Thursday, February 17, 2011
Guest Author Interview: Courtney Conant
Please welcome today's guest author Courtney Conant! Courtney is the author of The Blood Moon of Winter.
EJ: When did you begin writing?
Courtney: I started writing around the age of four. I was instantly drawn to it from almost the moment that I began reading. Something about the written word made me feel motivated. Writing seemed almost a necessity for me. I hit a major road block in my writing when all that I had written for over fourteen years was burned down in a house fire. It took almost ten years for me to get back into the swing of things. The first thing that I wrote upon the break of my writer’s block was this novel!
EJ: What brought you to the paranormal genre?
Courtney: It was purely by accident. I was always a fan of the genre but had never tried writing it. I started writing my novel, only knowing the opening sentence. The novel just sort of wrote itself and turned into what it is today!
EJ: If you could be any paranormal or have any one supernatural talent, what would it be? Why?
Courtney: This is probably the most difficult question for me. There are so many that I would love to have but right now I think I'd probably have to choose Bilocation. I love the idea of being able to be in more than one location at any given time. The only thing that concerns me is whether I would be able to combine the memories from both locations/times and be able to actually keep everything straight. I think I would need to keep a diary from both times/places in order to do so. Things might start to get a bit confusing after awhile...
EJ: Tell us why readers will enjoy your new release.
Courtney: My new novel is very unique. I've received amazing feedback and all reviewers/readers have stated that it is nothing like any novel they have read before. Most stories have been told over and over again, only in different ways. I wanted to keep things different. I wanted to be myself and tell a story that would make the reader think and keep them guessing. It is definitely a page turner!
EJ: If your book(s) were being made into a movie, who would you cast for the leading roles? Why?
Courtney: Let’s see… I’ve actually thought about this because I had to have an idea of how to build to covers for my books. My main female character is named Lilyana. For her, I would have to choose Deborah Ann Woll. Her appearance is absolutely perfect for Lily. She seems as if she could play the part too. (Of course, I don’t want to give too much away…)
Jason is the male protagonist in the novel. He will be featured on the cover of the sequel, Beyond the Known Horizon. Since I already had the description of him and a feel for how he should look and act, I found that James Caviezel would be perfect! Sad to say, it might be awhile before it were ever to be made into a movie, he might be a bit old by the time it comes out…
The Blood Moon of Winter by Courtney Conant.
Upon the discovery that the world in her dreams is actually real, Lilyana is torn by indecision. She is the only one who can save the dying land of Makayra. Yet, to do so, she must leave all she has ever known. She must choose whether her new found love is enough to keep her from performing a duty that has been thrust upon her. Playing the role of Goddess might be more than she bargained for.
Thank you Courtney for joining us here today at From the Shadows!
To learn more about Courtney Conant and her books, please visit her website.
Bestselling author E.J. STEVENS has written and independently published 15 speculative fiction books. She is the author of four series, including the WHITECHAPEL PARANORMAL SOCIETY Victorian horror series, the HUNTERS' GUILD urban fantasy series, the award-winning SPIRIT GUIDE young adult series, and the award-winning, bestselling IVY GRANGER urban fantasy series.