Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a full–time writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share to introduce yourself.
Like every good story, I am borne of some fact and some fiction. I am the alter-ego of real life author Donna Schlachter. I was invented so she could publish books that appear closer to the first shelf in the library. She says I am cute, perky, and all the things she isn’t, but in reality—she’s totally telling the truth. I enjoy reading, watching old TV series on DVD, and dreaming of living somewhere warm.
1. How did you get started writing?
I love to read, and I always wondered if I had at least one book in me. So I wrote my first book during NaNoWriMo in 2002. And it was trash! So I re-wrote it several times, learning as I went, until it felt ready.
2. What appeals to you about the genre that you write?
I am very justice-minded, in that I want the good guys to win and the bad guys to get what’s coming to them. So writing mysteries fills that need for me.
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
I like to develop the synopsis, come up with answers to the What If? Questions. Writing is my second-favorite part of the process, and editing and marketing are least.
4. If you had to give up writing and do something else, what would you do instead?
Something where I could share the stories in my head – maybe I’d become a politician.
5. What’s your favorite meal of the day?
I love dinner. I could eat dinner for breakfast.
6. Which are your favorite characters to write, the female characters or the male characters? The heroes and heroines, or the villains?
I like to write male villains. I don’t know where the nastiness, the psychotic thinking, and the violence comes from. Something I keep submerged, I guess.
7. Are you an avid reader? When you do read someone else’s writing, what is your favorite genre?
I love to read, but I don’t get a lot of time, so instead I watch DVD’s for entertainment. Back to back to back series. I once watched the 14 seasons of Murder She Wrote over a two-month span. By the time I finished, I was ready to start again, but my husband threatened to toss the television out if I did.
8. Many writers dream of having the ideal location to write. If you could live anywhere in the world or live a particular lifestyle, where would you be answering these questions right now?
Somewhere temperate all year long, so I could write from my sun room, or my gazebo. Maybe somewhere like Kingman, Arizona, out in the open with plenty of land.
9. If you were a color, what color would you be and why?
I would be green. I love the color, the shades, and how it mixes and matches with so many other colors. So one day I’d be lime green, another day olive green, another day forest green. And once in a while, peppermint.
10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
Broke, Busted, and Disgusted came out the end of November. It’s the fifth in the By the Numbers mystery series featuring Carly Turnquist, forensic accountant. In this one, husband Mike disappears along with all their money right after his latest client is murdered. Carly must not only prove him innocent, but also find the killer—and their money.
Be sure to come back to learn more about Leeann and her novel, BROKE, BUSTED, AND DISGUSTED, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench blog.
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