Interview with Leslie A. Susskind

Published 2013-12-18.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
That's a tough one. We get up early at our house because the school bus comes at the crack of dawn. And I do mean crack! And then it's off to work. Sometimes it's knowing that I'll eventually get to write at the end of the day that gets me moving. And I always look forward to reading anytime that I have free time and especially before I go to bed.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to sing and I love to read. And I love movies, especially previews. I absolutely love previews! I think that would be a dream job, selecting the scenes and scoring the music.
Who are your favorite authors?
Here are just a few: Cinda Williams Chima, Kersten Gier, JK Rowling, Georgette Heyer, Jane Austin, Lesley Livingston, Louisa May Alcott, Julie Kagawa and Rick Riordan.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Once I read one that I like, I look for other books by that author. Or I see what people who've read that book are also reading.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was going to have something to do with the man in the moon, but for the life of me I can't remember what was going to happen.
What is your writing process?
My writing process includes lots of notes and typing and scribbles and typing. I try to outline my story and stay in the structure, but sometimes I find that my story takes on a life of its own. I do go through a lot of drafts. I do find that I need to have pieces of paper everywhere because I often think of ideas or bits of dialogue at the oddest times.
I can write in the craziest locations -- often the car while waiting to pick up one of my children.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It was Meet George Washington. It was first grade and my teacher said that if I could read it when I came back from Christmas Vacation, she would move me to the next reading group. I struggled and finally did it -- and I was so proud of myself and hooked on reading.
How do you approach cover design?
I have several friends who are artists and I have worked with them on my cover illustrations. I have them read the story (of course) and I share some other covers of books in my genre to help them understand what I'm seeing. It's a real give and take and it's a lot of fun.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Oh, my!
The Gray Wolf Throne/Seven Realms series (I know that's cheating cause it's 4) because I just love the world Cinda Williams Chima created; I adore Han and Raisa.
Moonraker's Bride -- I adored this book when I read it many, many years ago. I swooned at the love story. I still today can remember Lucy in the orphanage in China. And I remember how funny the Victorian Englandisms (if that's a word) were. # 6 would be April Lady by Georgette Heyer, and #7 would be Persuasion by Jane Austin.
What do you read for pleasure?
I really love YA fantasy, historical fiction, historical non-fiction, romance and regency.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my Kindle. I really look forward to flights so that I can read, read, read.
I was always a book snob, and I loved hanging out in bookstores and libraries. I couldn't imagine NOT holding a book. Then I downloaded kindle for PC to check out how my own books were working and then I bought my first Kindle to continue checking. Then ever since I've been hooked/spoiled by the fact that I can download a new book at any time of the day or night. Could anything be better then that? Now I'm into games, too.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
The ones I've found most effective are reaching out to contacts personally.
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Books by This Author

The Tale of Time Warp Tuesday
Series: The Zephram Tales, Book 2. Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 87,250. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Fantasy » General
In the 2nd Zephram Tale, Tom, Lizzie, Ned and Nell, the Royal Quadruplets and non-magical Heroes of the magical Kingdom of Zephram, have settled back into the same old boring routine after saving the world from evil Prince Persius. Suddenly they realize why everything's the same: they're stuck on Tuesday and they're the only ones know. Can they get the days moving again? And how can they do it?
It's Time for Good Manners!
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 550. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Home schooling, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Reference
Part story book, part practice book, all parts fun! Children learn good manners -- and how to tell time -- with this colorful activity book. They'll spend the day with Torie, Tad, Tessa and Tyler and see how it's time for good manners all day long. And then they'll get the chance to practice telling time -- all while enjoying the cute clock designs, and without realizing they're learning.
The Kids' (and parents', too!) Book of Good Sportsmanship
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,480. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Family activities, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Sports
Do you have little athletes in your family? Then this colorful book is a great way to help them understand what it means - and how important it is - to be a Good Sport. They'll learn easy sports manners as they read about familiar situations featuring kids just like them. Parents, you'll find handy reminders for you, too - so the whole family can learn to be Good Sports together.