Interview with Meg Leigh

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was a story about a wild horse that ran onto the road in front of my dad's car while we were travelling to New South Wales to visit my grandparents. It was a combination of truth and imagination.
What is your writing process?
I am what people refer to as a 'pantser' as in seat of the pants. My characters live their lives inside my head and I try to keep up and write down what they are doing. I very rarely outline or plan ahead.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Well not counting "See Dick run" type things in school the first one that comes to mind is The Hobbit by Tolkien. It was probably not the first story I ever read, but it is definitely the most memorable. I won an award at school for a picture that I drew of Smaug the dragon.
How do you approach cover design?
I like to have well designed cover art for my work. The cover is the first thing a potential reader sees and it's your only chance to make an impression that causes them to click through, or pick up the book to take a closer look. It's worth paying for good cover art.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Hobbit - Because it showed me how a book can transport you to amazing places.

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell - It is just a classic and I can't leave it off any list like this.

Matthew Flinders' Cat by Bryce Courtenay - I love seeing life though the viewpoint of animals, and I like how this book alternates between history and modern day Sydney. The story of the inspiration behind this book is just as fascinating as the book itself. I sadly miss Bryce Courtenay. RIP.

The Thornbirds by Colleen McCulloch - Just because.

And at the moment, anything written by Thich Naht Hahn is my favourite book! Such wisdom and insight. Love his writings.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My iPad mini. It has Kobo, Kindle, iBooks Adobe reader and several other ereading apps. It's jam packed with ebooks too.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Facebook is really great, and having my own website and blog. People like to be able to see what I am doing and to chat with me on facebook it seems that they find that easier than sending an email. I love to hear from readers and friends, too.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Australia and still live in Australia. The area where I was born, and where my grandparents lived were very much involved in the Gold Rush Era in the 1800's. It was also not very far from a place called Hanging Rock which was the setting for the novel Picnic at Hanging Rock so I grew up steeped in stories of great gold discoveries, the daring bush rangers like Ned Kelly who found gold by other means, and haunted by the tale of the young ladies who disappeared at Hanging Rock. I grew up believing Hanging Rock was just as true as the historical accounts of Gold Strikes and Bushrangers. I

It helped me to develop a good imagination and a love of story which has influenced my writing very much!
When did you first start writing?
When I learned to write in first grade. But I began telling stories of my own, as soon as I could string a sentence or two together verbally.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have a deep fascination with the paranormal and have had this since I was a child, listening to my parents and grand parents tell spooky stories around a camp fire. The latest book I have uploaded on smashwords is about two young men (lovers) who are paranormal investigators. One of them gets bitten by a vampire and his partner must race against time to reverse the effects of the bite before he loses his partner for eternity. It's a lot of fun and I hope people will enjoy it!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I think it was just the natural progression from telling and writing stories to entertain friends and family. There came a time when people started to say I should share them with more than just my close circles.
Published 2013-12-05.
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Books by This Author

None So Blind
Price: Free! Words: 63,930. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
When a dyed-in-the-wool skeptic meets a starry-eyed psychic, sparks are sure to fly. Can they resolve their differences and find a future together?
First Blood
Price: Free! Words: 16,490. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
When Jack's lover, Casey is bitten by a vampire, Jack becomes involved in a race against time to reverse the bite's effects before it is too late
Coffee Kisses
Price: Free! Words: 7,430. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
A story of how getting injured in the line of duty can be a good thing!
The Toy Shop
Price: Free! Words: 3,210. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Lesbian Erotica, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction
Sianna drives past the shop every day on her way to and from work. The window display, ever changing and ever challenging, draws Sianna's attention until she is helpless to resist its magical allure and steps into a world of heady pleasure within Adria's Toy Shop.