Cesya MaRae Cuono hails from a small town in northeastern Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of Alvernia University where she majored in Business Administration and also received her certificate of Multi-Media & Production makeup from Cosmix School of Makeup Artistry. You can find any updates from Cesya on her website at http://www.cesyacuonobooks.blogspot.com/.Cesya, please tell us about your debut young adult novel, Elemental Reality.
Elemental Reality takes us on a journey with Callie Pierce and her sister Lola as their life transitions from being “human” to Faeries. We get to live through their training and some battles they face along the way.
Where did you get the idea for Elemental Reality?
My mind is constantly in motion no matter what I’m doing. I was listening to one of my favorite bands (I See Stars) before I got into the shower. As I was rinsing the shampoo from my hair, a scene played out in my mind. That’s the first thing I wrote before I even knew the plot of my story or what kind of paranormal being my characters were going to be.
Can you tell us more about the main character, Callie?
She’s plagued by the loss of her mom. Little things bring back thoughts of her. She’s a very determined person and you will see her determination throughout the novel.
I read that you are now working on book two in the Elemental series. Can you tell us a little about it? How many books are planned for the series and when will they be released?
I am actually. The outline is almost finished and then I’m going to start a rough draft. We’ll see a side of Lola no one expected but that’s all I can tell you right now. There are two more novels for the series and possibly a novella but that’s not set in stone yet. The two novels, Battle Scars and Rebirth, will be released in 2012 and 2013.
Do you read the same genre as you write? What are you currently reading?
Yes, I do. I love YA. Ha! I’m currently reading 10 different books but the one I’m trying to finish first is If I Stay.
What do you love most about writing paranormal books?
That’s an easy question! You can have fun with your characters’ powers. It gives you a chance to make them unique and put a new twist on them.
If Elemental Reality were made into a movie, who do you picture playing the lead roles?
- Tyler Blackburn as Oli.
- Amber Heard as Callie.
- Julia Voth as Ady.
- Matt Lanter as Emery.
- Skyler Samuels as Lola.
- Jeremy Sumpter as Cayden.
Is there anything more you’d like to share with us about upcoming projects or events?
I have a book signing on August 28th. The details can be found on my author page (www.facebook.com/cesyamaraecuono) but that’s all I have for right now. Anything you want to know about me can be found on Goodreads (www.goodreads.com/cesya_marae), Facebook (www.facebook.com/cesyamaraecuono), Twitter (@Cherrybomb_xox), or my blog (http://www.cesyacuonobooks.blogspot.com/).
Release Date: August 21, 2011
Publisher: Revolution Publishing
Pages: 260 pages
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
When Callie Pierce was ten, her mother disappeared without a trace. On the eve of her disappearance twelve years later, the Earth seemingly comes alive. The elements speak to Callie, and that's only the beginning. Everything she has ever known was a twisted fabrication to protect her. Now the truth is set free. Callie and her sister are more powerful than any Faerie ever born. Now they have to use their powers to save their mother and family from the evil hands of fate that threaten to tear them apart. Welcome to her elemental reality.