Leslie Dicken

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: March 01, 2007

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Hello Leslie,

The girls of Night Owl Romance are pleased that you have granted us an interview

We would love to get to know you

What's your favorite genre to read?

Definitely Romance. I prefer historicals or paranormals, something that takes me away to another place or time. A real escape.

What do you do on a typical writing day?

When there are typical writing days, I will sit down at my computer at about 8:30, after my little ones are in bed, and write until about 11:00 pm.

When you have writer's block how do you break free?

Often I'll either read a book ? that seems to get my creativity flowing ? or I'll ask friends for help with brainstorming. Even just getting a single sentence in my head can nudge that block off!

Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?

Currently I don't have anything upcoming! My latest release is SECRET INTENTIONS, a sexy historical from Triskelion Publishing. Here's a short snip:

Miss Parker.

Her gaze snapped back to his face, where that one wayward curl flipped forward across his forehead. ?Can't you see that I am busy with the refreshments??

I asked you a question.

His litany on her lack of social graces bored her. I would like to leave now.? Lizzie folded her arms under her bosom, her wrists snagging the tiny roses on her emerald green bodice.

The oppressive air weighed on her as she waited for his answer. She could see her shoulders glisten under the flickering candlelight. A shame she'd lost that blasted fan earlier in the evening, because she could feel a rivulet of sweat slip between her breasts.

Markham's black gaze suddenly locked onto that spot. Then it thirsted upon the shine of her skin, blazing a fire up to her shoulders. Her knees weakened. A keening ache spread from her nipples down to the deepness between her legs. Her throat constricted at obvious hunger flashing in his eyes.

She felt her lips part, a gasp escape in a breathless whisper.

He took a step backward, his Adam's apple bobbing, his jaw tightening.

Please tell us what you have planned next?

My latest work in progress is a sexy, dark historical gothic. MARK OF THE MONSTER finalled in RWA's Golden Heart last year. My agent is shopping it to various NY publishers

What type of book have you always wanted to write?

I've always wanted to write a Single Title book. One that is not bound by the romance guidelines and yet, each time I've tried, I always end up with a happy ending and a couple in love. Guess I can't write without it!

What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?

I have several research books at home and then use the internet quite a bit. I'll ask friends, go to the library, and post questions on loops. Somehow there's always someone out there with the knowledge.

Do deadlines help or hinder your muse?

Deadlines actually tend to help me sometimes. When I'm given too much freedom, I often waste the time. When I know I *must* get something done, I do it!

What would you like to tell your readers?

That I'd love to hear from you! I know someone is out there buying my stories, but I don't hear from them. I think it's every author's dream to get a note from a reader saying how much they enjoyed your story. Although I've gotten great reviews, the best feeling comes from readers who have spent their money on your work and found it worthy of their time.

What is the best and worst advice you have ever received?

Best advise is the old adage ?Don't give up? and it's always true. The worst is to make changes to your voice due to what judges have said. One judge liked my story but changed just about every sentence I had, because she didn't like incomplete sentences. That's just the way I write. I know it's grammatically wrong (I was an English major in college!) but I take poetic license when I write and let my voice go. Don't EVER change your voice to suit someone else!

Do you outline your books or just start writing?

Typically just start writing until a real story with characters evolves and gels. Then I might take a step back and do some basic outlining or sketching.

What was your first published work and when was it published?

Other than a short story I published in a Literary Guild magazine, THE PRICE OF DISCOVERY (ebook edition) was my first published work. It was released by Samhain Publishing in August 2006. Since then it has come out in print, available at Borders or online at Amazon.