J.A. Leggitt is a writer, reader, and lover of YA books, especially those dealing with characters on the outskirts of life. She grew up in a small town in Iowa, studied liberal arts with a focus on creative writing in college before moving back to the farm life. She is the author of three YA books, “Gate’s Creek”, “Aisling’s Field”, and her newest book “A Flare in the Dark”.
What inspires you to write?
Young people, especially those who might not “fit in” with the majority. People who might be on the brink. Music as well. It’s my muse.
Tell us about your writing process.
For me, an idea usually strikes where I least expect it. Riding in the car on a rainy day, waiting in the airport for a delayed plane. I also wear headphones, music or none. It helps me to tune out the surrounding distractions.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I inhabit my characters. I feel what they do, trying my best to make it believable. There is a little bit of me or someone I know in each character, and it’s not always the pretty side that is exposed.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write because you love it. Write because you have to. Write for yourself. You are your worst critic and your most avid supporter, after all.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Self publishing seemed to be the route that was right for me. I wanted to get my works out for people to enjoy and to give myself a sense of accomplishment.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The future of publishing lies in the digital world. Though, I will miss the smell of an old book, the way the worn spine feels against my palms, the touch of the paper against my fingertips, the motto of today is easier, quicker, and more portable.
What genres do you write?
Young Adult, Romance, Paranormal, Coming of Age
What formats are your books in?
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