Guest: Heaven Liegh Eldeen

Hello and welcome Heaven Liegh Eldeen to my site. She has so graciously agreed to be interviewed.
So lets begin…
1) First, tell us a little about yourself so the readers know who you are? 
Thank you for having me, Sam. I currently live in California, where I grew up, with my husband and prince of darkness and Legos, a.k.a my son. I enjoy moonlit walks on the beach…oh, wait, wrong questionnaire. As you can see, I am a serious goofball. Yeah, figure that oxymoron out. Aside from writing, I spend my days doing dishes, kissing owies, obsessing over my Facebook page, and pretending I’m listening when my husband talk about his work.
SC: It is a pleasure having you here. 
2) What made you decide to write? Was it something you accidentally began? Or what you wanted to do? Or annoying character who refused to leave until their story was told?  
My writing career began with a rivalry between my sister in law Echo and myself. For years we would go fist to cuffs until finally we took a survey of the collateral damages our feuds caused. In an effort to put an end to the squabbling, she gave me a vampire book for my birthday. It was far from the genre I enjoyed reading, but I had to give it a chance, in an effort for peace. A few months and fifteen vampire books later, I expressed to her I wanted something new. She responded with a snippy “Oh, you think you can do better?” Her reply was intended to be a shot at me but I took it as a challenge. Four months later, my first novel was complete and the love for writing had made its home deep within me.
SC: Everyone who knows me knows how much I love and adore vampires lol
3) I love hearing about first acceptances as an aspiring writer and now that I am e-published, I still love hearing about them. So tell us about that first acceptance. 
Before I received my first acceptance letter, I was really questioning my abilities as a writer. Rejection letter, after rejection letter filled my inbox. No company I sent my pitch to would even read my manuscript due to my lack of credentials and education. I couldn’t really blame them to be honest. I knew being a high school drop out with no writing experience would be a tough sale. And though the rejection letters took a toll on me every now and then, I wasn’t going to give up so easily. 
 Then the big day finally came. No joke, when I read The Demon Side’s acceptance letter from Decadent Publishing I cried like a baby for a good hour. I called my husband at work, I couldn’t speak, I couldn’t breathe, which totally scared him. Fearing an emergency my husband came zooming home. He didn’t even clear his motorcycle in the garage when I flung myself into his arms balling my eyes out. He squeezes me and says “Okay baby, tell me why I’m about to go to prison for killing someone.” The man still hadn’t figured out I was crying because I was happy. 
Finally gathering my composure I told him that my novel was going to be published. Before I could let go of him he began jumping up and down, still holding onto me. We stood there hugging for a good thirty minutes. It is one of my most precious moments ever!  
SC: I know exactly what you mean, the rejections suck but when the acceptances appear it is still the most amazing thing in the world. 
4) Tell us about your current release? Where can readers buy it from? 
The Demon Side centers around Rahovart, a Demon banished to Earth over five hundred years ago. For centuries, he spends his free time feeding himself on the fear he creates by scaring Quantico, Virginia locals. A master of his craft, Rahovart doesn’t think twice when a new family, the Divad’s, move into the Victorian home he dwells in. 
With a workaholic father, an alcoholic step-mother and a schizophrenic eighteen year old girl, the dysfunctional family unknowingly offers the perfect arsenal for Rahovart to plan his tricks. That is until he learns their daughter; Etta can not only see Demons but is already being tormented by Alastor, an incubus. What starts as a turf war between him, Alastor and the Arch Angels, soon becomes a battle deep within Rahovart of good versus evil and more importantly love versus hate. 
The Demon Side will be available through decadentpublishing.com October 21st, 2011.
SC: Sounds fantastic and good luck with many wonderful sales. 
5) What are you currently writing?
I am currently putting the finishing touches on The Human Side, sequel to The Demon Side as well as four other novels. I have written another novel, Vineyard House, which is currently in the revision process, so hopefully here soon it will be in editing!
SC: It is one long list and honey it will only get longer lol. 
6) What inspires you most when you write?
Apart from personal life experiences, my family definitely inspires me, without a doubt, to move up and forward. Of course, I must give credit to music as well. A ton of songs on my IPod have given me the courage to push myself farther than I ever imagined I could.
7) What experiences have you had working with your publisher/s?
Everyone at Decadent Publishing has been fabulous from day one. Not once have I felt out of my league. They have been great, walking me through every process step by step and answering my million and one questions about the process as a whole. A special thanks has to go to my editor, Terry MacFarland, since she caught the brunt of most of my newbie questions.
SC: Being new everything is daunting and that feeling still hasn’t changed for me. 
8) What are you reading now?
I am currently reading What Tangled Webs by Dan Dillard. Filled with incredibly scary and yet hilarious short stories, I can’t put it down. Next on my “to read” list is ‘Steamside Chronicles’ by Ciar Cullen. I absolutely love her work.
9) What are your guilty pleasures?
Besides hiding the bacon from my husband? I enjoy so much in the world, but none you could say is a guilty pleasure. I do have pleasures that may end up in me having to plead guilty, such as taste testing grapes at the super market. Yes I am that lady!
10) What would be your advice, if any, for other aspiring authors?
It sounds corny and I am sure you have all heard it all too often, but no advices rings truer than never…ever…never give up. Every rejection letter is one step closer to an acceptance letter. And remember, your success can only be measured by what you put in the scales.
Thank you for being on my blog today. 
This is for you to talk more about yourself, leave your blogging details, site details and generally promote yourself.
A few months ago, I had the pleasure of working with twelve other outstanding authors on a short horror story, which you can read at http://www.scareitforward.com. Also, you can always find me posting excerpts, character interviews and bios, along with a few other snippets, on my blog at http://heavenliegheldeen.blogspot.com. Want to know more? Check out The Demon Side on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter!
BLURB:
When worlds collide…
Every kid has problems. Every kid has even more problems when they move to a new home. But when a kid with problems moves to a new home that has a Demon living inside it—look out!
Etta’s world is about to spin out of control when she encounters her new roommate—and Rahovart, that ancient trickster, is in for a few surprises too. So don’t mind all the crashing and rumbling; that’s just the normal noise Angels and Demons make when they’re fighting an epic war in the attic.
One thing’s for sure: Etta and Rahovart will have to go through Hell to Heaven and back again before that old Victorian home in Quantico Town finally quiets down…

