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Genre Chick Interview: Leanna Renee Hieber

Dear Month of Writers Blog Festival,

It’s really no secret how much I love Leanna Renee Hieber. She’s my kindred spirit, my bosom companion, the Anne to my Diana…and my Dragon*Con roomie. She just had a book come out this month, and her brand new YA series debuts this November.

And today, she gets to play our little game, too.

So, without further ado… Immobulus!

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Mac or PC?
PC

Coffee or Tea?
Tea (A different tea for whatever series I’m working on. Clove tea for Strangely Beautiful, Earl Grey for Magic Most Foul.

Travel the World or Travel Outer Space?
Both, with The Doctor

Fantasy or Science Fiction?
Fantasy

Music or Silence (while you write)?
Music (Classical)

What weird food do you like?
Fried pickles

What is one of your most irrational fears?
Being buried alive. Not just buried alive. But inside a pyramid. No joke.

Did you watch the Royal Wedding? Why or why not?
No. Because I was too busy dressed up as Narcissa Malfoy at the time. Again, no joke.

How many novels/short stories/screenplays/poems/etc have you published?
3 novels (4 come November), 3 novellas, 2 short plays, 3 short stories, 2 non-fiction articles

How much do you write every day?
What? We’re supposed to write every day? Well, I can promise at least a scribble in a notebook or on a napkin…

How much do you WISH you could write every day?
3 or 4 thousand words would be stellar

What are you working on now?
Back and forth between the last Strangely Beautiful novel and the next Magic Most Foul novel.

If you could write like one author, who would it be?
Edgar Allan Poe during a mind-meld with J. K. Rowling

If you could be one superhero, or have one superpower, who/what would it be?
Flight

What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done?
I’ve attained a level of professional Geek. Being a Geek is my job. That’s the coolest thing ever.

What’s the coolest thing you’re about to do?
Continue working on the musical adaptation of The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker

Name three things on your List of Things to Do Before You Die.
– Travel the world’s great rivers
– Meet Alan Rickman
– Hit the New York Times Bestseller list with a bunch of my friends listed beside me

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A southern Ohio native with a degree in theatre and a focus in the Victorian Era, the author, actress and playwright got her start in publishing with hot-headed little plays still produced around the country and has adapted 19th century literature for the professional stage. Her “Strangely Beautiful” debut, THE STRANGELY BEAUTIFUL TALE OF MISS PERCY PARKER hit Barnes & Noble’s Bestseller list, was listed as a 2009 favourite on 14 book blogs, won two 2010 Prism Awards and has been optioned for a Broadway musical. Her books have been chosen for Rhapsody and Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Clubs. Her next series, MAGIC MOST FOUL, a Victorian Paranormal Young Adult series set in 1880s New York City, will hit bookstores November 2011. A proud member of Actors Equity, the Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA, she can be found working on sets for film and television when not on a book deadline. She lives in New York City, happily coupled with her real-life-hero and rescued albino lab rabbit; Persebunny.

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The Princess’s Birthday Eve

I am currently kicking myself. For my birthday, Dad got together an entire collage of the folks he works with at Knight’s Armament, all wearing tiaras. That’s right — crowns, books, and guns galore — and I left the CD on the dining room table. Mom put it in a box with the rest of my presents and it’s on its way to me…but I wanted to post it NOW, in anticipation of tomorrow’s big event. *sigh* The best laid plans of mice and men. And princesses.

This, of course, does not stop me from officially launching the photo album a day early, however…I just don’t have as many pictures to fill it. This, of course, means I get to save the best for first: the loveliest of lovelies, Leanna Renee Hieber sent me a picture with her AWESOME Edward Gorey tiara!

Is your tiara polished? Give me your best smile and snap that picture! I can’t wait to see you guys!

xox Love, Princess Alethea

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DC Sunset, post-Sanity

While FGB and I did not attend the Rally for Sanity today in DC (despite my hardcore optimism and support for sanity, I’m still not a huge fan of crowds), we did arrive in its aftermath to meet my dearest Leanna Renee Hieber and see some sights. I don’t make it into the city very much — I should really try to do it more often. Especially on nights like this. Only with a better camera than my iPhone.

Please enjoy these photos from our nation’s capitol.

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An Interview with Percy Parker

One of the many reasons that I admire Leanna Renee Hieber is because she does things like this: dress up as her main character, win a costume contest, and then proceed to give a live YouTube interview as Percy Parker. Watching this sparks all kinds of mischievous things in my imagination. If I could dress up as a character in one of my novels–and give an interview–who would it be? What would I wear? What mannerisms would I affect? What would my voice sound like? What sorts of things would I say?

If you had to choose, who would you be?

Here is the interview — I’m sorry that the sound quality is so poor, but happily Percy’s dialogue has been closed-captioned for the hearing impaired (ie: everyone).

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Time

So I’m packed for Dragon*Con–finally–and I’m waiting for my nails to dry. (Typing on a keyboard is a lovely way to do that without seriously screwing them up.) I’m terribly behind on my geek street cred: I never finished watching the last season of Doctor Who (mostly cause I didn’t want David Tennant to leave), nor did I watch Season 6 of Lost. I have, however, devoured the Hunger Games trilogy and caught up on Stargate:Universe. Most importantly, I feel out of the loop because I was not haunting Sherri’s cabin, breakfasting on hummus and looking over her shoulder while she finished No Mercy…which just feels strange. I don’t even know what her soundtrack for that book was.

I always have this feeling right before Dragon*Con — the feeling that in order to pick up my VIP badge I’m going to be forced to take an IQ test and answer a series of questions as to the true level of geekness in my nature. This year, more than most, I feel like I’d come up lacking. Instead of reading every Blackest Night prequel graphic novel, I went and quit my job, ran away from home, and sold a bunch of stories to a bunch of anthologies while waiting on news about my novel. (I’d say any day now, but it’s been “any day now” for almost a year and I don’t want you guys to punch me.)

It’s that horrible double-edged sword of convention-going: If you don’t go to enough conventions, you run the risk of people forgetting who you are (and you forgetting how to interact with them). If you go to too many conventions, when the heck do you have time to do any work? My dearest bosom buddy Leanna Hieber reminded me that while I do miss my friends–and am going through a rather horrible adjustment and withdrawl regarding them–I need to go back to the beginning. I need to find me again, and find what’s important. I need to finish some things that I started…and then start new things.

The coolest part is, I’m actually starting to THINK of new things. My fairy goddaughters have been my muses. They remind me so often what I was like when I was their age, brimming with emotions and stories untold. Of how happy I was in a room by myself with a pink-papered notebook and a purple pen. (Because we had those things back in the 80’s.) It was just me and the words and no one else…until it was me and Casey sitting on the dock, exchanging stories, and then me and Margo and Chris passing a notebook back and forth and writing a novel.

My friends were always there–and will always be there. I’m going to see quite a few of them tomorrow night. But the writing came first. The writing always came first. So forgive me if you haven’t seen much of me this year in person — please know that I miss you too. Immensely. But an exiled princess is still a princess, and her kingdom will flourish wherever she goes.

If you’re going to be at Dragon*Con, please find me and say hi. I’d love to see you. I’ll be the girl dressed like a fairy princess trying to remember that she’s a geek. xox

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