Monday, 28 February 2011

Interview with Leah Clifford

Happy Monday, Blogosprites! Yes, we're back, and we're back BIG, because today I grace you with an interview with the absolutely fabulous Leah Clifford. You may know Leah from YA Rebels or by following her on Twitter or Facebook. Leah's debut novel A TOUCH MORTAL just came out last week and it's already getting rave reviews all over the web. So let's meet the genius behind the book.

Hello, Leah! Tell us a bit about yourself.

I was born and raised in Ohio, still live there but I escape as often as possible! I love to plot on long car rides.

How long have you been writing?

I was first drawn to writing when I was really young. When I got to college, I took a few fiction writing and poetry classes but only really dabbled. I took a break for a few years while I was living in Colorado and then picked it up again with the goal of getting published.

Tell us about A TOUCH MORTAL. What's the story about?

Girl meets boy, boy shows wings, girl dies. Then things get REALLY complicated. ;) You can also find out more on my website at

I read the blurb on your site and it sounds fabulous. How did the idea of the story come to you?

A Touch Mortal started as a short story. The scene and characters always kind of stuck with me, and when I needed a new project, I decided to expand it into a novel and figure out what was going on. The original short story is now part of Chapter 21!

That's so cool! Tell us, what's the hardest part of writing for you?

When I start writing, I typically get out a few random scenes, fights or something strange happening. The hardest part for me is shifting from writing "the cool stuff" to actual linear story.

Any tips you've learned about writing you'd like to share?

Read a lot. As much as you can get your hands on!

Let's get to know you on a deeper level. What do you absolutely have to have nearby when writing?

Coffee and chocolate!

Yes! I couldn't agree more. So, if you could have any super power, what would it be?


Quick writing test! Use the following words in a sentence: whisper, construction, and daffodil.

My feeble construction of a sonnet came too late, and I heard the whisper of daffodil petals striking the floor as you turned away.

Excellent visual there. Here's the part where you thank the people who are supporting you. Let's hear your shout outs.

I'll send a shout out to the YA Rebels, my vlogging group! Also to Courtney Allison Moulton who keeps me sane!

And finally, where can people find you online?

I'm on Twitter: @LeahClifford
I have a website at
And the vlogging group I mentioned (I'm Thursday) can be found at:

Leah, thank you so much for chatting with us. Your book is definitely on my to-be-read list. 


Jacqueline Howett said...

Nice interview. Thanks for sharing. Great book cover.

Dorothy Dreyer said...

Thanks, Jacqueline! It was a pleasure to interview Leah. :)

Racquel Jones said...

Awesome interview. :)

Dorothy Dreyer said...

Thanks, Rockie! :)