Leslie Dicken

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: September 06, 2010

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A Tarnished Heart | Samhain Publishing | Historical | ebook: July 2010| print: May 2011

Please tell us your latest news!

My latest release, A TARNISHED HEART, is available where ever eBooks are sold! It's the story of an earl trying to save his reputation and the future of his son by accepting a blackmail from a local minister. All he has to do is marry this man's daughter. But things don't go as planned as she is wrong for him in every way and resists every attempt he makes at seduction. Eventually, he must learn what's really important and she must learn to follow her heart.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

No. I've updated and changed this book many times over throughout the years. I think it's at the best it can be now.

Do you see writing as a career?

I hope to have writing as a career one day. I'm not there yet, but I'm a lot closer. I would love to stay home and get a few thousand words done per day so that I can write a few books per year.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Yes. We read Wuthering Heights in a high school English class and I couldn't stop thinking about the thwarted love between Heathcliff and Catherine. And then when I read a few of my mom's romance novels she had lying about, I just felt a story bursting to get out of me! I wrote it longhand on lined paper every day after school. Even finished it. My love for writing and telling my own stories was born!

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Keep your options open. Don't ever give up. Keep writing, no matter what.

How does your family feel about having a writer in the family? Do they read your books?

My immediate family (the one in my house) do not read my books! My kids are too young and my husband has paged through them but not read them front to back. However, my sister and parents have bought and read my books.

What did you do before you became a writer? Do you write full time?

Unfortunately, I don't write full time. I still have a day job, where I've been for 15 years. We bought a bigger house a few years ago and I just can't afford to stop working until my writing actually equals or betters my pay from work. :-( And so I write at night and weekends and whenever else I can.

What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?

I suppose I'm a combination but lean more towards flying by the seat of my pants! I have to have SOME idea before I start the book. I need to know my characters and what their goal is in the story. I also scribble some general plot points for me to reach towards -- but then once I start writing, much of it unfolds on its own.

What main genre do you write in?

Romance

Leslie Dicken

BEAUTY TEMPTS THE BEAST - "4 Stars!" RT Bookclub

A TARNISHED HEART - "Delightful" Victorian Romance

THE PRICE OF DISCOVERY - "Sizzling" Futuristic Romance

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