Blakely’s Friday Interview with Leanna Harrow

Leanna Glamour shotPlease give a warm welcome to Leanna Harrow, author of A Beautiful Liar~Book One of the Maggie West Series. She has been incredibly supportive of yours truly and I consider myself lucky to know her. She also host author interviews, so give her a shout out if you are interested. Without further ado:

Tell us a bit about yourself and what you’re currently working on or promoting.
I’m currently promoting A Beautiful Liar~Book One of the Maggie West Series. It’s an erotic romance about a woman who encounters a “catfish” online and embarks on a willful deception and becomes involved in long distance romance with him.

What genre is your book? Do you write in other genres as well?
Erotica, but I am currently working on a strictly romance book with a friend and bestselling author for Christmas!

Do you have an agent and/or publisher or are you self-published? If self-published, do you use a professional editor? If traditionally published, who is your publisher?
I self published my first two books early last year, announced it on LinkedIn and an acquisitions editor for a publisher saw my post and asked to read my manuscript. Two days later, I received an acceptance letter. They will have five of my books out by November of this year. It’s been a pretty hectic year that’s for sure!

Do you set writing goals and if so, what are they?
I can’t set goal, or follow guidelines or adhere to deadlines. I am not built that way. I write when I want and when I don’t I can’t. I don’t suffer from writers block; I suffer from “writers don’t want to”. I can’t force myself to do anything anymore. My mind and my body won’t allow me to. I guess it’s due to old age 😉

Who is your favorite author and why?
That’s too easy…Stephen King…because he’s as weird as I am 😉

Do you see yourself in any of your characters?
I modeled Maggie West after myself…literally. I used my life’s story as the back story in Book One and I knew that she would be someone that everyone, men and women alike could relate to because she’s strong, independent and tough. Everyone knows someone like Maggie. She’s someone’s mother, sister, aunt, cousin, grandmother, cousin. She’s someone everyone can say “Hey, that’s ______” and fill in the blank.

Was one of your characters more challenging to write than another?
In my erotic thriller “Killing the Desire” the serial killer was hard to write because a lot of research had to go into it…I know a lot about serial killer due to my fascination with them and the amount of time I’ve spent reading and watching stories about them but I wrote a story unlike one I had ever heard of so I had to really look into what I was writing about to make it believable.

Do you base your characters on people you know?
I try and always give someone I know a cameo…the usually figure it out 😉

How much time a day do you spend on social media?
Way, way too much!

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
“Another 10 year old trying to write” and this review left on Amazon for Killing the Desire: “This is one saucy number that will have you drenched with equal parts suspense and passion. A little bit of Carolyn Keene meets Zane with just a touch of E.L. James makes for quite the interesting romp on the hotter side of erotic suspense. You definitely want to give this author a shot.” I had to Google the authors as I didn’t know who they were…Seriously…I didn’t know who E.L. James was as I don’t read erotica 😉 I look at criticism, both good and bad like I do publicity…it’s all good 😉

I have found the writer’s community to be very supportive and welcoming.  Please share three writers that you recommend for us to check out.

  1. Barbara Winkes
  2. Barbara C Rowe
  3. Blakely Bennett (Because she seems to have a hand in everything…like me 😉  {THANKS LEANNA!}

Please be sure to check out Leanna’s Amazon Page, Author Tease Readings Blog,  Facebook and Twitter.

Click on the covers below to buy her books.

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KillingtheDesire_Draft book cover from DamnationSS Book Cover


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