Interview with E.M. Leya

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My daughter. I want to give her a chance to see what hard work and motivation can bring. I hope to be an example in my work and life that she can follow, learning that good things come from hard work and determination. You don't need anyone else to take care of you, you can do it yourself.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm a news junkie. I spend a lot of my free time devouring current events and combing the news. I'm active in local politics and have to know what is going on in the world around me. When I break from that, you might find me swimming, camping, and enjoying the outdoors.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Being an author, I am surrounded by other authors. I have an endless display of new books to pick from. I like every genre and tend to browse sites when I finish one book, grabbing another that calls to me.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I was in 7th grade. It was a story about a group of teens who are trapped in a old house and unable to find their way out. Everything they need is supplied for them once a week, but they don't know by who. The work to unravel the mystery of the house and figure out who trapped them there and why.
What is your writing process?
Process? Am I supposed to have one? No, really, I keep it very simple. I get an idea and write it down in my notebook. When the time comes I start writing. I don't make notes or outline, I just let the voices in my head tell me what to write. I find if I over think and try to plan out the story, I end up with a huge mess.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I have wonderful fans who support me. Word of mouth is the best marketing I could ask for. I tweet my new releases, post around facebook, and enjoy keeping up my fan page, but honestly, I find it more productive to write than spend hours and hours marketing.
Describe your desk
A mess! Papers, notebooks, coffee cup. A big black cat, who waits for his chance to lay on my keyboard. Nothing fancy.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the mountains of Utah on a large sheep ranch. I was surrounded by animals, cowboys, and dirt. I loved every minute of it. I tend to write most my stories locations in the areas I was raised. I love country life, cowboys, and staying out of the city, and I think that is obvious in my books.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Learning to Love was written after a couple trips to the vet with my dogs. My very attractive veterinarian got the plot forming. I also wanted to show that domestic abuse doesn't just happen to women. Everyone can become a victim of it. I also hoped to show that there can be life after, and you can learn to love again.
Why don't you use sexy models on your books?
I get asked this a lot. As a reader, I love getting into a good book and forming a picture of the characters in my mind. I hate when later that character is pictured on another book or a movie comes out about the book and the person in the movie or on the book looks nothing like I saw them in my head. I enjoy forming my own view of how a character looks. Sure, I might give the base of brown hair and green eyes, but it gives the reader a chance to form a personal bond with the characters and not be shown by the author what they look like on the cover. I'm not against using them, and I will from time to time, but for me, less is more. Besides, you can read most my books in front of your children without worrying they will see the cover and start asking questions.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I just started with Smashwords after a year of being on other sites, but so far it seems to be good for me. It will give more fans a chance to find my work. I have seen a boost in sales since coming here, and am looking forward to seeing results off the other sites they deliver to. It saves me a ton of time from having to upload my books to all the different sites.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on book two of my Merman series. I have five books planned for them. I also have several more ideas for erotic shorts that I hope to get out in the next few months. After that, I will just work down my list of stories waiting to be told and get them out as I can.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love Kate Douglas and Nina Bangs. Can't pick a favorite of the two.
Published 2013-09-20.
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