1. It seems like just yesterday you were celebrating the release of your debut novel, MISTWOOD. How has your writing process changed between the two books?
My initial writing process – how I get my first draft out – didn’t change much, especially since I finished the first draft of NIGHTSPELL before MISTWOOD was released. The main change is that I realized how much editor-guided revision goes into a book before it’s released, and how much can change. This made me a little less concerned with making each version “perfect” – I tried to save that intense perfectionist side of me until the last version. Not that I didn’t focus on characters and writing as much, but I learned not to stress about things like chapter lengths, until the book is pretty much in its final form.
2. If Darri and Isabel spent a day together what would they do?
Wow, good question! Both characters change a lot over the course of the books, so let’s say it was Isabel at the beginning of Mistwood and Darri at the beginning of Nightspell. I think they would dislike each other intensely. Each would completely despise and be suspicious of the other’s worldview. They might even fight, though it wouldn’t be much of a fight – Darri would be down and out pretty quickly.
3. Your covers are both unique and gorgeous- is one your favorite?
Thank you! I love them both, but I think the Nightspell cover is my favorite – it’s darker and more intense, plus I have a thing for sunsets.
4. If you could shift into any animal form what would you choose and why?
Probably a bird. Flying would be pretty cool. Or possibly a squirrel, because they always look like they’re having so much fun.
5. What's next for you writing wise?
I’m working on my next novel, this one about a sorceress who is sent to tutor a sect of assassins. It’s still in progress, but I’m extremely excited about it!
Thanks so much Leah! I loved Nightspell (my review will be posted next Monday) and I can't wait to read Mistwood and find out more about her next project!