Acclaimed YA Author Katrina Leno Answers 4 Horrid-Related Questions

I am pleased to share with you my (short) interview with Katrina Leno. I quite like this author because she explores various genres and themes in her stories: mental illness, horror, mystery, romance, friendship, family relationships and more. I recently read her novel Horrid and had some burning questions whose answers I was curious to know.

What is the worst nightmare you’ve ever had?

The night before I graduated high school, I had a dream that I was at a big house party with everyone from my school. The house was on a lake, and I walked around the backyard and ended up standing on the edge of the lake. I was wearing these new blue tennis sneakers that I actually owned in real life, and I realized I was just a bit too close to the muddy water and they were getting dirty. I tried to take a step backward but the mud was too sticky and thick, and after a minute it started sucking me down. I remember standing on the very bottom of the lake, looking up at the surface of the water as I drowned. I woke up to a terrifying stretch of sleep paralysis and even though this dream happened 18 years ago, I still think about it all the time. It was very terrifying!

Have you ever seen a ghost or had experience with them before?

I haven’t! I am open to the possibility of lingering spirits but I think they might have better things to do than disrupt the living 🙂 But it’s always fun to be a little creeped out by a spooky house and a creaky door, right??

What do you want your readers to remember the most about your novel Horrid?

One of the things I love most about writing is that once you put a book out into the world, it stops being solely yours and it starts being a collaboration between you and the reader. Often a person will reach out to me with a response to my book that I never even thought of and it’s the greatest thing in the world! I guess for Horrid I hope people come away with the idea that the scariest things in this world are sometimes not external forces, but very internal ones – but I won’t say anymore, so I don’t spoil anything 🙂 

Is there anything you wanted to include in Horrid that you weren’t able to or were warned against?

I was really blessed with great editors for Horrid and I don’t think there was anything I was told I shouldn’t or couldn’t do – if anything, my editor was trying to get me to include MORE creepiness and more scares! We definitely worked a lot on the backstory together because we wanted that to be as solid as possible, so I think that was the biggest piece we tweaked and tweaked, to make sure it was as powerful as possible. 

One of my favorite horror books and a huge influence on Horrid is The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson!

More Katrina Leno books.

I had not done an author interview in over a year. I’m glad my first one since the pandemic started was with Katrina Leno, because she was very open with regards to my questions and happy to be interviewed. Those are really the best kinds of interviewees.

Did you enjoy the interview?

Are you planning on reading Horrid or another Katrina Leno book?

Let me know what you think in the comments.

Author Interview: Traci Chee (The Reader)

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Dear reader, I’m so glad you’ve found yourself on this page, because I have a wonderful author and a wonderful book to present to you today! The Reader is one of my favorite 2016 releases and probably my favorite debut so far. You can read my review HERE.

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Author Interview: Tara Sim (Timekeeper) ❤

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Dear readers, today I have the opportunity to introduce you to a new voice in Young Adult literature, Tara Sim! I have had the chance to read her novel, Timekeeper, a few weeks ago and I immediately contacted the author for an interview. I was that delightfully surprised by it. You can read my review HERE

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Author Interview: Roshani Chokshi (The Star-Touched Queen)

The Star-Touched Queen Interview

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Having absolutely adored The Star-Touched Queen (see my review HERE), I was extremely excited when Miss Chokshi agreed to do this interview. It’s one of my favorite 2016 releases.

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Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only

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the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself. Continue reading

Author Interview: Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas (These Vicious Masks)

The Book

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Title: These Vicious Masks
Series: These Vicious Masks #1
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: February 9th, 2016
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance, Mystery, Superpowers

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Jane Austen meets X-­Men in this gripping and adventure-­filled paranormal romance set in Victorian London.

England, 1882. Evelyn is bored with society and its expectations. So when her beloved sister, Rose, mysteriously vanishes, she ignores her parents and travels to London to find her, accompanied by the dashing Mr. Kent. But they’re not the only ones looking for Rose. The reclusive, young gentleman Sebastian Braddock is also searching for her, claiming that both sisters have special healing powers. Evelyn is convinced that Sebastian must be mad, until she discovers that his strange tales of extraordinary people are true—and that her sister is in graver danger than she feared.

