Sunday, October 26, 2008

*Contest* Leigh Savage


**Contest** For a chance at winning a copy of Leigh's book, all you have to do is leave a comment and she'll pick a winner at the end of the week, you don't want to miss out so make sure to leave an email addy so we can contact you :)
Author Pen Name: Leigh Savage

CA: How did you choose your pen name?

Leigh: I took Leigh from Vivien Leigh who I’ve always admired. Then Savage came from my Fathers pen name Kain Savage. The combination of the name fits me very well with Leigh showing my romantic side of my writing and Savage being for the dark side that my writing sometimes leads me.

CA: What genre(s) do you write? Why do you write the stories that you write?

Leigh: I write mostly vampire paranormal romance. I’ve had several poems published online and in print. In November my first children book The Smile Box (written under my married name Carrie Lea Williams) will be available to buy.
I would say that even at a young age I was drawn to anything paranormal and that carried over into my writing.
CA: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Leigh: In high school I became a huge Romance junkie and I loved to read any romance that had anything paranormal however at the time those type of books where had to find. So I started writing my own paranormal romance short stories to help get my fix. I remember sitting in my science class and a couple of the boy and girls would want to see what I had written so they’d be sitting in class reading my stories instead of their science books. Our science teacher never said anything to them since they where A students.
After graduating and entering the work force I had given up writing. I had seen over the years the ups and downs that my Father had gone though trying to get published and decided that I wasn’t going to put myself though that. Then in 2002-03 writing found me again with the story Angel of Death. I had to get it out…I remember at the time I was working as a waitress and ideals would come to me while at work so I’d write whole chapters of the book on napkins. Everyone that worked with me would get a kick out of me standing in the waitress station trying to hurry up and write my ideals down before I’d get a new table.

CA: Who or what was your inspiration for writing?

Leigh: I would have to say my Father even though he mostly wrote horror but he took the time to write stories just for me and he would read them to me at bedtime. My Father installed the love of reading and writing into me. My Father was also the one person when I first started writing that I could run all my writing through for guidance. In some ways he was my first Editor. In 2005 I lost my Father and my mentor. I still find it hard sometimes when I come up with a new ideal I want to pick up the phone and call him and I have to remind myself that he’s no longer there.

CA: What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

Leigh: For the most part since I’m working with a on demand publishing company I have no deadlines so I have lots of freedom with my schedule. Once I start writing down ideals I’m very in the zone don’t bother me. My kids will come up to me and ask for something and I’ll tell them to wait just a minute and the next thing I know it will be a hour later.

CA: Your book is about to be sent into the reader world, what is one word that describes how you feel?

Leigh: Mixed…I can’t just choose one emotion there are too many.

CA: What was your biggest challenge in writing your book(s)?

Leigh: It has to be my spelling and punctuation. I got my Father’s love of writing J but my Mother’s horrible spelling abilities L

CA: What do you like to do when you're not writing?

Leigh: I spend time with my husband of 12 years and my daughter who’s 5 and my son who’s 3. I’ve been a stay at home mom since the birth of my daughter. Hang out with my other Mom friends. When I get time to myself *sighs* I love to curl up and read a book, watch TV (mostly anime), gaming, chatting online with MySpace friends and of course surfing the clearance racks for great bargains. I also enjoy drawing and painting. This came very handy when designing the book cover for Angel of Death and the illustrations in my children book.




CA: How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

Leigh: Angel of Death is my first in print novel. Soon to follow will be my children novel The Smile Box.
Still in the works is the follow up novel to Angle of Death called Shadows of my Past I also have a collection of short stories that I wrote with my Father called Bound by Blood and A book of Poetry that I’m still working on to get them ready for print.
It’s really hard to choose a favorite book…hummm…My favorite characters would be…Mika from Angel of Death and Desi from Shadows of my Past because both of them are strong female charters that can kick a** but at the same time be soft and loving.

CA: Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?

Leigh: For the most part my characters tend to create themselves taking on a life of their own while I’m writing. So as I’m writing I get to see my charters develop and grow the same as a reader would the first time they read the book.

CA: Do you have any advice for the aspiring writers out there?


Leigh: I don’t know if I’m one to give advice…but I will say that this is one of the best times to become a writer there are so many ways to get your work out there that only a few years ago weren’t available. Now with E books, print on demand, blogs as well as more traditional methods of getting published. If you have the will you can find a way to get your work out there.

