionate people and march alongside my loved ones. the sun came out for us. we are so much stronger and louder than hatred, ignorance, sexism, racism, agism, homophobia, transphobia, body shaming, slut shaming, prejudice, discrimination of all kinds, patriarchal conditioning and the backwards expectations of what a woman should be! I'm so proud of / inspired by everyone who marched today and thankful that there are so many people on this planet currently celebrating how brilliant and magical women truly are! let's keep our voices loud, passionate & peaceful! let's continue being strong for each other and to build each other up! let us stay connected to our divinity. 🌸♡🌌

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John Legend

#WomensMarch

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Chrissy Teigen and America Ferrara

Dame Helen Mirren

Gillian Anderson

Bryan Fuller

Neil Gaiman

Kerry Washington with Natalie Portman

… and with Laverne Cox

Ben Barnes

Amy Schumer and Uzo Aduba

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Gina Rodriguez

Carlos Valdes, Arthur Darvill, Danielle Panabaker, Caity Lotz and Keiynan Lonsdale

Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal

Kevin McHale

Chris Colfer

Scarlett Johansson

Blake Lively

Yoko Ono and Whoopi Goldberg

Jessica Chastain

Alicia Keys and Janelle Monae

Katy Perry

Zendaya

That's right…

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Troye Sivan

Willow Smith

Mark Ruffalo

Yip. Well said. Borrowed sign from @dorisfullgrabe design by @dirtybandits #womensmarch Nyc

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Paul Bettany

Eddie Izzard

Stephen Colbert

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Even though we’re halfway through Lucifer season 2, God has only ever been mentioned by name, so we haven’t seen what he looks like — yet.

God has been a major player in Lucifer since the pilot episode, but we’ve never seen his face. Despite what a huge influence he’s had on all of Lucifer’s existence, the show has understandably continued to keep him a mystery (though we did wonder when we’d be seeing him).

But now, according to EW, Timothy Omundson (Psych, Galavant) has been cast in the role of God Johnson.

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Even though we’re halfway through Lucifer season 2, God has only ever been mentioned by name, so we haven’t seen what he looks like — yet.

God has been a major player in Lucifer since the pilot episode, but we’ve never seen his face. Despite what a huge influence he’s had on all of Lucifer’s existence, the show has understandably continued to keep him a mystery (though we did wonder when we’d be seeing him).

But now, according to EW, Timothy Omundson (Psych, Galavant) has been cast in the role of God Johnson.

They don’t specifically say Omundson will be playing the God, but EW reports he is “a patient in a psychiatric hospital, who is charming, enigmatic, and oh yeah, he thinks he’s the one and only God Almighty.”

Lucifer will certainly take issue with someone impersonating any divine being, let alone his father.

However, EW also says, “As Lucifer (Tom Ellis) tries to prove him a phony, he comes to find that ‘God Johnson’ seems to know things that only Lucifer’s true Father would know. Could he really be the Big Guy Upstairs?”

The trick will be to figure out if God Johnson is the real deal or if someone else is feeding him information to lure Lucifer out. At this point, it could be just about anybody — Charlotte, Amenadiel, the man in the hat, or a player we’ve yet to meet.

Omundson has been signed on for only one episode, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll never see him again.

Are you excited Timothy Omundson has been added to ‘Lucifer‘?

At a time when the divide between the generations has arguably never been greater, The 100 encapsulates the struggle of millennials more than any other current show.

This article was submitted by Hypable reader Stephanie Farnsworth.

The media churns out article after article about the laziness of millennials, and then complains about how we work too hard. Millennials are branded “snowflakes” even as we struggle to pay rent and bear the consequences of the economic fall-out that we didn’t cause.

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At a time when the divide between the generations has arguably never been greater, The 100 encapsulates the struggle of millennials more than any other current show.

This article was submitted by Hypable reader Stephanie Farnsworth.

The media churns out article after article about the laziness of millennials, and then complains about how we work too hard. Millennials are branded “snowflakes” even as we struggle to pay rent and bear the consequences of the economic fall-out that we didn’t cause.

The CW drama The 100, which is entering its fourth season in February, rather bluntly captures that sense of young people paying the price of previous generations; at the beginning of the series, a council of adult politicians literally sent teenagers to a radiation-soaked earth to try to save their own society.

