Interview with Ron Leighman

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing gives me a freedom unlike anything I have ever felt.
What do your fans mean to you?
As soon as I get some they'll mean everything to me. Without them what would be the use in creating anything.
Who are your favorite authors?
Steven King tops the list in horror. I also like William W Johnstone and Jo Johnstone.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Get up see to my dogs and answer questions on one of my sites then yes doing my writing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Sometimes I do research, yes I do my own. I play with my dogs and I watch some TV.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Maybe not the first but the first book we read as a group back in school was: THE OUTSIDERS By S.E. HINTON. I loved the fact they felt they didn't fit in, and that matched how I felt about myself at the time
How do you approach cover design?
I wing it, I know basically what I want to do and then hope for the best. Yes I do my own covers.
Describe your desk
Slightly cluttered but not nearly as bad as it usually is.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in NW Texas and yes it has influenced my writing to a degree. Many of the small towns and of course my Imagination helped to create the action.
When did you first start writing?
Kinda, hard to answer that. I've always liked to have pencil and paper and I'd write stories or at least thoughts for stories.
What's the story behind your latest book?
That will be DADDY'S HOME. I did a rough draft of it not long after I moved to Pennsylvania, then I put it aside for when I'd want to polish it up. I like old music and some of the roads up here in PA are kinda creepy looking to begin with. I actually did not get the title from the song, it was a phrase that was said around our house and we'd all get excited. "Daddy's Home Daddy's Home." I won't ruin the plot of the story but it just made me think that would be the creepiest thing to do.
What are you working on next?
Revision of a story I wrote about a year or so ago.
What is your writing process?
I don't work from an outline if that's what you mean. My stories write themselves pretty much. It's just my fingers hitting the keys.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Pretty much anything by Steven King.
Published 2016-12-30.
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