Interview with Donna Leahey

What are you working on next?
I am working on an urban fantasy novel about prophecy and sisters and infernal creatures. It's the first book in a three book series and I'm excited about finishing it up soon.
Who are your favorite authors?
I grew up on sci-fi classics like Heinlein, Asimov, and Herbert. There was some Poe in there, too. I started reading Stephen King, Anne McCaffrey, Now I enjoy a lot of different authors - never stopped reading King or McCaffrey, but now I read everything from Janet Evanovich, Sue Grafton, and JD Robb (though, oddly, I don't enjoy Nora Roberts), F. Paul Wilson (fantastic writer!), and George R.R. Martin.
Describe your desk
It's a mess. Crowded with note cards, sticky notes, and scraps of paper. Pens everywhere, and a tangle of cords. Chaos. But I know where everything is!
When did you first start writing?
I used to turn my vocabulary word homework into stories. They'd assign us to use each word in a sentence, and I'd end up with a twenty sentence story. Usually about a horse.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working, sleeping, watching too much TV, playing a computer game, or reading. Or maybe arguing with someone on the internet. I do love to do that.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I'm very loyal to my favorite authors, so that's the number one way, but I count on advice from friends too. But first I have to quiz them about what they do like!
What is your writing process?
I'm don't work from a strict outline, but I do have a structure in mind. I know how it's going to end, I just have to figure out how to get there. That usually means a drastic rewrite - I have to write the story to figure out what it's about.
How do you approach cover design?
I'm hopeless at it. I have to ask for help. I'm thinking of sponsoring a contest for the cover of my novel.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I could not possibly pick five favorites. Oh, gosh. No.

So I'll start with most of Stephen King's work. That man can tell a story!
GRRM's A Song of Ice and Fire series. He's the spiritual heir of Tolkein.
Most everything Anne McCaffrey wrote
The Harry Potter series for being just great fun to read.
I'll add in The Hunger Games not because I think it's the greatest literature out there, but because of the positive role model it provides for young women.

Five authors rather than five books, but between them, that's plenty of reading material!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to learn about it. so I contacted three of my friends and said, "Hey, let's do an anthology!" The process of organizing the project, the editing and polishing, was valuable for all of us. From there, it's been an incredibly valuable learning experience. I enjoyed it so much, I rounded them up again for a follow up.
Published 2014-07-09.
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