The 100 season 1 Jaha

The pilot episode revealed the extent of the power imbalance between the generations that reflects our society today: Chancellor Jaha presented the project of ‘the hundred’ as a way for young delinquents to fulfil their duty and gain redemption, even if it cost them their lives. They were even expected to be grateful, because they’d been judged as criminals and would have been executed anyway, even for relatively petty crimes.

And as The 100 season 4 approaches, the adults’ attitudes towards the kids haven’t changed that much from the show’s premiere.

Related: Previewing The 100 season 4: What to expect when you’re expecting an apocalypse

Generational conflict and tension has remained at the heart of the show throughout the series. The generational focus has not been diluted even as the world has expanded to reveal far more of the culture of the Grounders; in fact, this has only given rise to more conflict as the older members of Skaikru have struggled to accept not only the Grounders’ belief system, but the young age of their Commanders.

As the figurehead for all of the delinquents, lead character Clarke has been undermined and derided at every turn. In season 2, her own mother scoffed at the idea that Clarke and Lexa could lead their people to safety, mocking the Grounder Commander’s age and commenting, “They’re being led by a child.” It was up to Kane to point out that Skaikru were, too, because none of the adults had managed to think of a solution, and it was up to Clarke to save them.

Both Abby and Kane’s attitudes play into the infantilising of the millennial generation. Neither Clarke nor Lexa were children. They were young adults, and they were working towards making a better society where all of their people could survive while the adults were focused on internal power plays. Jaha was ready to leave the young adults in Mount Weather to die, but that’s no surprise; he’d made that decision before.

Abby couldn’t bear losing power to her own daughter, to the extent that it culminated in a scene where she assaulted Raven. The young mechanic was cool and composed in her response, pointing out that Clarke stopped being a child when Abby signed off on her daughter being sent to Earth to die.

Raven’s positioning was clear: Although not condemned by any crimes (even if she had committed the crime that Finn was convicted of), she chose to align herself with the hundred and was the one who chose to come to Earth simply to help. The younger generation, in short, pulled together, and when the older generation landed they brought down their old rules and oppression.

The consequences were overwhelming for the younger characters. They were tasked with saving everyone at the expense of any peace to their own souls. Clarke demonstrated this more than any other character and she ended up fleeing her people, unable to carry the burden of expectation they all had for her. It’s something she wrestled with throughout season 3, and with Earth facing a nuclear apocalypse again, Clarke will have to make peace — not with herself, but with how everyone else sees her if she is to survive.

The 100 season 4 Bellamy

Bellamy, too, will have to find his own identity. Last season, he effectively turned his back on the hundred to win the praise of Pike, and Bellamy upheld and supported his bigotry.

His part in slaughtering the Ark survivors’ 300 Grounder allies will not be easily forgotten. Bellamy wanted to be the hero. He wanted to protect people (specifically the women in his life) who never asked for that, and he wanted to be a part of the establishment.

If The 100 presents a metaphor for the real-life relationship between millennials and Gen X, Bellamy is the one wearing the rose-tinted glasses that younger people are supposed to wear when viewing an establishment that has been willing to regularly criticise later generations.

He had longed to be part of the Guard since he was a boy, and he saw a way to fulfil that old dream and become part of an order that had caused his entire family so much suffering. Bellamy was never quite the hundred: He was older, and his sole concern initially had been protecting his sister. It was easier for him to flit between the different groups within Skaikru than it was for any of the rest of the hundred.

After the events of last season, however, Bellamy now knows the pain he’s caused by his choices. And in season 4, he will have to choose exactly who to put his faith in: Clarke or the old order?

But maybe, in light of the external threat that now threatens humanity’s survival, the two generations will finally be able to pull together. There have been many hints that Clarke and Jaha will find some common ground this season due to the pressures they are facing, and Jaha knows well the cost of leading. Through Clarke, we will see whether lessons can be learned from the mistakes of the generation before.

Octavia once accused Clarke of being just like the council by deciding who was worthy of life. Clarke now must show whether she will follow that path or whether she can be better. The millennial dream of whether we can learn from the repression and conservatism of the past will be on trial in The 100 season 4, as we see just how Clarke plans to lead her friends into this new battle.

The 100‘ season 4 premieres February 1 at 9/8c on The CW