Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Pay It Forward Author Week: Leah Clifford

For those of you who have been tuning in this week, you'll remember that we've teamed up with some amazing writers at various stages in their journey to publication to spread good vibes and inspiration across the blogosphere. Some of these authors have book deals. Some of them have agents. All of them have "made it."

We hope you enjoyed our first two interviews with the fabulous Kirsten Hubbard and Carrie Harris! Today we've got fellow Ohioan Leah Clifford. [Insert awkward plea for Leah to come hang out with us at one of our YA Book Clubs HERE]


Leah is repped by the inimitable Rosemary Stimola and her debut novel A TOUCH MORTAL will be published by Greenwillow in Winter 2011. So far for jobs she's sold corn at a roadside stand, been a pizza delivery girl, a camp counselor, an extreme cave tour guide, a flight attendant, a waitress (x3), a grocery store clerk and a writer. Out of all of them, writing has been the most fun. She's pretty sure she's gonna stick with it.

1. Tell us about your book in 140 characters or less.
Eden, trapped btwn life & death, can kill others like her. The Fallen get wind, and she has to get help from angels that betrayed her before

(PS. I hate you both so hard for that :P )

2. Was there ever a time you felt like giving up? Why didn't you?
Oh god yes. There were a few months in the middle of writing the first draft where I really considered moving on to a different project, but I just couldn't let it go. I also owe quite a few people huge debts for letting me blabber endlessly about the same plotholes for those months and still pushing me to finish. It's not easy being friends with a writer...

3. What has been the hardest part of your road to publication so far?
Losing friends? lol Just kidding. I'd say every part is different, and when you're going through it each part is hardest. Right now I'm working on edits, so today's answer would be edits.

4. Super secret bonus question: Twizzlers or M&Ms?
My nearly empty 56 oz bag of M&Ms wishes it was Twizzlers.

Ok, now you must go to Goodreads and update your little TBR list to include all of these amazing authors, okay? And be sure to hop on over tomorrow for even more author porn. And don't forget to check out the blogs below for even more interviewy (we like adjectives so much that we create new ones!) goodness.

Elana Johnson

Beth Revis

Leah Clifford

Victoria Schwab

Kirsten Hubbard

Carrie Harris

Kim Harrington

Suzette Saxton/Bethany Wiggins

Amy Holder

Kathy McCullough

Tiffany Schmidt

Susan Adrian

Dawn Metcalf

Gretchen McNeil

P.S. MAJOR props again to Elana Johnson for organizing this bad ass event. She STILL rocks! And yes, we might be sort of kissing her ass because we get to be interviewed on her blog this Friday. Yeah, we're shameless. Deal with it.

31 comments:

Candyland said...

Good interview:) I love love love success stories.

Cheree said...

Great interview. These success stories are great.

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

Loving these interviews! I'm so motivated to keep writing when I read everyone's answer to question #2.

Thanks!!

Carrie Harris said...

Awesome! Adding this to my TBR right now. And hoping you'll still let me be a part of the Kewl Ohio Writers Club even if we moved to Michigan. I'm still an Ohioan at heart, right?

Linda G. said...

Hey, your tweet-description was great! I'll buy your book when it comes out, just on the basis of that tweet. :)

Keri Mikulski said...

Love this!! :) Great interviews.

Jen said...

Awesome interview!!! I'm interested in this book and as always love meeting new writers!!!

I love the shameless plugs for Elana! You can't help that she rocks!

Christine Fonseca said...

Love these interviews! They are so great.

Kristi said...

They make 56oz bags of M&M's? Mine is only 42oz -- I've got to keep looking!

Great interview - congrats, Leah!

JennyMac said...

Cheers to her success! Love how interviewy you are AND that you make up new words (in a cool way and not like GWBush.

lbdiamond said...

Congrats Leah!!!!

Great interview! ;)

Kerri C at CK Farm said...

Hey LiLa! Hey Leah!
Wow so many amazing authors to add to my list!

Christina Lee said...

yeah- another Ohioan. The book sounds GREAT! See you at the YA book club? *grins*

Marsha Sigman said...

I love the way this one sounds! Definitely a must read.

Carolyn V. said...

I love reading these interviews! Excellent job LiLa! Good luck Leah!!!=)

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I'm still on vacation and unplugged, so this comment is a figment of your imagination. ;)

Great interview! Definitely want to read this book. But describing it in 140 characters. That was sooo mean of you two. :D

Elana Johnson said...

Lovely pic, Leah! Great interview. I seriously cannot wait for 2011. I'm beginning to think this was a bad idea. Getting me all excited for books I can't even read yet!!! Oh well. It's so fun to read the process too, right? Right.

And Friday is going to be EPIC.

Anissa said...

Great interviews this week! Can't wait to read all these fantastic books. :)

Solvang Sherrie said...

Yay for Ohio writers!!

Shannon Whitney Messenger said...

Another awesome interview! This week is so inspiring. All these blog posts are like reassuring hugs!

Shawntelle Madison said...

Congrats Leah! Another great interview!

Tahereh said...

yay :D :D

Marsha Sigman said...

I have an award for you at my blog! Ya'll rock!

Kathy McCullough said...

I'm kind of envious of all those great jobs Leah's had. They all seem like great fodder for future novels! :)

Mariah Irvin said...

Awesome. I'm really looking forward to reading all these books!

Jemi Fraser said...

That is one interesting list of jobs! Another great interview :)

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

go YA rebels!

Tara McClendon said...

I'm loving this event! Great interview.

T. Anne said...

Thank you for introducing me to Leah! Great job girls. =)

Dawn Simon said...

Great interview! The "It's not easy being friends with a writer" line cracked me up. Hee! Thanks for sharing!

Amy Holder said...

Great interview! A TOUCH MORTAL sounds like a captivating read!!