Interview with Leah Cook

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read on my phone on the Kindle App. I have a HTC M8.
It's portable so I can pick up where I left off and not have to worry!
It's also handy when I sleep with my kids because I don't have to have a light on!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm still new to this so I'll need to get back to you on this one!
Describe your desk
Half of it is reserved for the computer and printer, the other to scrapbooking and papercrafts. (My other love!)
It's messy, cluttered and my personal dumping ground for papers, bills and anything else that doesn't have a home!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up all over Victoria (Australia), from Narre Warren, to Yarram, to Sale, to Dandenong, Cranbourne, Seymour and Pakenham.
I think it helps to have a diverse arsenal of descriptions for towns and cities, as well as the different people and their idiosyncrasies dependent on where they live. Country people are different from city people, smaller towns can be harder to make friends.
When did you first start writing?
Since I could hold a pencil. I used to write stories all the time.
I got serious in my teenage years and learned a lot from my high-school English teachers.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Ruby Rising - I actually wrote the majority of this when I was 14.
The story idea hasn't changed much, but my style and voice definitely has. New characters, names and places have changed as well as certain plot points.
I didn't pick it up again until I was 28, after I'd had my first child, and now there is two so far in the series. The third one is currently 'marinating' in my head. :D
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Getting a traditional publisher was harder than I thought it would be.
I love my writing and whilst having a publisher behind me to back me and support would be awesome, being in full control of my books was important to me as well.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting the story and characters out of my head and onto paper!
There is something a little weird, yet awesome, about having characters talking to you in your head, or worse, arguing with each other. Other writers will know exactly what I mean!! I love watching my characters grow and morph into people that I didn't even realise existed.
By getting it all out on paper, even if I don't publish it, there is such a sense of accomplishment.
It also means that my head is clear for the next idea to flourish!
What do your fans mean to you?
Everyting.
Cliche? You bet. But without the support of fans, friends and families, my stories wouldn't even get past my beta readers!
I realise that I am an emerging writer, so basically I don't have any fans, but if one person reads my book and loves it, then I have achieved everything I aimed to with that story!
What are you working on next?
Currently in the editing phase of Ruby's second installment and brainstorming the third.
I am also editing a standalone book, called Momentum (working title), that is in the romance/contemporary romance genre.
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh wow, now that's a loaded question. Is there enough room here?
Colleen Hoover, Tiffany Reisz, Roald Dahl, John Marsden, Elizabeth Hunter, J.K Rowling, Maya Banks, Enid Blyton, Charlaine Harris, Robert Ludlum, Patricia Cornwell, Stephen King, John Grisham, Stephenie Meyer, Dan Brown, Lee Child, C.S Lewis, Cherise Sinclair, C.J Roberts, Marie Force, EL James, Katy Evans, Jodi Picoult, Penelope Douglas, Chanda Hahn, K. Bromberg...

Okay so I could probably go on and on, and clearly I have quite ecclectic tastes when it comes to reading. I love to read, and will give any genre of fiction a go, if the writer can captivate me with their story then I'm in!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My children, because honestly if I lay in bed ignoring 3 boys 7,4 & 3...well...you don't want to know what happens when BBQ sauce, Bi-carb soda, and tomato paste gets mixed into the carpet when they decide to make their own breakfast!

My family do. They are my reason for breathing, for writing, for going to work, running a charity, playing backyard cricket when I'd happily hide away on the computer tapping away at a story.
My husband. My ultimate cheerleader and best friend.
Published 2014-12-13.
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Books by This Author

Ruby Rising
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 83,930. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
A coming of age, paranormal debut novel where nobody is who they seem and everyone has an ulterior motive. Join Ruby De Grey as she discovers that her life was never going to be normal. Surrounded by evil and protected by people her entire life what happens when the devil comes knocking? Will she be ready to fight for her life?