Interview with Leanne Crabtree

Published 2013-09-11.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was about fifteen after being set the task of writing a short "Assassin" story as part of my English Literature GCSE. I'd already been reading for a while by then (Mills & Boon/Harlequin) so I had this brilliant idea to make it a bit saucy--it got me a B grade in the end.
What is your writing process?
I don't really have one. It tends to start with a good scene and then grows from there, sometimes it comes to fruition, other times it falls flat and doesn't go anywhere. I have quite a few stories on the go and maybe not having a writing process/plan is why they aren't getting finished.
How do you approach cover design?
I wish I was better with cover designs. I use a program called (it's like Photoshop) and try to do covers that fit well with the story though I'm still in the process of learning all its ins and outs and know that my covers aren't all that interesting. They're slowly improving, though.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Cat's Wolf had been in the works for a long time after the first scene came to me in a dream. A girl who can handle herself, being the council leaders daughter, and who isn't looking for love but finds it in the form of one of her species' enemy: a wolf. I seem to have this thing about heroine's who can kick butt and Kaitlin can certainly do that. I didn't necessarily have a definite plot after the first five or so chapters but I'm happy with how the story progressed.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on a second book in the Shifter Romance Novella series, that will be called Wolf Claimed. This one focuses on Misha and Brent, the friends of Kaitlin and Brent. It's set a short time later and shows how he manages to win her over after the will they/wont they thing that was seen to be happening in the Cat's Wolf. I'm hoping to get it done by the end of the 2013/early 2014.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has made it possible for me to get my stories to readers who don't own a kindle, as I sell through Amazon mainly, and I'm hoping to get my books into the Premium Catalogue so they can be sold through other retailers too and out to a wider audience.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love to read anything romance really. It could be m/m, fantasy, historical, new adult, young adult, paranormal; so long as it has romance as a sub-plot or main plot then I'll read it (and hopefully enjoy it, too).
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I'm an avid user of Goodreads, after being invited to join the site by a Librarian who had read one of my books, and I now use it's "recommendations" feature and others' reviews to decide what books sound good and to see if they are something I normally read.
Who are your favorite authors?
That's a hard one because I like a lot of authors.

Lets see: J.R. Ward, Darynda Jones, Kresley Cole, Karen Marie Moning, Richelle Mead, Colleen Gleason, Rachel Caine, Rachel Vincent, Stacia Kane, Chloe Neill, Samantha Young, Samantha Towle, Cora Cormack, Jessica Sorensen Lindsay Buroker and Josh Lanyon.

It keeps growing as I discover new amazing books.
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