Wednesday, November 30, 2011

All right friends all over the world, I just want you all to know I got Hollywood's attention now! Can we say WOOT?!!?!!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Patti Roberts - Book Blog: Interview with Author KaSonndra Leigh When Copper Suns Fall.

Patti Roberts - Book Blog: Interview with Author KaSonndra Leigh When Copper Suns Fall.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sunday, November 20, 2011

There is less than 2 weeks to go before all my faithful fans & readers all over the world get to see what happens When Copper Suns Fall. I am so happy with the warm welcome my debut novel has received and can't wait to hear what you all think of the story. The fun begins with an interview hosted by Tamazon, interviewer extraordinaire of the popular website Night Owl reviews, on November 25th. I hope you all get the chance to stop by and get a first glimpse into my unusal but super fun journey to publication.

     And then the fun continues with Copper Suns' release day blitz on December 6th hosted by the fabulous Roxanne Rhoads of Bewitching Book Tours. She has managed to get plenty of blog stops lined up for me. So if you're not on the list and wish to be included shoot me your email address. Bewitching Book Tours will also be hosting a Twitter release party on December 9th! There'll be a gorgeous prize related to the book given to one lucky winner. All you need to do is drop by and say hello.

    Details of these and other events can be found on my tours and appearances page. I'm excited and truly looking forward to bringing When Copper Suns Fall to all of you.

Yours in Prose,
KaSonndra Leigh

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Interview with Jaime Reed Author of Living Violet: the Cambion Chronicles

Jaime Reed humbly agreed to be the Seraphine Blog's first paranormal author interviewee. And we are so excited to have such a unique and talented writer here today. Her book has been getting rave reviews and the release date of January, 2012, is right around the corner. I cannot wait to read the novel and be able to offer an updated review on this intriguing story.

But until then, here's a blurb from the book:
He's persuasive, charming, and way too mysterious. And for Samara Marshall, her co-worker is everything she wants most--and everything she most fears. . .

Samara Marshall is determined to make the summer before her senior year the best ever. Her plan: enjoy downtime with friends and work to save up cash for her dream car. Summer romance is not on her to-do list, but uncovering the truth about her flirtatious co-worker, Caleb Baker, is. From the peculiar glow to his eyes to the unfortunate events that befall the girls who pine after him, Samara is the only one to sense danger behind his smile.

But Caleb's secrets are drawing Samara into a world where the laws of attraction are a means of survival. And as a sinister power closes in on those she loves, Samara must take a risk that will change her life forever. . .or consume it.

Doesn't that description sound intriguing? Without further ado, let's jump into the my interview with Jaime.

Where are you from?
I'm from Virginia and I currently live in Williamsburg.

Tell us your latest news?
I have a bunch of ARCs of LIVING VIOLET that I need to give away. I have a contest on Goodreads and one on my blog this month. I’m currently writing the third installment of The Cambion Chronicles during NaNoWriMo.

When and why did you begin writing?
It's a great treatment for neurosis. When I was a kid, I would write all kinds of weird stuff in notebooks. I did it for fun—didn't think much would come out of it until years later.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I didn’t and still don't. Not trying to be contrary, but I'm just someone who puts words on paper and hope it makes sense. I've always prided myself in being an active muse, because I inspire other people, but have very few good ideas left for myself. As far as writing goes, I've been doing this for so long—eight years wholeheartedly for sure.

Do you have a specific writing style? Do you outline or free form?
Free form all the way. I can't be bothered with trifles like plot and pacing when I'm in the Zone. It's all about me. Catering to my sick, twisted amusement is the only way those words will hit the page. Now during editing, that’s a whole other story. Editing is when the outside world gets their say and I have to listen, whether I like it or not. As far as style, well, it depends on the narration. If it's first person, I tend to write the way I talk, where third person is a bit more formal. I'm not a formal person, so I tend to avoid that method.

What inspired you to write Living Violet? Is it your first book?
It was my getaway story—something to take my mind off another book series I was writing at the time. It kinda got away from me and grew bigger than I expected, then Poof!  A book! It's the most honest book I've written and a bit personal because there's more of my world in it than my other stories. As for how the premise came about…well that’s a question with about fifty answers and all of them are right. Just know it was a story that I've always wanted to write, with a strong female character of color.

How did you come up with the title?
Whoa! Not easy at all! Just thinking about it makes my head hurt.  I submitted the manuscript to my agent as COIN JAR because a recurring event in the book, but the powers that be decided that the title sucked. It was a joint effort between me, my agent, and my editor. It took us weeks to come up with it and we finally agreed it should be associated with the color scheme in each story, which changes with each book.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I'm sure there is, but I can't really lump it into one whole thing. There are several, you see, and it's up to the reader to interpret. Not every reading experience is the same. Some might be offended; some might cry, or wet their pants laughing. As long as they reach the last page somewhat entertained, my work is done. 

