#1 When I first began speaking, everything I said was flavoured with a strong Bostonian accent. Which is weird, as I was born in the French Canadian province of Quebec. Can we spell s-p-o-o-k-y?
#2 I’m a marksmen. Give me a elastic band and a monitor, and I’ll nail that thing. One shot. Done.
#3 I’m a speed demon. Don’t get in my way.
BBB: What actors would you choose to play some of your characters if your book were made into a movie or a TV show?
LE: I could answer this, but I won’t. A long time ago, I developed a lust-crush on a literary hero. Me and my mythical boyfriend spent many happy hours together until the author revealed which actor she used as a placeholder when she created ‘my’ boyfriend. Him? Seriously? :::::pssst:::: There went my hero fixation.
BBB: How do you keep track of your world building?
LE: I’ve got three large books, filled with notes, pictures, and charts. Their spines bristle with index tabs. Despite that, I can never find what I’m looking for quickly. I spend too much time thumbing through pages, muttering darkly to myself.
BBB: Please tell us more about The Trouble with Fate and the storyline that drives it.
LE: Hedi Peacock is a half-Fae, half-Were barista who has a secret. She’s not human and she’s got the pointy Fae ears and inner-bitch to prove it. Her childhood was all magic and fur until the night both her parents were killed, and the Fae took her twin across a portal that Hedi could never breach. Ten years later, Hedi’s got life whittled down to three things: her job at Starbucks, her 9/10s batty Fae aunt, and her amulet Merry. Life’s tough enough to keep them all knee deep in maple syrup. But then the Alpha of Creemore steals Hedi’s aunt, and the only way he’ll return her is if she steals another amulet–the fancy piece hanging around the neck of the one wolf Hedi swore she’d kill if she ever ran into again. Enter Robson Trowbridge. Rogue Were. Basically, six feet of too-pretty-for-words…
BBB: How many more books there be in this world?
LE: I’m contracted for four books and, at this point, that’s what I’m aiming for. It’s going to be tough to tie up all the threads in four novels, because what appears on the page is only a fraction of what I know about the three worlds that appear in the Mystwalker novels. I’ll have to be ruthless about what I show, and what I don’t. Decisions, decisions.
BBB: Did you do any kind of research to determine the details of your characters lives / lifestyles?
LE: My muse needs to walk the space. And worse, she’s not satisfied with just seeing it, she’s got to receive as much sensory information as possible before she’ll permit me to write an action sequence. For example, there was a scene in The Trouble with Fate that featured a swamp, some bull rushes, and a whole bunch of mud…Yeah. I did a faceplant in the mud. Turns out, landing in stinking goo isn’t so hard. It’s the getting back up that’s a bitch.
BBB: Are you a plotser or a panster? or a Planster (a combo of both – lol)
LE: Definitely a combo. I write reams of notes–I spend at least a month fleshing out characters and backstories before I ever start writing. And like any good wannabe plotter, I diagram the story out in the three acts. Then, what do I do? Within a chapter or two, I’ve veered off course. It’s very annoying.
BBB: What types of creatures can readers expect in your world?
Faes: who don’t wear robes, sound like Cate Blanchett or have wings.
Weres: who wear threadbare jeans, have long hair and are basically too-pretty-for-words.
Amulets: with attitude.
Humans: who are, on the whole, irritating to our heroine, and thus fall into the ‘creature’ file.
BBB: What’s coming up for you in 2013?
LE:A small, mild nervous breakdown. Book 3’s deadline is late winter. Book 2’s release is July. Book 4 must be begun by summer. There are three conventions on the calendar. This writer life? It’s a trifle busier than I’d anticipated:-)
Leigh, I heard the rumour that you waited until you were 50 (gasp), before you started writing. Is that true? (Answer: uh huh).
Leigh, did you really hear Hedi speak in your ear one night, then decide to throw out 67,000 words and start all over again? Just like that? (Answer: yup.)
Leigh, if you put Hedi’s best friend, Merry, the amulet, in an enclosed space with a tiger, a moth, and a Zombie, which entity would be the last one standing? (Answer: The Asrai, of course.)
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