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Existing Creatures, Living Dragons by Lelya Cardena

Existing Creatures, Living Dragons by Lelya Cardena

Hi All!

Today I am on the Blog Tour for Existing Creatures, Living Dragons and I am here with an interview for you all.

Before I share that though, here’s some information on the book.

Title: Existing Dragons, Living Dragons
Author: Leyla Cardena
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Published: 20th July 2021
Source: N/A
Summary: Underneath the earth, John Crane’s bones are cracking and his flesh is burning. His memories are at present as alive as his body, a body, preparing itself for metamorphosis and freedom. In the black box of Jack Vain’s mind, his belongings explode, his past life is an illusion, and ultimately, is a tower destructed by his unfulfilled desires. The recurring nightmare, the hand on Dr. Brooke Ashley’s thigh, is now a warning sign against danger, an appropriation that leads her instinct into the right directions. The djinn that Hassan Maroun met, is the little and magical voice that makes him wonder if the current events can be clearly and scientifically explained.

 The creature from John and Jack’s dreams and fantasies, is the master of their evolution. Will the two childhood friends be able to accept their transformation in order to make the investigation advance?

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What is your favourite thing about writing books
It would be developing my ideas and my characters. Doing research is important for me too. Before writing, I usually listen to a lot of music and let my imagination go. First, it’s visual, and then, I translate it into words.  

Who is your favourite character in your book and why?
I love all of them! Probably because they complement and complete each other. The interactions they have between themselves shares a light on their personalities and reactions.

What is your favourite drink to consume while writing?
If I’m writing in the morning it would be coffee, if it’s in the afternoon, some nice fresh ice-tea.

Do you have any bad habits while you’re writing?
Smoking cigarettes.

How did you research your book?
For Becoming Insane and Existing Creatures, Living Dragons, the research I did was actually keeping up to date with some of my favourite subjects which I always love to return to, which are psychology and, for these specific novels, Jung’s studies about it, as it involves archetypes, symbolism and leads you to analysing fairy tales. History too considering that the story takes place in the 80’s.

Are you a plotter or a pantser? 
Definitely a plotter!

If you could live in any fictional world, which would you choose and why?
I’d have to test them all out first before settling down in one.

If you could befriend any fictional character, who would you choose and why?
My main characters of course. However, I’d love to befriend their parents, as they are important to the plot. The interactions Jack Vain and John Crane have with their family can be funny sometimes and is something I think we can identify with.

About the Author

I was born on the 2nd of August 1990 in Geneva, Switzerland, and still live there until today. I haven’t even changed neighborhood! I still like it very much and the fact that I live near the red-light district makes it even more interesting. I had many little jobs since the age of fourteen, shoe shops, hairdressers, pharmacy, boutiques. Then from the age of sixteen until eighteen I became an apprentice as an administrative assistant, working at the company three times a week and going to commercial school twice a week. I then found a job at eighteen as an administrative assistant in a trust company then got promoted as a legal assistant for its corporate department. I went to night school to study law, and gathered some other professional certificates/diplomas during that time. At 23, I quit everything as I realized that the only reason why I did all this was because I needed to be financially stable enough to write and create. Something I unfortunately didn’t have the time to do while working and studying. And also rest and sleep a lot!

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