Interview with Katyjean Leslie

When did you first start writing?
In grade school. I think it was third grade.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The combination of my love for writing and reading, my desire to share that and I suddenly found myself disabled, without a job and more time on my hands than I knew what to do with.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Self-expression.
Who are your favorite authors?
Patricia Cornwall, James Lee Burke, Maya Angelou, Walt Whitman, Thomas Hardy, among others.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I love mornings. I start each day outside on my front porch. I let my dogs 'run' around and do their thing while I have my morning 'chat' with God. When we come in, I take care of them and the cats, have my coffee and toast and I write for two to three hours. I do this every day.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was a mystery. I wrote it for English and got a 'B'.
How do you approach cover design?
Carefully.
What do you read for pleasure?
Whatever strikes my fancy.
Describe your desk
An old two-tiered wooden 1940's job I got at a yard sale for $4 many years ago. It is cluttered with bits of paper, old photos, cups full of pens, pencils, glasses and other paraphernalia, scratched at one end with indentions where my daughter did her homework. I absolutely love it. Oh, there's a big shell and some wooden elephants, too.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Richmond, Virginia in foster care until I was 19. Then I ran away to the little country community of Farmville where I promptly got married. Everything in life influences how we write, what we write about. My entire life up to this point has been one big collection of writings; poetry and prose. I wouldn't change a thing.
Published 2017-06-26.
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Books by This Author

Death and Other Miseries
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 13,660. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
“I just want to take this opportunity to say that I am a very bad shot. I don’t usually hit my target. I also can’t turn down a dare. So, armed with as big of a handful of clover as I could hold I preceded to shoot clover at the man’s gaping mouth....” It was the 1970’s and the author is just a gangly, bony eleven-year-old girl just trying to make sense of life and the adults in it.
The Week
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,820. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
A collection of poetry that expresses the events, thoughts and emotions that transpire within a fictional week. Some are light, some are thought provoking while others may be a bit disturbing. It is also a reflection of how life can change in the blink of an eye. So, enjoy it. Now, coffee anyone?
An Ordinary Day
Price: Free! Words: 3,460. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
Twenty poems that express moments and events that happen to ordinary people written for ordinary people living through an 'ordinary' day. Sometimes what is ordinary for one may be extraordinary for another. In the end, we're all pretty extraordinary. So, yay us! Raise a toast. Oh, and there's Attila too. He slipped in at the end. Well...enjoy!