Leanna Harrow joins us today in the Author Showcase! I think you’ll love her as much as I do after reading her answers! 🙂
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1) Tell us about yourself.
Hmmm…Where to start! I am the mother of four grown children and four grand children. I am originally from California and now reside in North Carolina. I love thunderstorms and playing pool!
2) What do you do when you are not writing?
Day job? I am a part-time, freelance researcher…sounds much more exciting than it really is lol
3) How did you choose the genre you write in?
I didn’t choose it; it chose me when I had an encounter online with a “catfish”.
4) When did you start writing?
April of 2012.
5) Biggest influences as a reader/writer?
Oh, that’s easy! Stephen King…he’s my all time favorite. He’s as weird as I am lol
6) Is anything in your writing based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? Where do your ideas come from?
Hmm well, I’ll have to plead the 5th on that lol No, really, the entire back story to my book “A Beautiful Liar” coming out May 1st is all me, the rest of it, pure fiction. I don’t know where the ideas come from, the just come and when they hit me, it’s like a wild fire that burns hot and fast!
7) Planner or Panster?
Panster all the way!
8) What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
I was once told I was “just another 10 year old trying to write”…I let it all, good and bad, roll right off my back. The best was being compared to E L James…I had to look her up lol
9) Tell us about your book (s). Favorite thing? Hardest issue to overcome?
Well, Killing the Desire, which is out now, is an erotic thriller about a young woman’s mother who is killed by a serial killer, but turns out, not just any serial killer. She goes after the killer and the detective who’s in charge of her mother’s case. My favorite thing about this book is that it deals with a topic that has always fascinated me, serial killers. No issues to overcome in that one.
In my series that starts coming out May 1st “A Beautiful Liar, Book One of The Maggie West Series” The series is about a middle aged woman that gets duped by a man online who isn’t who he says he is, hence the term “catfish”, and is taken on the ride of a life time, literally. The thing I love about this series was that I used my life as the back story and an incident I had online with an imposter and went wild with it. I loved how I developed Maggie into someone people would love and cheer for. There were a few things that were hard to overcome in the series. While writing a scene where Maggie is diagnosed with cancer, I got a call from my doctor telling me I had a 13mm mass in my left lung. Thank God it was nothing but a mass, but that was surreal. Then there was the last book in the series, ending it was much tougher than I thought it would be, so I kind of left it to where I could go back if I really wanted to because after all, nothing’s really over until you close your eyes for the last time, right?
10) Advice for aspiring writers?
Never, ever give up on your dream. I had no experience, no real education, heck, I didn’t even graduate from high school. I had to go back and finish school with four kids! I just knew from a young age that I wanted to write. When my youngest turned eighteen, I wrote four books in under a year, five if you count the book of short stories! I self published all of my books and got on every social media site I could think of and announced them. The acquisitions editor for Eternal Press just so happened to see it on LinkedIn of all places and asked to read a manuscript. The rest, as they say, is history. If it can happen to me, it can happen to anyone!
11) Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
I appreciate each and every one of them! This has been an amazing journey and they make the trip fantastic! I love connecting and talking with them and do it as often as I can. The readers are what make it worth doing! I hope they enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy writing them!
I’d also like to say thank you for the interview…I’ve had a blast!