31 Days of Author Madness: Leigh W. Stuart

The Fiver

1. What is your writing process?

My process is currently up in the air, but I’ve always flirted with some form or other of outlining. Sometimes, I’ll jot a couple pages of notes, other times, I’ll fill half a notebook of chapter/scenes to do. No matter what, though, I always know the ending before I start writing.

2. What inspires you to write?

Music and moods inspire me mostly. A snippet of conversation, part of dream or another story will set me on the path, as well.

3.Writing is considered a dream job by many, but what if you were granted the opportunity for a true, magical ‘dream job’. What would it be and why?

I think I would knit and cuddle babies – people babies, fur babies, any babies who need to be held and loved. Then I would give them the things I knit. In this dream job, a kind person would be in charge of bringing me my coffee and slices of cake in the afternoon. Giving love (and being able to accept it when offered) makes our journey through life beautiful.

4. You are standing on a stage, addressing a high school auditorium of teenage creative writers. What advice would you impart to them about the craft and the career path of being a writer?

I would tell them to start writing now. That is the big mistake I made – not realizing how important good habits are to this craft. Writing often and writing without fear are two of the most important habits to being a success in this craft.

5. You’re stranded in a snowed in cabin, well stocked up on food, but no internet. What is on your emergency book shelf?

Between the books, there are secret stashes of dark chocolate. The books are a strange mix. There are short-stories of alien horrors from Lovecraft, and the full-length, human horrors of 1984. Many, probably most of the books are by women, who recount terrifying stories as well, such as The Handmaid’s Tale, Beloved, and The Haunting of Hill House. But it isn’t all horror. Several shelves are for my romantic heart – from Charlotte Brontë and Jane Austen to rom-com writers of today. Then on the bottom shelf, maybe gathering a little dust are my favorites: Peppermints in the Parlor, The Pyrates, Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Anne of Green Gables, and Watership Down. Slaughterhouse Five is there, too, right next to One Skein Wonders to Knit and some more chocolate.


Where to find her:

Snippet/ Teaser:

If there is one thing tech genius Kenneth Jones knows, it’s how to make a computer yield to his desires—from turning it on, to making the keyboard hum beneath his touch. But when it comes to women? He’s going to need a savvy, sex advice coach to hack his love life.

Accountant Reese Wallace can calculate a return on investment faster than brewing coffee, but that’s just her day job. After hours, she moonlights as a relationship blogger, promoting love, sex and happiness. The moment geeky Kenneth strides into her life, she’s dying to get her hands on him. Strictly as her client, of course.

Brains might be sexy as hell, but Kenneth’s pocket protector and corduroy pants must come off. Once they do, though, Reese is in trouble. She’s about to discover that it’s not the amount of experience in bed that counts, but the size of the…heart that goes with it.

– Blurb for Heating Up the Help Desk, included in the exclusive novella anthology Seduction in a Suit

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  • Tammy

    Reply Reply March 2, 2018

    Fantastic piece. Love your book choices. All swoony books. And please share some chocolate!!

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