Title: Fallenwood |Publisher: Decadent Publishing | Genre: Fantasy
Please tell us your latest news!
Fallenwood is going to be released soon from Decadent Publishing! Fallenwood is my first novel and it's a fantasy story that I worked on for nearly three years. I'm really looking forward to it being released and I hope to get some reader feedback on it.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Nope. My editors have done a great job of informing me about things that needed to be altered with it and I really love the way it came out.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
For favorite author, it's a toss-up for me between Jack London and J.R.R. Tolkien. I love Jack London's writing style and the beauty of his prose. With J. R. R. Tolkien, I love the imagination of his work. I admire how he was able to create a whole world with its own languages and races and history.
Do you have a specific writing style?
Umm....Leslie Style! Just kidding. Well, my critique partner says that I'm a natural at first-person, though I really haven't tried writing in it much because third-person is so generally accepted.
Do you see writing as a career?
I could see it as a career, but I think it would be really difficult to make writing into a full-time job personally. For me it's because I tend to only have so much creative juice in any given day. Usually it's about forty minutes worth or so. So I couldn't see myself giving up my regular job and only working about forty minutes a day at writing. It just wouldn't seem very practical.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I don't really recall, since I've been writing ever since I was little. I remember writing some fantastically crazy stories in elementary school. Maybe that's what started it all. My teachers used to encourage us to write stories by giving us writing prompts.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Don't give up! Writing is a difficult business to get used to and it took me a long time to finally get published. Also, take rejection with a grain of salt and realize that it's not a reflection of you or your work.
Do you write full time? What did you do before you became a writer? Or Still do?
Well my full-time job is a state worker and before that, I was a student. There's this book by Orson Scott Card called How To Write Sci Fi & Fantasy, and in it, he says that you shouldn't give up your regular job if you're a writer. This is because writing isn't a stable source of income all the time and you're not guaranteed to get sales. I'm a new author, so right now I'm just going with what I've read.
What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?
I like to create a general outline and then work on whatever I feel like writing about from there. That way, I've still got the story structure, but it doesn't feel quite so confining.
Do you have a favorite object that is pertinent to your writing? If so what is it and please describe it.
I have an object that I love to write with when I'm on breaks and lunches at work, but my co-workers think it's weird and won't touch it. I was walking around the building one day on a break and I picked up a hawk feather. It's really pretty. Then I taped it to a pen with packaging tape and - voila! Feather pen! It combines style and functionality.
Do you have a ritual when it comes to writing?
My ritual is always to grab a hot cup of tea. I also like to listen to music if I'm at home. If I'm at work on break, I have a place that I go to and write at. It's a place I discovered that's one of those "hidden in plain sight" places, so it's like it's my own. It's out in back of the building I work at, and there's a series of steps with a waterfall directly to the left, a japanese maple that overhangs, and a stream that flows off to the right. It's a very peaceful place and I find it easy to relax there so I can write.
What main genre do you write in?
Science Fiction / Fantasy
Leslie D. Soule