Excerpt:

Etta plopped back onto her bed and stared at the ceiling for a few moments. I wished I could hear her thoughts. Her father had just admitted to being a murderer for all practical purposes, though that was not how I viewed him. I truly believed John only tried to save the village, but his fervour and some help from a desperate Alastor, turned what should have been a heroic act into a bloodbath. Many men have unknowingly fallen from grace in the name of the greater good. Now, hopefully Etta would see that her father was just the victim of blurred lines between good and evil.
“What are you thinking?” I asked as I lay down next to her on the bed.
“Can a person still go to Heaven even if they’ve killed someone?”
“Well, I’m not in the business of getting people to Heaven, Etta. That’s the last place I want them to go,” I reluctantly replied.
“Even if it were me?” Etta stared hard at me with watery eyes, looking right into my blackened soul. I never gave much thought to where her soul would go, except to stop her from mistakenly giving it to me.
“That is a choice for you to make. I can’t force you to choose a side. I can only put the temptations in front of you.”
“You didn’t answer my question.”
“What do you want me to say? I want to see you burn in the depths of Hell? You’ll never hear that from me. Only you and your actions can decide where you go when you leave this world.”
“I would go if it meant I could be with you, you know.”
“You don’t know what you’re talking about.” As much as I would have loved for that to be the case, her comment angered me. I couldn’t imagine a person like her becoming something like me.
“I know that when you’re around I feel safe nothing could ever hurt me. I get butterflies in my stomach when you touch me. I know your soul, Ra. I don’t know how, but I know. I knew it the second I saw you. You weren’t meant for this existence. You fought for good once, and I’m certain you will again.” Etta was strong in words. She spoke with solid confidence. She described what I felt. Heaven Liegh Eldeen will be giving away one free e-copy of the Demon Side so please don’t forget to leave a comment. 

4 thoughts on “Guest: Heaven Liegh Eldeen

  1. Ohhhh another awesome interview! Heaven Leigh, I so enjoy finding out just a wee bit more about you with every one I read. Yes! Please enter me in the draw as I would love to win a copy!
    Thank you Sam, for having Heaven Leigh here on your blog today.

  2. Congrats on the acceptance and getting your book out there for all to enjoy…and Decadent truly are a fabulous publishing company to be apart of xx and my first book with them was also edited by Terry — is’nt she just all kinds of awesome sauce! She really does know how to make a newbie feel less like a fish out of water. I heart her, and it was truly an honor to work with her!

    and LMAO obsessing over your Facebook page, and pretending you’re listening to your husband talk about his work. HAHA I can so-o relate.

    I have to ask… how did you come up with your pen name? Are you a Virginia Andrews fan? Heave was the first book that really pulled me into the story and made me think I was in a different world. She inspired me to write short stories back then..all of which were failures and garnered rejections from woman’s magazines galore hehe But hey, perhaps life experience was just what I needed…cus here I am, a published author.
    Wishing you fab sales and excellent reviews, Decadent release buddy!

    • Good morning my Decadent Sister. I would love to take credit for my name but I can’t. I can’t give it to Virginia Andrews either. All the credit goes to my mother. Heaven Liegh is my real name

  3. “Okay baby, tell me why I’m about to go to prison for killing someone.” Now that’s a man who has your back.

    I really enjoyed reading about your rocky path to publication, congratulations on not giving up. I also love the excerpt from The Demon Side. It is on that mammoth tome, also known as my books to buy list, but I’ll actually get to read it much faster if I managed to snag the copy you are giving away. Unless I win the lottery soon, it will be years before I make enough money to buy everything already on that list, never mind all the new titles that keep coming to my attention.

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