A Therian Novel: A Tale of the Other Kind by Leandi Cameron: Interview: Orangeberry Tour Stop
If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you? My husband, because I would love for some good conversation and to share adventures with.
A rubber duck boat for when I decide to get off the island.
A magic wand – one always have to defend yourself against all the evils and weird creatures lurking in the dark. Besides, when you’re done having your adventure, you can conjure yourself back to reality.
What is one book everyone should read? I love philosophy, and it is quite inspiring to read the philosophies of some of the great minds of the past. One book that I believe everyone should read is the Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. It is a heart-wrenching, eye-opening and a humbling novel. It looks deeper into the psyche of the human-being and shows us in our true raw form.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose? I would be able to change forms – which means, I could be anything or anyone I want aka a shapeshifter.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Rum and Raisin is quite nice, but I don’t eat ice cream all that much – I am more of a chocolate kind of girl.
If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose? I wouldn’t want to ‘meet’ anyone per se, but I would love to see my father again.
Night owl, or early bird? Definitely a night owl.
One food you would never eat? Asparagus – absolutely disgusting.
Pet Peeves? People who can’t write but who call themselves writers. Writing is a form of art, and some people misuse it, don’t respect it, and never realise the true power of it. I also despise nasty people. Because I was bullied throughout my primary and high-school years, I absolutely stand firmly against bullies. Even among adults bullies still exist, and nothing makes me so unhappy as seeing or experiencing someone look down upon others or treat them as lesser. We are all equal, and we all deserve to be treated with respect.
What inspired you to want to become a writer? It probably sounds like the world’s biggest cliché, but I was born to be creative. I was born to write and sketch. My veins are filled with ink and my hands itch to put pen to paper. I am drawn to books like addicts are drawn to their drugs and alcohol. When I write, or draw, I feel liberated; I am exported to another world that I create for myself – one I wish I could live in. I become my protagonist, and I become my characters. And for those periods when I indulge, I am nothing but my characters. They are who I am.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. Nothing felt more profound than the moment that I finally completed my novel and had the final hardcopy in my hands. Years of hard work and a dream was finally realised. I finally feel that I have made it. Now, only, I hope that others will enjoy it as much as I did writing it.
If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world, which would it be? Definitely the world of Lestat – the cocky, humorous and vicious vampire that has made the paranormal fantasy genre come alive over the years. Anne Rice is truly a magician when it comes to her tales. However, I would also love to be Elena in the Vampire Diaries – who wouldn’t love being swooned over by two fantastical vampiric beings?
The story is set in the beautiful mountain range and forest-covered area of Sabie, in Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Kai Emery is mysterious, quiet and rather keeps to himself, but this makes him all the more alluring.
However, his infatuation for his classmate, Sienna Fynn, has made his invisibility status all the more impossible to upkeep. From the start of his journey, Kai experiences ominous symptoms, which he refuses to acknowledge.
Kai experiences his first shapeshift into a were-leopard, and his world spirals out of control when he discovers that he isn’t completely human – leading him towards an internal struggle with his new-found anatomy.
However, unpredictable vampire Astrid, enters his life, and leads him down a path that soon reveals his destiny - a world filled with magic and terrifying darkness.
His inability to stay away from Sienna soon leads him towards a dangerous path, for disobeying the unwritten rules of the shapeshifting kind, forbidding them from falling in love a human.
This leads Kai towards a fight for his life, and he learns that he has to find it within himself to protect everyone that he loves, or lose them to the wrath of the god of the underworld and magic.
Leandi Cameron is the author of Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy A Tale of the Other Kind series, starting with A Therian Novel. She is an award-winning journalist who grew up in the South of Johannesburg, and now lives in Brakpan, Ekurhuleni, South Africa, where she also spends her days working at Caxton Newspapers as the Assistant Editor for the Boksburg Advertiser. She has an Honours Degree in Journalism from Tshwane University of Technology. Cameron also co-owns House of LeaVik with her sister Vikki Rostoll-Olivier where she also dabbles in publishing, fashion and graphic design.
Follow up novels:
The second book in the A Tale of the Other Kind series - A Therian Struggle, is currently in production.