Friday, February 21, 2014

Five and Five with Chrissy Lessey

Recently, I had the good fortune to interview Chrissy Lessey- an exceptional writer (and all-around awesome human being) whose debut novel Crystal Coast: The Coven will be on the scene April 30th. Check out her five and five below and then keep reading for more information on Chrissy, her upcoming novel and how to get in touch!

Five Questions:

1.  Crystal Coast: The Coven is set off the coast of North Carolina where you currently live. How important is setting and location to your writing?

To me, setting is a character and it’s a critical element in any story. I am fortunate to live in an area with colorful history as well as unique geography. From Blackbeard’s exploits centuries ago to the nearby uninhabited islands, it’s easy to imagine fantastic tales employing this extraordinary locale. I don’t think The Coven could be set anywhere else.

2.  You are a strong advocate for Autism Awareness- is this issue addressed in your work?

Absolutely. I am grateful for the opportunity to use fiction as a platform to increase awareness. While writing The Coven, I was able to explore scenes from Charlie’s point-of-view and give the reader a rare glimpse into the perspective of a child with autism. The reader also gets to experience Stevie’s devotion for improving his quality of life as well as her unique pain as she struggles with his diagnosis. Autism is not rare, but it is still widely misunderstood. I hope my work helps to clear up misconceptions and increase support for individuals with autism and their families.

3.  What actors would you cast in a movie adaptation of your book?

I could see Natalie Portman as Stevie and Evangeline Lilly as Vanessa. As for the men in Stevie’s life, I like Chris Hemsworth as Sam and Orlando Bloom as Dylan.

4.  How do you find the time to write? Do you have a set schedule?

I really have to make the time to write. We have a busy family life and I have to schedule my work time around various other obligations. But once I set the schedule for the week, I defend it fiercely. It helps that my family understands that I will be super cranky if I don’t have time to write, so they’ve grown more supportive over time.

5.  What do you want people to take away from reading The Coven?

There are a few themes running through the story, but I think the most important one is embracing differences. In this novel, there are witches, non-witches, young people, old people, and a child with autism. Among them, there is great love and respect in spite of the differences.

Five Favorites...
1.  Novel: I have a lot of favorites. The one that springs to mind today is To Kill A Mockingbird.

2.  Television series: I’m hooked on Doctor Who! My sister recently gave me a “My Other Car Is a Tardis” license plate frame. I had it installed on my car immediately.

3.  Place to write: I am most prolific on a balcony overlooking the ocean. There’s just something about that salt air…

4.  Board Game: Scrabble. I love word games.

5.  Superhero: Wonder Woman. It would be great to see a new movie or TV series featuring her. It’s long overdue.


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Interested in Crystal Coast: The Coven? Keep reading....

"Photographer Stevie Lewis knows nothing of the magic that is prevalent in her small town. As a newly single mom, she is focused on raising her five year-old autistic son, Charlie, and running a business she shares with her best friend, Lexi. Stevie has no knowledge of her family’s 300-year-old magical legacy or the long-held secrets that haunt her hometown until Vanessa, a dark witch, returns to retrieve a powerful amulet reputed to be in Blackbeard’s recently recovered treasure.

While in town, Vanessa also plans to exact revenge on the coven responsible for rendering her mother powerless and locking her away in a mental institution. Determined to shake the coven to its core, Vanessa targets young Charlie as her first victim. When Charlie’s life is threatened, it unlocks Stevie’s dormant power and she discovers that she is a genetic witch capable of reducing the laws of physics to mere suggestions.

With help from the clandestine coven led by her own mother and a few eccentric octogenarians, Stevie works to master her newly acquired magical talent. Complicating matters further, her high school crush returns to town and she finds herself torn between beginning a new relationship with him and reuniting with her ex-husband.

Time is running short for Stevie and Charlie. Will she have enough skill to take on Vanessa and save her son and her newly found coven? Or will the dark witch Vanessa finally crush the hated coven and rise to power?"
Want to know even more about Chrissy? (You know you do...)
Chrissy Lessey is an autism advocate, a coffee junkie, and an avid reader. Her writing career began nearly fifteen years ago when she penned a weekly humorous advice column for a local newspaper. Since then, she has discovered the joyous torture that is fiction writing. Her debut novel, The Coven, marks the beginning of the Crystal Coast series. She is currently working on the next installment in the series as well as other projects.
As a leader in her local autism community, Chrissy has volunteered her time organizing run/walks as well as other fundraisers and awareness events. She helped create a summer camp for children on the spectrum and has contributed in the development of social and support programs for individuals with autism and their families.
Chrissy lives on the coast of North Carolina and has mastered the art of justifying time spent on the beach. Whenever she can steal a few minutes away from her responsibilities, she can be found enjoying a good book while listening to the waves crash on the shore.
A long-time fan of rock music, Chrissy married a talented drummer. She still enjoys hearing him play drums, as long as it’s not in the house. Together, they have two energetic children and an ill-mannered dog.


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