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Author Interview: Christina Henry (Alice)

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See my review for this book here.

Interview with Christina Henry:

Tell us a little about yourself… Are you a fan of horror movies? What makes your day? Is being an author the only profession you’ve ever practiced?

I am a fan of certain kinds of horror movies. I’m not a huge fan of modern slasher films but I do love monster movies and anything suspenseful and atmospheric.

As an example, three of my favourite movies of all time are JAWS, ALIEN,

and THE THING. All three movies have very strong atmospheres that shape the tension of the films. I also love Alfred Hitchcock, especially REAR WINDOW.

A good writing day definitely makes my day. By that I mean the writing is flowing smoothly and it doesn’t take me all afternoon to write one paragraph (it feels like it does sometimes).

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Interview: C.S. Pacat (Kings Rising)

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Would you say that writing the third and final book in the Captive Prince trilogy was more arduous than writing the first two ones?

It was the most enjoyable to write, but simultaneously the most technically demanding. The greatest challenge was making certain that the book hit all of the right notes, and was a satisfying conclusion to the series. But I loved writing it. It was incredibly exciting for me to have reached that point–there are so many climactic scenes in Kings Rising that, for three books, I had been yearning to write. Continue reading

Author Interview + Giveaway: Pamela DuMond (Part-time Princess)

THE AUTHOR

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Pamela DuMond is the author who discovered Erin Brockovich’s life story, thought it would make a great movie and pitched it to ‘Hollywood’. She writes romantic comedic mysteries, romantic YA time travel and New Adult romance including romantic comedy! (Comedy and Romance are kind of her thing…)
Her book The Story of You and Me was a Quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakout Novel Award (ABNA) 2014 in Romance. Cupcakes, Pies, and Hot Guys was a Quarterfinalist in ABNA 2013 in Mystery.
She’s addicted to TV shows — The Voice and Reign. The movies Love Actually and The Bourne trilogy (with Matt Damon — not that other actor guy,) make her cry ever time she watches them. (Like — a thousand.)
When she’s not writing Pamela’s also a chiropractor and cat wrangler. She loves reading, the beach, working out, movies, TV, animals, her family and friends. She lives in Venice, California with her fur-babies. She likes her coffee strong, her cabernet hearty, her chocolate dark, her foods non-GMO and she lives for a good giggle. Sign up for Pam’s newsletter for info on upcoming books and special events on her website at www.pameladumond.com.
THE BOOK
Publication Date: July 28th 2014
Genres: NA, Comedy, Romance
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Lucy Trabbicio’s a down-on-her-luck, young, American, former biker-bar cocktail waitress desperate to find a job. Lady Elizabeth Billingsley hires Lucy to travel to Fredonia, the tiny jewel of a country in the Alps, for ten days ‘tops’ to impersonate her.

Say what? How the heck is that going to happen?

In the mother of all makeovers, Elizabeth’s people teach Lucy how to dress, walk, talk, eat, be coiffed and even get naked like a European Lady.

The goal? To keep Crown Prince Cristoph Timmel interested in Elizabeth untilshe finishes her unexpected, pressing personal business in the States. But fate intervenes… Lucy meets and is wildly attracted to sexy, bad-boy Nick on the oh-so-long flights to Fredonia. Unfortunately for Lucy—Nick and Elizabeth have a hot sexual history, which Nick wants to immediately resume.

Prince Cristoph proposes marriage. What’s an imposter girl to do? Elizabeth insists that she’ll make it back home in time for the wedding. Lucy accepts Cristoph’s proposal and is on the fast track to becoming a Princess but continues to fall for the wrong Prince of Fredonia—Nick. When another tiny glitch arises—someone’s trying to kill her. The only folks helping Lucy are her wild, party hard, take-no-prisoners Ladies-in-Waiting.

When the real Lady Elizabeth decides she’s not marrying Cristoph and never returning to Fredonia, Lucy’s faced with an uncomfortable decision—continue her deception, marry the prince she’s not in love with and live a dream life albeit without Nick, her dream guy? Or tell the truth and return to poverty and oblivion?

A modern day sexy fairy tale with romance, twists and turns, LOL moments, a few tears and an empowering ending.

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