To get us started can you tell us a little about what you are working on or have coming out?
My debut novel is Sky’s End: Book One in the Cassiel Winters Series. When the book begins, Cassiel has just joined Earth’s fledgling space academy, hoping to find out what happened to her brother, a pilot who has gone missing in action. She quickly becomes tangled up in a battle between alien species, with nothing less than the fate of the universe(s) at stake.
The fast-paced series chronicles Cassiel’s journey as she grapples with a pretty surprising mystery behind her rare ability. Along the way, she discovers what she’s made of.
How would you describe yourself using only five words?
Clumsy. Passionate. Obsessive. Practical. Funny.
Name one thing readers would be surprised to know about you.
Spontaneous romance does not come easily to me. I mean, for someone who writes about wooing, and creates a lot of sexual tension, I’m terrible at creating it in my own life. My husband on the other hand is terrific at it (I am a very lucky girl).
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Paris. Sicily. Tuscany. Austin. No, wait, can I live anywhere in the world once a year?
Are your characters able to love or do they need to be taught?
Such a terrific spot-on question. The answer really does represent a common theme in books. They need to be taught. All of them. (And trust me, it’s really hard work for the author!)
If a movie or TV production company chose to produce your books into a series of shows or movies, who would your ideal cast be?
My greatest challenge has been trying to cast Cassiel. Emma Stone is almost perfect for the role, but isn’t quite vulnerable enough. As for the two main love interests: Lt. Damian King would be best played by Rob Kazinksy (best known for playing Warlock on True Blood). For Prime Or’ic, oh jeez, maybe a way more masculine version of Josh Hartnett? Or if the Denver Bronco’s Eric Decker were an actor, he would be perfect. I would LOVE to hear who think might best play the great, gorgeous alien warrior.
What is coming up from you in 2014? Anything you want to tease us with?
I’m working on the sequel to Sky’s End, called Sky’s Surrender. I am also writing a contemporary romance. It’s quite a change from the sci-fi setting, but equally enjoyable to write.
Sky's End by Leslie Young
Available at Amazon
A secret she must never share. A secret that two warring species are determined to control. A universe’s future at stake.
Twenty-year-old Cassiel Winters joins Earth’s new space academy in hopes of finding her brother, one of Command’s top pilots and her only family, who’s been reported MIA. But she quickly realizes she may not be cut out for life in space, where female cadets are outnumbered, competition’s fierce, and she’s already failed her hand-to-hand combat test once.
When Cassiel’s manipulated into a perilous mission, she encounters a warrior species bred to protect the universe from an even greater threat. And she learns that her secret visions are at the heart of it all. Now Cassiel must fight to control her own destiny and race to save her brother—even if it means pretending to be the pawn of Prime Or’ic, the cold-as-steel Thell’eon leader. Even if it means risking her life, facing hard truths, and making the ultimate sacrifice.
Betrayal. That’s what I brood on lying here in what appears to be a rudimentary sickbay on what I assume is the Thell’eon warship while pretending to be unconscious. I’ve betrayed King with that, that alien. How could I? I mean, does mind kissing even count? Dark Eyes clearly took advantage of me. Didn’t he? A flash of me undressing him, begging him to lie down with me, pops into view.
Oh! What kind of horn-dog am I? It was that state I was in. What did he call it? Symbiosis. Humpf. More like Sexbiosis. So it is his fault! And even, in this very moment, I wrestle with longing to go back there. I swear, I’ve never felt freer than I did in that field of feather reeds. Liberated. I could be who I needed to be without question. Need what I needed. Take what I needed. Give back so easily. It was, magnificent.
Yeah, if you weren’t suffering a dangerous concussion and trapped on a warship full of affection-starved alien thugs! Get a grip, Cassiel!
I could cry. Really. I mean if ever there was a reasonable time to cry it would be now. Kidnapped by aliens through no small fault of my own. Why did I take that stupid $#%@ device off of Dark Eyes? Tricked into a lusty intimate episode with one of them. Far, far away from any help. Will ESE figure out what happened to me? Hathaway! He will have to tell them about the device now. Oh, it’s all my fault! I try to swallow. Okay. Just breathe. No. Don’t cry.
Journalist Lesley Young never thought she would delve into the world of writing fiction, but when she sat down for the first time to put pen to paper, ideas for what would become her first novel just poured out naturally. Young’s first book, “Sky’s End,” is a multi-genre tale that showcases her unique style of weaving romance, action and wit into one page-burning story.
Young was born in Edmonton, Alberta in Canada. She holds an arts degree from the University of Alberta and a journalism degree from the University of Victoria.
Young now lives in Loretto, Ontario where she works as a journalist, freelance writer and editor for health, décor and business magazines. Since 2008, Young has written more than 300 articles for print and online media including Profit, Toronto Life, MSN Green, and Elle Canada among others. She is a regular contributor to Reader’s Digest, Best Health, Canadian Living and House and Home Magazine.
Young has won three gold honors for feature stories from the National Business Magazine Awards and another top media award from the Canadian Dermatology Association.
Soul Mate Publishing released “Sky’s End” on July 15 in paperback and e-book and since its launch, it has remained an Amazon Best Seller. The novel is Young’s first installment in a series about Cassiel Winters, a futuristic heroine, and her outer space escapades.
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