Christine Young

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Christine Presents ~ Peace, Love & A Dead Hippie Chick

Please welcome N. R. Leigh author Peace, Love and a Dead Hippie Chick.

N.R. Leigh will be awarding $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn host.

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Peace, Love, and a Dead Hippie Chick

by N.R. Leigh

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GENRE: New Adult/Coming of Age

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INTERVIW:

  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?

My first book report in the third grade was on Australia. I knew the moment I wrote it that I loved writing. I journaled throughout my teens and early twenties, even more so as I traveled the U.S. alone between the age 18-24. Peace, Love, and a Dead Hippie Chick is the epistolary novel of three brave young women and their personal journeys to find themselves. It pays homage to the immediacy and “time-capsule-nature” that journaling can be.

  1. How did you come up with ideas for your books?

Coupled with my traveling experiences, I read an article about a group of young hipsters who wreaked havoc on a local town. The article brought their colorful monikers and descriptions to life, which inspired me to write a fictitious story of the same nature.
What expertise did you bring to your writing?

I’ve written several health and wellness books for women, and penned an editorial column titled The Sixth Sense, about personal growth and the effect it has on global consciousness, for The Uncommon Sense, which was a Michael Moore affiliate newspaper.

  1. What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio?

I am passionate about women’s issues. I believe in the strength of women to shape the future of humanity.

  1. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?

I have 2-3 projects in the works. All with strong female leads. One is a YA / Sci-Fi series. The other is satirical Chick-Lit, and finally, a Thriller. So, I don’t tend to stay in one genre, but will keep a common thread of feminine strength and personal growth.

  1. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

Most definitely Yasmin, the lead character from my upcoming series, Imagine Yasmin. She inherits a school for youth savants as well a supernatural gift, which she must use to save the school and the planet.

  1. If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading roles?

For the three Hippie Chicks, I would cast AnnaSophia Robb as Amy, Dakota Johnson as Kara, and Odeya Rush as Natasha. Not to mention the host of supporting male characters: Jimmy could be played by Taylor Lautner, Rock-n-Roll by Yani Gellman, Lucas by Adrian Grenier, and Ian by Zac Efron.

  1. Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?

I do not belong to a critique group, but I have a group of beta readers that I send my work to during different stages of the revision process. I think it’s absolutely crucial, since they routinely see gaps in the story or pose an obvious question I failed to see. I often run a plot line past my husband, since he’s a movie buff and is excellent at brainstorming plot twists. Other than that, I tend to keep my work close to the vest.

  1. When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?

I originally wrote PL&DHC as a screenplay in 2009, and was encouraged by film producers to adapt it into a novel. I had plans to publish it all along, whether independently or through a publisher. I knew I would need a team behind me to help the book find its homes, so I started to query publishers and agents in September 2014. I received an offer for publication from BookTrope Editions in March 2015.

  1. What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)

I honestly can’t say I’ve ever received any bad advice—it all can be constructive in some way. The best advice I’ve received was from an author blog, whose name I unfortunately can’t remember, which was to: write what the characters do, say, and a brief description of how they do it. This is what format I use for my first drafts. It keeps me moving without downing my writing in narratives. Then, I go back and add more sensory details as I revise and nurture the prose.

  1. Do you outline your books or just start writing?

Absolutely! I keep composition books for each project where I accumulate tidbits about characters and story lines—often for years. Then, when I am ready to begin the writing process, I use note cards. I visualize the plot in scenes and each scene gets a card. Then, I number the cards along the three-act structure. I add and remove cards as I write, but I keep them updated as I go. This allows me to jump to a scene I may feel more inspired to write if a block sets in with another.

  1. Do you have any hobbies and does the knowledge you’ve gained from these carry over into your characters or the plot of your books?

