Thanks so much, y’all, for having me here on the Casablanca Authors blog for the launch of my first Sourcebooks title: PLAIN FEAR: FORSAKEN! I am delighted to be among the company of so many fabulous authors, so many of y’all I’ve met over the years! I am beyond excited to finally have Forsaken on the bookstore shelves.
So you might be asking yourself what’s this Texas gal (hence all the y’alls) writing about Amish for? Don’t forget the vampires! Well, I have to say, we don’t have too many Amish in Texas and I have yet to find a vampire, but I’ll keep looking. I do, however, write ‘deep in the heart’ and that’s what brought me to this story.
When I first thought of merging these very different genres (Amish and vampire), it wasn’t until I hit on the heart issues that I knew I had to write it. It actually became an obsession. I was busy with other book deadlines but I couldn’t stop thinking about Akiva and Hannah and Levi. This is a love triangle that is reminiscent of Phantom of the Opera (the musical version by Andrew Lloyd Webber), which I love.
It deals with good and evil and that fine, wavering line between the two.
Here are a few fun facts about Forsaken:
- Yes, I traveled to Amish country to get the facts about these curious folks correct. And they are fascinating. I wrote a paper about them when I was taking a sociology class in college way back when.
- What I loved best about visiting Amish country was sampling the delicious food! I bought a basket of fresh picked strawberries from a roadside stand, whoopee pies at an Amish bakery, and I ate in an Amish restaurant where I had beef noodles that were delicious along with yummy ice cream. And yes, I probably gained five pounds. But anything for research, right?
- No, there is not an actual place of Promise, Pennsylvania where Hannah and Levi live. I made it up. But there are a few authentic places mentioned or based on places I visited while in Pennsylvania.
- Where did I go to find out more about the vampires in my story? To my own dark, warped mind.
- Roc Girouard was supposed to have a small part in this first book of the series, but his character grew and I fell in love with him too. There are plenty of heroes for readers to fall in love with. For the more traditional reader, you might find strong, dependable Levi Fisher the kind of hero you might drool over. For those who are drawn to those characters needing a bit of reforming, you will love Roc. And for those with a bent toward the dark side, you’ll love Akiva.
- Yes, this is a series! I’m busy writing the second book and love discovering more of Jacob/Akiva’s past and having Roc as the full-fledged romantic hero in the second story!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Leanna Ellis is the winner of the National Readers’ Choice Award and Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award. She has written numerous books for Harlequin/Silhouette and has published four books with B&H Publishing. With her husband, two children, and wide assortment of pets, she lives in Texas. Plain Fear: Forbidden, the next book in the Plain Fear Series, will be in stores in Spring 2012. For more information and to see the book trailer for Plain Fear: Forsaken, please visit www.leannaellis.com.
Thanks for joining us today, Leanna! To enter to win one of two copies of Plain Fear: Forsaken, please leave a comment with what combination of genres you’d love to see in bookstores next… US and Canada only, and please leave an email address. We’ll choose the winner on Monday morning!