About Lexington Manheim:
I’ve led a strange life. Or so they tell me. Various careers. Various loves. Various parts of the world I’ve called home. Something of a gypsy, you might say. But I don’t regret a moment. Those experiences led me to where I am now and made me what I am today…mysterious, exotic, complex. It was a desire to share what I’ve learned along the way that triggered me to put pen to paper and write stories that explore humanity’s most primal desires. I never feel more liberated than when I’m creating stories and characters bound only by the limits of my imagination. And so it’s with great satisfaction that I call myself an author.
What inspires you to write?
Like so many others, I’m driven to it. An idea comes into my head, and I can’t shake loose of it. An intriguing notion becomes a compulsion, and the result is a desperate need to compose a story.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a note taker. Ideas come to me—plot twists, characters, lines of dialogue—and I jot them down into a notebook. An actual paper notebook. Once I’ve got the idea in writing, I’m no longer afraid I’ll forget it, and so my mind is free to wander in all directions exploring the numerous possibilities that can come from one idea. If that mental wandering produces yet another interesting idea, I jot that down, too. A sufficient number of good ideas results in a book.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
No. They listen to me. I’m the boss!… In truth, although I don’t really have “conversations” with my characters, I definitely hear their voices in my head as I’m writing. And that makes them all the more real to me.
What advice would you give other writers?
If you’ve got the compulsion to do it, then just write and don’t worry about what others will say or think about your finished product. You have a unique voice that must find its audience. That can’t happen if you don’t persevere.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I considered the self-publishing route but chose to submit my work to New Dawning International Bookfair because I liked its stated philosophy. Additionally, a publisher provides a profession editor to review and edit your writing before it goes to press. Even if an author decides to self publish, that author would still likely benefit from seeking the services of another person to act as editor. You’d be amazed how much can slip past you when you’re reviewing your own work.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The book publishing industry appears to be in the midst of great changes, just as is the newspaper industry, the magazine industry, or any business that has traditionally relied on a paper product as its principal means of delivery. It remains to be seen how it will all shake out. However, it can’t be denied that the digital age is making books more readily available to the public and making that reading audience more readily available to authors.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Romance, erotica
What formats are your books in?: eBook