We had the good fortune of connecting with Kristie Leigh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kristie, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
As a reader, I know how important books can be. For me, it’s an escape from everyday life, and I feel like right now, that’s so important. We have a lot going on in the world and so much negativity that it’s nice to crawl in bed with a fuzzy blanket, a cup of coffee and a good book and escape for a little while. As an author, I hope that my books can do that for someone.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I write what I want to write. My characters come to me, and I tell their story as it comes. I’m still learning every day, and that’s one of the things I love about writing; it’s a challenge, and you will never get to a point where you know everything. Writing—for me at least—can be extremely emotional. For instance, I’m struggling to get any words out right now—writer’s block is real—but I know I will get through it, and my next story will be exactly what it needs to be. The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to keep going. I have a little block on my desk that says, “never quit your daydream,” and that’s something I live by. I don’t plan on being the biggest author out there, but I will continue to put out stories as they come to me as long as I can. It’s something I enjoy and has become a part of who I am.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
When my bestie comes to town, we spend a lot of time working/writing. If I’m being honest, we spend most of our time in Papasan chairs in my house, but we try to get out some. My hubby takes us out on the boat to enjoy the weather and the sun. We would also spend time at the beach—slathered in sunscreen, so my redheaded self doesn’t burn to a crisp. We would hang at the beach and work/write at the beach. Give us a cooler with some cocktails, a laptop, and a lounge chair, and the sand is where we’d be. We are both fairly easy to please for dinner, so we’d probably head somewhere simple like Duffy’s and grab a burger.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
So many people contributed to me becoming an author. The indie romance community has been so helpful, but I have to say I wouldn’t have published any books if it weren’t for my bestie Stephie Walls who is also an author. She’s helped me every step of the way, and I couldn’t have done any of it without her.