Interview with Tenner Leah Cypess

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Today I am thrilled to welcome fellow Tenner and fellow Greenwillow author, Leah Cypess. Her debut novel, Mistwood, about a shape-shifter named Isabel has had amazing buzz, blurbs, and reviews already. (Scroll down if you want to enter my contest to win one of her ARC's.) Also, Leah and I will both be at Book Expo America later in May, and I can't wait to meet her in person. Welcome, Leah!  What's your favorite flower and why? Dogwood flowers, because when I was younger we had a dogwood tree growing outside my house.  It was the perfect climbing tree, and I invented this game in which by climbing the tree and saying the right words you could be transported into a magical land where my sisters and I all happened to be princesses. I eventually managed to get the entire neighborhood involved in the game.  The tree also shed pink petals all over my front porch, which didn’t thrill my parents but which I thought was gorgeous.Sounds so fun!  In the language of flowers, a dogwood means "love undiminished by adversity." Is there a quotation you live by or have posted at your desk?Nothing that life-altering, but I do have a favorite writing quote, which I like because it’s a perfect description of the way I write: "Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way." -- E.L. DoctorowI do like that one, too!  Which book do you wish you could live inside?I used to wish desperately that I had been born a century earlier so I could live like Laura in the Little House in the Prairie books.  Having since read some non-fiction about that era, though, I think I’m happier living my own life.Who's your favorite dead writer? (We don't want to hurt the feelings of the living here!)It’s a tie between L.M. Montgomery and Edward Eager.Love them both! I just recommended E.E. to someone, and then Amazon did a big promo push on his work earlier this week. What's your favorite time of the day to write and why?Midnight to 3 pm.  But I don’t do that often, because I invariably regret it the next day.If you could shape-shift, what would you like to be?A bird. A bird who is not afraid of heights.Which writers (living) do you find most inspirational?  Do you read while you’re writing?Right now I am most inspired by my fellow Tenners – other debut authors who have overcome the same odds I did in order to get published and are now going through the same publishing journey.  I love how we’ve formed a community through which we can network and share all the unexpected bumps and thrills and full-on neuroses of finally getting to be published.Reading and writing are two things I do pretty much constantly, so there’s no way I could cut one out while I’m doing the other!What are you working on now?Revisions on a companion book to Mistwood, and also several other projects that I fit in whenever I can find the time.Which book do you wish you had written?A Great & Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray.Thanks, Leah!  You can check out Leah's website here. Or follow her on Twitter.  Or fan Mistwoodon Facebook. And don't forget to enter the contest to win her ARC!Happy Spring, Amy