I am the first born and only girl in my family, and six and nine years separate me and my two brothers. Needless to say, I was alone quite a bit. But being alone gave me plenty of time to indulge my imagination in the world of books. One of the first novels I read was a young adult series that traced the lives of two teenagers in high school, Sweet Valley High. Reading those novels I thought I could do better, and so my quest to write entertaining stories began.
Being an introvert, it took me a long time to feel comfortable enough to let others read my work. How long? Well, the first person to read a story I wrote was my husband. Since then, I’ve been writing professionally for almost nine years now. But it was my daughter who encouraged me to write a book for teens—just one of the reasons I love her so dearly.
I live in Maryland with my husband and three children. If you take away the opinionated teenagers, family drama, overflowing bookshelves and DVDs, my life is pretty boring. But don’t take those things away, since they’re my inspiration.
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1. Hey Artist! Thanks so much for stopping by! Can you tell us a little about your self?
Hi Leilani! I’m so happy to be here. Thanks for having me! There’s not much to tell, I’m a paralegal by day, a wife and mother of three all the rest of the time, an avid reader and oh yeah, I love to write.
2. I loved your idea for Manifest. What made you want to write about a girl seeing ghosts?
I wanted a different type of protagonist for my first YA, a special girl with special powers I kept thinking. There were a lot of powers to choose from but once I got to know Krystal, I knew this was the power that best matched her personality.
3. I have to ask, is there going to be a second book in the series?!
Yep! The title is Mystify and it’s scheduled for release in February 2011.
4. This is your first YA book right? What made you want to write YA?
I’ve been writing professionally for about seven years now, mainly romance. I have a sixteen year old daughter who reads every book I don’t glue shut. LOL So one day she asks, “when are you going to write a book for young people?” I’d already had a couple people say the same thing to me but she was the one who pushed me to make the final decision. So we both sat down and came up with the idea of the Mystyx.
5. Where is your favorite place to write?
In my bedroom with my laptop and the television on. Depending what I’m writing I’ll usually watch something really old like I Love Lucy or something a little more current like Bones. I like to listen to music when I write in my office in the basement—currently in my CD player is Usher, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and Trey Songz.
6. What do you like/hate about writing?
I like the total freedom—especially in writing paranormal. I can create whatever type of world I want and dream of people to live in it. It’s the best release for stress in my book.
7. Were can we find you on the web?
The site isn’t complete yet—trying to come up with some fun and innovative things for everyone to enjoy—but there’s an intro to the Mystyx page up right now. Also, to sign up for my newsletter which gives sneak peeks, contests and much more, send a blank email to email@example.com
Up or Down?
Fiction or Nonfiction?
Reality or Fantasy?
Left or Right?
Cats or Dogs?
Dogs (I’m terribly afraid of cats)
Reading or writing?
This is a toss up, I do them both equally and love them just the same.
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