Fabulous Author Interview!

Silver SmokeTo help this fabulous young lady celebrate the release of her newest novel to the Seven Halos series, I’ve interviewed author Monica Leonelle O’Brien! 😀
Silver Smoke is the highly-rated (4.8 stars on Amazon) debut novel about the Hallows and the Nephilim, the descendants of archangels and humans. The Kindle edition is available for only 99cents!!! Here’s a description of the book:
Brie van Rossum has fame, fortune, and beauty, but there’s one thing she doesn’t have–the name of her mother’s supernatural killer.
The Hallows, descendants of the archangels, don’t think Milena was murdered.. but can Brie trust them when their government, the New Order, wants her dead?
She’d better figure it all out soon…
… because when Brie finds out who she really is, the hunt will begin.
And Milena might not be the only casualty.
Like mother, like daughter…

1. What inspired you to become a writer? & when?
I’ve always wanted to be a writer, since third grade I think. I would assume a lot of authors want to become authors because they read so much. When I was six or seven years old I read like, two or three books a day. It was a little crazy. I’m assuming I didn’t have a ton of other interests at the time.
2. What is your favorite type of book to write? & why?
The only books I write are fantasy and science fiction (at least so far). I also stick to young adult novels, probably because that’s what I read as a kid. There was actually this awesome romance movie called Flipped that made me want to write a book like it. It was really different than anything else I’ve seen in awhile. I also want to write a series about mobsters which may not have a fantasy or science fiction element. But we’ll see.
3. What is your all time most recommended Women-empowerment book? & why?
Interesting question! I really love this book called Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich. It’s a provocative title, but extremely awesome book regarding the bad habits that women can develop that keep them from being financially secure. I read it right after I graduated college and it really shaped my views on career and lifestyle.
3. Were you born in Chicago? Hawaii?
I was born in Germany. My parents were in the Air Force and we moved around a lot when I was a kid. We spent a lot of vacations on Honolulu, which is how I know the area. Chicago has been my home for awhile, since I graduated college, so I feel a strong bond to the city, so much so that my other series, Socialpunk, is set in a near-future Chicago :).
4. Why are you drawn to these places?
I love cities in general. I grew up in suburbia but I love the fast pace of city lifestyle. I wanted to write an urban fantasy that wasn’t based in New York City, so I picked the most unlikely of places for a dark murder mystery, and came up with Hawaii. At first, I was concerned about the juxtaposition but I think readers were pleasantly surprised, so I’m glad I tried something different.
5. What is your most fabulous travel item? The thing you must take with you everywhere…?
I love my luggage because it has those nifty four 360-degree wheels on it. You don’t have to haul your suitcase at all, and it’s so much more comfortable when you have to run around international airports with your carry-on. My second pick for shorter trips that don’t require a suitcase is probably my Kindle–I take it everywhere. The battery lasts for weeks.
6. In your opinion, where is your most favorite place for shopping?
New York City, without question, though I love shopping in almost any major city. Dublin is actually a really cool city to shop in, as is Tokyo and Stuttgart, Germany.
In Chicago, I love State Street, with its underground discount stores and bargain basements. So many people go to Michigan Avenue for the touristy stuff, but State Street has a lot to offer too. Stop in Nordstrom Rack and you will almost always walk out with something.
7. If you could pick any gift in the world to give your best gal friend ever, what would it be?
I would probably give her a spa day with her best friend, because then I’d also get to go! 🙂

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