KaSonndra Leigh

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: November 25, 2011

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When Copper Suns Fall | TriGate Press | Young Adult/Dark Urban Fantasy | December 6th, 2011

In fifteen-year-old Chela Prizeon's city, alchemy is forbidden and angels hide among the mortal. With a deadly virus ravaging the globe, Chela's nightmarish memories compels her to experience a past riddled with gloom, and now her brother is infected.

Chela's only hope is the Caduceans, slayers sworn to protect the last seven Light Keepers and the ancient memories they share. A group led by the sometimes elusive, sometimes infuriating boy who intrigues Chela. But can she trust this boy with the mysterious past, someone who can influence her memories?

With the Caduceans aid, Chela races to defeat her rivals, to unearth dark family secrets, desperate to find a cure.only to discover the glutovirus is far more than a simple disease.

In this haunting debut, KaSonndra Leigh offers an escape into a world as intriguing as The Mortal Instruments and a story as chilling as Enclave. Full of celestial creatures, fascinating villainy, high-stake choices, and a secret romance, When Copper Suns Fall, is a fresh and original urban fantasy-with a dystopian twist-that will take readers on an unforgettable adventure.

What main genre do you write in?

Young Adult

Please tell us your latest news!

I have several upcoming Christmas book giveaways. Details can be found on my website. This is the season of angels, after all, so I have tons of goodies that will be given to my readers and fans. Smile. I also have planned a Twitter release party hosted by Bewitching Book Tours on December 9th. I'll be giving away a really pretty package related to the book. Stop by and say hi so your name can be registered to win.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Oh I have so many favorite authors. This question is always hard. But I'd have to say Elizabeth Kostova. Her book, the Historian gave me the guts to go for the MFA myself. I also thought it was pretty cool to see a woman writing horror. That's different. I remember saying, "Wow. I can do something like that." I can be different and give the readers in my genre a fresh type of story, and have people accept me for my, eh-em...oddness. But strange in a good way, though.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Read, write, read, write, and listen to the muse living in the apartment inside your head! You can't go wrong. Trust me on that one.

Please describe your writing environment.

Ah. My writing environment. Some people may already have read about it in various places online. It's my own little library that originally began its life as a garage. Now it has Venetian plastered walls (coppery like the sunset, of course) cherry bookcases (makes me feel like I'm in an old castle, or something) and a desk made of clear blue glass. I have a collection of fairies and angels sitting on top the bookcases. Since it's in a secluded part of the house, I can escape there anytime and dream of...well, read the book to find out what I dream about in there. :-D

What's been the most challenging part of writing for you?

Pegging the voice/style in a book that crosses genres has been tough. Seriously, I had my friends and family calling me for sanity checks. I also had a hard time being disciplined about the process. I kept wandering away, doing yard work, filing my nails, anything to keep from writing. It took me six magical years to get When Copper Suns Fall's voice right. So to all of you struggling with your first novel and learning your writing style, I'll just say stick with it. Don't give up. Writing takes time to get right, and it doesn't come wrapped up in a writing course, either.

Who has been your best supporter? How have they been there for you?

My grandmother, Nezzetta Tomlinson Wall. She was the one who used to listen to all my silly stories when I was a little girl. I probably had too many imaginary friends, but she never once made me feel strange about that. I still remember the day when she told me if I go outside and listen to the flowers, then they'll tell me all the secrets of the angels flying above us. So, I did. And When Copper Suns Fall was born. Rest in peace, my lovely grandmama. Wiping a tear and moving on to the next question. :-)

Do you like to mix genres?

Oh boy. Do I like to mix genres? Since I'm guest posting on this one later in the month, I'll just leave this answer at read the book and then come see me after you're done. Big grin.

What book are you reading now? What are your thoughts on it?

I'm reading three books because I'm not a disciplined reader. And yes, I do manage to finish them all. But still, so many temptations, too little time. I'll go with my fav out of the three. Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Laini Taylor is a gifted writer, and we're both writing about angels in a metaphorical way. Her book is wonderful. I love it. Yes, I'm biased. I love all angel books. But read it and you'll feel the same way.

What inspires your writing?

When someone writes and tells me that something I've written speaks to them, making them fluttery inside. When people write and say you've inspired me to hold steady to my dream. When young people tell me I understand them and Chela (Copper Suns' main character) is a girl who makes me think of my best friend. And when someone from across the world tells me that my story touched her in the final days of her life. These are the things that make my fingers flicker across the keyboard even when I don't think The End will ever happen.

If you had to choose one person to have dinner with, who would it be? And why?

Again, this one is hard. But I'm a die-hard fictitious guy lover. So I'd have to go with Julie Kagawa's Prince Ash from the Iron King series. But I'll wait until after Meghan has finished working him over, though. As in, warming his chilliness up a bit. He can really be the ice prince and I like my guys somewhat warm, so to speak.

Thank you beautiful readers for the encouraging reviews and for giving me the chance to share my story with you. What you choose to take away from Copper Suns is what matters in the end. And that's a gift any writer is always happy to give.