Lauren Leigh is a mental health professional who has devoted her life to working with individuals with intellectual disabilities. This is her first novel.
What inspires you to write?
I am inspired by what I see every day working as a mental health professional with individuals with disabilities. They are one of the most misunderstood groups of people in America. There is much we can learn from them.
Tell us about your writing process.
The subject matter of this book is something I know a lot about. The other areas such as prison life, courtroom procedures, etc., required research. I visited a prison. I sat through a couple of trials. I got to know my characters. When the time came to actually write the book, I went from start to finish without an outline. I let each character run with his or her story. The book pretty much wrote itself.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write about what you know. What you don’t know about research, research, research.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
This is my first book. It was turned down by several publishers in New York, but Sartoris Literary Group fell in love with it and offered me a contract right away.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
We must not confuse book publishing with book selling. There will always be book publishers. But as time goes by there will be fewer neighborhood stores selling books, thanks to changing reading habits. I support my local bookstores, but I buy most of my books online.
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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