Hi everyone! I pleased to present an interview with the fabulous Shayne Leighton, author of 'Of Light and Darkness'.
1. Hi Shayne! Thanks for stopping by the blog! What
inspired you to write Of Light and Darkness?
Thanks! I'm happy to be
here. I was inspired to write Of Light and Darkness because I was
inspired by real people and invents in my life. I love fantasy, and I
would love to live in a fantastical world, so I took situations in my
life and people I actually know and created a world with magic and
fantasy where they would exist. My husband inspired the character of
Valek and because he is from the Czech Republic, I set the novel in
2. Did you always plan for the book to be a series?
I always knew the story was too big for just one book. I wanted the
time and space to expound upon characters and their back stories and to
really build on the conflicts and themes of the story.
3. What where the best and worst parts of writing
Of Light and Darkness?
The worst parts, by far, was hitting a
writer's block. There is nothing worse than trying to tell a story, and
not being able to figure out what happens next. Sometimes the novel
would sit on the computer for weeks, before I figured out where I wanted
to go with it. The best and most gratifying parts, was when I was
really jiving with a scene and loving how the story was developing and
what the characters were doing. Sometimes, the characters really drive
4. I hear that you’ve developed the book into film!
What was that experience like for you?
We are still in the
development process. It's both a struggle, and a lot of fun. It's cool
to see the project coming together and various filmmakers and cast
members eager to get on board with the project. I love filming the
teasers to entice both audience members and industry people. It's cool
to see the story I wrote play out with real people and with sets,
costumes, and other visual aspects.
5. Any hints as to what’s next in store for
Charlotte and Valek?
A lot of drama and a lot of danger awaits Valek
and Charlotte in book two! I can definitely say that their relationship
gets challenged. You'll just have to wait and see. ;)
Thanks for stopping by Shayne! I can't wait for book 2!
You can read my review of her awesome novel here.