Tell us about the world of The Cambion Chronicles?
Cambions have a very vague and interesting lore, which I've embellished for my own selfish purposes. I wanted to focus on the hybrid dichotomy, because there's bad and good in everyone. The fascinating part is keeping the balance.
The series follows a 17-year old girl named Samara (Sam for short) whose world gets turned upside down in the summer before her senior year. She works at a bookstore where strange occurrences begin to happen and they all have something to do with her co-worker, Caleb. 

Are the experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Sure. The key to writing is to write what you know. So the story is set in my home town of Williamsburg. I used to work in a bookstore, so I used some of my experience to mold the story and took a few creative liberties along the way. There's a lot of me in each character an there are a mixture of my friends and family thrown in there too. It's funny when friends read it and they can see where I got my inspiration.

What books have most influenced your life most?
Choke by Chuck Palahniuk. In fact, excerpts of the fan letter I sent to him are in the book.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Stephen King. EVERY writer should read his book On Writing. It's a must.

What book are you reading now?
I'm getting back to YA basics. I checked out a whole collection of RL Stine Goosebumps books. Next, I'll be working on Babysitters Club and Sweet Valley High. Kicking it old school, but these books are classics in their own right.

What are your current projects?
Right now I need to finish the final book to The Cambion Chronicles. What I write after that is anyone's guess. I might go back to my older series and polish that up, but I'll have to complete my other project first.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
God. No one else knows what I had to go through to get where I am, and I think my faith has grown stronger because of it. It's kind of a weird thing to say considering my story is about demons and such, but I know where my creativity and drive came from—and it wasn't manmade.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
That is the worst question to ask a writer. Lol. Of course there is, but I would drive myself crazy thinking woulda-coulda-shoulda. I have to let it go and mark it as “the best I could do” for that particular point in my writing life. All I can do is learn from my errors and improve in the next book.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Description has always been a tricky thing for me. I don't want to weigh the story down with pointless detail and fluff, but I still want to bring the reader into my world. Very fine line we must walk. A lot of people say that I'm good at dialogue to where it reads a lot like a screenplay, which is entirely my fault. I wrote a lot of screenplays when I was younger and I guess some of that style stuck. My bad.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Hard to say. John Green, Neil Gaiman, Chuck Palahniuk, Cormac McCarthy just to name a few. I tend to enjoy male authors more than female authors. I don't know, they seem to get to the point quicker. They don't drown the story with excessive adjectives, product placement, and melodramatic mush. It's raw, in your face, and unapologetic. Love it.

How did you find your agent, Kathleen Ortiz?
(Cue saxophone) It was a dark, seedy dive on the Upper East Side, a place where you go to drown your sorrows. I was at the bar feeling down on my luck when she walked in wearing a red dress. She shook the rain from her hair then looked up, searching through the smoky haze. The moment we locked eyes, I knew she was the one…
Actually, it was pure luck or what I call divine intervention. I was researching agents online who represent YA fiction with multicultural characters. Kathleen was maybe the third agent I queried for this story. She loved it. The rest is history.

Your covers are striking. Who designed them?
I have no idea. That's all on the publishing end of the spectrum. I'm glad you like it.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Ending it. I never had so much fun writing a story and the characters were so full of life and dimension— I could have easily gone on for several hundred more pages. It could be why I decided to make it a series. I don't want the high to end just yet.

Did you learn anything from writing your book, and what was it?
Finish it. Worry about how it looks later. Get it all down before trying to dissect all its 2,000 parts. You'll never get anything accomplished by agonizing over the details in the beginning. Lay down the groundwork then build from there.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write, read, and be patient. Repeat.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

And thank you Jaime for stopping by the Seraphine Blog. Be sure to visit Jaime's online homes and enter her blog giveaway at:

Stay tuned for more author interviews in the upcoming weeks!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Join me on Tuesday, November 15th for an interview with Debut author Jaime Reed. We'll discuss her paranormal romance Living Violet at:
Go Steelers!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Upcoming Author Interview

Join me on November 11th, when I'll be interviewing debut author Jaime Reed. Her paranormal romance novel Living Violet (Book 1 of the Cambion Chronicles) will be released December 27th by Dafina. Ms. Reed is an exciting new author on the young adult scene, and I cannot wait to have her here on the blog.

Also, there'll be many other author interviews, blog visits, and exciting news on my debut novel in the weeks to come. Check back soon for updates. And don't forget to follow/like my Facebook fan page for the timeliest updates.

Until next time,
KaSonndra Leigh