About Leslie Hachtel:
Leslie Hachtel was born in Ohio, raised in New York and has been a gypsy most of her adult life. Her various occupations, including licensed veterinary technician, caterer, horseback riding instructor for the disabled and advertising media buyer have given her a wealth of experiences.
However, it has been writing that has consistently been her passion. She sold an episode of a TV show, had a screenplay optioned and is now working on novel number six. “Texas Summer”, her contemporary, is now available on all major e-book sites and in print. “The Defiant Bride” is also available as an e-book and in print, as well. . “Captain’s Captive” is scheduled for release later in 2015 from Black Opal Books. And now, “Hannah’s War”, her historical set in the Civil War, will be published by Eternal Press.
Her murder mystery, “Harriet”, is available on Amazon.
Leslie currently lives in Memphis, Tennessee with her fabulously supportive husband, Bob, her wonderful stepson, Matt and her writing buddy, Jakita, a terrier.
What inspires you to write?
Writing is who I am. It is as much a part of me as breathing. I have been putting words to paper as long as I can remember. When my reading experience increased, I found I loved the happily ever after and the hope that came with it. That’s romance. I am inspired by the people around me, reading about history, finding interesting tidbits of trivia that can be expanded.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am a pantser! I have tried outlining, but the characters just laugh at me and go their own way. I pick a time in history or a place and I “go” there and look around. My hero and heroine “introduce” themselves and we go from there. I know that sounds crazy, but that’s kind of how it happens.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t interact with them other than sneaking into their heads. I don’t want me in their book. But I do speak their dialogue out loud to make sure it makes sense and advances the story.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t quit. Any artistic endeavor is fraught with rejection. And you have to develop a thick skin. If you are truly a writer, then write and keep at it.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I am a hybrid. I have both traditionally and self-published. I would advise writers to first get a good editor. This is so important. Then, for your first book, try the traditional route. You will learn the ropes the easy way. But, if you believe in your work and it’s been edited and proof-read, go self-publishing. It doesn’t matter how you get it out there if it’s worthwhile.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I don’t think books you can hold in your hands will ever go away. I am afraid bookstores will, though. And that makes me sad.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Although I have ventured into mystery, my genre is romance—contemporary, historical and historical paranormal.
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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