Monday, June 13, 2011

Blog Tour: Leah Cypess Interview

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!


  1. A sorceress tutoring assassins?!?! I think I need to find myself a fainting couch because that is just filled with so much awesome I don't think I can remain on my feet. :)

  2. Ooh the sorcerer and assassins book sounds really good!


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