Q+A with the McNite Sisters
EJ: When did you begin writing?
Leigh: I started when I was in high school, back in the 90's. My writing was mainly a hobby. I also draw as well, but I would start a story and when I hit writers block, I would pass it to a friend. They would read it and write their opinions and give their idea of where I should go with it. When I got it back, I would have new inspiration. I had started a book, but it isn't finished. I don't know if I will finish it or not right at this point.
The school had a book called the Phoenix. They would publish student's drawings, short stories, and poetry in it. I entered a couple or poems and I think a few pictures. That's basically when I began writing.
Rebecca: I started out in grade school, back in the 80's, but I wrote lots of poetry. I was inspired by William Shakespeare, I think I read Romeo and Juliet so many times that I lost count and Edger Allen Poe. I like the one poem about Anna Bell Lee. I wrote a poem about a troubled friendship, at the time I was having friendship issues. When I was 14 I wrote a poem about Princess Diana. Back in 97' When she died, I had watched her funeral and I cried. So I sat and wrote a poem about her. It almost got published into the National Book of Poetry, but I refused to let them publish it. The company wanted to change my wording and I didn't want them to. So it was never published.
It wasn't until I met Leigh that we started Mystic Realm. It started out with Leigh writing it just for fun. She would write while she was at work and when she would hit writers block she would call me and a friend of ours, that I was living with at the time, and read what she had wrote. Then we would give her ideas. It got to the point that our friend didn't seem to have any interest in it anymore so she would come to me for ideas and such. After a while of doing this, I began to write scenes with my characters for her. Like I had mentioned before, It was all just for fun. So one day I told her, "Why do this for fun when we can finish the book and get it publish for real." So we did and when it was done we got it published last year. It took us 7 years to write this book. The reason for that is because of Living arrangements and family issues. We are currently working on the second book. We are half way through it. We hope to get it finished by the end of this year or beginning of next year. It will be a series. We already have ideas for up to 8 or 9 books now.
EJ: What brought you to the Paranormal genre?
Leigh: I'm not really sure. ( Lol! ) There are a few things really. I saw my grandfathers ghost When I was really young. The house we lived in when I was a teen was haunted by my great uncle and two sisters. I saw one of their ghosts as well. Later I was drawn to witchcraft. I've seen, been through, and done a lot not to believe in it. I have also been fascinated in vampires and shape shifters. I always thought about being a ghost hunter as well.
Rebecca: Ever since I was little I've been drawn to the paranormal. I loved and still love anything and everything to do with Vampires. I don't know what it is about it. I love the Mystery and seduction of a vampire. I always felt that I never belonged in this life time or time period. My soul always felt old. I'm not too hip about ghosts and zombies. I did, however, have a paranormal experience when I was younger. At the age of 8 or 9 I lived in a haunted house. I would hear footsteps going up and down the stairs, the attic, and would feel presences in the slaves quarters of the house. I also lived in a haunted apartment. Some friends of mine had passed away tragically and weird stuff would happen, like things would fly across the room, my lamp would go on and off and nothing would be touching it, and my radio would be playing a CD it would stop, switch itself to play a song, then change back to the song it was previously playing. The wired thing about this was the song would start back in the same place it stopped at. Unfortunately, no one else witnessed this except me. So you can pretty much tell how that went when I told anyone. Anywho, that's what brought me into the paranormal genre.
EJ: If you could be any Paranormal or have any one supernatural talent, What would It be? Why?
Leigh: I can't name just one. I would be a vampire because of the longevity of life. I'm more of a night person as it is. I would also love to be a shape shifter because of the unnatural strength I would have. I've always loved wolves. So it's really hard to chose only one.
Rebecca: I also have a hard time choosing just one, but if I had to choose, I would have to say, that I would love to be a shape shifter, I guess. My favorite animal is the Panther. Such a beautiful creature. They are graceful, Mysterious, and they like to sleep in tall trees. They remind me of a ninja. At least I could get over my fear of heights. I wouldn't have to worry about anything. I could just live freely in the jungle.
EJ: Tell us why readers would enjoy your new release?
Leigh: Well our characters are different than any other vampire, shape shifter or creature that we have ever read about. There is love, emotions, action, suspense, and it leaves you wanting more. Most books we have read only has one male and female character. Our book has more than that. You will hear about more than one couple. So the reader will have more to like.
Rebecca: Like I have always been told It's in the eye of the beholder. We hope everyone enjoys the book. It's our first time writing. We hope people will want to read more. The guys and girls in our book have become family to us. They are in our dreams and we want to share them with the world.
EJ: If your book(s) were made into a movie who would you cast for the leading roles? Why?
Leigh: We have a list of actor/actress who we think would be great to play the characters. But honestly, we would love to find fresh faces. A movie would be great but we prefer to go anime with it.
Rebecca: Yeah, don't get us wrong. If someone came to us and asked to make our novel a movie we would not hesitate to say YES!!!! but like my co author has stated we would want some fresh faces. We want to give the first time actors or actress a chance in the world. Believe me I have found some actors I would love to play some of the characters just because of the personalities and such, but still in all, we would want to give the new faces a chance.
Mystic Realm (New Beginning, Bad Endings #1) by the McNite Sisters.
Nik, Sassy, and Tee McNeal are three sisters living together in a new town trying to start fresh. Every day for the past year was simple and easy. They had their secrets they hid from the world. Then their whole life changes when shape shifting bounty hunters come into town and open up a whole new world for them. They meet new friends, start new relationships, and fall deeply in love. They soon gain new abilities which seem great, but all good things come to an end when someone else shows up to come between the sisters.
He stands watching from a distance, Danta Vesalivanic, a powerful menacing man with revenge in his heart. He came from the past and was long thought to be dead. He had been after the bounty hunters, who use to be his blood brothers, for a very long time. He followed the bounty hunters through a door from another realm. Now he is in the human realm and the sisters are a part of his prey. Some new beginnings turn out to be bad endings. Or do they?
Release Date: October 2, 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Thank you Leigh and Rebecca for joining us here today at From the Shadows!
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