I’m Leah Cypess, the author of MISTWOOD, a YA fantasy that was released by Greenwillow/HarperCollins just a few weeks ago. MISTWOOD is the story of an ancient shapeshifter trapped in the form of a human girl, and her struggle to find out what went wrong while keeping her lack of powers a secret from her enemies. I grew up in Brooklyn, so am very familiar with NYC, but now live in Boston with my husband and two kids.
2. Are there any special events, panels or galleys you are looking forward to?
I’m doing a bunch of signings with fellow members of the Classof2K10, none of whom I’ve met in person before. I’m looking forward to those.
3. Will this be your first time attending BEA or are you a veteran? Any advice for those who are going for the first time?
This is my first time, and I have very little idea what to expect! I did get one tip from my editor, which was not to carry much… leave room for all the books you’re going to be lugging back.
4. Will you be doing an autograph signing at the expo? Any other fun stuff on your agenda?
I will be signing MISTWOOD at the HarperCollins booth on Thursday from 11:00-11:30. I’m also doing a number of signings with members of the Classof2K10, including one at Books of Wonder on Tuesday (6-8pm).
5. What other projects are you working on that you would like to tell us about?
I’m currently working on a companion novel for MISTWOOD, which is tentatively scheduled for publication in 2011.
Synopsis (Product Description):
The Shifter is an immortal creature bound by an ancient spell to protect the kings of Samorna. When the realm is peaceful, she retreats to the Mistwod.
But when she is needed she always comes.
Isabel remembers nothing. Nothing before the prince rode into her forest to take her back to the castle. Nothing about who she is supposed to be, or the powers she is supposed to have.
Prince Rokan needs Isabel to be his Shifter. He needs her ability to shift to animal form, to wind, to mist. He needs her lethal speed and superhuman strength. And he needs her loyalty–because without it, she may be his greatest threat.
Isabel knows that her prince is lying to her, but she can’t help wanting to protect him from the dangers and intrigues of the court . . . until a deadly truth shatters the bond between them.
Now Isabel faces a choice that threatens her loyalty, her heart . . . and everything she thought she knew.
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