Author Interview: Leah Cypess

April 28, 2010

Today, I’m pleased to share my interview with Leah Cypess, author of the newly released, Mistwood. Mistwood has been on my radar for some time now and I can’t wait to share my thoughts on it! I hope you enjoy the interview and don’t forget to pick up a copy of Mistwood as soon as possible!

Who or what influenced you to become a writer?

A hundred authors who wrote the books I loved to read. I’ve always
been a reader and I feel like I’ve always wanted to be a writer.

Where did the idea for Mistwood originate?

I had an image in my mind of a supernatural creature being hunted by men on horseback. I started with just that and started writing to see where it went.

What would you like to accomplish as a writer?

Mostly, I’d like to write books that readers enjoy. My dream is to be
an author with fans who look forward to her every next book, the way I
feel about my favorite authors.

What was the writing process like for Mistwood?

I write on paper, and sometimes write out of order; for my first
draft, I had most of the story written in a whole bunch of scenes that
I had to fit together. I polished it up to create my second draft,
which I sent to my online critique group, Mistwood went through the critique process four times before I did a final
polishing-up round myself and decided it was ready to send.

Are there any genres you’d like to try writing for?

Most of what I write (and read!) is YA fantasy. I have an idea for an
adult urban fantasy that I’ve started, and another for a straight
historical novel that I’m researching .

In your opinion, what’s the hardest part of writing?

Those times when I think I’m done with a certain scene, character, or
plot twist… and then I realize there’s a problem, and that problem
can only be fixed by reworking the entire manuscript.

How would you describe your writing using only 3 to 5 words?

Intrigue, danger and magic.


For more information about Leah Cypess and her writing, please visit:

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(author and cover images were provided by Leah Cypess)
  • Reply
    Carrie at In the Hammock Blog
    April 28, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Awesome interview!! A supernatural creature being pursued on horseback? I’m in!!

  • Reply
    April 29, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Great interview, I have been waiting for this book to come out, I’m so anxious to read it!

  • Reply
    Kris (Voracious YAppetite)
    April 30, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    I’ve heard a lot of great things about this book. I like her response to what she’d like to accomplish as a writer. I have that feeling about all my favorite writers; I don’t care what their next book is about, I’m gonna read it because I love the way they write. Great interview!

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