TFFOS: Leigh Fallon -- Interview & Giveaway

To kick off The Four Flavors of Summer, I have with me LEIGH FALLON, the debut author of THE CARRIER OF THE MARK. If you haven't heard of her yet, under which rock are you living?! Joking, joking... kind of...

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1. Can you write a haiku to describe THE CARRIER OF THE MARK?
American girl moves to Ireland
And gets luscious guys and magic galore
Could she want for more?

2. The inside scoop: can you tell us one unique thing per each of the main characters, Megan and Adam, that we don't yet know?
Adam middle name is Liam.
Megan thinks she’s the first Female Marked of royal blood… but she’s not. Ooooh.

3. What's it like writing about Kinsale, a place where you actually live? Is there anything you do/did to get inspiration (i.e. visit certain places)? 
It’s fantastic writing about a place you’re living in.  You can document what you’re seeing, making the imagery all the more real.  I used to go down into Kinsale town and sit on the pier wall looking out to sea and people watching for inspiration. It’s a beautiful and interesting place.

4. How does it feel to get international acclaim (press in both the United States and Ireland) on your debut book? Is debuting anything/everything that you expected it to be?
It feels AMAZING to get international acclaim! Honestly, I never expecting this amount of coverage, I still have to pinch myself when I see the newspaper articles.  Debuting has been everything and so much more, and I’m enjoying every minute of it.

5. Looking on your blog, why would you refer to yourself as an "alien suburban goddess?" (Not that it's not awesome and all. :D)
LOL! My blog has since changed. I’ve gone all fancy now, but I’m still an alien suburban goddess at heart.  You see, I’m living over here in the US at the moment, in this tiny little suburban town in the commuter belt of Boston.  It takes a while to get used to the very different lifestyles that I live here compared to the one I lived in Kinsale.  I used chronicle my more interesting encounters on my blog.  The Goddess thing was my promise to get fit, thin, and healthy while learning to ice-skate, ski and do all manner of things I couldn’t do in Ireland.  I did join a gym and learn to ice-skate, but my road to goddess-dom ended there. LOL.

6. If you were a carrier of any mark from literature, whether it be from a film, novel, comic book, etc. (i.e. HP Death Eater mark), what mark would you have?
Ooooh, I think I’d like a couple of molnija for kicking some bad boy butt in Vampire Academy.  They’d be kinda cool.

7. What's your greatest love, second to writing?
Well there’s my family of course, I’ve got four kinds that torture me.  I adore them of course, they probably come in par with my writing.  I love horse-riding, but I don’t get too much time for it now that I’m in the US. Boo.

8. A few weird questions:
- Why do they call them "buildings" when they're already done building them?
They call them buildings because it’s got a better right to it than builtalreadies.

- Is a metaphor like a simile?
Does it represent me poorly if I admit I read that question as ‘is a metaphor like a smile’? Oh and my answer is. Yes, why it is. *smiles*

- If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?
Most popular girls require friends to be bought, that kind of adulation doesn’t come for free.

9. Finally, what's a question that you would like to post for readers?
If life is like a box of chocolates, which three chocolates best represent you, and why?

Thanks, Leigh! And I'm totally with her on the molnija. ;)



When Megan Rosenberg moves to Ireland, everything in her life seems to fall into place. She makes close friends with the girls in her class, her relationship with her dad is better than ever, and she finds herself inexplicably drawn to gorgeous, mysterious Adam DeRis. Adam is cold and aloof at first, but when Megan finally breaks down the icy barrier between them, she is amazed by the intensity of their connection. Then Adam reveals a secret about the magical destiny that will shape both of their lives but also threatens to tear them apart...



Leigh has generously provided some HALF-BLOOD and CARRIER OF THE MARK swag and a celtic silver book mark -- all the way from Ireland! -- for me to give to you. <-- picture coming soon

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