Interview with K. Leigh Winters

When did you first start writing?
When I could first hold pen to paper and now my youngest is showing the same enthusiasm for art and the written word.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Deep question... you'll just have to read it first and find out.
What is your writing process?
I have a very active mind, always have. Even when dreaming it's active and I usually remember my dreams. I don't know how it's possible but some days I wake up more tired from all the active dreaming, you know saving mankind stuff. I don't know how the world survives without me while I am awake.
Anyway, I usually have a flash of a scene or a memory or even a what I have come to call an 'Almost' moment. Meaning that life is ultimately like one of those choose your own adventure books and I can never help but to go back and try the other direction in the book but of course we can not do that in real life. This is how the book Almost Me came around. I had a similar moment of waiting for someone in a bar and that moment was my IT moment in life.
From that spark I love to story board, growing where I did everyone wanted to be an actor so it's just something I can relate to but it by no means becomes my map. Once the characters take on their own life I just kind of go with it.
Describe your desk
Scary... I have several work spaces in my office including a bed...cause you never know when the inspiration for a nap might hit you.
How do you approach cover design?
I like to do my own since I do freelance photo editing work anyway. I usually have a very specific vision in mind and there is hidden meanings in EVERYTHING I do. For example the cover for Almost Me is of a ballerina with her hair plaited perfectly on her head with her back perfectly straight and poised. She's a performer, it's all for show.
She is this perfect little package and it's all just a tiny window looking into her world carefully constructed world.
Throughout my writing there is hidden or double meanings and even references of things to come, my covers are no different, I am looking for the human effect, not the brawn or sexy, cause like life it's all balanced somehow in our own little packages.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Being a mom, wife and nurse. I have 2 young boys and I have been married to my husband almost half my life. At home it can seem like organized chaos, I'm not really the supermom type like everyone else, I try and more often then not I fail monumentally, but my kids have me figured out. Usually when I say I have an idea they roll their eyes and say "Oh great what is mom going to get into now." A work as an RN in a local nursing home. I love it, it's part time and it gives me a nice break, plus I can still rock some of my awesome ICU/ER skills. I feel like I am living in my own sitcom and it has broken, no shattered, the mold that I grew up craving.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Florida, mostly Southwest Orlando. My parents moved around a lot so I never got to develop those awesome forever friendships you read about. It bothered me for years but then I decided to turn it around to something more productive. I worked at Disney for a few years in entertainment and since I was homeschool that kind of became my social scene. I learned a lot from those crazy guys and about 95% of the stuff I learned and did during my tenure as a minor would cause the last 3 generations of my family to roll in their graves. But seriously because I was so closely interpreted into the 'showbiz' part of the town in the early 90's I met a lot of very famous and influential people. I was NEVER treated like a kid in anything I did and my options and questions were always welcomed. I am very thankful for my up bringing now because I have a lot of extraordinary experiences and stories to use as my writing muse.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I'm actually ashamed to admit I'm kind of lazy *blush* I mainly read from my iPad iTunes account and go with the 'other related books' tab. I fell in love with all the books coming from smashwords and being naive it never dawned on me that the books were indie. Fitting for me though cause I'm an Indie Girl, it's funny how things come around. I also love my goodreads.com lists.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I've always read a lot. Some of my earlier books as a child that I still covet today are 'My Father's Dragon,' 'The Ring of Endless Night.' and 'the Myst of Avalon.' were my earliest reads, each having a particular place in my heart. At the age of 12 I was introduced to Edith Hamilton's Greek Mythology and later devoured Odysseus and later the Iliad. Those books had the largest impact in my life the depth and complexity of the tales have you believing and seeing the world as one might have in ancient times. There are so many times in life that I see similarities and comparable situation and I can't help but let my geek show. Don't even get me started on the difference between the Hermes's Caduceus Staff and the Staff of Asclepius.
What do you read for pleasure?
EVERYTHING...and I literally mean everything from medical journals to steamy romance to Harry Potter and Jane Eyre.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I'm a 110% Apple girl! If you need something for your Apple device and the store is closed come on to my house it's crazy full of Apples!
Published 2016-12-03.
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Books by This Author

Almost Me
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 86,020. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » New adult
Claire is the consummate performer, she does as she's told without question, she entertains and delights. But through the gilded cage there is always a trapped bird. Liam to some may just be a bartender, but he is the only one who sees what lies behind those beautiful emerald eyes. He would give anything to be the one the to take away what haunts Claire. Will she let him or will it be too late?