Interview with Moni Leslie

How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has given me the platform to get my ideas out there to the world without having to deal with the stress of dealing with a traditional publishing platform. I remember trying to submit articles to magazines for some years, not many but some and getting rejected or not even hearing anything back. I remember looking for literary agents for foot in the door and not having much success. I don't have to live up to anyone's "standards" except my own creativity and expression. And to Smashwords, I thank you and owe you a lot of gratuity. Thank you Mark Coker because without you man, wow, you are awesome, thank you really.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I find that being able to focus all my attention into creating something from scratch, is a weird feeling. I can't get over it. It's like when you figure out something you like to do, but you have to figure out how you are going to do every little bit of it, it is challenging and interesting at the same time.
What do your fans mean to you?
The world. Literally, the world. It feels good to know somebody likes your stuff and they enjoy something you created. It leaves a mark on ya. They really help me to keep writing. I really does. If something I have written has inspires someone or changed someone's life, I know I have a ticket to heaven, I know.
What are you working on next?
My next books I want to talk about raising children. I think some people have no clue what they are doing and are just going off instinct. I know, I have been there. It would have been nice for me to have something that could help me out of those situations I just couldn't understand. Something in my "language" and "style" that I can understand. I think I have something to offer a lot of readers and parents out there.
Who are your favorite authors?
Bram Stoker. Stephen King. I am such a horror fan. Anything scary or psychological I will read it.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My children and knowing that i am helping others out there to be good people. We need more of that in the world. There is so much going on that we need good people to help take care of these kids out here.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
With my family doing normal family stuff. Everything you do normal, I do it too.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I think God has a lot to do with it. He puts stuff on my mind to put out there. I never just sit down and say, okay today I am going to write about a shoe. No, it doesn't work like that with me. I could be driving down the street or cooking dinner or in the shower and a "influence" comes to me. All God man.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I actually wrote a poetry piece named the Ice Princess. I won first place in some poetry contest. It was published in a large poetry book named on the wings of Pegasus.
What is your writing process?
Late nighter. I write best at night. I can't concentrate during the day. So once the kids are in bed, I get on my computer and start typing out ideas I had in my head all day.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I had ever read was about Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. Their struggle and deaths on my behalf have inspired me to be the best I can be and have given my community the encouragement to keep fighting. No matter what race you are, if there is something that is wrong, stand up for the right of it and keep pushing until you have completed your goal.
Published 2015-12-27.
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