Interview with Jewel E. Leonard

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I will always prefer my books the old-fashioned way (made of trees).
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Southern California. I think this influenced my writing most in that Southern California is my go-to setting when I don't want to invest the time and effort in researching such things. I went right for Orange County when I set out to write Tales by Rails and it becomes a large feature in one of the later Rays of Sunshine novellas.
When did you first start writing?
Before grade school. I wrote about runaways. 30-some years later?
Still writing runaways.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I was having a hard time with domestic life and one of my go-to fantasies is to take a train (by myself) going wherever. Writing Tales by Rails became an outlet for a long-standing fantasy which quickly took on a life of its own.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
One of my favorite things about writing is knowing that I'm entertaining and bringing joy to those who read it.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me! If there are no fans, there's no point in sharing. And if there's no point in sharing, there's far less point in writing--my stories live in my head whether or not I let them out on paper.
What are you working on next?
I've recently started a time-travel story (I have no plans for publication--traditional, self or otherwise).
I am continuing work on the Rays of Sunshine series.
I also have a short story that's taking on a life of its own (that started as a sort of bribery for a dear friend to behave herself) and of course, I'll always be working on The Witches' Rede series (which is undergoing unanticipated edits before resubmitting to agents).
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My kids. I have no choice but to get out of bed each day once they wake up! ;)
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to knit and crochet. I make jewelry, I do various crafts. I love photographing (my babies, my kitty, flowers, the sunset), singing (horribly) and watching TV. I'm slowly binge-watching Jessica Jones.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Word of mouth--the recommendations of my friends are huge to me.
Published 2018-03-22.
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