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Halloween Bash: Day 7 with Author Leanna Renee Hieber

Oct 30, 2010

Hello friends!

My favourite thing about Halloween is EVERYTHING. One year, when I was a professional actress in residence at the Commonweal Theatre of Minnesota, playing Mina in Dracula, I created a month-long Halloween celebration calendar that included many activities, readings, movie nights, decorating a Halloween tree, pumpkin carving, scarecrow making, and more. That year I was crowned the Queen of Halloween by the town, and an artisan even crafted an Edward Gorey crown for me.

Winning the costume contest at Authors After Dark was a particular honour. If any of you have seen me in person, you know I take costuming VERY seriously. Dressing up as Miss Percy definitely is my favourite costume of all time. Halloween infuses everything I love into one holiday; fun with the dark side of things, a celebration of all things that are strange and beautiful, costuming, historical tradition, parties with friends and communities coming together, spooky stories, all things pumpkin related (YUM), and best of all we Gothlings get to celebrate in high style- although for we Goth kids, as the Ministry song says: “Every day is Halloween”.

Having recently returned from Mexico City, I was beside myself with all of the amazing Dia de Los Muertos crafts. My suitcase returned full of cut paper banners, ceramic skulls (calaveras) and joyful skeleton dioramas in boxes called Nichos, incredible Goth clothes from The Horror Boutique just off the plaza central, a tin skeleton with a winged heart bearing an image of Frida Kahlo, and a Jack Skellington necklace. Jack, from The Nightmare Before Christmas, is all over Mexico. Tim Burton had to be aware of the incredible rich cultural history of calavera art throughout the country, and Mexicans embrace Burton’s imagining as their own. Speaking of which, my favourite Halloween movie is The Nightmare Before Christmas. I listen to the soundtrack throughout October. Well… all year, really. Jack Skellington is one of my many gothic-esque literary love-affairs. Hail to the Pumpkin King!

Much like Scrooge and Christmas, I promise to honour Halloween and keep it with me all the year!!! Happy Halloween!!

Leanna Renee Hieber
Author of the Strangely Beautiful series and the forthcoming Magic Most Foul series

*Leanna will try to stop by through out the day to chat.
So say Hi


 Leanna is generously offering a copy of The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker to one lucky winner!

**US ONLY (even if your not in US, you can still comment to get an entry into the Comment giveaway)

Halloween Game

Now Let’s play a game. Todays game is Design a Virtual Halloween Mask! So head on over and design yours,Then everyone can vote on them on Halloween day so make sure you go and play. Email your Mask Design to jojo @ jojosbookcornerATgmailDOTcom Please put HALLOWEEN MASK in the subject
(TO GET A SCREEN SHOT, on your game window press Ctrl + print screen, go to windows paint and paste. save and email to JoJo , Please put HALLOWEEN MASK in the subject

To create you Halloween Mask click HERE
(Click on design to design your own mask,
after you save click on the chest to show your mask)

Here is JoJos:

**Don't forget to leave a comment to be entered into the comment giveaway**

You can see all the rules, giveaways and Info HERE

9 Hottie Follwers Thoughts:

JoAnna October 30, 2010 at 12:44 PM  

Thanks Leanna for the great post! I bought your book at AAD but haven't read it yet. I unfortunately was only there for the day so I missed the Masquerade ball. Love your costume!
Happy Halloween!

Joey W. Hill October 30, 2010 at 1:26 PM  

Leanna, it's wonderful to see you here! I had the privilege of seeing her costume "in person" at Authors After Dark, and it was AMAZING.

[JoJo, don't enter my comment in the drawing, of course - just wanted to wave hello at Leanna!]

DforDarla's Definite Reads October 30, 2010 at 2:23 PM  

Great costume.

Always enjoy seeing what everyone will come up with.

throuthehaze October 30, 2010 at 6:03 PM  

Great post! I love the costume :)

RENEE October 30, 2010 at 11:39 PM  

Leanna's costume at AAD was awesome - and she really stayed in character the whole night!

I'm finally starting Ms. Percy Parker's second book.

Leanna - you wore a bunch of fantastic outfits the whole weekend!

Happy Halloween everyone!

:) Ren

*yadkny* October 31, 2010 at 2:16 AM  

Hi Leanna!
I've heard so many great things about The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker... I have it on my wishlist:) Congrats on your winning the costume contest at Authors After Dark... it really looked awesome and I can tell you take costuming seriously! I'm hoping to one day be able to make it to one of those cons.


Beth October 31, 2010 at 3:52 AM  

Congrats on winning the costume contest. From the looks of that picture you deserved it.

Jenn November 1, 2010 at 8:20 PM  

Great costume! Congrats on winning!

Leanna Renee Hieber November 2, 2010 at 9:26 AM  

Sorry I'm late popping in to say hello and thanks- I've been out of town this weekend but wanted to make sure I dropped over to say hello and thanks. Thanks JoJo for the opportunity to be here and thanks friends for hopping on and commenting, I appreciate seeing the friendly faces from AAD (Waves a hello and hugs back to Joey!!)- where I had SUCH a great time. Thanks for the kind comments and interest!


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