Monday, June 27, 2011
Guest Author Interview: Constance Sharper
Please welcome today's paranormal guest author Constance Sharper! Constance is the author of Airborne.
EJ: When did you begin writing?
Constance: Well, I’ve liked to tell a good story my entire life. This came from years of daydreaming my way through the slow hours of class and work (although don’t tell my boss that). I’d also like to say I was passionate about writing all my life, but I probably only began writing when I realized that I couldn’t do anything else to convey these stories I liked to tell. I’m not one to paint, to draw, or act. I found words as the best way for me to weave stories into the real world and bring the fantastic to life. So it really began when I was a child and has blossomed ever since.
EJ: What brought you to the paranormal genre?
Constance: There is something absolutely empowering and limitless in the paranormal genre. We’re taken into a new and refreshing world when picking up a paranormal book, and this gives us a break from the same old same old of everyday life. And lets face it: which one of us isn’t holding out for a cute paranormal boy showing up on our doorstep?
EJ: If you could be any paranormal or have any one supernatural talent, what would it be? Why?
Constance: Witch, definitely. I’m thinking about the witch from Kim Harrison’s series and this would be awesome. Brewing spells and concoctions for anything I wanted. This could probably break my dependence on chocolate and Starbucks coffee. The spells that witches can perform seem to be endless and that would keep life interesting. Also, I think I’d rock the black pointy hat quite well.
EJ: Tell us why readers will enjoy your new release.
Constance: Airborne is a refreshing spin on a very popular genre. It introduces a new supernatural creature, a harpie, into the paranormal novel world. The harpies in Airborne are tall, human looking creatures with massive wings and massive attitudes to match. One of these harpies, Mason, finds himself crossing paths with our heroine, high school student Avery. Needless to say, their worlds become tied together and they are thrown into adventures while knocking heads every step of the way.
Airborne is designed to be quick paced and absolutely action packed with a little bit of paranormal boy drama thrown in the mix. It’s designed to keep those of us with short attention spans glued, and those who study books able to walk away with a lot to muse.
EJ: If your book was being made into a movie, who would you cast for the leading roles? Why?
Constance: I’m caught between actors, really, because after working up Avery and Mason from scratch, I find it difficult to think of them as anything but unknowns.
If I had to choose I would cast Mason, the leading man and harpie, as Taylor Kitsch. I can see the looks and the personality necessary to suit Mason’s ego and attitude. Also, Taylor Kitsch is someone to drool at.
Avery, the lead girl, wasn’t so easy to cast. For attitude wise, I think Emma Stone could play Avery. They both share the kick-ass temperament when necessary but don’t lay it on too thick. But looks wise I always picture Minka Kelly when her hair is black.
Airborne (The Airborne Saga, #1) by Constance Sharper.
Avery knew she had a knack for attracting trouble, but even she is shocked when a six-foot-something harpie shows up on her doorstep. Coping with the existence of a mythological race? Okay. Unwittingly finding herself in the middle of a vicious harpie conflict? A little less okay. Having to rely on an arrogant harpie boy who gets under her skin? Now that is something Avery isn't sure she can handle.
Thank you Constance for joining us here today at From the Shadows!
To learn more about Constance Sharper 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.