Interview with Katalina Leon

lordgriffinsprize_msr copy 3Nicky, thank you for inviting me back and interviewing me. I love this kind of thing!

Always a pleasure Katalina! 

Tell us about your publishing journey?

It moved fast. Until 2009 I was an artist, avid reader and the most casual writer. I’m extremely dyslectic with very poor writing skills and crazy spelling. I sketched my thoughts in journals and I didn’t even know how to type until several years ago. In 2007 I started writing short stories to read to my husband in bed. He loved them and encouraged me to take it further. I did and the first novella I submitted to Ellora’s Cave was contracted. After that I had to hit the ground running, adapt and learn as fast as I could.

Out of all your characters, which one would you like to take to dinner, and what would you eat? 

Food and the sensuality associated with it is something I love to write about. I have a few immortal/supernatural heroes who haven’t eaten real food in centuries. I guess my favourite would be Tyr the immortal gladiator from 89 BC turned vampire “Slayer”. I have a scene in “The Strix” where Tyr orders and enjoys eating breakfast in a Salem Massachusett diner for the first time in nearly 2000 years. He becomes a Tabasco sauce addict on the spot.

If you had a time machine, where would you go and why? 

Ancient Rome. Even with all its faults I’m deeply drawn to Roman culture. I would also love to visit France of the early 1900’s and drink up the art. What a time…

What are you reading at the moment? 

I’m a slow reader, but I remember what I read clearly. I’m currently reading Stephen Greenblatt’s “The Swerve—How The World Became Modern”. It’s about the journey of an ancient Roman manuscript by Lucretius- ‘The Natural of Things’ as it was rescued, recopied and circulated for centuries in European monasteries despite its obvious Pagan roots. It’s full of sensuality and odes to Venus and lots of beautiful writing that would have caused shock and awe in the Vatican. In its day it was a forbidden and a cherished book that only a privileged few were allowed to read. Now it’s ours!

If you could choose to be a supernatural entity – what would you choose and why?

This is easy to answer. I’d be a griffin. I love griffins they represent the best qualities of heaven and earth. They possess the strength and courage of a lion and the soaring spirit of an eagle. Flying would definitely be the best part.

Which social media site do you find most useful as an author?

I enjoy Facebook but I love Pinterest. I’m a visual person and making and sharing book boards is a joy for me. I hoard exotic places, beautiful things and stunning men on Pinterest. Thanks to Pinterest I’ve developed a fetish for Brazilian men.

There’s only 10 minutes before the world explodes…what do you do?

I would tell my family and friends how much I love them and how grateful I am that we got to have a life together. Then I’d sit on my couch with my husband, son and dog and hug them with maybe a little chocolate, and red wine to soften the blow?

What advice would you give to other authors?

My best advice would to be careful about whom you accept advice from. A lot of advice is pure nonsense. Find out what works for you.

What are you working on at the moment?

 I have another paranormal/ time-travel romance “Fairy In The Flesh” coming August 23rd from Ellora’s Cave. This story is my personal fantasy of going back in time and meeting a favorite French Bohemian artist. Here’s the blurb.

fairyintheflesh_msr copy 2Fairy In The Flesh

by, Katalina Leon

Maya Rousseau’s fantasy vacation in Avignon France heats up when an eccentric enchantress tricks her into drinking mojo-laced absinthe.

An unexpected encounter with the green fairy causes Maya’s reality to have a serious melt down. She travels back in time and wakes up naked in the bed of her favorite bad boy Bohemian artist, the tall, dark and mysterious André Bosco. There’s nothing wrong with that except it’s 1903.

For André it’s love at first sight. He begs Maya to become his cherished model, muse and lover. The chemistry and shared passion between them is overwhelming. André’s a generous-hearted dream man but there’s a catch. Every hour they spend together bonds them tighter and time is running out. The same powers that flung Maya back to 1903 are preparing to snatch her back.

With a hundred and ten years separating these soul-bound lovers it’s uncertain if they can find a happy ending without the help of a little magic and La Fée Verte.

Note: Story contains super hot sex with an unattainable man, enchanted hallucinatory beverages, mischievous time-twisters and green fairies.

 Where can fans find you online?

Katalina Leon: I’m all over the place and easy to find. The first stop should be my new website designed by my best friend. Read the “Bend Over Madame” if you want a good laugh at my expense!


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Interview with Brandice Snowden author of Demon’s Veil


Powerful veils hold Earth apart from realms mortals believe are merely tales of myth and legend. They are opening again, leaving humans vulnerable, and the monsters ready to strike.

