Please give a warm welcome to Lizzie T. Leaf…
Please tell us about your books.
Most of my books have humor. Some are strictly contemporary with heat, such as Night Nurse (a Brown Paper Wrapper at Aspen Mountain Press) and Call Me (about a girl in the phone sex industry) which the revised version will be re-released at Aspen Mountain Press sometime in March/April. The others have paranormal elements in addition to the humor and heat. Waking Up Dead is my first vampire novella and I’m currently working on the next in that series. My full length print novel, Struck by Lightning, is also a Beacon winner, but the bankruptcy of the publisher now has me looking for a new home for it since I now have the rights back. On the non-humor side is the Again and Again series which is more historical. My hero and heroine meet in contemporary times and relive their past lives together through their dreams.
What inspired the stories?
Call Me was inspired by a tv news show that I saw on the phone sex industry, along with a dare from my critique partners.
Night Nurse was an idea that popped into my head when the publisher asked me for a ‘hot’ short.
Waking Up Dead came about when the same publisher who asked me to write Struck by Lightning, asked me for a novella with a Halloween theme to go into an anthology.
The Again and Again came to me after a trip to Stonehenge when I almost passed out walking between two stones. That led to the idea for Among the Stones, the first in the series.
What is your favorite part of being a writer?
Sharing the ideas that are always bouncing in my head and hopefully improving in my ability to do so.
The isolation. There are times when I have to pack up my laptop and head for a coffee shop to have the connection with people.
Who has inspired you as a writer?
As far as authors, anyone who has had the courage to put their ideas on paper. In my personal life, my husband who wanted to know why I wasn’t focusing on something I loved to do.
What would you like to tell aspiring writers?
Keep trying. Practice does help one become better. Go back an read your earlier work…you’ll probably be amazed at the difference in how it compares to what you’re doing now. Also, join a writers group for the friendships of people who understand how you think and feel on a subject that can put your non-writing friends and family to sleep after awhile.
Describe yourself in 3 words.
A passionate, loving dreamer. Does that work?
What do you like to read?
I’m guilty of reading the back of cereal boxes while eating. Otherwise, romance of course, but I try to read cross genre. Last book I bought…Highland Guardian by Melissa Mayhue.
What is next for you?
I’m currently working on a sequel to Waking Up Dead. In addition, I’ve started to work on a mainstream/women’s fiction novel. Plus, I have to do the revisions for Call Me before the end of the month.
Is there anything you’d like to ask readers?
I’d be interested to know how important book covers are to readers and what type appeals to them most?
Lizzie loves to hear from readers and has formed some great friendships by one on one contact. You can e-mail her firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you, Lizzie, for that great interview!
Readers, you can learn more about Lizzie and her books at www.lizzietleaf.com
So, how about answering her question…