Free time, I guess? As I've gotten older, I've developed a love for reading that I didn't have before. Reading became a hobby, and a stress reliever when school was getting to be too much. After finishing the Masters program, I didn't know what to do with my time; I was used to writing papers every week. I sat at the computer one day, waiting for a friend to pick me up for dinner, and the start of a different book was generated in about fifteen minutes. Ever since then, I've been writing all the time.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Although I sound crazy, getting my thoughts out of my head! Stories consume my mind; whether they are made up on a whim or shaped from personal events, there will always be stories to tell.
What is your writing process?
I don't have one...is that bad? Honestly, I write as stuff comes to me. I use Scrivener to do plot basics and create character details, and am starting to use it on a more consistent basis. I don't do outlines, or chronological order; if the end comes to me first, then the end is written. It seems to be working for me, so far :-)
What's the story behind your latest book?
I wish I knew! I was standing in line for a haunted house with a friend of mine and her daughter, and it just came to me. I pulled out my cell phone, opened the Notes app, and wrote the first chapter by the time we got to the front of the line. After reading what I had typed, I realized the male character, at the beginning of the book, shared a lot of qualities of someone that will always hold a piece of my heart.
How do you approach cover design?
I have people! :-D Seriously, though-- Flyleaf Studios is an absolute thrill to work with, professionally and personally. They are down to earth, honest people who really capture the vision. You can view their here: at http://www.flyleafstudios.com/ If you are interested in graphic design work, tell 'em Lea sent you ;)
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My Nook is my first choice, and then the Kindle app on my laptop. I definitely become a 1-Click addict with that, though!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I follow a lot of book blogs, and I have the greatest friends in the world. My friends are very quick to send a book title and author list to me when they've found something interesting.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Doing whatever my Mini Me wants to do, of course! Really, though--I love to travel...quick weekend-getaways are a joy for me. I'm lucky to live where I do (eastern part of Virginia); there are so many destinations that can be turned in to day or weekend trips! And, I am always up for suggestions!!
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