Please let us know a bit about yourself and your book.
My name is KaSonndra Leigh. I was born in Charlotte, NC (race car capital of the southeast). My parents moved to the City of Alchemy and Medicine, North Carolina when I was young so I don’t remember living there. I live in an L-shaped house that my sons and I have remodeled to mimic an Italian villa. It’s like you’re driving down the street in a laid back southern neighborhood and then…wham! There’s this pinkish reddish brown house sitting there. It was a bold move. But my neighbors appreciate it, though. My book is one of many treats I have ready to pump out for my readers in 2012. I have a total of 3 novels that will be released in 2012. When Copper Suns Fall is not the first novel I’ve written. It’s the one that has proven most controversial (unique voice, cross-genre, multi-cultural). So I began with this one first. The sequel, When Silver Moons Rise, will have its cover reveal in February and be released in late spring. I’m really excited about the warm reception that the world of Copper Suns has received. Thank you so much everyone as the journey to get this book into your hands has not been an easy one.
Why did you choose to write about angels?
Actually, When Copper Suns Fall, is about nephilims and the demons they hunt. Nephilims are half human, half angel. I didn’t choose this story because it was the next fad in tow. When I started working on Copper Suns seven years ago, angels and vampires were still based in New Orleans and people hadn’t jumped on the bandwagon yet. I was inspired by the Prophecy series. And then this wonderful genre called dystopian began to gain popularity. So I said, “what if…” and the Copper Suns trilogy was born. Of course, I just skipped over all of the ridiculously terrible titles I had started out with. I wouldn’t be here interviewing with you today if you had read some of those. Thanks Professor Scollins for setting me straight on that bad, bad first title.
Angels seem to be the next big thing since vampires, why do you think this is?
Actually both angel and vampire books, stories, etc. have been around for a long time. Both Anne Rice and Thomas Sniegoski were writing about vampires and angel wars long before True Blood, Twilight, and angel reads such as Hush Hush and the Mortal Instruments. But only recently, these supernatural creatures crossed into the young adult realm. I think that’s what’s making them so super popular these days. The approach is fresh. The plotlines are fast and therefore intriguing enough to dive into. But with that being said, angels exploded onto the scene after Becca Fitzpatrick and Lauren Kate’s novels hit the bestseller’s lists. But the thing is, angel books read differently than vampire books. Some people are turned off by the religious themes found in some of the books. But an angel book without some type of slight religious nod is much like a vampire book without the blood.
Tell us about how you pick the names of your characters?
Oh boy. That’s a tough one. My characters like my book titles tend to go through a series of changes. I don’t usually settle on the names until after the book has gone through the final edits. I don’t tend to go for overused. There is one guy name that is so overused right now, that I cringe when I see it. In fact, the lead male in my book had that very name when I first started doing beta reads. One of the major characters in When Copper Suns Fall name changed at the very last second. Like right before release day. It was a razor-eyed beta who saved me from, eh-em, a very embarrassing situation.
Do you have a favorite scene or what was your favorite to write?
I do have a favorite scene. I have many of them, in fact. And I like to go back and re-read them every so often. Without turning this into a spoilery interview for everyone visiting today, I’ll just say there’s a scene in the middle that I was very excited to write. It’s between Chela and Faris and a few creatures that will leave you saying…what the..? But in a really good way, though.
Describe When Copper Suns Fall in just 5 words.
A read you won’t forget! Haha 😀
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In fifteen-year-old Chela Prizeon’s city, alchemy is forbidden, and angels hide among the mortal. With a deadly virus ravaging the globe, Chela’s nightmarish memories compels her to experience a past riddled with gloom, and now her brother is infected.
Chela’s only hope is the Caduceans, slayers sworn to protect the last seven Light Keepers and the ancient memories they share. A group led by the sometimes elusive, sometimes infuriating boy who intrigues Chela. But can she trust this boy with the mysterious past, someone who can influence her memories?
With the Caduceans aid, Chela races to defeat her rivals, to unearth dark family secrets, desperate to find a cure…only to discover the glutovirus is far more than a simple disease.
In this haunting debut, KaSonndra Leigh offers an escape into a world as intriguing as The Mortal Instruments and a story as chilling as Enclave. Full of celestial creatures, fascinating villainy, high-stake choices, and a secret romance, When Copper Suns Fall, is a fresh and original urban fantasy—with a dystopian twist—that will take readers on an unforgettable adventure.
KaSonndra Leigh lives in the City of Alchemy and Medicine, North Carolina. She likes to write about teens doing fantastical things in magical worlds. Her two sons have made her promise to write a boy book next.
She holds the MFA in creative writing, and loves to play CLUE, Monopoly (the Indiana Jones version), and Pandora’s Box (good writer’s block therapy). She lives in an L-shaped house with a garden dedicated to her grandmother. It has a secret library complete with fairies, Venetian plastered walls, and a desk made out of clear blue glass.
When Copper Suns Fall is her debut novel.