Thursday, March 26, 2020

Author Interview with Leeah Taylor

  Gina: Tell us a bit about yourself? 
 Leeah: I’m Leeah, a paranormal romance author and lover of all things vampires, witches and wolves. Writing has been my passion since I could remember and my *ahem* obsession for all things paranormal for just as long.
When I’m not playing master of my worlds, I’m a stay at home mommy to two perfect little devils *cough* I mean angels and wife of twenty years to an amazing man in the great Sunshine State. We also have five furry children- three cats and two dogs. 
       Gina: Have you always wanted to become an author?
Leeah: I’ve always had a very active and vivid imagination. Long before I started writing I was making up stories in my head but it never occurred to me that I wanted to be an author.
I was thirteen when I started writing short stories and fanfiction. And even later in my twenties when I began writing more original works. It wasn’t until I hit thirty that I realized I wanted to be an author and share my stories with others. Five years later I’m finally living that dream. 
Gina: What was your inspiration for your current book/series?
Leeah: I’ve always had a love for Paranormal Romance. Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Interview with the Vampire both set a fire in me to love all things vampires.
But I found, more recently, what I wanted to read wasn’t out there. Or at least I wasn’t finding it. So with my love for the angsty love stories in The Vampire Diaries and sexier, darker storylines of The Originals, and a set of characters that needed a story- I finally started writing the Kings of Sterling.

Gina: What are you working on now?
Leeah: Kings of Sterling is my only project right now, though I have several waiting quite impatiently for me to finish. It began as one book, one love story. The now book two in the series was originally the first nd only bookd. But the deeper I went the more it exploded into an entire world, cast of characters, and a story I never saw coming.
As I mentioned above I have a love for The Vampire Diaries but really I didn’t even start watching it until I saw The Originals. The bond of family in that TV series paired with the rich history of New Orleans fueled my world building. I wanted to write the same family bond and even more, a bond beyond blood set in a fictional small town of Georgia rich with it’s own history and backstory.
Kings of Sterling isn’t just love stories but a story about a family the lengths they’ll go not to only protect each other but the town they love and hold dear. And with plenty of twists, turns and OMG moments along the way.
The series is planned to be 10 books long not including companion books and spin off series.

Gina: Do you have any quirks while working?
Leeah: While writing? Not really though my characters do “talk” to me and their temperament will decide how much work I can get done. It also makes for some interesting discoveries along the way too.

Gina: What are your hopes for the future?
Leeah: Short term, I hope to get the majority of Kings of Sterling published this year, so far I’m half way there. But long term I’d like to make this into a career while doing what I love. I know the road ahead of  me is long and will take a lot of work but I’m ready to do it.

Gina: Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?
Leeah: Find your tribe. It makes all the difference when you surround yourself with fellow writers to cheer you on and mentor you.  The best decision I made was joining a small critique group of ladies in my genre and while our group isn’t very active now, I became amazing friends with one of them and we are like cheerleaders for each other. She makes a huge difference in not only writing  but everyday life. So, find that tribe. It’s out there.

Gina: Do you have anything to say to your followers?
Leeah: I have met so many great people along the way so far. Many of them readers that still, even today, blow my mind when they talk about my books. I think sometimes I’m still in this surreal state about it. But I can’t be more grateful, and truly blessed, to have found a great group of followers and readers! 
Gina: Thank you for joining us today, Leeah for this short interview. I know you are very busy with your upcoming release and I am so happy you took a moment to sit down with me. 
Leeah: Thank you, it a pleasure.
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