A Little Something About Leah:
Leah found her passion to write when she was going through a rough time in her life. Like many of us, it was her writing that gave her an escape and an outlet to express her feelings without having to share her pain vocally to someone else – a stranger. She used to write as her coping mechanism, and she says it was therapeutic. You could say it was her savior – helped her get through her darkest times. Now her writing has taken on a new form. She now writes to just write – a way to entertain others. She hopes to one day make a career out of writing. But for right now, writing is a fun hobby. All she hopes for is that people enjoy her books as much as she likes writing them.
Questions and Answers:
1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I found my passion to write when I was going through a very tough time in my life. I found writing like a way to express my feelings without having to speak to someone directly. Writing back then was like Therapy in a way to me. It helped me get through my darkest times. Now, I write to write. One day maybe I'll write for a career. As of right now, Writing is something fun I like to do.
2. How long does it take you to write a book?
It takes me around maybe 1 month if it’s a short book to finish it. If it’s a longer book, then It takes me roughly around 2 months to 3 months. It all depends on how long the chapters are and how many chapters you’re aiming for.
3. What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
Due to COVID I really don’t have work. But I do have virtual schooling, College. It can be tough to write but I usually find my way around stuff and find times to write.
4. What would you say is your unique writing quirk?
I usually make my female leads have a bit of a dark past, I do this because I like my female leads to be similar to me in a way that resembles my past.
5. Whether it be traditional, self, or story book apps. How’d you find the publishing process?
I’m not looking to publish any books of mine at the moment, but when I’m ready to and have enough support I’ll be sure to.
6. How much of your writing process involves research in your subject matter or plot?
I usually only research on things that I have to know about in order to write about. I learn things as I go, and I plot them story out as I go. I’m a messy writer, but I’m in the process of changing that.
7. When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I wrote my first book when I was 21, I think it was The First Verse. That book is under major editing though right now. I’m changing the plot a little and moving things around.
8. What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I like to watch movies and shows usually when I’m not writing with my fiancé, Nikolas. Other than that, when I’m not writing me, and Nik are probably out going on a walk or we’re taking my little sister Mercedes to the mall. Typical 19-year-old.
9. What does your family think of your writing?
Other than Nik, Mercedes, and Michelle, nobody really knows I write what I write. I don’t think they’ll approve especially since my dad and I aren’t close.
10.What was one of the most surprising things you learned about yourself in creating your books (characters, location, plot)?
I found out that I love to write love triangle stories, I love the two men to be very dominant and the female lead be sweet innocent, broken and submissive. I didn’t know I could write as good as I do now until I started writing more often. Most of my books are love triangles, you probably won’t find one that isn’t.
11.What is it you particularly like about the genre you write?
I love just writing the smut. I love my dark mafia romance and BDSM. I love how my characters always find their way back to each other and know they’re meant for each other. I just am in love with the process.
12.Do you have any suggestions to help others become writers? If so, what are they?
I think you should just start writing down whatever comes to mind, find an interesting plot, find names for your characters, and build the story as you go. This is how I started writing and now I’m so in love with it and I’ve been getting better and better each day.
13.Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
Sometimes. People these days don’t really comment. When I do, they usually say keep up the good work, or I ask what kinds of things they’d like to see in the book itself, and I sometimes make their wishes come true if it fits.
14.Do you like to create books for your target audience?
It really depends. I usually write to write for myself and for my enjoyment. But now that’s changed. I write for not only me now, but I also write for my readers and everyone who supports my work and projects in the process.
15.What do you think makes a good story?
What makes a good story to me is a strong plot, a strong relationship between the characters, plot twists every now and then—but then again not too many because it can get irritating.
16. How do you handle writers block and what do you tell other aspiring authors who may be fighting or fearful about hitting that wall?
I have this app called “Danger Notes”, it really helps me with my writers block. Go check it out. It’s an app that you can write on but if you stop writing for more than 10 seconds it erases everything you written and you have to start over. I usually also go and reread a few chapters before the chapters I’m stuck on. It helps.
Leah is a rare talent. She has potential and she is learning all the time - getting better with each story she writes. I enjoy watching her grow in her passion for storytelling and as a woman in general. I see great things ahead for her. I loved this feature. She deserves plenty more attention.