My own travels have influenced Peace, Love, and a Dead Hippie Chick. There are traits from real people I met in most unusual places in the characters of the book. Rock-n-Roll, for example, is inspired by a real life mountain man I met while wilderness trekking in the Southwest… I wanted to give a window into a world readers wouldn’t likely stumble upon in their everyday lives. I write stories that I would like to live or participate in—ones I think may take readers on a journey.

  1. Do you have an all time favorite book?

Yes, it’s Imajica by Clive Barker. I found this gem of a book buried on a shelf in a cool little vintage clothing store in E. Lansing, Michigan, while in college. It’s a supernatural epic thriller. I loved it so much, I spent seven years reading it for the first time, and I read it several more times since then. It’s one of those types of books! I would say it impacted my writing, as Barker holds nothing back. He divulges every last secret with the reader. He spares no dirty detail, yet it’s beautiful and otherworldly. I consider these same objectives when I write.

  1. Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book? Please question 4 & 5.
  2. Who is your favorite actor and actress?

I love Angelina Jolie and Penelope Cruz. They’re fabulous to watch on screen. I also enjoy Penelope’s husband, Javier Bardem. He plays dark, complicated characters very well. And the accent… Oh my!

  1. Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book?

There are actually three black moments since there are three lead characters. One opens the story, the others occur much later. All involve brutal attacks on the Hippie Chicks. But it’s not gratuitous violence. The events are central to the girls’ plight and who they become as women.

  1. What is your favorite reality show?

Survivor. I actually auditioned for the second season, which was held in the Australian Outback. I still think I should have made it onto the cast. Wink! PL&DHC contains a lot of outdoor survival, so I must have interest in that, even though I’m more of a homebody now!

  1. Can you tell us a little bit about what it was like to write a series.

I’m just now beginning my first series. I’ve been plotting a developing the characters since 2010. I think I may wait until summer of 2016, and then summer of 2017 to really dive into the writing process. My youngest son is a junior in high school, and I’d really like to wait until he’s graduated before I become so isolated through a three book series. It definitely requires a disconnection from the outside world, at least between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. when I typically write. It’s a challenge for me to have a full time job in skincare, be a full time writer, and a mother and wife. I have so much respect for all writers, and women in general, who wear more hats than Queen Elizabeth.

  1. Anything else you might want to add?

I’ve heard readers say that Peace, Love, and a Dead Hippie Chick is a unique book. That the intertwining paths of the three Hippie Chicks kept their interest, while the story was unlike many Women’s Fiction and Mystery/Suspense titles with overly familiar plots. They’ve enjoyed both the light and darkness in the story. I hope readers will give it a chance as it doesn’t fit easily into one particular genre, but hopefully it will find a place in their hearts. Thanks for the opportunity to share more about my writing and myself. I love to hear from readers directly and on social media. All of my contact info is available on my website www.NRLeigh.com

BLURB:

 

Peace, Love, and a Dead Hippie Chick follows the intertwining journeys of three young women in the mid-1990s who go on the road and off the grid, and leave their worlds behind. Each woman falls into a dangerous subculture of sex, drugs, and rock and roll in an attempt to attain her own sense of peace, love, and freedom.

 

KARA, a middle-class Midwestern girl, flees her painful past after a tragic accident claims a loved one, only to learn—after a violent attack—that there’s no safety among friends or strangers. Survival rests in her hands alone as she escapes into the wilderness of New Mexico.

 

NATASHA, born into privilege, rebels against her family’s expectations as she follows the Grateful Dead concert tour circuit, selling contraband and exploring her sexual freedom.

 

AMY, an impoverished Southern belle, becomes love-struck when an exotic drifter passes through town, deciding to leave home and follow him.

 

This intricately interwoven coming-of-age tale delves into the connection between strangers and the premise that the grand orchestration of life goes well beyond chance.

