Saturday, June 16, 2012

Interview With Indie Author Theresa Leschmann: Author of Destiny Steps In

When did you begin writing?

I recently discovered a piece I wrote in about 6th or 7th grade for school that was surprisingly pretty good but I didn’t “decide” to write until about 4 years ago. I had been encouraged to do so by a number of people prior to that but it took me a while to determine it was really what I wanted to do.

What genres do you write?

Several, actually. I write mostly suspense or what I hope are thrillers, some with a supernatural aspect, some not. I am also working on my first novel which is a western set at the time of the California Gold Rush. Another project is a romance. My genres vary with the inspiration but I’d say my love is a good suspense or horror story.

Who do you imagine you're telling a story to as you write?

I have a group of close friends who live nearby, other writers actually, and I always imagine them reading my books first. They are equal parts similar to me and dissimilar to me so I think they make a good pretend reader. They have actually read almost everything I’ve written and are my sounding boards for ideas and such. Couldn’t do it without them.

What's your latest book about?

It is a collection of short stories written over the last four years, as I’ve developed my sea legs, so to speak. The stories have to do with choices the characters make and the consequences that follow. Some are funny, some are touching, and some are you-reap-what-sow stories. I really enjoyed writing them and putting the collection together. It’s the first of a series of planned short story collections.

Which authors inspire you?

Wow, that’s tough because there are just so many. I have to say Stephen King is my favorite. I love how he takes you inside the psyche of his characters and by the time you’ve finished the first or second chapter, you feel like you’ve known them forever. I am also inspired by Nicholas Sparks, James Patterson and Jane Austen.

What's your favorite book?

Nope, cannot do that. I most definitely do not have a single favorite. I have dozens of favorites. I read The Phantom Tollbooth to each of my kids as they grew up, complete with voices. I have read My Side of the Mountain several times. Books I couldn’t put down as an adult though, hmmm, Bag of Bones, The Wedding, Mary Queen of Scots and the Isles – a historical novel and The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker.

Why did you choose independent publishing?

I chose self-publishing for a number of reasons. First and foremost, I think it is the wave of the future. Secondly and specific to this book, I knew it would be difficult for a relatively unknown author to get a traditional publishing house to look at a set of short stories. As an author, you want people to read your work so this seemed like the best choice, for this book at this time.

What one piece of advice would you offer other indie authors?

If I could say just one thing to other indie authors it would be to follow your passion, no matter where it takes you. Chase your dreams and if you catch them, dream up another and chase that. Life is too short not to reach for those moments that change your life, make you who you are or just give you a moment’s satisfaction. Go for it.


Destiny Steps In (When Bad Things Happen.....)

1 comment:

  1. Agree with Theresa on the favorite book question and on self-publishing. It's cruel to try and make a writer pick just one, Amy. ;)Great interview!


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