Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Author Interview: Leah Clifford

Leah Clifford currently lives in Ohio with her (mostly) blind cat and her roommate, who she's been friends with since sixth grade. In her spare time she loves to travel and has been known to drive over two hours to get kickass quesadillas. So far for jobs she's sold corn at a roadside stand, been a pizza delivery girl, a camp counselor, an extreme cave tour guide, a flight attendant, a waitress (x3), a grocery store clerk and a writer. Out of all of them, writing has been the most fun. She's pretty sure she's gonna stick with it.
*Bio taken from Leah's website

When did it hit you that you're a published author and other people will be able to walk into a bookstore and buy your book?
Aw man, I don’t even know if it fully has yet!  I’ll be totally fine with the idea and then random panic sets in. Anyone can buy my book.  A few years ago it was just words in my head and now people all over can read them.  Completely surreal.
What were your first thoughts when you saw the cover for A TOUCH MORTAL?
I was SO nervous to get my cover!  It’s one of those huge milestones and I was terrified I wouldn’t like it, but I opened the file and it was perfect!  The model looks uncannily like Eden, the main character. They did a wonderful job on it!
This cover looks so much prettier in person.

It seems like A TOUCH MORTAL really hits on some darker topics. How did you manage to tackle the darker stuff without it overwhelming the story? Was finding a balance difficult?
You know, it wasn’t something I actively thought about. Growing up, my favorite movie was The Crow.  I’ve always been fascinated by death and what comes after and why.  I guess I just wrote the story I would have wanted to read at sixteen.
I love The Crow!

Are you anything like Eden? Do any of the characters have traits from people you know?
When I meet people, I try to pay attention to their little quirks and give them to my characters, but other than that they’re not based off of anyone.  To me, my characters are about as close to being real as one can get.  They act how they act.  I don’t outline much, so they just kind of do their thing and I write it down.
The dreaded writer's block attacks you and locks you in a room filled with melted marshmallows. How do you retaliate and defeat the beast?
See, not many people know this, but writer’s block is a lot like quicksand.  The more you struggle and thrash about, the worse it tends to get.  So me, I would make myself a comfy little marshmallow bed and catch a nap.  Most likely by the time I woke up, the dreaded writer’s block will have gotten bored, opened the door and wandered off.
Who doesn't like a nap? And one on a marshmallow bed must be comfy.
If a zombie apocalypse were to occur, who would you want on your side? (Actual people or book characters are welcome)
Westley from The Princess Bride because he’s pretty crafty, Doc Holliday from Tombstone because he’d be a crack shot and my editor, Martha, because we have an agreement that if there’s a zombie apocalypse, I’m her escape plan.
I think you and Martha will be pretty well off when the zombie apocalypse strikes.
What is the craziest thing that has ever happened to you?
I used to be a flight attendant, and on one trip my plane caught fire mid-flight.  The entire cabin filled with smoke.  We had to make an emergency landing back at the airport and it was my call to evacuate on the runway.   That was about the time I started thinking I needed a new career.
I couldn't blame you for switching careers after this. That is terrifying.
And the most important question last: What is your favorite kind of cookie?
Homemade chocolate chip!
One word: Yum

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Khadija said...

Fun interview! I love her answer about writer's block! I've been wanting to read a Touch Mortal for a while now, it sounds like a really good read. :)

BTW: I just posted part 3 of Debut Author Incites, come check it out?

Laura Howard said...

I love marshmallow beds. Great interview!

Brandileigh2003 (Blkosiner's Book Blog) said...

The plane catching fire is totally scary!

Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

Bere said...

Fabulous interview, Nikki! Leah sounds like so much fun! And now I'm totally curious about the movie The Crow. I'm off to search. Also I'm going to do some research on A Touch Mortal. I know I've seen it around but I'm not too sure what the book is about. Thanks for the interview, Nikki =).

~The Book Pixie said...

Never heard of The Crow but now I'm curious. I had a really bad experience when I was younger and flyin with my dad, who's a pilot. We were trying to go around a storm when we hit some bad turbulence and the plane plummeted a few thousand feet. Awesome interview. :D


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