 

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EXCERPT:

 

Grae

 

Friday, April 13, 2012

Eighteen Years Later

 

I’ve heard it said that Volkswagen buses choose their owners and not the other way around. Some believe they’re engineered and built with a secret mojo that allows this to be true. Ask anyone who’s ever owned one, and they’ll tell you it’s so. I wonder whom this one chose. During my entire life, it’s been sitting like a convict on death row, imprisoned in the rear corner of our jungle property next to our dog Parker’s grave—over eighteen years now, grass growing over its wheel wells and tropical foliage climbing onto the windshield, awaiting execution by vegetation. I hadn’t paid much attention to it until this morning. My parents had never spoken of it.

 

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Daylight broke through the fronds of the areca palms as I stepped onto the sod—the lawn was wet with morning dew—and began to dribble my soccer ball along the length of it. I drilled the ball, sending it sailing across the yard and directly onto the van’s back door, popping it open. Cursing my crooked instep kick, I pushed through the tangled waist–‐‑deep flora in an attempt to close the hatch but climbed inside out of curiosity. The license plate reads New Mexico, Land of Enchantment. Although born in Arizona, I’ve never technically set foot in the United States. We moved here when I was an infant.

 

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Author website: www.nrleigh.com

Author Social Media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NicciRLeigh

Twitter: https://twitter.com/IamNRLeigh

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/IamNRLeigh/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYZOO78dsDbjt62hr70Kp1Q?view_as=public

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6425003.Nicci_Leigh

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Peace-Love-Dead-Hippie-Chick-ebook/dp/B015S3HSXK

Author Location: Currently resides in Cape Coral, Florida; born & raised in Flint, Michigan

 

N.R. Leigh began her writing career in 2007 as a featured columnist for the guerrilla newspaper The Uncommon Sense. She since has written books as an expert on personal health and wellness under the pseudonym Nicci Leigh.

 

She was inspired to write her debut novel, Peace, Love, and a Dead Hippie Chick, by a conversation with a friend, who described a newspaper article regarding the events that surrounded a group of hippies’s visit to her small town and the havoc they caused. This crazy, fascinating account, coupled with N.R.’s experiences traveling the United States in her early 20s, gave birth to her story.

 

N.R. has a background in education and teaches aesthetics, yoga, Reiki, and related holistic modalities. Born and raised in Flint, Michigan, she currently lives in a rural coastal community in southwest Florida with her family and their Australian Kelpie, Sydney, who believes she’s a Tasmainian Devil.

 

N.R is inspired by funny people and those who create positive change and peace. Her friends and family describe her as driven, strong, silly, and independent. Something most people don’t know about her is that, at age eighteen, she aided police in the capture of a team of bank robbers.

 

N.R. is working on her first fiction series, Imagine Yasmin.

 

Please visit her website, http://www.NRLeigh.com, to connect.

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

 

N.R. Leigh will be awarding $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn host.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f1386

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10 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Peace, Love & A Dead Hippie Chick

  1. Goddess Fish Promotions
    November 30, 2015

    Thanks for hosting!

  2. Mai Tran
    November 30, 2015

    Would you rather be hated or forgotten?

    • N.R. Leigh (@IamNRLeigh)
      November 30, 2015

      Hi Mai! That’s a thought provoking question… I would prefer not to be forgotten or hated, but if I had to pick one, I’d rather be hated. Hatred would indicate that I was doing something to stir emotions, and I know it would be something to create positive change in the world. The ‘haters’ would be those who rebuff positivity because they are incapable of it themselves. I would rather be criticized and remembered for something, than forgotten for nothing. What about you?

  3. exjdub
    November 30, 2015

    What is your favorite books to read?

  4. achristay
    November 30, 2015

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

  5. Eva Millien
    November 30, 2015

    Enjoyed the interview and excerpt, sounds like a terrific read, thanks for sharing!

  6. Victoria
    November 30, 2015

    Great excerpt and interview – thanks for sharing!!

  7. sandra
    December 2, 2015

    how should I go about starting a novel?

  8. Ree Dee
    December 9, 2015

    I enjoyed the interview and the excerpt! Thank you.

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