**AUTHOR PEEK** Interview with Author, Lizzie T. Leaf
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 fulltime writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share.
Are you saying you’re ready for a nap, Karen? Yep, I’m boring. I live in the Denver, Colorado area these days. Grew up in North Carolina and a trip back there, if only for a few days, brings back the Southern accent that is mostly gone. I did spend a lot of time in corporate American, some in management. It’s safe to say I’m delighted I don’t have to do that these days. My days are mostly spent writing, cleaning house (unless I’m on a roll with the writing, then the cleaning can wait), cooking and spending time with my family. And traveling…have suitcase ready to pack. The hobby beyond the traveling these days is reading. Once upon a time, I sewed and crocheted, but had to narrow down the interests because of time limitations. Oh, and cooking. I do like to experiment with recipes, doing my own spin on them.
“There you have my life in a nutshell, Karen. Karen. Karen.” Nudge “Karen, you can wake up now. I’m done.”
1. How did you get started writing?
Writing, or at least making up stories in my head has happened as long as I can remember. I didn’t have a lot kids around where I grew up and my made-up friends were my playmates. In school, English assignments on writing a short story were at the top of my favorite list, unlike some of my class companions who groaned out loud.
My goal was to become a journalist, but life happens and I ended up a military wife with two kids, then a divorce that led to the working, single mom period. Remarrying added to the brood and the transporting, cooking, housework and a fulltime job. I didn’t have the juggling ability so many mothers of today have, so writing went on the backburner.
It took my third marriage nine years ago to get me on the right track. My husband is very supportive…to the point he nags if I don’t produce. He believes in me and that’s always a good thing, no matter what we attempt to do in life.
2. What genre(s) do you write in and why?
My current genres are Paranormal Romance with humor & spice (ok, some are downright hot) and Contemporary Erotic Romance. The why? With the Paranormal I love creating worlds. The Contemporary is fun to do something based more in reality for a change.
There are also a couple of children’s picture books in the edit stage. One of my granddaughters and I wrote them together. They aren’t under the Lizzie handle, but one of my other alternate egos. Heck, I’m turning into Sybil with all the personalities (i.e. pen names) on the planning board.
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
My favorite part is creating characters that evoke emotions in the reader, whether it’s in the form of laughter or tears. Plus, writing is an escape into a world where others have problems that aren’t mine, or I can tap into some things from my life and enhance them as needed. Very therapeutic!
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
The quiet, and creating the worlds and situations, as well as characters I like. And not having to fight the traffic to get to work. I may step on the cat or need to dump him off my lap when he tries to help type, but still better than traffic jams.
5. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
Some will scoff because authors say, “Everywhere,” but that’s the truth. I’m terrible about eavesdropping on conversations when out in public, the news is a never ending source of material, watching a movie can trigger a story idea that takes a different angle from what’s on the screen, people watching is great and dreams…yes, I’ve had dreams filled with story ideas wake me up.
6. What is your typical day like?
Are we talking a good work day, or a non-productive one?…LOL.
During the week, we get up at 4:00 a.m. (yes, it does exist) and while my husband gets his shower I work on the morning coffee, his breakfast and lunch. Once he’s out the door around 5:00, I may pour another cup of coffee and catch up on the news, or if the ‘to do’ list is longer than usual, I move up to the computer.
Emails and the social sites are addressed and then my blog (sometimes I’m bad on that), and from there open up the documents I’ll be working on that day. Before I become too engrossed, I hop in the shower & get dressed, throw in a load of laundry or load the dishwasher. During this process I also grab breakfast.
Then back to the computer and work on the book(s) of the moment for a while. Some days, the brain cells are dead and I am led astray by social media and gab with my friends.
Other days I’m nose to the grindstone, stopping for a quick lunch and a little exercise before back to writing. I work until around 3:00 when I need to stop and start dinner. See, authors live a life of leisure!
7. What is most difficult for you to write? Characters, conflict or emotions? Why?
Conflict. Keeping the intensity going at times is frustrating. Wow, I create conflict for myself with that issue! Hadn’t thought of that.
8. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
There a couple of revised re-releases coming up shortly. The end of May or first part of June, Educating Amber (originally released as Call Me) will come out as a self-published novella. Then June 21st, Barely Legal is scheduled to re-release at Passion in Print Press.
There will probably be at least two more self-published re-releases over the next few months as well as at least two new books before the end of the year.
DEAD Santa is scheduled for a November 2013 with Musa Publishing and hopefully, Banshee Magic will release at Passion in Print Press in 2013.
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BE SURE TO COME BACK to read more about Lizzie and her novel, BEYOND MAGIC, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench!
**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Lizzie will give away a PDF copy of her book, BEYOND MAGIC, to one lucky reader who comments on either her Monday Interview or Wednesday Book Bench blogs!! Winner will be randomly selected and announced Monday, May 27, 2013. Thanks, Lizzie , for sharing your story with us!