I am PUMPED to have to amazing Leigh Fallon on the blog today! It took me me by complete surprise that she had never, yes never been on the blog at all. Well, unless you count the review for Carrier of The Mark I did.
Meet Leigh (pronounced LEE) Fallon:
In short I was born in South Africa, raised in Dublin, Ireland and moved to Cork in my 20’s. While living in beautiful Kinsale, Co Cork I discovered a love of writing. I write mainly for the young adult market. My current book, The Carrier of the Mark, prompted me to abandon my ‘riveting’ career in corporate treasury and have been writing ever since. I have another three books in the Carrier series and a few other projects I'm working on. My family and I now share our time between Ireland and the US.
Get To Know Leigh:
1. Leigh Fallon! Welcome! Since this is the first time MMSAI has had you
on, I have to as a few questions I am sure you have answered a million
times. The first of which being about how COTM was picked up/published.
It's a very interesting story - can you sum it up in a little Cliff Notes
Cliff Notes...right. Here we go. I wrote a book and posted it online where it was voted into the top five books on the site. It was read by a HarperTeen editor. Said editor fell in love with the story and the characters and offered me a publishing contract. I snagged an awesome literary agent and signed contracts. I edited like a crazy person, and one year later, Carrier of the Mark hit the shelves. TaDa!
2. Where did the idea for COTM come from. Was it one of those "light bulbs"
that went off one day, or did it build slowly until you had it?
It was a light bulber (that's not a real word, but then again, neither is pantser and I'm totally one of them). It popped into my mind one day while I was sitting in the car with my kids, but the more I think about, the more I realize the magic and the setting had been floating around my brain since I was a kid I just didn't realize it, then, all of a sudden, it hit me, all formulated and ready to be written. Honestly, I couldn't write fast enough.
3. Now COTM is the first in a series, and Shadow of The Mark the second
book, will be out sometime in 2013 from HarperTeen. Can you tell us
anything about SOTM?
Shadow of the Mark is much darker than Carrier. The Marked Ones are getting stronger and we get to see the true impact of Megan and Adam's relationship. We also delve in to the murky Marked world, the one that exists beyond Kinsale. It's full of deceptions, twists, and turns. We get introduced to some new characters while bidding a sad farewell to some others...well maybe (No spoilers here).
4. We share something in common, other than our love for fine chocolate, of
course!....we are both from Ireland...and when I say I'm "from Ireland" I’m
actually full of it...and I just mean that I descend from Irish Princess'
(which sounds way cooler than it is...) and I've had relatives in County
Kerry for years and years and years...my In-laws say (They moved here
from England 20 years ago) they say that's why I talk so much, and so
fast...it's a County Kerry thing. I haven't a clue what they are going on
about...wait where was I - Oh YES!!! What is the one thing you miss the
most from Ireland, since you now reside in the US? (Hey look, something
else we have in common!)
Don't worry, I talk fast too, people don't understand me half the time. It can work to our advantage. LOL! What do I miss most? The food. Most definitely the food. Irish food is gorgeous. I can get my fix of chocolate, crisps, and bread from Irish people who visit us, but I dream of proper home cooked Irish food. NOM!
1. Taxidermy (Well, obviously, who doesn't love some good old fashioned animal stuffing? I loved glazed staring eyes as much as the next person.)
2. Playing jump rope with Kangaroos (Doesn't everyone find this hobby absolutely imperative?)
3. Writing (sigh)
4. Reading (sigh)
5. Tea/Coffee/Chocolate (nom nom NOM)
6. Shoes (I wish I could walk high heels)
7. Deep Sea Fishing (I feel sick just thinking of it).
6. What is your favorite word, and why?
Obnoxious. It's a wonderful word that rolls of the tongue beautifully. It's also very expressive and summons up facial expressions that represent the recipients of the term.
7. Sneaking in a normal question here now, what’s your writing schedule
like. Get some done when you can, set hours?
Being a mom of four young kids, I don't get much writing time. So I schedule blocks in which to write. I tend to write books in huge chunks, whole days and nights. Then at other times, I don't write at all. Like now over the summer, I can't write because the kids are off, but once September comes and the kids are back at school there will be no stopping me.
8. And last, do you have little ideas for things after The Carrier Trilogy
is complete, fighting to be written. Or are you just focusing on bringing
the end of this series together for now?
After I finished Shadow of the Mark, I wrote a story for an anthology called Two and Twenty Dark Tales, it will be out in October, and I'm super excited about it. It's a really fun spooky book. My next project is Carrier 3. I do however, have another book half written, and I'd love to finish it before I get stuck back into the Carrier Series, but sometimes you have to listen to the characters that are screaming in your head. No matter how hard I try to block out Megan's voice, she's shouting pretty loudly at the moment, which probably means I'll have to put my other project on hold until again until I finish her story. But I'm very excited about the last book in the Carrier Series, it's going to be so much fun to write. I do have another series that I'm gasping to get stuck into, I just now need to find the time.
Thanks for the wonderful questions, Amber. *gives gigantic cup of coffee and a Cadbury's Crunchy*
Chruncy’s are my FAVORITE!!!! Thanks for being here Leigh!
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