Interview with Author Leigh Ann Kopans

I’m super excited (go ask Leigh Ann how excited I was) to have fellow superhero lover and debut author Leigh Ann Kopans on the blog!
Leigh Ann’s superhero YA ONE hit the shelves this Tuesday and you can get your copy here.
About ONE:
When having two powers makes you a Super and having none makes you a Normal, having only one makes you a sad half-superpowered freak.

It makes you a One.

Sixteen-year-old Merrin Grey would love to be able to fly – too bad all she can do is hover.

If she could just land an internship at the Biotech Hub, she might finally figure out how to fix herself. She busts her butt in AP Chem and salivates over the Hub’s research on the manifestation of superpowers, all in hopes of boosting her chances.

Then she meets Elias VanDyne, another One, and all her carefully crafted plans fly out the window. Literally. When the two of them touch, their Ones combine to make them fly, and when they’re not soaring over the Nebraska cornfields, they’re busy falling for each other.

Merrin’s mad chemistry skills land her a spot on the Hub’s internship short list, but as she gets closer to the life she always wanted, she discovers that the Hub’s purpose is more sinister than it has always seemed. Now it’s up to her to decide if it’s more important to fly solo, or to save everything – and everyone – she loves.

(Taken from Amazon. Com)
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What were your influences as a child? Did you watch the Justice League, Batman? Wonder Woman Saturday cartoons? Were you writing as a child?
YES! I grew up watching the X-men on Saturday morning cartoons, and I begged my dad to record them for me so I could watch them whenever. I remember especially loving Rogue, because she was the most angst-filled for sure. But I’m sure the idea of angsty teen mutants in general really stuck with me.
The thing with the old X-men cartoons, and the subsequent movies, and then ALL the Marvel superhero movies, actually, is that they were just as concerned with the inner and interpersonal conflict as they were with the superpowers themselves. I think those influences are pretty apparent in ONE.
Oh, and no! I never wrote as a child, just read – a lot. My first try at a novel was January 2011. 😀
Next! 😀
I love that about the X-Men! Total love of inner and outer conflicts.
What about your teen years? What influences did you have? What parts of you went into ONE and sixteen-year-old Merrin?
Hmm, that’s an interesting question! I feel like I’m on the psychoanalyst’s couch a little, LOL. Well, I’d say that I was always “the smart one -” very geeky in terms of reading all the time and loving school. I’ve never had more than a few close friends at a time, and wasn’t part of the cool crowd but wasn’t an outcast, either.  I think that like Merrin a lot of the time I felt like something was missing and I was just waiting to find it (though I think a lot of high schoolers feel like that at one time or another.)
I remember that angst! (Very strange. Human-like feelings in me? Weird.) So, what part of your adult life has led to ONE? A turning point? What lessons and experiences have led to your debut novel?
Well, ONE was the second novel I wrote. I think I’d had the idea in the back of my head since…well, since I was a kid. I was always very analytical and liked to pick things apart, and so of course with superpowers I was going to be obsessing over the mechanics of it all. But I hadn’t had the experience to turn that into a fully fleshed out plot, I think, until I’d gone through a “training wheels” novel.
The first scene I wrote from One – the scene that’s now chapter 8, a boy and a girl flying around a cornfield – had been haunting me for days. From there, I pieced together the rest of the story, and the characters.
In terms of the debut novel, I think that the toughest lesson and learning experience has been balancing the willingness and ability to learn enough to write a good novel with the confidence needed to actually publish it. It’s a tough balance, one that I still struggle with daily.
I love how chapter 8 is The Scene That Started It All. I love those stories. So 8 is what started it all. What about music? Poetry? Book? Movie? What influences drove the feel/story you wanted to capture? Did those influences still work with the end result?
There are so, SO many songs about flying. Kravitz’s “Fly Away” and Switchfoot’s “Oh! Gravity” were huge influences for the feel of Merrin’s character at the beginning of the book. I wrote to “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer on a loop to lend the magical, floaty feel to chapter 8, and “Meteor Shower” by Owl City colored a lot of the descriptions of Merrin and Elias together.
In terms of concept, though, it was every superhero comic and movie I ever loved. X-men, most of all, but Daredevil was big, and the Avengers, too. I loved to try to wrap my brain around the very real possibility of genetic mutations since I was a child – there’s just so much we don’t know. It turns out that genes can mutate to adapt in certain ways, and a brand-new scientific field called epigenetics is studying that. The concepts in ONE were based on some research I did there.
I was actually worried that the influences would be TOO obvious in the final result, but I’m thankful that I have a creative enough brain to have twisted and turned them around to fit my own concepts, characters, and story.
That’s so awesome. Is there anything else you want to add?
No, just that I really appreciate you asking me to come over today! It’s been fun. And Happy Birthday! ❤
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Add ONE on GoodReads here.
And totally follow Leigh Ann on Twitter.
And it’s never too late to send me a ONE poster! That cover’s my favorite this year!

