Today we have an interview with author Leila Gaskin, author of Hot Flashes today’s spotlight book. So sit back and let’s get to know this fabulous author.
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
I’ve always been a writer and a storyteller. I’ve documented my ideas by scribbling them on random pieces of paper. Each idea an opportunity to explore worlds and psyches.
Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?
By day, I am an executive administrative assistant, conquering calendars and keeping executives organized – that’s my super power. I love my job.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
Hot Flashes is the title of my debut urban fantasy novel. At 46, discovering you’re a dragon – scary. Learning how to defy gravity – terrifying. Saving the Otherverse? Priceless.
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
I chose to self-publish. After researching all the different avenues and what I needed to do to create a quality product, I felt this was the path for me. Definitely more responsibility, but the reward is worth it.
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
Hot Flashes was definitely a learning curve. All told, it took roughly four years from start to finish to write, with approximately eleven bazillion revisions in between.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
I’ll be continuing the Hot Flashes story arc. I have two more novels plotted out, with the possibility of a fourth. I also have some works in process that fall under science fiction and speculative fiction. The world is my oyster.
What made you decide to write that genre of book?
I love reading urban fantasy and science fiction, writing in either genre is a natural fit.
Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
I have a ‘writing’ playlist for each project I work on. It helps me focus on what is in front of me.
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
I do read all my reviews. It can make me feel a little crazy as my stories are my children, but I always learn something that will make me a better writer.
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
I feel this is determining whether the egg came first or the chicken. Usually I have a title in mind that helps me keep a focus on the story direction. Sometimes the title comes during the editing process, but that doesn’t happen very often.
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
I have a general idea of who my character is from the beginning. Though they definitely become more refined as I edit. And, sometimes I am surprised when they define themselves. I love it when that happens.
Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?
I love technology, so e-books are the coolest thing since sliced bread for me. I can have a library at my fingertips without throwing out my back from the weight of the books.
What is your favorite book and Why? Have you read it more than once?
So many authors/books and so little time. Currently reading, again, Mira Grant’s Newsflesh Triology – zombies, bloggers, and conspiracies – heaven.
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Thank you so much for joining us Leila! To find out more about Leila’s and her books …
Born on a dark and stormy night on the other side of the world from Richmond, VA, Leila Gaskin began a life full of imaginative wanderings. Inspired by her journey, Leila takes inspiration from the places she’s lived. She is the author of several short stories ranging from horror, speculative fiction, and science fiction. HOT FLASHES is her debut novel.
With her dog as her co-pilot and the cat as the navigator, Leila explores her world and tells her stories.