Sunday, December 04, 2011

A Christmas With… Leigh Fallon

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I’m super happy to welcome Leigh Fallon, debut author to the blog today! Her first novel, Carrier of the Mark was release on October 4th! Make sure you read on to discover more about the book and its sequels =)

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1- Carrier of the Mark, your debut novel, was a hit in many countries around the world. Was it a surprise for you?

Yes! Carrier was the first book I'd ever written. Yes once I'd finished I had notions of wanting to get it published, but didn't really know where to start, or if it would ever really happen. One year later it had been bought by publishers in ten countries. It was such an amazing feeling, it still is.


2- Dawns of Knight & Age of the Fifth are the titles for the following books in the Carrier series, how hard is it for you to choose your book's title?

Dawn of the Knights (Carrier 2) and Age of the Fifth (Carrier 3) are actually just working titles. When I wrote Carrier, I knew it was going to be a trilogy, it was just the way the story plotted out. The story is very clear in my head, it always had been, so those titles were easy for me as they encompass their section of the story. Though with the success of Carrier, and the fact that we call call it 'Carrier' we are looking now at titles that carry 'Carrier' through each of the books, to make them tie into each other. It makes sense, and it's so exciting coming up with new names! Plus, I'll be able to surprise you all. Yay!

Landon Liboiron Photo3- If you had to pick songs to represent each of your main characters, what would it be?

Rian - Touched by Vast
Megan - The Violent Blue by Electric President
Adam - Weird Fishes by Radiohead
Aine - Neopolitan Dream by Lisa Mitchell
Fionn - Wait for me by Moby


4- If your book was turned into a movie, which actors would you pick to play your characters?

Áine – I’m thinking Elizabeth Gillies. She has a striking face, and such beautiful strong eyes. I think she’d make a great Áine.
Adam – How about Landon Liboiron? He is absolutely gorgeous, but there is a certain depth and soul to him. And I think he’d make a great a believable twin for Elizabeth Gillies.
Rían – I was looking for dark broodiness in an actor to take on Rían’s role, and I think Shiloh Fernandez has that whole broody bad boy vibe when he gazes into the camera. I think he could definitely pull of Rían.
Caitlin – Saoirse Ronan. She sprung to mind immediately. She’s naturally beautiful and oozes a genuine warmth and infectious friendliness, just like Caitlin in Carrier. And bonus, she’s Irish!
Killian – He’s all warm and fun loving, sort of puppy dog like. I think Jason Dolley would work fantastic in this role.
Darren – Michael Musso. He has that playful, boy next door thing going on. Good looking, but only young guys savvy, if you know what I mean. I think he’d be perfect.
Fionn - Christian Bale. Oh, he'd make a beautiful Fionn. *sigh*
Megan – I think of all of the roles to fill, hers might be the most difficult. I have this very clear image in my mind of who she should be, and I’ve been finding it difficult to see her in other actresses. I think Emma Roberts might come close, so if I had to pick someone now, I’d go for her.


Now onto some Christmas-y questions!

5- What's your favorite Christmas song?

I know it's not strictly a Christmas song, but I always associated this song with Christmas and brings tears to my eyes. We all stand together (aka The Frog Song) by Paul McCartney.

leighxmas20106- What is Christmas like in Megan's world?

It's cold. Short days and long evenings. Late nights with lots of parties. Two weeks off school to party and celebrate with the family. Megan just has her dad, so them two of them celebrate quietly spending time together watching old movies and attempting to eat the giant turkey that Megan's dad attempted to cook, but burned beyond recognition, but neither of them will admit that it's just pure awful. Megan will be spend most of the holidays curled up in front of a crackling log fire snuggled into Adam's arms.

7- What could we offer Adam for Christmas?

A bedroom makeover. His room decor sucks.

8- If you could wish for anything for Christmas, what would it be?

World Peace *flutters eyelashes & flashes sparkling white teeth*
Actually no, it would be something really selfish like...umm, a title, like 'International Bestselling Author'. Oooh yeah, I like that sound of that.

