Interview and Giveaway with Leah Cypess!

Today on the blog, I’m happy to welcome the lovely Leah Cypess, author of Mistwood and the upcoming Nightspell! Leah is also giving away a *signed* copy of Mistwood to one lucky winner! Please see the giveaway details at the end of this post.

Leah, you sold your first story while in high school, then went on to major in biology in college, and then law school! Was it tough practicing law and writing in your spare time?
It was impossible! Before, whether I was in school or working, I had always managed to fit in substantial writing time. But working as a lawyer for a NYC firm was a different experience altogether. The only time I had to write was on my morning commute; I would literally whip out my notebook as soon as I got on the platform, keep it out while I was transferring trains, and usually get 45 minutes of writing done. But that was it for the day, and I never found the time to type any of it into my computer.

How did you celebrate when you found out Mistwood would be published?

I jumped around the living room for a solid 5 minutes. Since I was 7 months pregnant at the time, that was no mean feat. Then I began calling everyone in my family.

What were your favorite novels or authors as a child?
So, so many. I especially loved Edward Eager’s and E Nesbit’s books, and read them all multiple times. My favorite series were Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery (I liked Anne of Green Gables too, but she was nothing compared to Emily!), and the Belgariad by David Eddings.

Do you have any contemporary favorites??

Again – almost too many to list. Authors whose next book I’m always on the lookout for include Megan Whalen Turner, Connie Willis, Dave Duncan, Herman Wouk, Juliet Marillier, and (more recently) Sarah Rees Brennan.

When you write, is there anything in particular that helps you get in “the zone?”
Not having access to the internet. 😉

How do you like to spend your free time?

Reading, obviously; but I also like biking, hiking, and playing basketball. (Which I do very, very badly.)

Your novels take place in fantasy lands with magical kingdoms and enchanted forests. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be, and why?
My list of places I would like to go is very, very long; it pretty much encompasses most of the known world. Of the places I’ve been to, the ones I’d most like to visit again are Israel and Alaska.

Your newest novel, Nightspell, comes out in May. Do you have any news of other upcoming projects that you’d like to share?
I’m currently working on a new book, but there’s nothing official to report yet!
*Visit Leah at her WEBSITE
Pre-order Nightspell

Giveaway Details
Giveaway is now CLOSED! Thanks to everyone that entered!

87 Comments:

  1. Awww .. I sooo want to read this book! Thanks for the chance of winning it!!!

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  2. Karla Vollkopf

    Great! I haven't read that one yet. Thanks for the INT giveaway! :))

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  4. Would love to win this giveaway!

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  6. Thanks for the chance, the book sounds great. And for making it international, fingers crossed.
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  9. I love the cover of this book, I've been eying it for a long time now, and now I am even more intrigued. Thanks for giving me the chance to win it
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  10. Uhh.. I never heard of this one. The book, or actually the books. They look really awesome. 🙂
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  12. I would love to be entered!

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  13. That was a really great interview. I am not familiar with the series but it sounds amazing.
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  14. Awesome! I have been looking forward to this book 🙂 Thank you for the chance to win a copy!

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  15. Wow she sold her first story in highschool, thats impressive! I follow GFC- Tristan Bruce
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  16. My keeper shelf

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  18. Thanks for the chance, this one has been on my wishlist for such a long time!!
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  20. Thank you for this giveaway 🙂

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  21. Well of course I'm a follower 🙂 (GFC)
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  22. I would love to have this. Thanks for the giveaway! I follow on GFC and twitter(Erinberry12).

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  23. YA Vampire Books

    Great interview!
    I would love to be entered in the giveaway – I've heard great stuff about this book!
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  24. I so LOVE that you made this an international giveaway! THANKS SO MUCH!

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    And I retweeted your post, but I don't know if that counts.

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  25. I always hear great things about this series, I would love to enter !