Marie Leveau prefers to remain alone and anonymous, for she knows what goes bump in the night, and sacrificing others isn’t part of her personality. But life isn’t always about getting what you want.

Contracted by The Organization, a shadow government agency, Marie is assigned a new Special Ops team, one she must introduce via Paranormal 101 to the very monsters they didn’t believe existed. Marie and her team are sent to Asia in search of an ancient relic, leading them into the jungle and tests of a fragile new bond. Despite the initial distrust, and an unholy battle with a demon-god, the team survives, their lives forever changed and woven into an unbreakable tapestry.

Returning home, the new friends sense the very people responsible for their safety are willing to sacrifice them all in the name of power.

They learn of a prophecy, and The Paladin, the one person able to close the veils and keep the mortals safe.

With few clues, the team must unravel the prophecy and figure out how to close the veils. Or the monsters will use Earth as ground zero, innocents be damned.

About Brandice:

brandiceI grew up around the tall tales and history of Texas. I worked my way through college just because I was told it was out of my reach; earning a degree in Literary Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas. Along the way I learned to shoot, wield a sword and even met a family ghost or two.

I have been an artist, teacher, military wife, mother and now novelist. I spend my free time indulging in my fantastical side, learning first hand skills my characters use in my books. I have a passion for history and mythology and use much of what I learn to create new worlds.

I currently resides on the Texas/Oklahoma border with the love of my life and my children of both two legged and four legged variety.


Tell us a bit about who you are and your publishing journey…

I am a 34 year old wife and mother.  My friend would say I am quirky; strangers would probably call me weird.  But I’m okay with that.  I enjoy thing like the Society for Creative Anachronism, art, history, and mythology has always appealed to me.

My publishing journey literally started with a dream; actually it was a nightmare.  I had this emotionally wrenching nightmare and turned it into a short story to get it out of my head.  My husband and friends badgered me to give them more of the story, which was how I found NaNoWriMo.  I hadn’t actually seriously considered writing a novel until that point.  One I got started the story just grew.  After winning NaNo, I saw a Curiosity Quills Press contest announcement in a facebook group and thought what the heck.  I had nothing to lose.  Low and Behold, here I am, winner of the contest with my first book “Demon’s Veil” published and the second book in the series nearly completed.

What book are you reading at the moment?

I just finished the newest Jim Butcher, “Skin Games”  and a cute little romance called “What Stays in Vegas” by Beth Labonte.

What is the best, and worst, thing about being an author?

The best thing about being an author is twofold…creating these characters that become such a major part of your life and then sharing them with others.  The worst thing for me at least is the marketing, especially with social media.  I can charm the pants off of you if we are in the same room, but I am still learning the ropes when it comes to charming people via a computer interface.

If you could add one more bit to Demon’s Veil – what would it be?

A holodeck program like you saw on Startrek.  I wish in some scenes that the reader could see what was going through my brain because words fall short sometimes.  But as far as the story, I wouldn’t add anything extra yet.  Once I end the series that may change though.

What was the hardest part of writing your book, and how did you overcome it?

The hardest part was my own self talk.  It’s a huge time commitment to write a novel and I often found myself saying, “I don’t know if I can do this.”  But in the end I barrelled through with “just one more page” or “five more minutes of writing.”   It’s amazing how those little goals can add up to such a big goal.

If Demon’s Veil was to be made into a movie – who would be your leads and why?

I would want Hugh Jackman for my Morgan.  He’s buff and sexy but also has a down to earth kind of quality that I like.  Marie is a little harder to cast.  Her character is Creole from Louisiana.  When I was writing her I thought mostly of a cousin of mine (My great grandparents were Cherokee and Creole French).  So I would love to see a Native American actress like Maija Tailfeathers in the part; but I also think there are some really talents African American actresses that could do well also.  I think Alexander Skarsgard would make a great Keiron. I’m not sure who to cast for Alejandro and Milana Delgado. Maybe give a talented newcomer a chance.  I know five leads is a lot, but this book is more of an ensemble cast.

I’m an evil villain taking over the world!! Are you with me? Or against me?

Well that depends….are you Lawful Evil, Neutral Evil, or Chaotic evil? (Yes I know my nerd girl is showing LOL)

What’s your next project?

For the moment I am concentrating on completing the Veil Prophecy Trilogy; but I have also begun plotting an epic fantasy series based on Arthurian legend as well as two romance novel series.  One being a steampunk/mafia series set in the distant future one a new planet.  The other being a a series based on my own take of mythology from around the world.

Where can fans find you online?

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