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If it got you curious, here’s a bit more about Carrier of the Mark

From the moment she sets foot at her new school in Ireland, Megan is inexplicably drawn to the darkly handsome Adam DeRis. But Megan soon discovers that her feelings for Adam are tied to a supernatural fate that was sealed long ago—and that the passion and power that unites them could be their ultimate destruction.
This electrifying debut novel was first discovered on inkpop.com. the online community for aspiring writers. THE CARRIER OF THE MARK sizzles with unbridled romance, a unique supernatural hook, and a breathtaking Irish setting, and will entice fans of the Need series by Carrie Jones and the House of Night series by P. C. and Kristin Cast.


Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository 

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Leigh would like to offer one of you a signed copy of Carrier and bookmarks (INT) and Harper Collins is offering 1 copy (US only)

Giveaway Ends January 4th, 2012.

All you have to do is fill the Rafflecopter form below.

The only mandatory entry is to provide your name and email addy =)






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Leigh Fallon“I started out life in South Africa. A year later my parents moved home to Dublin, Ireland. When I was older and realized my parents had moved me from exotic Durban, to sedate Rathfarnham, Dublin 16, I was rightly ticked off. I fantasized about the amazing life I could have had in South Africa, and that fantastic accent that could have been all mine.

Instead, I got myself a fine Irish brogue growing up in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains where I went to a convent school and had to contend with uniforms, gabardines, and nuns.

During college I met a dashing sailor who swept me off my feet, all the way to Cork in the south of Ireland. I worked in corporate treasury and traveled Europe doing all sorts of fun finance stuff.

When I had my children I decided to take a career break, and soon discovered a love of writing. That career break became a career change when I wrote my debut novel, Carrier of the Mark.

I posted Carrier of the Mark on a HarperCollins website called inkpop. Within weeks it was voted into the top five books of thousands on the site, and was reviewed by a HarperTeen editor. Two months later that same editor offered me my first publishing contract.”

You can visit Leigh Here

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Tynga is a 28 years old mom from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and blogging about them. You might also catch her watching an hockey game. Make sure to say hi on twitter!

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  1. Thank you for the amazing giveaway :)
    I'd like to ask Leigh if she has any plans in writing an adult series in the future.

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  2. Hi!
    Wow nice giveaway! The girl picture in the interview is gorgeous! I would love to see a movie on this book! Thanks again for the giveaway!

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  3. Great interview! Thank you for posting and for making the giveaway international! I can't wait to get my hands on The Carrier of the Mark. It sounds sooo sooooo goooood!

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  4. Great interview and loved that she put Christian Bale as Fionn

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  5. Nice interview and thank you so much for having the giveaway! It would be interesting to see this book made into a movie especially if they went with Leigh's cast selections. :) Thank you again for the giveaway!

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  6. Nice interview. The cast looks lovely.
    Thanks.

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  7. Love hearing the actors the authors would possibly choose. Thanks fir the interview and giveaway!
    Deann F

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  8. Thanks for the great post and giveaway! I've heard such wonderful things about this book and I've had it on my wishlist :)

    Happy Holidays!

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  9. This sounds like a fantastic book. I love the Irish setting and I'm looking forward to reading it.

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  10. Thanks for a great interview. Leigh, your trilogy sounds wonderful and the Irish setting is fresh and exciting.

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  11. Hi,

    your book seems so facinating, i would love to discover it

    thanks you for your international giveaway

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  12. Thank you for a lovely interview, Leigh! Christian Bale will look beautiful in anything :)

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  13. I love books set in Europe. A nice added flair to the world that's created. Sounds great!

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  14. Thanks for the great interview, Leigh!

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  15. Thanks for the giveaway and for including worldwide entrants.

    Much appreciated.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

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  16. Carrier of the Mark is one of my most awaited books 2011 and I can't wait to get my hands on it! Great post :)

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  17. I want to read your book and I noticed the places you've lived and I wish to visit there someday :)

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  18. Thanks for the interview and the giveaway.

