Hello, Readers! Today we have a guest interview with Leigh Ann Kopans, the author of the super hero Young Adult novel One. I've read her debut novel and really loved it. It's very different from many of the YA novels out there at the moment, and if you are a comic book lover (and even if you aren't) this is the book you've been waiting for.
Here's our little chat, below:
O: Hi Leigh Ann! We're so excited to have you here today at Lady Scribes, to talk about your debut One. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
L: Thank you so much! I'm so excited to be here, and honored that you invited me.
About myself? Well, I've always loved reading sci-fi and romance - those have been my two favorite genres since I was a little kid. But I never really started trying to write anything until I found myself suddenly out of work and home with three very small children every day. I needed something to do that would make me feel useful and stimulated, so I tried my hand at my first novel.
Also, I'm equally addicted to tech, coffee, and ice cream. I like it.
O: It amazes me that you managed to write such a fantastic book, or any book at all, with young children at home. I know it's something I struggle with. For our readers who are work-at-home moms, do you have any tips for staying sane and productive?
L: My number one tip is to figure out ways to work in any setting. I always - ALWAYS - have my phone and my Kindle in arm's reach. I use a mobile note taking program and tap stuff in there in the grocery checkout or while packing lunches. If I'm at the park with my kids or they are sick and want to cuddle on the couch, or if I'm on the elliptical working out, I read. I'm never not working.
O: I've read One, and absolutely loved it. I thought it was very unique, and yet, very easy to relate to. Can you tell our readers what your novel is about?
L: Oh, thank you so much! That means a lot to me. One is about Merrin, who only has half a superpower - she can float, but not fly. She wants to fly more than anything, and when she meets Elias, another One, she discovers that when she touches him, their powers combine to make her fly. It's about her struggles with that, and also the Biotech organization that may pose a large threat to them.
O: I love Merrin and her intense code of honor, and her unbending loyalty to those she loves. What was the best part of writing One, and the worst?
L: Oh, thank you! I like to think Merrin is pretty fierce. ;) The best part was the scenery descriptions. Since Merrin's always wanted to fly, she's obsessed with the sky. The worst was figuring out some good pacing for the novel - since it's a combination romance and sci-fi, it was really tough to balance those elements in a way that kept readers turning the pages.
O: The rumor on Twitter is that the second book for Elias and Merrin is in the offing, called Two. Can you tell us when that will be ready, and is there anything you can tell us about it without spoiling One for your new readers?
L: Yes! Two is coming out on October 8th, and I'm so excited! It's from Elias's point of view. It tells the story of Elias and Merrin's escape from the Biotech Hub, their journey to two other Hubs, and their discovery that the horrible things they learned back home were only just the beginning of Biotech's threat to Ones and Supers alike.
O: What are some of the books that have influenced you, in life and in your writing? Can you share some of your favorites with us? Are there any in particular that you feel are absolute MUST READS?
L: In terms of children's sci-fi, my biggest influence was, hands down, A WRINKLE IN TIME. L'Engle weaves together science, fantasy, budding romance, and the bigger questions of life together so seamlessly that reading it still leaves me breathless.
O: Favorite color?
L: Green, at least today.
O: Favorite food?
O: Beach or Mountains?
L: Mountains (Solitude!)
O: Water or Land?
O: Orange or Green?
L: Green! :)
O: Trip to Paris or trip to rural Thailand?
L: Paris. I need buildings and running water.
O: Sweet or salty?
L: Sweet AND salty. (Salty caramel! Chocolate covered pretzels! Caramel corn!)
O: Pencil or pen?
L: Neither. I hate handwriting.
O: Notebook or computer?
O: Nerd or geek?
O: Captain America or The Human Torch? (One last chance here, Leigh Ann. Heehee!)
L: THE HUMAN TORCH FOREVER.
(Interviewer's Side Note: I still think you should all give her book a chance even if she isn't a Captain America fan. I mean, no one's perfect, right?) ;D
O: Thank you so much for dropping by Lady Scribes and sharing One with us, Leigh Ann. I really enjoyed the novel and hope our readers will too!
L: Thank YOU so much for having me! It's been an absolute pleasure. <3
You can find Leigh Ann at her website or on her blog, and also all over the web in places like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!
Because Leigh Ann's novel is about super heroes, I want to know what YOUR super power would be, if you could have one?
(I'll randomly draw a winner to receive a e-copy of One, and you only need to leave a comment to qualify for the drawing. The winner will be announced Monday, here on the blog! Good luck...)