Thursday, December 28, 2017

Interview with Leslie E. Heath

Today's interview is with Leslie E. Heath, author of The Last Mayor's Son and The Tsari's Last Hope. She resides with her family and a number of rescued pets in a quaint North Carolina town, near
the Outer Banks. When Leslie is not cozied up at home writing, she finds inspiration for her work by spending time basking or running at the nearby beach or trails. Her love of writing began when she was ten years old, when she first read The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, and has grown with every passing year. Her affinity with fantasy allows creativity when it comes to character development, settings, and a little magic.

When did you decide to start writing stories?
I’ve been writing short stories and flash fiction since I could string words together, but I started working on novels about 3 years ago.

Why YA fantasy adventure versus the other genres? 
To be completely honest, I write YA and NA adventure fantasy because that’s what I read. I’m not a fan of cheesy romance or the gory, graphic details included in so much “adult” fiction, so I write clean fantasy aimed at young adults and others like me.

Who is your favorite character in The Last Mayor's Son and why? 
My favorite character is Serik, the elderly servant who whisked Aibek (the MC) away from danger and allowed the story to happen in the first place. He’s mysterious, wise, and witty, and you just never quite know what to expect from him.
What are your plans for the next writing project?
I’m almost finished with the third installment of The Nivaka Chronicles, and I have ideas percolating for another adventure series after this one with a completely different sort of world, new cast of characters, and a different mood.

What question do you wish I had asked you and what is the answer to that question? 
 One question I’ve only been asked once before (but loved) is “Who is your favorite author, and why?” The answer is Brandon Sanderson. I love the way he designs his worlds – each one is unique and unforgettable, but believable for the story.

 Dogs or Cats
 Gracious, do I have to choose? I love them all. I have 3 dogs and 4 cats, all rescued from local animal shelters. 

The Last Mayor's Son 
Leslie E. Heath
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > New Adult & College
In his final year of military school, 20-year-old Aibek is forced to abandon his studies. Stunned by the revelation that his parents are dead, Aibek leaves his home in the city to return to Nivaka, the forest village of his birth. Now that the villagers have freed themselves from the invaders that killed their beloved mayor, they summon Aibek to take his father’s place. Certain that Helak, the overlord responsible for the initial invasion, will return and attempt to reestablish control of the village, Aibek races to teach the untrained villagers how to defend themselves from the advancing army. At the same time, he must figure out who in the village is unhappy about his return – before that someone manages to destroy everything he’s worked for.

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