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  19. I love the fantasy cast. Anything with Christian Bale would be amazing ;).

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  20. I love that this book is set in another country (Ireland at that) and you don't see that alot in YA books. And I have been dying to read this book since I have heard many great things about it. Loved the interview and fantasy cast.

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  21. I love that the story is set in Ireland. I can't wait to read it, all I've heard are good things.

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  22. Great interview. This book sounds great. Thanks for the chance.

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  23. I've read so many amazing reviews about this book and now I'm really curious to read it :)
    Congratulations for the good work and thanks for the giveaway.

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  24. "...World Peace *flutters eyelashes & flashes sparkling white teeth*" lol great interview and congrats on the release!!! Don't worry...the title of Int bestselling author is just around the corner :) Great interview!

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  25. great interview--can not wait to read your books
    audie(at)wickerness(dot)com

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  26. This book sounds amazing. I also like your choice of Christian Bale!

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  27. Awesome post and giveaway! Love your choices! I’ve already read this book (and loved it) but would love the chance to win a signed copy or bookmarks. Thanks so much for the giveaway Cindy :)

    rachybee101@live.com.au
    Rachel @ The Rest Is Still Unwritten

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  29. Question: The Frog Song? Why?

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  30. Thanks for the giveaway! I love the cover of this book!

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  31. I love mermaids, but have yet to read a book about them that I love. Hopefully your's will be a winner! :)

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  32. Great interview! :) And thanks for the awesome giveaway and for making it international.

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  33. Great interview! I'm very excited to read your book! The cover is so beautiful!

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  34. Gorgeous cover - and I love the sound of this book! Thanks! :-)

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  35. Thanks for the giveaway! I've heard lots of great things about the book and the cover is stunning.
    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

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  36. Thank you so much for the giveaway! Can wait to read this book! :)

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  37. Thanks for the giveaway! I can't wait to read this book. The cast choices are interesting.

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  38. Leigh, I like the dream cast you have for your book - makes me want to read the book even more so I can picture them as the characters!

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  39. It's nice to see a book set in Ireland instead of US or Britain. Looking forward to reading.

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  40. Ohh this one had rav reviews I totally cannot wait to get my hands on a copy. Thank you for the post.

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  41. Great picks for the cast! I enjoyed all your entertaining answers, so thanks for the great interview! :)

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  42. Thanks for the giveaway! I can't wait to read this book.

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  43. This is a beautiful cover. I've had this book on my tbr list for awhile and I can't wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  44. Thank you for this awesome giveaway. <3 I would love to win a signed copy of Carrier of the Mark :D It seems like such an amazing book :)
    Love, Carina

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  45. I'm very excited to read this book! It's been on my wishlist forever!

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  46. Carrier of the Mark is one of the titles I have stalked this year. It has definitely been on my wishlist and I find myself always stopping and reading the posts around the different sites where it is featured. Thank you for sharing with us today and for the awesome giveaway opportunity.

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  47. Looking forward to reading this :)

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  48. Thanks Leigh and HarperTeen for this wonderful giveaway! This book is actually on my tbr-pile and on my wishlist. I hope to get this one soon.

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  49. I love your description of Megan's Christmas. While it might just be her and her dad, they seem to get quality time in and enjoy each other's company.

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  50. I've been wanting to read your novel ever since I saw it at the Scavenger hunt book event ^^
    Thanks for the great giveaway!!

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  51. I have heard such wonderful things about this book. I would love to read it.

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  52. International Bestselling Author sounds great. May your wish come true :)

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  53. I hope you get your Christmas wish!

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  54. Leigh, I just love the cover of your book, the diffused blue is just gorgeous and I have been wanting to read this for ages!

    I hope the title of the rest of the trilogy books are as awesome as the ones you have thought up!

    Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile

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  55. Yes, Leigh, South African accents are cool, but so are Irish accents! Try having a bland Midwestern accent and see how you long for your Irish one!

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