Blog Tour: A Bookish Conversation with Connie Lansberg, author of ‘The Perfect Tear’
About the Author
Connie Lansberg is a singer/songwriter and now author based in MelbourneAustralia. She’s had her original songs placed in some of Australia’s best loved TV shows that play around the world and The Connie Lansberg Quartet is a fixture in the Melbourne jazz scene. Her most recent original musical project, Alone with Bees, performs her songs written especially for The Perfect Tear. This is Connie’s first novel and the movie is coming soon.
She also received several grants from the Victoria Council of the Arts for the development of mobile phone games that she created.
Connie joined the Melbourne Writers Group in 2010 to work on ideas and scripts and during this time the idea for The Perfect Tear began to develop and take shape. She continued her education by taking scriptwriting classes at the Australian Film and TelevisionSchool in Melbourne and later, worked extensively with Marcy Kennedy on the book. She has two more stories to complete The Perfect Tear Trilogy and is hoping to have the second book finished by 2016.
“The first thing anybody tells you about this business is to say what makes you unique and different, but I couldn’t and the very idea of it never sat well with me and after much deliberation, I finally realized why.
Because, I’m not unique or different – I’m exactly like you and I love that.
We each have a unique filter through which we interpret the world, and with this filter in place, I write stories and songs and you might find them surprising or intriguing or confronting, you may relate or you may not. They may make you laugh and sometimes, even cry.
You may or may not understand what I’m trying to say and you may not understand me, however, rest assured, once we get past the filters, at our core, we are wonderfully and beautifully, exactly the same.”
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About the Book:
Title: The Perfect Tear
Author: Connie Lansberg
Publisher: Rockit Press
Genre: YA Fantasy
The Perfect Tear begins with the Singersof the world who, during their initiation by a multi-dimensional being, are given a magical three-pronged hair comb to use as tuning forks to help keep the world in harmony. They are a special breed of women, able to connect their voices to the vibration of the earth in order to create this needed balance and equilibrium for all.
The story follows the main character Eleanor, from age six to sixteen. She is a good natured and dutiful young girl, with a profound ability to interact with both animals and nature. Like her mother, she is a powerful Singer but has not yet been initiated because she has not reached the age of maturity. After the unexpected death of her mother, a grey mist descends upon the earth and the world fails to thrive, forcing this innocent child into a course of action that she had never asked for, nor had ever envisioned.
Set against a backdrop of abandonment, loss and betrayal, Eleanor is determined to find her way through strange and dangerous landscapes in her desperate search for the Perfect Tear, a dark and powerful crystal that contains the Third Vibration, which she must find and release in order to heal the land – and save her world. Just like the notes of a song must connect to create a perfect melody, Eleanor has to discover the proper associations needed to create this special harmony.
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- The Perfect Tear is available at Amazon.
- Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.
Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Connie! Can you tell us where you are from?
Firstly let me thank you for having me. What writer doesn’t want to talk about their first book? I was born in the San Fernando Valley in Southern Calif. But I took myself off to England pretty early on and ended up in Australia of all places.
Q: How did you come up with your title?
I was doing a guided meditation with someone, and a song called Perfect Tears came out of that. It was very much later I realized that song was the movie I was writing and subsequently, the book. The song is going to be in the next version of the e-book. All the songs will come with the e-book. I actually put the words to some of my lead character Eleanor’s songs, at the end of the book. Is that an awkward sentence?
Q: They say you can judge a book by its cover. Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it?
My LA manager had a poster made to take to Comic Con. I had some digital drawings done for my book trailer. I love Photoshop so I put together a cover for the publisher and they liked it used it.
Q: Can you tell us something about your book that would make me run out and buy it?
Firstly, we’re going to run a big contest to cast the movie, so you have to read the book to win and secondly, if your tired of the endless parade of dystopian narratives where young girls have to train to fight like men, (personally, I don’t even know any men who can fight like that), you will want to read The Perfect Tear. My girls have to be girls in order to save all that they love. They have to use the innate instincts girls have over boys and they have to learn to deal with fear without using violence. This is somewhat of a theosophy much like Chronicles of Narnia.
Q: Are there any messages in this book that you want the reader to know about?
Yes. When love becomes stronger than fear, our true nature is revealed.
Q: What was your most favorite chapter to write and why?
I think the chapter where Charles, Eleanor’s father, meets Katherine and his trials away from Eleanor. He never gives up on getting home.
Q: Why did you feel you had to write this book?
This story was so huge when I started that it was nothing more than a tangled mess. I probably wrote over two hundred drafts of the movie. I tried to give up on it and I couldn’t. Because I write songs and perform several times a week in my jazz band, I’m very artistically fulfilled. It wasn’t until I realized the story needed to be a trilogy that I was able to gain some control over it without having to give up important elements.
Q: Now, some fun questions – What deep dark secret would you like to share with us?
I try to hide the fact that I get severe migraines that leave me stupid! They last for three full days where I can’t even sip water without throwing up. I can’t stand up and I’ve missed Christmas, weddings, important meetings, gigs, you name it I’ve missed. Thank god they only happen every couple of months and not every week.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I want to go to the Nordic countries. I like cool weather and I love how orderly they seem–but really, Paris for shopping.
Q: Are you a morning person or a night person?
Night, night night, night. Both my partner and I are so bad. Try 3 am? The thing I am most frightened of is morning.
Q: Are there any members in your family who also like to write?
My mother should have. She’s read more books than anybody I’ve ever met. She has miles of bookcases. It’s insane.
Q: As a child, were you a dreamer?
No. I have impossible goals, but does that make me a dreamer?
Q: Last but not least, the magic genie has granted you one wish. What would that be?
That all aspects of my artistic endeavors, songs, movies, books get big enough so I can help others.
Q: Thank you so much for this interview! Do you have any final words?
I’ll repeat my appreciation for allowing me to connect with your readers! I’m sure you have a few free e-books to give out? If not, I’ll fix you up!