Interview with Leeah Taylor

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Of course I do. It was the first full novel I ever finished and the original inspiration for my now published Surface Below: Dark Secrets.
What is your writing process?
Ideas come sporadically for me. Sometimes I will have one really great idea and on rare occasions two or three. Once I've given the idea some time to root I'll start writing. I am what you call a pantser. I sit down and just write without any thought to planning or organizing. That's how a first draft should go in my opinion. Fixing and editing and planning is for the second draft.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to produce a cover that represents the genre I'm writing in, which is mostly paranormal romance. Even then, though, I sometimes swerve in my own direction and create what I feel best represents the story and will grab the attention of a potential reader. Because let's face it we eat with our eyes and we judge books by their covers.
What do you read for pleasure?
I don't have a specific genre that I read. It's all about the book blurb. Did it grab my attention? How about the first three or four pages? Did I want to keep reading? If it's yes than I'll read just about anything.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle e-reader(it's old), Kindle for Android and a tablet. Out of the three I prefer my Kindle because it is distraction free. i can't check messages or go online like I can with my phone or tablet. The less distraction I have the more reading I can do.
When did you first start writing?
I was about fourteen years old (in other words, a long time ago). At the time writing was my way of coping with things in my life. My family had moved from Ohio to Florida in the middle of the school year. That was tough. Making friends, fitting in and everything that went along with being fourteen. Writing was an outlet for me to be who I wanted and create worlds that I wanted to be in.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wrote for about sixteen years before I even thought about publishing. It was a pastime, a hobby. And then I got involved with some writing groups, made some friends and saw that it was very possible for me to publish if I wanted too. And I did want too. But not to become popular or make it on a best sellers list or even make any money. I merely wanted to see my work alongside my fellow peers. So I made it a goal to finish the current book I was writing and get it published. Best thing I have ever down.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating something new from nothing. New characters, new worlds, new conflicts. The whole process is exciting.
What do your fans mean to you?
When someone reads my book and leaves a comment or review or even messages me directly. Especially with praise or "when's the next book?", it's a bit overwhelming but it's also very satisfying. I've created something that someone else enjoyed. They connected with my characters. Loved the story. If it weren't for fans than I wouldn't have a reason to publish the next story.
What are you working on next?
Currently I have two projects going on. The first is Night of Moons: The Hybrid. It's a vampire/werewolf story with a romantic twist and plenty of turns. The other is Forever Immortal: Immortal Danger. About a girl that gets in over her head when she investigates claims of a local club being ground zero for the most powerful drug ring in the city. I've given it a paranormal twist and love story, of course. I'm hoping to have the latter published early 2017.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My children and husband. They are the meaning of existence. I have two beautiful children. A 9 year old son and 3 year old daughter. They are perfect little rays of sunshine (most of the time). And my husband. An amazing man that works hard so I can be home with our children. He's my rock and my biggest supporter.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I watch some of my favorite shows like The Originals or The Vampire Diaries. And sometimes I sneak in my little addiction of cooking shows. I also enjoy crocheting, coloring and drawing.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I follow several (an obscene amount) of fellow authors on social media. Usually I just watch their feeds for new books to come out. If they grab my attention I'll load them to my kindle.
Published 2016-08-09.
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