Sassy's X-Mas Bash - Trisha Leigh! Interview & Giveaway!

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Title: Trisha Leigh
Author: Gypsy
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Thriller
Release Date: June 11th, 2013
Publisher:  Harper Teen

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Inconsequential: not important or significant.
Synonyms: insignificant, unimportant, nonessential, irrelevant

In the world of genetic mutation, Gypsy’s talent of knowing a person’s age of death is considered a failure. Her peers, the other Cavies, have powers that range from curdling a blood still in the vein to being able to overhear a conversation taking place three miles away, but when they’re taken from the sanctuary where they grew up and forced into the real world, Gypsy, with her all-but-invisible gift, is the one with the advantage.

The only one who’s safe, if the world finds out what they can do.

When the Cavies are attacked and inoculated with an unidentified virus, that illusion is shattered. Whatever was attached to the virus causes their abilities to change. Grow. In some cases, to escape their control.

Gypsy dreamed of normal high school, normal friends, a normal life, for years. Instead, the Cavies are sucked under a sea of government intrigue, weaponized genetic mutation, and crushing secrets that will reframe everything they’ve ever been told about how their "talents" came to be in the first place.

When they find out one of their own has been appropriated by the government, mistreated and forced to run dangerous missions, their desire for information becomes a pressing need. With only a series of guesses about their origins, the path to the truth becomes quickly littered with friends, enemies, and in the end, the Cavies ability to trust anyone at all.

Thanks for stopping by Trisha! Let’s get started, shall we? 

Thank you for having me! I’m excited to be here!

#1. Where did you get the idea of your book, Whispers in Autumn? 

 It actually came from a tweet! Someone said that their daughter came into their room in the middle of the night and was terrified she didn’t exist. It all kind of stemmed from there.

#2. Have you always wanted to be an author? 

I’ve always known that I wanted to do something creative, but it really wasn’t until college that writing really started to emerge as my medium of choice.

#3. What was the publication process of your first ever book like?

It was crazy! I wrote the book, revised it a bunch of times, got an agent, revised it some more, fired my agent, pouted for a long time, decided to self publish, edited it AGAIN, and finally published! It was all worth it, though.

#4. What is your favorite thing about Christmas? 

Definitely being with family. The food, the togetherness, the sweets, the movies, all of it. It wouldn’t be the same with different people!

#5. What do you like to do when you’re not plotting another great book?

 Read, of course! I also review television and movies for a website called The Workprint, which means I watch a lot of television and movies. I even occasionally leave the house!

#6. Do you have any upcoming projects you’d like your readers to know about? 

Yes! I have a Christmas novella out currently, called Mistletoe & Mr. Right—it’s a fun, cheesy little tale that’s guaranteed to give you warm holiday fuzzies. 

The book I’m giving away as part of this fun little shindig is called Gypsy. It’s a YA science fiction novel that’s kind of like X-Men, and the sequel will be out in January so it’s a great time to start. I also have a YA time travel that will be released by Bloomsbury in 2015. Lots coming up!

Trisha Leigh is a product of the Midwest, which means it’s pop, not soda, garage sales, not tag sales, and you guys as opposed to y’all. Most of the time. She’s been writing seriously for five years now, and has published 4 young adult novels and 4 new adult novels (under her pen name Lyla Payne).

Her favorite things, in no particular order, include: reading, Game of Thrones, Hershey’s kisses, reading, her dogs (Yoda and Jilly), summer, movies, reading, Jude Law, coffee, and rewatching WB series from the 90’s-00’s. Her family is made up of farmers and/or almost rock stars from Iowa, people who numerous, loud, full of love, and the kind of people that make the world better.

Trisha tries her best to honor them, and the lessons they’ve taught, through characters and stories—made up, of course, but true enough in their way. Trisha is the author of THE LAST YEAR series and the WHITMAN UNIVERSITY books. She’s represented by Kathleen Rushall at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

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Happy reading! 

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