Interview with Frankie Leahy

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The escapism, that feeling when you get a really great idea and you're carried off into this whole other world, it's incredible.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans mean everything to authors, that's how the process of becoming an author starts. What are books if there is no one to read them?
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on two very different stories, one is about a group of friends who spontaneously take a road trip and along the way various events occur that cause the characters to find out more about themselves and eachother. It's going to be a moving comedy (hopefully!) It has yet to be titled but for now it's called 'The Revealing Travels of Eventful Nothingness'.

The second story i'm writing is about pirates. Yes, pirates. The main character is a woman pirate named Georgie who sets out to find a ship and a crew, only to find much more than she bargained for. A past she has tried to forget about shows up in the form of a relative and leaves Georgie in a bit of a pickle. This new arrival has her making tough decisions that could be a matter of life or death for her and her crew.
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh my, all of them?

Stephen King (Specifically Dr.Sleep and The Shining)
Thomas Harris (The Hannibal Lecter series)
Markus Zusak (The Book Thief)
Carlos Ruiz Zafon (The Shadow of The Wind)
Anne Rice (Interview with a Vampire)
Audur olafsdottir (Butterflies in November)
Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)
Alice Sebold (The Lovely Bones)

And many, many more.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My characters, they need me!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I watch a lot of Television shows and films, usually related to my story themes to get inspiration (i.e, Black Sails, Sons of Anarchy, The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad...). I also listen to a lot of music, mainly Springsteen, Tom Waits, Johnny Cash...
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I use a kindle and Kobo.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I think so, it was a recreation of a fairytale i think. Like a twisted cinderella story. I was very young though, from then on there's a good few years of awful vampire stories and love stories that make no sense.
What is your writing process?
Hahaha, ha, ha...

Big cup of tea, computer or notebook, write. I don't do it in specific parts, although i usually start at the beginning and only very roughly plan. (It sounds bad, but it works for me.)
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Oh wow, um...

The very first stories i remember reading were the Tintin comics, i have two older brothers and we would all sit in one room whilst mum read them to us, or we would read them together. They were, and still are my favourite stories.
How do you approach cover design?
I am not a perfectionist, however when it comes to book covers...That's a whole other story. I like them to be perfect, i think, along with the blurb, it is the most important part of drawing in readers. The amount of times i've picked up a book purely because of the cover is unquantifiable. The cover needs to represent the book, it's like sending your kid to school in a sharply ironed uniform.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Shining by Stephen King - This was one of the first novels i picked up and i couldn't put it down, i just wanted to keep reading. The characters are so well thought out and the plot is full of little details that just grab you. It had me shivering at some of the creepier parts, especially room 237.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky - I think every teenager/young adult should read this book. It is incredibly eye opening and brings problems such as anxiety, depression and abuse to light. The characters are so unique and the amount of times i've read this book and wished i had friends like Patrick and Sam! It is a door into the life of a vulnerable teen who is trying to keep it together, i think we all know someone like this, but this book really gives you the inside view.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - GO READ IT, NOW. This is by far my favourite book of all time. I love everything about it. The film is also great and one of the closest representations of a book that i've ever seen. This book made me cry, a lot.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy - I had to read this book for an English Literature essay, and i do not regret it one bit. It's a pretty simple plot, but is captivating none the less.

The Shadow of The WInd by Carlos Ruiz Zafon - This book is spectacular from the first page. The writing style and imagery is just phenomenal and the book is absolutely incredible.
Describe your desk
It's actually just a big foot locker with a moroccan throw on it. I sit on the floor on a cushion and put my laptop on top f it. I like it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Windsor, Berkshire (UK). I'm not if it did affect my writing, it was more the people who i grew up with. I had (and still have) a group of friends who used to practically live in the local skatepark, and it was just a really cool bunch of misfits. None of us were the same, there were different races, sexuality, ages, gender. I think that affected my characters a lot. None of my characters are normal. (God forbid!)
How are you gaining an audience?
I have a few facebook pages, one of which is called 'The Authors Abyss' which is a public group i created which is controlled by me and a few other admins and people can join and share their work and get feedback.
Published 2015-03-15.
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