Meet the Authors at utopYA is a series of blog posts where we introduce you to all the amazing writers who will be in attendance at the first ever utopYA convention. Some will be on panels, some will be exhibitors, some will be keynote speakers, and all are living the dream.
We asked the authors 5 questions we wanted to know, and hope that you find them informative and entertaining. These authors were hand-picked, so you’ll definitely want to read their amazing books if you haven’t yet. Get ready, because this is only the beginning.
Meet The Author: Leanna Renee Hieber, Magic Most Foul Series
Actress, playwright and award-winning author Leanna Renee Hieber grew up in rural Ohio inventing ghost stories. Her debut novel, The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker, first in her Strangely Beautiful series, landed on Barnes & Noble’s bestseller lists, won two 2010 Prism Awards (Best Fantasy, Best First Book), and is currently in development as a musical theatre. DARKER STILL: A Novel of Magic Most Foul hit the Kid’s/YA INDIE NEXT LIST as a recommended title by the American Booksellers Association, has been selected for a SCHOLASTIC edition as a “Highly Recommended” title and is a 2012 finalist in the Daphne du Maurier Awards for excellence in Mystery/Romantic suspense and will be translated into several languages. The sequel, THE TWISTED TRAGEDY OF MISS NATALIE STEWART, releases 11/12. Leanna’s short fiction has been featured in anthologies such as Willful Impropriety: 13 Tales of Society and Scandal (Running Press) and the upcoming Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells: Tales of Gaslamp Fantasy (Tor). A proud member of actors unions AEA and SAG-AFTRA she lives and works in New York City, where she resides with her real-life hero and their beloved rescued lab rabbit.
Leanna’s excited to be playing the role of Deputy Kellion in Auror’s Tale. And utopYAcon is excited to have the Auror’s Tale cast, creators and writers on-hand to share new footage from this exciting web series creating buzz all over the internet.
1. What’s your idea of ‘utopia’?
LRH: If Alan Rickman and Tom Hiddleston were in a Muppet adaptation of a Jane Austen novel (any of them, I’m not picky) and I was their co-star. Sexy British actors + Muppets + frock coats = heaven.
2. Who influenced you to become a fabulous young adult paranormal author?
LRH: Edgar Allan Poe, J. R. R. Tolkien, Jane Austen then J. K. Rowling, in that order. Combine those influences and in that delicious soup, with a healthy dose of Gothic drama and a quirky sense of humor, you get my novels.
3. Paper or digital media?
LRH: I write 19th century historical paranormal novels. What on earth is this ‘digital’ of which you speak?
LRH: Adventuring about New York City, drinking wine, watching escapist Sci-Fi and Fantasy films and Doctor Who marathons. (I’ve been a legacy fan since age 7 with Doctor # 4, so watch out, newbie Whovians, respect your elder Time Lady).
5. What do you hope to get out of UtopYA Con 2012?
LRH: As an actress, I love the public part of being an author, which can be a very isolated profession. I love book-related events where I can share my passion for writing and reading with like-minded souls. I certainly hope I can reach new readers and I look forward to meeting like-minded fans of the genre that kept me reading and writing ever since I was a child. I hope everyone will come see me at the Auror’s Tale booth where I’ll be signing DARKER STILL, first in my MAGIC MOST FOUL saga, a Gothic Historical Paranormal series set in 1880 New York City full of curses, passion, dark magic, adventure and pretty dresses.