*Where did you get the inspiration for the Mystwalker series?
I wanted to write about a girl who wasn’t naturally kick-ass. Someone who wasn’t thin, beautiful or particularly brave—a girl whose first instinct in the face of danger would always be to haul ass as quickly as she could! That’s how I came up with 22 year-old Canadian barista who didn’t know she was asleep until life forcibly woke her up again. Meet Hedi Peacock—half Were, half Fae, all Trouble.
*How many books do you have planned in this series? Any hints you can give us for what's in store next?
I’m signed for four books which should nicely cover Hedi’s coming of age story:-) In the third novel, THE PROBLEM WITH PROMISES, Hedi’s got a promise to keep. Can she honor it? The sand in the proverbial hourglass is already trickling fast when the leader of the NAW steps in to do his best to thwart her from fulfilling her vow. An action driven thriller—complete with witches, bikers, murders and mayhem—this story follows Hedi and Trowbridge over six tense hours. During that pivotal night, we will see Hedi step up, forever claiming her talents. There will be no turning back—from Karma or fate—after this book. Which is good, *grin*, because the fourth and final book’s title is The DANGER OF DESTINY.
*If your books were to be made into a movie, who would be your top picks for the cast?
I couldn’t tell you who I’d pick for Hedi or Trowbridge, as they’re both are very vivid to me and none of the current high-profile actors come close. That being said, Cordelia’s drawl owes much to John Malkovich…
*Could you tell us a little about the ups and downs you have experienced in publishing?
Hardest lesson of all: that first draft is really that. Trust me, you will revise your manuscript several times before the book finally goes to print. Your beta will say something casual like “WTF?” and bang—you’re into a bit of scene revision. Your editor’s letter will begin with high praise and then be followed by several paragraphs detailing stuff you need to fix or address. You’ll meet copy editors who don’t like your spelling and proof readers who want something tweaked... It’s never done until it’s out there.
Second lesson: That’s completely normal.
*What are some of your favorite books in the paranormal genre?
I’m a big fan of Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher, Chloe Neill and Darynda Jones. Also, for those who like the Fae, I can highly recommend Suzanne McLeod’s series. Another recommendation would be Nicole Peeler’s Jane True books.
*If you could tell readers one thing about yourself or your books, what would that be?
I was born in Montreal, Quebec to parents who were born in the same city. And yet, when I first began talking, I did so with a very thick Bostonian accent. (All together now—freaky!)
*What is the craziest or at least most interesting thing you have ever done?
I was a bad, bad girl when I was twenty. ‘Nuf said.
*Finish this statement: "You'll like the Mystwalker series if...
..you appreciate any of the following: a unique spin on fairies and werewolves; a character in obvious need of reformation; a winning romance with a hot, hot, guy; and/or amulets with attitudes!
I was born in Montreal, Quebec but now live in Southern Ontario with my husband. I've raised two kids, mothered three dogs, and herded a few cats. Other than that, my life was fairly routine until I hit the age of 50. Some women get tattoos. I decided to write a book. A little tardy, but then again, Mum always said I was a late bloomer.
So how old are you now?
I'm not telling you.
Have you always written?
No. I wrote about that here: http://leighevans.wordpress.com/for-perspiring-authors/step-one/ That post is the first of many that charts my journey from the start of writing Hedi's story to winning my agent, Deidre Knight, through the Speed-Dating-With-Deidre contest hosted on The Knight Agency blog.
Is The Trouble With Fate your first novel?
Yes. With all the hell that implies.
Do you have plans for more?
Indeed I do. St. Martin's Press has contracted me for four books. I delighted to add that the UK has picked up on the Mystwalker series too!
Were you always so awesome?
Sorry to disappoint, but I was the kid with the speech impediment in grade school and the wrong hem-length in high school. Let's not even discuss college, where I discovered all the things that were cool and not so cool, and realized that I probably fell into the latter category. Truth be told, I doubt I'll ever be awesome, but damn, I keep trying.
Seriously, how old are you?
I'm still not telling you.
Is there a bottom line in life?
Yes. Never give up. Ever. Even bad things eventually turn around. Take that from someone who'd all but farmed herself out into the pasture.
In the never-ending saga that is my love-hate relationship with Robson Trowbridge, I, half-Were Hedi Peacock, have had a change of heart. Ever since I shoved Trowbridge through the Gates of Merenwyn, I’ve been the leader of the pack—hard to believe, right? The thing is: I’m half-Fae. So even though my Were side is ready to heed the call of the wild, the other part of me is desperate to take flight. And much as it pains me to admit it, life without Trowbridge is really starting to were me down…
I AM WERE, HEAR ME ROAR.
To make matters worse, the wolves of Creemore want my blood—and the North American Council of Weres wants me dead. So I’m just counting the days until Trowbridge returns from the other realm…and comes to my brave rescue…and becomes my alpha mate. Wishful thinking? Of course it is. But given all the mess I’ve been through already, what’s the harm in doing a little bit of daisy-plucking? Besides, Trowbridge owes me bigtime. A girl can dream.