Writer Interviews: Trisha Leigh

Posted by on February 23, 2013

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After “meeting” Trisha Leigh on Twitter, I recently had the pleasure of reading a manuscript for her a few weeks ago and it was one of those rare books that leave you thinking about the characters long after you’ve finished the last page.

I’m really looking forward to reading this series of novels that Trisha recently finished. You can pick up her latest here.

And here is Trisha in her own words:

1. Describe your writing routine and/or schedule? Now that I’ve self-published, I spend most of my daytime hours (mornings and breaks at the dayjob) trying to keep up with administrative duties such as email, blog posts, marketing, etc and then write in the evenings. I typically get the most work done between 9pm-2am.

2. What do you do if you get writer’s block? I definitely don’t have time for writer’s block! My trick is to sit down and tell myself I just have to write a sentence. One sentence. By the time that’s done, I find that I’ve written a paragraph and then a page! It doesn’t work every time but it does work most of the time.

3. Who do you read, or recommend other writer’s read, in regards to craft? I love Sara Zarr’s blog and podcasts, personally. I’ve also read On Writing and a few of Donald Mass’ books. I’d say find what works for you, and although it’s important to have a good foundation, there’s no one magic book to learn how to do it–and nothing works better than writing and reading and writing and reading. All the time.

4. Who do you read for fun? I read pretty much anything, but the majority is Young Adult. Favorites right now are Jeyn Roberts, Gayle Forman, Courtney Allison Moulton, Sara Zarr, Courtney Summers, Leigh Bardugo, and Veronica Roth. I also LOVE the Game of Thrones books.

5. When did you first know you wanted to be a writer? Tell us about it. I’m not one of those kids who started writing stories in the 3rd grade and never stopped. I was always a huge reader, though. It wasn’t until my junior/senior year of high school when I started writing, and then discovered a love of penning screenplays in college. That was really when I knew.

6. What advice would you give an aspiring writer? Read a ton. Develop a thick skin, because you’ll never improve if you can’t incorporate constructive criticism without falling apart. Recognize that readers are an important part of the process. Keep writing until you’re good enough.

7. What do you think is the most important skill to have to succeed as a writer? Perseverance and belief in yourself.

8. What is your favorite food and/or drink? Chipotle and mojitos. Not together. Necessarily.

9. Do you have a favorite book or movie? Wow, super hard question. My favorite movie is It’s a Wonderful Life (although I ADORED Beasts of the Southern Wild. It might be up there). Books are harder. Top 5? A Separate Peace, Wuthering Heights, The Historian, The Notebook, and A Wrinkle in Time.

10. Is there anything I didn’t ask you that you’d like to share? Not really. I enjoy my secrets–everyone should have a few!

 

Trisha is an author of Young Adult fiction from Kansas City, MO. She’s currently writing/revising/cursing her next novel.

Raised by a family of ex-farmers and/or almost rock stars from Southeastern Iowa, Trisha always loved to tell stories. After graduating from Texas Christian University with a degree in Film, she began to search for a way to release the voices in her head. Trisha wrote a thriller and a couple of ghost stories, getting her feet wet and learning with each discarded manuscript. When she attempted her first YA novel, which would become Whispers in Autumn, she was hooked. Trisha knew then her heart lay with telling stories about and for young adults, and for anyone who loves to read and recapture those fleeting “first” moments.

Her spare time is spent reviewing television and movies, spending time with a large, loud, loving family, reading any book that falls into her hands, and being dragged into the fresh air by her dogs Yoda and Jilly.

Like everyone, Trisha’s had some ups and downs, but life is good. She’s writing. She’s happy.

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