Interview with Leah Braemel

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I've recently learned how to knit, and while I'm still a beginner, I'm hooked on knitting scarves and cowls, hats and socks. Lace however is giving me a bit more of a challenge.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I get a lot of recommendations from friends on Facebook, and on groups where my fans offer recommendations. And sometimes a title or cover just jumps out at me enough to pick up the book and hook me.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I was about 6 or 7 and highly influenced by the original Star Trek series. So I tried my hand at writing a sci-fi. Which my sister promptly tore apart (everyone's a critic, right?)
What is your writing process?
Once a story is started, it's just a matter of sitting down at the keyboard and trying to get into my characters' head and let them tell me what they're thinking and feeling. I have recently switched from working exclusively on a single story to having multiple stories on the go -- that way it helps keep my imagination active and my writing fresh.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My mom used to read to me a lot -- so much that she got tired of me always asking her to "read me a story". Which meant she sat me down and taught to read when I was three -- and I've not stopped since. I couldn't tell you the first story I read, but I do remember a story about laplanders (I can't remember the title), and lots of Harold and his Purple Crayon. But the one that had the most impact on me was probably The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. It really let my imagination free and let me imagine those worlds hidden in the wardrobes.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love to read on my phone which at the moment is a Note 3. I like using the various reading apps -- Kindle and Kobo, while still being able to check my mail. But I have to admit to envying my husband's Kindle which might help me disconnect from the outside world a little easier.
Describe your desk
Messy! Filled with receipts to be filed, yarn and needles and patterns...and a coffee cup that definitely needs to be filled!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in small-town central Ontario, in a family who couldn't afford cable, so we only had rabbit ears. And since we were in central Ontario that meant we could only get reception for one or two television stations. Which also meant we ended up reading far more than ever watching TV. Now that I look at it, I think that was a blessing.
When did you first start writing?
When I was about 6 or 7, my sister introduced me to the concept of writing down all those stories drifting around in my head. #mindblown!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Receiving emails from fans who say they've enjoyed my work. There are times when those emails have been the reason I've kept returning to my manuscript.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on multiple stories -- a full length western that will end my Grady Legacy series, and the next in the Flirting with Fire series -- a m/m romance that I hope to release this spring. I'm also outlining a fantasy story for a bundle this coming Christmas, and writing an erotic novella for another bundle that will come out this fall.
Published 2015-02-04.
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Books by This Author

First Night
Series: Hauberk Protection, Book 0. Price: Free! Words: 8,330. Language: American English. Published: March 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
The last thing Mark Rodriguez needs right now is another distraction. His company is under attack and he’s desperately trying to hold it together. When the blonde bombshell he hired as his second-in-command struts into the room and straddles his lap, who is he to turn her down? Especially with her offer of a no-strings-attached affair. But when the clock strikes midnight--just who won the bet?
Feeding the Flames
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 30,910. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Volunteer Firefighter Zac Buchanan has made stopping off at life-long friend Tabatha Morgan’s new diner a ritual. She really cooks, and he’s not talking just about the food. But if their new-found love and sizzlin’ hot action in the bedroom is to survive, Tabatha must also accept the smoke, flames and danger of Zac’s job. Or their happy-ever-after will forever be extinguished.
Perfect Proposal
Series: Hauberk Protection, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,470. Language: American English. Published: January 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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Sam Watson wants to propose to the love of his life but all his previous attempts have been thwarted. Every. Single. Time. This time he’s determined that nothing will get in his way. No interruptions. No exceptions. Not from work, not by family busybodies, not even if the roses crucial to his plans are lost. Nothing will stop him. If only someone had let Rosie in on his plans.