Saturday, March 28, 2015

Showcase: SCHISM (Illirin Book One) by Laura Maisano


Art therapy hasn’t done squat for Gabe Jones. A thousand sketches of his fiancée can’t bring his memory, or her, back to him. Nothing on Earth can. His past lies in another dimension, a world just out of sight.

Another student on campus, Lea Huckley, unknowingly shares Gabe’s obsession with the fourth dimension. The monsters from the other side attacked her parents and fled, getting her folks locked up in the loony bin. Proving this other world exists is the only way to free them. Lea and Gabe strike a deal to help each other, and together they manage to open a door to the world of Gabe’s true origin. She’d use him for proof—if she didn’t already care too much.

While Gabe tries to reconcile his feelings for Lea and his rediscovered memories of his fiancée, a much more sinister plot unravels. He uncovers his history just in time to become the unwilling lynchpin in a conspiracy to start a war. His memory holds the secret to the final riddle the would-be conqueror needs to get the upper hand. Gabe must protect the riddle at all costs, even if that means leaving Earth, and Lea, behind forever.

About the author
Laura has an MA in Technical writing and is a Senior Editor at Anaiah Press for their YA/NA Christian Fiction. She’s excited to release her debut YA Urban Fantasy SCHISM, and she’s finishing up the sequel UNITY.

Her gamer husband and amazing daughter give support and inspiration every day. Their cats, Talyn and Moya, provide entertainment through living room battles and phantom-dust-mote hunting. Somehow, they all manage to survive living in Texas where it is hotter than any human being should have to endure. Check out her blog at

Q.  What inspires your writing?
A. Everything. That's a lame answer, but it's true. TV, Movies, books, real-life bizarre events, the way the shadows play behind something as I stare at it. I take little notes in my mind, and things that hit me in the feels, I try to remember so I can use it later.
Q.  What is your favorite thing about being an writer?
A. Creating characters and stories that affect people. I like to dig deep into the "what if's" of character creations and reactions, and I really love seeing how the personalities evolve.
Q.  What is the toughest part of being an writer?
A. When no-one has read your story and you're dying to talk about it with people. I am working on the sequel, and while the first book is about to come out, I can't share all these awesome plot points or neat dialogue interchanges with anyone because I don't want to spoil them. Keeping it inside is so difficult!
Q.  If you could not be writer, what would you do/be?
A. Probably a meteorologist. I'm oddly fascinated by weather and when a storm blows through, I'm glued to the TV to see how it plays out.
Q.  What would the story of your life be entitled?
A. Geek meets Gamer: A Love Story
Q.  What is your favorite book of all time?
A. I hate this question! There's so many books I love. At the moment, I'll just say the entire Harry Potter series for simplicity sake.
Q.  Which character from ANY book are you most like?
A. I'm a little bit like Hermione Granger. I was the annoying kid always raising my hand first, answering all the questions no one even asked. I did extra credit that the teacher never assigned, came up with my own projects. I even made "worksheets" for other kids in kindergarten to play teacher with them.
Q.  What character from all of your book are you most like?
A. Oh geeze, um. Well, so far we've only got my debut coming out and there's a little bit of me in all the characters in SCHISM. I'd say Lea has my speech patterns for sure and the "type A" of my personality, but little else. I think I'm a lot like Aime, a secondary character who shows up half-way through the book. I have a work in progress that's a contemporary YA romance where I share personality traits with that heroine, too.
Q.  Which book would you love to take a weekend vacation inside of?
A. The Dragonrider books by Anne McCaffery. I would love to meet the Dragonriders, maybe take a ride on one of them, eat some bubbly pies, and of course drink Klah. I just would prefer to visit on a non-Threadfall day. :-)
Q.  What is your favorite season?
A. Fall. The leaves are so beautiful, and the falling temperatures make it nice to get cozy in the house with some tea and fuzzy socks. I'm also a huge fan of fall-flavor foods like pumpkin and sweet potato.
Q.  What inspired your book cover(s)?  Or what is your favorite book cover and why?
A. I like the book covers from the Legend series by Marie Lu. On their own, each book doesn't look too spectacular, but if you put Legend, Prodigy, and Champion side by side, you can see a transition that correlates to the differences of tone in the books.
Q.  Tell me something funny that happened while on a book tour or while promoting your book.
A. (Not applicable)
Q.  Are you working on something new?
A. I'm finishing up the sequel to SCHISM which is called UNITY. It completes the two-book series, but I'm also working on a prequel short story and a YA contemporary romance that's completely different, except that it has geeky heroes and heroines, so in that way it's exactly the same. :-)
Q.  Anything you want to say to followers of this blog or those that are just stopping by?
A.  Thanks for inviting me on your blog, I love doing interviews! I hope everyone enjoys SCHISM and the rest of the Illirin books as they come out.

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