Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? What inspired you to write your first book/story?
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I began writing that book, at 12, I was a secret writer. It wasn't until years later that I confessed to having writing tendencies. I was far too nervous to share my work until I wrote, directed and produced a play during high-school and that sort of broke the ice.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Tie between Jane Austen, J.K. Rowling and Charles Dickens
Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? A place you've always wanted to visit?
London is my soul's home and going there is heaven.
Your favorite musician/type of music you listen to while writing?
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I cannot wait until my friend Elizabeth Kerri Mahon's Scandalous Women comes out, a thrilling non-fiction book about notorious women of history, taken from her award-winning blog http://scandalouswoman.
What was the hardest part of writing your just released book? Easiest?
Hardest: I can't tell you the hardest part or I'll give something away. But I wept. A lot. Easiest? Expanding Percy and Alexi's relationship and indulging Lord Elijah Withersby's unending sass.
What is next after Darkly Luminous? Do you have any current projects?
More "Strangely Beautiful"! I'm on to books 3 and 4 in the series. Book 3 is a prequel (likely will release March 2011) and Book 4 will continue with the Rychman familial legacy up into World War 1.
Now, let's talk about your new book The Darkly Luminous Fight for Persephone Parker...
Hero: Professor Alexi Rychman
Romance Subgenre: Gothic Victorian Fantasy / Paranormal
Setting: London, England, 1888
Your favorite secondary character and will you ever write this character's own book?
Headmistress Rebecca Thompson. And yes! She gets her own novella! Stay tuned for "A Christmas Carroll" (Strangely Beautiful #2.5) included in Dorchester's A MIDWINTER FANTASY anthology, October 2010)
Your favorite scene:
Oh, goodness. A tie between the tender moments of Percy and Alexi's home life and the EPIC final battle within Athens Academy.
Celebrity who'd might play your hero/heroine:
Well, when I began the series ten years ago, I'd envisioned Alan Rickman, and so he'll always hold that honour in my head. However if it were played today, I'd choose Richard Armitage (BBC star of North & South *swoon*, BBC Robin Hood, MI-5, etc.). Alexi must be played by someone who can be intense, enigmatic and brooding, can command a room with an iron grip, and yet be cut to the quick by a sweet girl who becomes a radiant tonic to his loneliness. Alexi needs a range of power, stoicism and gentleness. As for Miss Percy, well, I'm a professional actress so I'd like to at least audition for the eerie and death-pale Miss Percy. *grin* (You can see my run as Miss Percy for halloween at www.leannareneehieber.com/
Now, if you haven't read the first book of the series The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker (my review here), here's your chance... Leanna is giving away a copy of the book to one lucky reader (US only please) of this blog who comments below. Ends May 1st.
I want to take this time to thank Leanna Renee Hieber for stopping by and sharing with us a little about herself and her books. If you're hankering for more, check out her website, blog and follow her on twitter.