About Leah Sanders:
LEAH SANDERS makes her home in Idaho with her husband and four children. By day she teaches English at a local community college and drives the volleyball carpool. By night, she writes, edits, and designs cover art from her favorite seat on the couch.
What inspires you to write?
I get my inspiration from a variety of places: my kids, discussions with friends, but most of all I just love to write.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a complete seat of the pants writer, though I find that method often leaves me susceptible to writer’s block. I have the most success when I can brainstorm with other people about my ideas. I use index cards to write plot points, and I also keep a notebook to write my ideas and work out details that come to me when I’m not near my laptop.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I tend to write characters who have a personality trait in common with me or with someone close to me… unless it’s the villain, then I make it a trait in someone I strongly dislike. 😉 I see the story play out in my head like a movie, and will sometimes talk out the conversation between my characters in a particular scene while I’m driving.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t give up. Write through the block, even if you think it’s not going to be worth keeping. Anything can be fixed in editing, so don’t worry while you’re still in the drafting phase.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I first published with Astraea Press in 2011. I have always been a writer, since childhood, but thought that publishing was a pipe dream. When my friend Rachel published her first book, I decided that I may as well give it a try too. Don’t be afraid to submit to small publishing houses too. They often have a more personal touch and the other authors who work with them can be a strong base of support and a wealth of wisdom.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Self-publishing is getting easier and easier, but sadly, not all authors who are self-publishing spends much thought on their editing or cover art, so a lot of the new books flooding the market are low quality. Since the market is getting watered down by those kind of books, readers will likely develop a more sophisticated filter for choosing their books.
What do you use?: Co-writer, Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: sweet romance, science fiction, young adult, regency, mythology
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print