Movie Night with Author Chelsea Pitcher

 Today I have the honor of having Chelsea Pitcher and her debut, The S-Word. For those who follow on Twitter, you know how much I love both!

And I’m uber excited to have them on today!

A little about The S-Word:

Two best friends torn apart by a mistake. Slut. Brought closer by two words. Suicide slut.

1.) I’m so excited about this! Who’s playing who in the movie?

My first thought for Angie was Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars). She’s got those big, Bambi eyes that might be innocent or might be masking a hidden darkness. I love the edgy vibe of this picture because it shows a darker side of Hale than we usually see on PLL.

Gorg innocent picture

Still, Hale might come off as a little too innocent for the role, and I could also see someone like Phoebe Tonkin (The Vampire Diaries) portraying Angie. She looks a bit wicked in this photo, but also sad, which fits Angie perfectly.

She also looks like Jackie from That 70s Show

Drake has a little bit darker hair, but I could definitely see him being played by someone like Chase Crawford (Gossip Girl). In Angie’s words, Drake is “break-your-heart-gorgeous”, and those blue eyes are about perfect:

He’s like a young Ian

Casting Lizzie was really difficult! I wanted someone who had an innocent, vulnerable quality to her, but at the same time was an old soul. I think this picture of Britt Robertson (The Secret Circle) embodies Lizzie really well: she looks hopeful and distrustful at the same time.

For Jesse I think both Tyler Posey (MTV’s Teen Wolf) and Diego Boneta (Pretty Little Liars) have qualities that are Jesse-like, even if neither is an exact match. I think Posey is probably closer in terms of looks:

But dang it if Boneta doesn’t have that awesome hair flip and sassy coat:

If any readers out there have ideas for who they’d cast in The S-Word, I’d love to hear about it!!

This cast is gorgeous! *o*

2. Who’s writing?

I would actually love to have Brian Fuller, who is the writer/creator of the show Pushing Daisies. The show has this wonderfully snappy dialogue, and a lovely noir quality.

That’s true!

3. Director?

I could see somebody like Paul McGuigan doing a great job with it. He directed Lucky Number Slevin, which is another example of a great modern-day noir.

4. Who HAS TO be on the soundtrack?

I can see the movie opening with Everybody Talks by the Neon Trees. The song is all about how gossip can ruin reputations and relationships. After that I’d say Howl by Florence & the Machine, for Angie’s investigation, Tea Party by Kerli for the cheerleaders, and Always Love by Nada Surf for Jesse.

Everybody Talks! I was singing that in my head earlier!

5. What’s the line on the poster?

Lizzie Hart just took her own life. But someone isn’t letting her go quietly.

OOH.
6. Costume DESIGN! 

I would love to have someone like Robert Blackman, designer for Pushing Daisies, who dresses the characters in modernized versions of vintage fashion. A lot of the characters in The S-Word express themselves through clothing (Jesse plays with Golden Age glam, while Shelby might wear a 1940s cocktail dress one day and a 1960s halter and platforms the next) and I think Blackman would illustrate that really well.

That’s so amazing, I never even thought of that!

Thanks so much for having me!! This was a blast!! ☺
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Thank you!

What freaking amazing movie this would make.

Here’s the GoodReads link and the Amazon link. Go forth!

One Moment: Fragile Little Things

Thanks to everyone for playing One Moment! For those who don’t know, the game is look for time telling words in your writing and post a chunk of it on your blog.

Here we go!

I know I always do FLTs but I dare not go into the other works. Scared that if I talk about them, they won’t be finished. :s

So here it is, from the first chapter:

I go back to bed and cling to Chris, burying myself in his sweet-smelling shirt. In his sleep, he pushes the pillow with his head, finds my hand and tucks it against his chest.

Th-thump. Th-thump.
Dad’s heart beat like this once.
But dad’s heart stopped before anyone else’s did.
“Hey,” I whisper. “It’s time.”

Make sure if you’re playing, you post the link on the original post!

One Moment

Time’s been on my mind a lot. Possibly because friends’ books are coming out, I’m twenty-one in a few days, and it’s summer (the season is like the end of the year to me.)

And I thought we’d do something fun. Yes, we, my friends.

There’s always this moment in our writing or favorite books where time seems to be *just* right. A slow dance where the twinkle lights hit his eyes just right. The morning after where time just stands still.

Or the nonromantic moments. Where time is running out. Something’s starting. When a character’s mom gives her the last hug before the first day of school.

Wanna play?

Yay!

Search the words “moment,” “forever,” “time,” or the like in your writing, pick your favorite chunk, post on your blog, and tag others! Come back and post your link here so we can read!

And don’t forget to title your post One Moment: (The title of your story)!

Don’t have anything? Write us a three paragraph story where time is everything!

Can’t wait to read!

Edit: you don’t have to post today but before next week would totally behoove (sp? No thanks) you!