Interview with sci-fi romance author Lesley Young

Today’s guest is science fiction romance author Lesley Young.
We’re just one stop along her virtual book tour for her debut novel, Sky’s End: Book One in the Cassiel Winters

Lesley will be
awarding print copies of Sky’s End to 10 randomly drawn winners, and a grand
prize of one $50 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn winner during the tour. Make sure to enter using the form below. And to increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit other tour spots and enter there, too.


Lesley Young is an award-winning journalist who writes for
business and lifestyle magazines. Her debut novel, Sky’s End, has been among the Top 100 Paid ranking on Amazon since
launched in July 2013.
Please tell us
about your current release.
At the start of Book One, Sky’s End, Cassiel Winters 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.
The story is cross-genre — action,
mystery and romance. And because it is set in space, some dub it a ‘space
opera.’ The main scientific premise of the series is based on multi-verse
theory (if I say more, I will spoil the fun of Book One).
What inspired you
to write this book?
loved Star Trek Next Gen growing up, plus astronomy is a passion of mine. When
I sat down to write Sky’s End, I stared at the blank screen and when
I began typing, the setting was an Earth space academy. I honestly never knew
how badly I must have wanted to read about a kick-ass heroine in a sci-fi
sea of black and silver guns and uniforms open up to let through a Thell’eon wearing
a long dark gray cloak made of what looks like microscopic chain-mail over a
thin gray shirt that contours another chiseled chest and stomach. Honestly,
they’re commonplace here.
. . . our eyes meet, and I swear I have never seen a more handsome or fierce or
handsomely fierce man in my life. I forget to conceal my facial expression.
He’s the definition of man and . . . and . . . sex. Literally, that is his
appeal. Its pull is soft and warm and persuasive. I find myself admiring his
intelligent eyes, so dark they seem black. Tattoos or markings, or whatever
those things are, accent his strong brow, contour his cheekbones, and one on
his chin creates a goatee effect. I can tell by his facial stubble that he
would have dark brown hair. I notice he’s breathing a little heavy, like he had
run to catch up with the others. Given how fit he is, he must have come some
eyes me carefully, first with disbelief and then disgust. He claps his hands
together suddenly, and laughs, meanly, causing me to jump a little. The spell
is only partly broken.
this is what ESE sends?” His voice is deep and melodic. “A female . . . child,”
he adds, eyeing my face.
What exciting
story are you working on next?
The sequel, Sky’s
Surrender: Book Two in the Cassiel Winters Series
. I am about two-thirds of
the way done and hope to have it available in mid 2014.
When did you first
consider yourself a writer?
When my first piece of journalism was published just out of
university. I think I was 23.
Do you write
full-time? If so, what’s your work day like? If not, what do you do other than
write and how do you find time to write?
I write in my day job and then write fiction at night and
early mornings. I need a massage therapist like on call.
What would you say
is your interesting writing quirk?
I wrote Sky’s End
first person present tense. I wanted it to be super fast-paced, to grip you and
hold you tight.
As a child, what
did you want to be when you grew up?
Neurosurgeon, but I think probably just because it sounded
additional you want to share with the readers?
I love to hear from readers. No, I really mean it. Good.
Bad. I don’t care. Like my Facebook page , connect with me on Twitter, or write to
You’ll make my day.
Thank you, Lesley!

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