Hop around and Meet the Authors of Indie Book Fest 2014. Each stop features an author and a contest.
You may or may not remember me talking about Indie Book Fest last year. It was a great event that was held here in Orlando in August. It was all authors who took a chance and were independently published. There were some pretty awesome authors there including Isaac Marion, the author of the book Warm Bodies, that was turned into a movie.
One of the authors I featured last year was Shayne Leighton. She was just a little ball of energy and I was happy to have met and featured her. The interview we did was absolutely hilarious (at least it was to me). This year she has agreed to do another interview. If you missed last years interview and would like to check it out, please click HERE.
When you are finished taking a peek at Shayne’s interview, be sure to enter the giveaway and stop by some of the other participating blogs for more Indie Book Fest 2014 authors and giveaways!
Tell us a little bit about your book(s) and yourself.
My name is Shayne, and I love to write dark fantasy of every kind. Right now, I am focused on my debut series, Of Light and Darkness, which takes place in modern-day Prague, Czech Republic. This story is especially close to me, for many of the characters are based off of people I know and love. There will be seven books total in the series. Each is a full-length novel. Along with those seven, there will be several companion books to the series. Again, Of Light and Darkness is a fairytale that I am particularly passionate about, and I’m pretty sure there is not another one like it on your shelf.
When was your first book published?
The Vampire’s Daughter was the first installment of the series and was published in June, 2011.
Why did you decide to become an Indie Author?
I really enjoy the freedom of being an independent author. I am one that chose to work with a small publisher, because I also like the collaborative effort of working with a team, but I know my stories could never be traditionally published. It is very hard to place them in a single box, so I feel that being an independent author lets me be boundless in my world-building.
Are you currently working on anything?
I am currently working on edits for the third installment in the Of Light and Darkness Series called, “The Vampire’s Hourglass”. I am very excited about it. It is by far my favorite in the whole series. I am also working on edits for my first companion book to the series called, “The Anatomy of Vampires: Volume One”, which will sort of be like a fictional non-fiction book, if that makes sense. I’ve got a lot of surprises up my sleeve!
Who and what inspired you to write?
My husband was the main inspiration for my Of Light and Darkness Series. Regarding writing in general, I’d say a lot of people in my life always told me I was a good storyteller. My mom and my fifth-grade teacher being two that stick out most in my mind.
Each author has his or her own inspiring journey. How did you begin writing?
I was in high school. I met the man of my dreams who would later become my husband. I was in the middle of my classes. I hated math. I opened my notebook, and I began.
What is on your writing playlist for your book(s)?
Florence and the Machine, Azure Ray, Evanescence, 30 Seconds to Mars, some classical music, and the list goes on…
Who is your favorite character in your books?
I love them all. They are all very dear friends of mine. But I think one of the most interesting is Mr. Trinozka, who is an eight-foot shape-shifter with the body of a burrowing spider and the head of a human, elderly man. He wears steampunk goggles. He carries butterscotch candies in his pocket. He loves tea. He has a knob mustache. And he is based off of my grandfather.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire.
Tell us in one sentence why we should read your books.
It is the most stunning, modern fairytale that you’ve probably never heard of…
The Vampire’s Daughter
When one human stands before an army of impossible obstacles, the likelihood of overcoming them in this coming-of-age modern fairytale may result in war between light and darkness.
Abandoned as an infant in Prague, naive and strong-willed Charlotte Ruzikova was raised by one of the last Vampires left alive. As a human, she knows no other home than the one nestled deep in the woods of Eastern Europe, where Witches drew spells of enchantment, Phasers threw tea parties, and Elves are the closest in kin. Charlotte has lived her life in the dark with her Guardian, content to having him to herself and reveling in his attention, until she’s realizes she wants more…
Resident medical doctor and Vampire, Valek Ruzik fears the day his ward would come of age and blossom into a fine woman, and he is forced to confront his own motives as time is of the essence once his past catches up to him, and their lives become endangered…
As genocide and war threatens their secret society, the dictator in power is ready to wipe out Valek’s race, but Charlotte will not allow that to happen. Fighting for the only one she’s ever loved and truly believed in, she will do whatever it takes to save their love…before the sun comes up and light takes over.
The Vampire’s Reflection
Months after their brutal victory over Aiden and his hierarchy of Wizards, Charlotte and Valek have returned from Prague to their home in the Bohemian Occult City. However, this time, they are joined by their new band of misfit, magical friends. In the light of day, all seems to be at peace now that the Regime has been toppled, and the coven of rogue monsters has finally found their freedom. But Charlotte soon discovers that much like her adopted Vampire family, she has developed a strange addiction of her own. Her new disease is destroying her from the inside out, and Valek finds himself at a loss as he defies all odds to save her life. Danger continues to lurk around every corner and they realize that their happily-ever-after has not ended so happily after all, in this highly anticipated sequel of the Of Light and Darkness series.
All About Shayne
Shayne’s first year out of high school (after meeting mentor, friend, and executive producer, Marcie Gorman), she penned, co-directed, and starred in the feature-length film, The Incubus a paranormal romance, which obtained distribution and opened in over fifteen theaters across South Florida among popular chains like Regal, AMC, and Cinemark. The Incubus has obtained a fan-base of over 60,000 girls online, and has garnered the attention of reporters from the Miami Herald, CBS News, and NPR Radio. Leighton also starred alongside Scream Queen, Tara Cardinal in the film, Legend of the Red Reaper. Now, 20-year-old Leighton is excited to release her debut young adult novel series, Of Light and Darkness, set in contemporary Prague as well as penning several other screenplays, a novel adaptation for Legend of the Red Reaper, an original pop/rock album, and acting in various film roles.
Hop over and check out these other participating blogs and see who and what they are featuring!