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  26. Wow! Leah Cypress is certainly ambitious!
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  27. Lucia (iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books)

    I'm a GFC follower! 😀 I love the covers of these books, and I've heard great things! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  28. melissasmeanderings

    I'd love to read this!!
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  29. Leah Cypress sounds so nice!! Biology and law school too??? Wow!

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  30. BooksforCompany

    Thank you!
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  31. Only 45 minutes of writing a day – I'm impressed at Leah's dedication!

    Mistwood sounds great too – please count me in!

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  32. This book looks great! I loved the interview. 🙂

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  35. Wonderful giveaway!!! I'm an old Follower: Carina l. Tai

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  36. Mistwood looks amazing!
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  37. Count me in 🙂

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  38. Both of your books look like great reads. I am going to check out your website and books. Thanks for your giveaway!!

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  39. I follow via GFC and e-mail

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  40. Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read the books. They sound very good. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

  41. I love your reviews and I follow you on GFC, FB, Twitter and email!

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  43. I have been dying to read this book! Thank you so much for this giveaway and chance to win 🙂 edysicecreamlover18@gmail.com email subscriber and GFC follower Krystal Larson

  44. Sounds good. Thanks for the chance! Read a lot of great things about it.

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  45. I would like to be entered in this contest please!! =)

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  46. Meghan @ Books and a Cup of Tea

    I've been wanting to read this one!

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  47. I would love to get my hands on this
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  49. Yes I definitely want to read the book so please enter me in the giveaway.

    I have read some good reviews of it and it sounds really interesting.

    Thanks for the giveaway and for opening it to worldwide entries.

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  50. This is great!

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  51. Jessica ( frellathon )

    The cover of Mistwood is awesome. I'm such a cover freak.

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  52. Ohhh, lovely!

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  53. Cass (Words on Paper)

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  54. I cannot wait to read this book!
    Great Interview btw and thanks for the giveaway!

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  55. I'm really curious about this book… And I love the covers for both Mistwood and Nightspell! Please enter me in the giveaway. Thank you!

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  58. It looks like a good story.
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  59. THanks for the chance to win!

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  60. Mare/TommyGirl

    Sounds like a great read!

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  61. Wow. I wish I would've started writing when I was in high school.

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  63. The book looks really good and I love the cover. Please enter me in the giveaway.
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  64. This does look like a cool book!

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  65. NIGHTSPELL looks amazing & I SO want to read MISTWOOD.

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  67. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  68. Offbeat Vagabond

    Wow, I have never heard of this author but I am glad I do now. These books sound amazing. Definitely on TBR list. I laughed when she said not having access to the internet helps her get in the zone. It is so true, I barely get anything done because of the internet. You start with wanting to have music to play, then you like a song so much you tweet it and then that is the end on my concentration LOL! Thank you both for the great interview and giveaway.

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  69. I am looking forward to reading the book. I would like a chance to win.
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  70. Thanks for the giveaway! I love the cover of book.
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  71. Jolene and Family

    Thanks for the chance to win. I love the cover and it sounds like a great read

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  72. I've wanted to read this one for a while! It's looks excellent! I'm a GFC follower! 🙂

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  73. Thanks for the international giveaway! Please count me in!

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  74. Oh! I've wated to read this book for a while 🙂 Thank you so much for this international giveaway!

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  75. Thanks for the chance!

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  76. I have a signed Nightspell bookmark and I can't wait to read Mistwood 🙂 Thank you for the giveaway! I am GFC, Twitter and Facebook follower and email subscriber.

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  77. Thanks for the giveaway!
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  78. Thanks for this giveaway! 😛

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  79. Kristen - Seeing Night

    Yay! Ive been wanting to read Mistwood for so long! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    great giveaway!

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  81. Please count me in! I'd love to read this book!

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  82. Thank you for the giveaway! 🙂

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  84. Loved the Emily-Series by Montgomery as well. Althogh I still love Anne of Green Gables by her even more. Can't imagine my youth without her …

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  85. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! 🙂

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  86. Thank you (and Leah Cypess) for the giveaway!

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  87. Thank you for this giveaway 🙂

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