Interview with MarieLeitner

Describe your desk
It tends to be clean one day out of the year. The rest of the time it becomes my trash pile for neglected rough drafts, food wrappers, and cryptic notes jotted down sloppily on any clean surface.
When did you first start writing?
It started at an early age, but I never took a complete interest in writing other than to pass the time. It wasn't until I was getting into high school did I suddenly get an itch to write more and more.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'll let you know as soon as the characters are off their strike. Negotiations are cut throat and hostile.
What do your fans mean to you?
That even though I was leery about writing anything at all and putting it out in the world for others to pick over with a fine tooth comb, there are people out there that have in some way or another been affected by my writing. It's really astonishing and it nevers fails to surprise me when I receive so many comments and praise for little things.
What are you working on next?
As soon as I can get the skeleton lined out for this plot, I'll be sure to let you know.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Besides the call of nature, I have a family that depends on me to manage the household. It's a tough job but someone has to do it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
The usual cleaning, cooking, parenting, and counting the gray hairs that continue to pop up every morning.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It's not something I'm willing to admit or look back on. So no, I can't remember what poor 10-page self-insert fanfiction I wrote at a young age.
What is your writing process?
Eat a bowl of cereal and stare angrily at the blinking cursor on the blank Word Document. After that doesn't work out, I just drum my fingers on the keyboard and say I created a new language.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Putting myself in the characters shoes and trying to imagine not only how I myself would react to the situation they face, but how they would as well. Most of the time there are many conflicting results but that's one of the many great things about being a writer; you don't always have to agree with your character.
Published 2014-05-30.
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