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Author: Lesa Howard
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Mystery
Release Date: April 6th, 2014
Publisher: Boot in the Door Publications
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Christine Dadeys's family uprooted their lives and moved to Houston for her to attend the prestigious Rousseau Academy of Dance. Now, two years later, Christine struggles to compete among the Academy’s finest dancers, her parents are on the brink of divorce, and she’s told no one about her debilitating performance anxiety and what she’s willing to do to cope with it.
Erik was a ballet prodigy, a savant, destined to be a star on the world’s stage, but a suspicious fire left Erik’s face horribly disfigured. Now, a lonely phantom forced to keep his scars hidden, he spends his nights haunting the theater halls, mourning all he’s lost. Then, from behind the curtain he sees the lovely Christine. The moldable, malleable Christine.
Drawn in by Erik’s unwavering confidence, Christine allows herself to believe Erik’s declarations that he can transform her into the dancer she longs to be. But Christine’s hope of achieving her dreams may be her undoing when she learns Erik is not everything he claims. And before long, Erik’s shadowy past jeopardizes Christine’s unstable present as his obsession with her becomes hopelessly entangled with his plans for revenge.
1. Tell us, what made you want to write a retelling of The Phantom of the Opera?
Several years ago, I read Alex Flinn’s Beastly. It really resonated with me. It was the first retelling of its kind that I’d read and it was outstanding. From that point on, I had a desire to try my hand at it.
I’ve always loved Phantom of the Opera in all its incarnations. From the original book to the old black and white movies to the Broadway musical, I was captivated by it. So it seemed like the story to try retelling.
2. Who was your favorite character to write about in Phantom’s Dance? Why that character?
Oddly, it was Erik. This was my first time to write a dark mind like his, so it was a stretch and a challenge I enjoyed. It’s made me want to try my hand at that kind of character again.
3. Who are your biggest influences and why?
That’s difficult to answer. I’m an eclectic reader who appreciates many genres. But I love the epic classics like Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas and The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy. On the other hand, I enjoy Janet Evanovich, Katie McGarry, Michael Crichton, and Rainbow Rowell. Then there’s Walt Disney. I know that sounds weird. But I’ve always admired his tenacity and drive.
4. Do you have any upcoming projects you’d like your readers to know about?
Oh, yes. Can you see me excitedly rubbing my hands together? I’m actually torn between and working on two pieces right now. One is a contemporary romance about a girl tired of being everyone’s meal ticket and struggling to be free of her family’s unscrupulous ways.
The other is about a small town golden boy who learns life isn’t always golden when he meets the girl who teaches him that not all that glitters is gold.
Thank you again for stopping by Lesa! It was a pleasure having you!
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I'm not the typical author. I didn't always enjoy reading or writing. While in school, I found it to be a chore I'd just as soon skip. I would rather have been daydreaming, my favorite past time. It wasn’t until I grew up and didn’t have to, that I realized reading was fun. I soon discovered that reading fueled my daydreaming.
So, remembering a short story I'd written in high school, I began imagining expanding that story into a book. Before long I found I had loads of ideas for not just the short story but other books and stories as well.
Fast forward a few years, a lot of studying about writing, practicing my writing, studying some more, taking classes from people who knew what they were doing, studying and practicing yet more, and ta-dah, author! In the same way I had learned I loved reading, I learned I loved writing, too. It’s just that writing is a lot harder than reading.
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