Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Whispers in Autumn - Interview with Trisha Leigh & Giveaway!

There is a book hitting shelves today that I've been excited about for awhile! Happy Book Birthday to Whispers in Autumn by Trisha Leigh!

Today I'm happy to have author Trisha Leigh visiting Stories & Sweeties for an interview!
Welcome, Trisha!

•Describe Whispers in Autumn in your own words.
At its core, Whispers in Autumn is a story about figuring out who you are. It’s also about fighting for survival, questioning what you’re told, realizing emotions don’t make a person weak, and learning to be unafraid of connecting with those around you. And kissing.
•Can you tell a little about how you got interested in writing?
Movies and television. I have a degree in Film, and began writing screenplays in college. The visual mediums inspired me to try creating my own stories, even though I’d been an avid reader my entire life.
•What do you hope readers walk away from your story with---what do you hope stays with them long after the last pages?
The idea that being different doesn’t necessarily mean you’re wrong, so never be afraid to be exactly who you were born to be—even if people think you’re weird.
•For lots of YA readers, characters can be the most important part. What are some of Althea & Lucas’s best qualities?
First and foremost, their loyalty and intelligence. Althea is more guarded and harder to crack open, I think, but she’s a fighter and she’s passionate. Lucas’s sense of humor and his protective nature.
• Who are your all-time favorite authors? What are you reading right now?
Whew, that’s a hard question. Sara Zarr, JK Rowling, Francine Rivers, John Green, Bill Cameron, Rachel Hawkins, Madeleine L’Engle, Phillip Pullman, Carrie Ryan…and the list goes on and on.
Right now I’m reading The Man in the Empty Suit by Sean Ferrell and Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Mayberry.
•What kind of books did you love to read as a teenager?
My favorite books as a kid were The Babysitters Club, The Wrinkle in Time series, Christopher Pike, and The Nancy Drew Files. In high school I got into the classics and devoured pretty much everything Dean Koontz wrote (even though I had to sleep with the light on afterward).
•Favorite snack while writing?
Hershey’s Kisses.
Favorite movie?
It’s A Wonderful Life.
•Favorite color?
•Favorite band and song right now?
Hrm. Matchbox Twenty, She’s So Mean
Favorite teacher from your school years?
My 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Walters (with my 3rd grade teacher Mr. Helling running a tight second).
•And everyone who visits Stories & Sweeties answers this one: Do you like cupcakes? ;D Frosting or cake better?
I’m not sure I would trust a person who doesn’t like cupcakes. I mean, seriously. They’re probably aliens.
And cake. Unless it’s buttercream frosting.
A very good answer, indeed. :)

Visit Trisha at: website / facebook / twitter

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Soooo...one lucky commenter is going to win an E-book of
Whispers in Autumn!

To be entered, you can:
Tell me one thing you have in common with Trisha
Tell me why you want to read Whispers in Autumn

(must be 13 or older to enter, contest ends August 10th, 2012)

**Update: Winner announced!**


  1. This sounds fantastic!!! You had me at ... *kissing* lol :)) And. I just adore the trailer!! Totally sold me!

  2. I really like purple too and I love Hershey’s Kisses :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    by.evie at yahoo dot com dot br

  3. Cake! :) And Nancy Drew, we could SO hang. Great interview.
    (not an entry)

  4. I would love to be eating a Hershey's Kiss while writing this comment! lol Does that count? :D
    mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

  5. I can't wait to read this book! And I wouldn't trust anyone who doesn't like cupcakes either, they'd be very suspicious! :P Thanks for the interview :) (not entering)

  6. Lovely interview! This book sounds fantastic, and thanks so much for giving it away!

  7. I love purple, dislike buttercream frosting, love cupcakes (cake in general), and my favorite teacher was in 4th grade, too!!

  8. This looks like a great book! I've added it to my list to read! My favorite color is purple also. :)

  9. Sounds really good. My favorite movie is also It's a Wonderful Life.

    Lisa.2713 at gmail dot com

  10. Oh man, we have so MANY things in common! haha...Purple...Kisses...Childhood reading habits...An affection for cake... ;o)

    Also, that cover is STUNNING! And I am totally intrigued by the premise on Goodreads...


  11. We both loved pretty much the same books as teens. (I still love Christopher Pike!)

    Also, we both love cake! :)

  12. Great interview! Love the promo! And I love purple, too!

  13. Great interview!

    I love when people say they can't trust someone who doesn't like cupcakes. I totally agree. I mean WHO DOESN'T LIKE CUPCAKES?!

  14. Oh dear, don't hate me but...I'm not a huge fan of cupcakes. *hides*

    *comes out of hiding minutes later* I DO like the color purple though--and Hershey's kisses :) I've been wanting to read Trisha's book ever since I first heard about it! And because a friend of mine had good things to say about it.

    Thanks to the both of you for a great interview!