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 writr) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share to introduce yourself.
Thanks for the opportunity to visit with you today and for your readers to get to know me a little better. I am from the east coast of Canada, and have lived in Colorado for almost 17 years. I am a bit of a late bloomer–graduated college at 35, married at 40, published my first book at 48. I am a wife and homemaker, active in an international ministry, plus I also proofread legal transcripts and am an accountant. I love reading, traveling, history, and photography.
1. How did you get started writing?
I started writing novels in response to a NaNoWriMo challenge in 2002. That turned out to be the first draft of my first cozy mystery, and I wanted to see if I had at least one book in me. I got to the end and realized I didn’t know whodunit, so I had to go back and write in red herrings and clues for the reader.
2. What genre(s) do you write in and why?
I write suspense because I love reading suspense. I love anything forensic-related, but I don’t like a lot of blood and gore, so suspense and cozy mysteries fit the bill for me.
3. What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?
I don’t drive, so I’m not often alone in my car. But when we’re traveling, I think a lot about the books I’ve got in process, the next one I want to start, and I keep asking that What If? Question.
4. What is your favorite part of writing?
I love the idea generation, and I love writing The End.
5. What is your least favorite part of writing?
Editing. I once said to my hubby, “I wish I could just write the books and let someone else do the editing and publishing.” He said, wise sage that he is, “Then you wouldn’t learn how to write better.” SIGH — so true.
6. Pick two celebrities to be your parents. Who would they be and why?
Agatha Christie and William Murdoch. She, because of her writing. He because although he is fictitious, his character was ahead of his time in the 1890’s in terms of forensics and crime solving. Think “Canadian Sherlock Holmes”.
7. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
People I meet, newspaper articles, bits of history or current events. Obituaries. Headstone epitaphs. Songs. Things people say. Milk cartons — yes, the old ones that featured pictures of missing children sparked the idea for a series.
8. Tell me about your ideal reader.
My ideal reader is 35-65, doesn’t take herself or himself too seriously, doesn’t want blood and gore or erotica or cussing, is looking for a gentle story that won’t cause nightmares, and loves to read.
9. What is your “go to” routine that helps you get in the mood to write? Special beverage? Music? Etc.
I don’t believe that a writer should need to “get in the mood to write”. If I only went to my job when I was “in the mood”, I wouldn’t have a job very long. I think there is a fine line between being a writer and wanting to be a writer–being a writer means sitting down, even when you’re not in the mood, and getting the job done. You’ve made promises–to yourself, your editor, your publisher, your reader–and you need to be a person who follows through. Even when the laundry or the kids are screaming at you to step away from the computer. For me, I look for reasons to write–I go to a coffee shop one morning a week to get away from the distractions. I take my laptop if I’m going to be even an hour between meetings or appointments. And I believe that so long as I do something every day that’s writing-related, I don’t have to sit at my desk. I can do research at the library about forensics or psychology. I can take an online course related to my next book.
10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
Unbalanced is book four in the By the Numbers series, and it releases the end of April. In it, Carly Turnquist, forensic accountant, sees a bank robbery that nobody else sees. Her husband’s long-lost brother turns up then disappears, leaving behind his young son. When the story about the non-existent robbery hits the national news, calling her credibility into question, Carly realizes this is serious. Particularly when her ability to testify at an upcoming trial for her client is jeopardized. Can Carly find out who is behind all this without losing her mind–or her career?
Be sure to come back to read more about Leeann and her novel, FIVE AND TWENTY BLACKBIRDS (By The Numbers Book 4), on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Happy Reading!
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**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**: Leeann is giving away a print (US Only) or eBook (anywhere) copy of FIVE AND TWENTY BLACKBIRDS to one reader who comments on this Author Peek or Karen’s Killer Book Bench blogs. Thank you, Leeann, for sharing your story with us. Don’t miss the chance to read these books!