Guest Author: Leslie Fear

Please welcome author Leslie Fear to the blog today. I am always happy to feature another writer who writes about my beloved New Orleans. Check out her interview!

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Leslie Fear

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Leslie Fear
How many books have you written? This can include both published and unpublished works. Describe each of them in 1-2 sentences apiece (if published, feel free to include the links as well).

Officially, only one complete book, Villere House, with co-author, CD Hussey.
Villere House is set in the enchanting city of New Orleans where Lottie Boyd, who’s visiting for Spring Break, begins having dreams of a 19th century widow; desperately trying to save her dying little girl. When Lottie meets Xavier Villere, the young, handsome owner of a local Voodoo shop, she is drawn to him and begins to understand why only he can unlock the mystery surrounding her dreams.

Tell me a little bit about your current WIP.
CD Hussey and I are about to begin book two in our, “Blood of My Blood” series.  Villere House is a stand alone and the second book (yet to be named), will follow the story of another family member who the reader meets in book one.
What does writing preparation look like for you? Do you do full outlines and character profiles, or do you just start with a general idea and write?
Yes, full outline, character profiles and lots and lots of emails, texts and phone calls back and forth with CD. 🙂
Editing is a challenge for many writers. Give us some of your tips for editing efficiently and well.
Read your book at least a few times before handing it over to the betas. They will be invaluable for content flow as well as finding typos or issues with structure.  Then, send everything to an editor.  The cleaner your work is when they get it, the faster the process will be.

Research is another challenge writers face, but is an important part of the writing process. What are some of your research tips?
I mostly googled everything I researched, however, I did make a few trips to my local library. It’s important to not only understand the need have correct and accurate facts, but also to understand them, and experience how and why they play such a crucial role in your story.
if you have been published (self or traditionally), what type of marketing did you find worked the best for you? What was the least helpful?
I think the most helpful is word of mouth, as are Facebook and Twitter. The least helpful is probably no marketing at all, because I believe even a little goes a long way. Incidentally, I also try to keep my personal Facebook separate from  my professional Facebook author page. There’s nothing more annoying than seeing constant advertising in your news feed.

What genre do you write in? What are some of the challenges to writing this particular genre well?
I think every genre has it’s challenges…along with which narrative your book is in, i.e., first or third person. The best way for me to tackle this issue is to continuing reading, even when you’re writing.

What advice would you give to a writer who is starting out?
Write, write, write…even if you hate your first draft. (Because trust me, almost all of us hates our first attempt.)

What are your writing, editing, marketing, and research goals for 2014?
CD and I will begin writing book 2 sometime in March or April and I will mostly be working in that as well as pimping Villere House as much as possible.
Pretend I am from a publishing house and you are looking for me to take on one of your books. Pitch it to me in 1-2 paragraphs.
As an avid reader I strive to find “different” stories. While Villere House is primarily a romance, the story is deliciously rich in New Orleans history, making the paranormal aspect very mysterious and more believable. Not to mention how the backdrop of New Orleans lends an enormously sexy, yet creepy element.

Finally, is there anything else you would like your readers to know?
I am a stay at home mom and am very happily married to the most wonderful man who is not only my sincere friend, but a lovely father to our two children.  Oh, and I can’t forget, Molly, our silly little pug whom we rescued 4 years ago.


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