CA: How can a reader contact you or purchase your books?

Leigh: They can Email: leighsavage@sbcglobal.net

Become one of MySpace friends: www.myspace.com/leighsavage

You may buy Angel of Death at:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1434843017/ref=cm_pdp_arms_dp_img_1

https://www.createspace.com/3337961

Coming Soon: The Smile Box

https://www.createspace.com/3340332


CA: Is there anything you would like to add?

Leigh: I would like to take the time to thank you Crystal for taking the time to have me on your blog and interview me. I’d also like to thank the readers for taking the time to stop in and read the interview.

If you’ve read the interview and leave a comment I’ll enter you into a drawing for a chance to win a Signed Copy of Angel of Death. I’ll choose one winner a week for the remainder of October.

If you buy a copy of Angel of Death and email me at leighsavage@sbcglobal.net with the confirmation of the order I’ll enter you for a chance to win a Signed Angel of Death T-Shirt. I will choose one winner a week for the remainder of October.

I will post a list of names of all winners on MySpace Blog at the end of the contest.

CA: You heard the lady, a chance at winning her book! All you have to do is leave a comment for your chance to win!! Thanks so much Leigh for hanging out this week : )

31 comments:

Zulmara said...

wow...que cool are you...penning your novel on napkins...while waiting tables...now that is dedication...

ADELANTE!!!

Zulmara

PatriciaAltner said...

I find the closeness with your father very touching! You are so lucky to have had that in your life.

All the best,
Patricia

Paige Tyler said...

Great interview, Leigh! And I remembered to stop by!

*hugs*
Paige

LB Goddard said...

I literally laughed out loud when you mentioned telling your kids to wait a minute, and then an hour passes by! Oh man, I am the same way, and it makes me feel horrible sometimes, but that's how I get when I'm really focused. My girls are 6 and 4... and sometimes they resent this electric box that takes up all mommy's time... but a life without horror fiction is no kind of life AT ALL. :) Aw, let's both go give our babies a big smooch for being so patient!

Enter me in this contest, PLEASE. I'd love to read Angel Of Death. Shoot, I'll even review it for my website. :P

LB Goddard said...

Shoot, shoot, shoot.

Forgot to list my email: MonsterEditor@yahoo.com

Hywela Lyn said...

Great interview, Leigh. I love your book cover, didn't realise you'd done it yourself. I can relate to the 'few minutes turning into an hour' too. My dog gets very frustrated when he puts his head on my knee and I say 'Just a minute...'

Rosa said...

I loved your interview...I already have your book and still in the process of reading it...I really like what I've read so far...my sister borrowed my copy and she had read the book in just a couple of days and loved it so much she bought her own copy...My sister is desperately waiting for Shadows of my Past...and she tells me to let those of you know that haven't read the book that Leigh gives a sneak peak of the upcoming novel at the end of Angel of Death...I wish great things for you Leigh

Your myspace friend Rosa

homero rocio said...

she is very nice person I live near her...and gotten to hang out with her and her kids.





homerorocio@yahoo.com

LeighSavage said...

I just wanted to thank everyone who's stopped in so far....

Blessed Be,
Leigh

robin said...

hi sweetheart i think you are a awsome person as soon as i can i will be purchasing the book keep up the great work hugs

Lucinda Betts said...

Congrats on a great interview, and I wish you many loyal fans!

Lucinda Betts said...

Congrats on a great interview, and I wish you many loyal fans!

tammy said...

hi,leigh..i read your interview and i found out some stuff that i hadn't known before. i do the same thing with my 7 yr old..i'll be right there and i have my nose stuff in a book(vampire or paranormal) and she's like "mommy come here i need you" and i say i coming, let me mark my page and i'll be there..but 30 minutes rolls by and i'm still reading, she ends up coming for me...lol..have a great evening sweetie..oh by the way i sent you an comment over to myspace..hugs tammy...oh and my e-mail is ptammy 72@yahoo.com

fgabriel5 said...

Vampira Florence: Hi Vivian, thank you for your wonderous works and believe and the paranormal. There are so many that are searching constantly for the special writing that find it difficult to continuously procede on-wards on a daily basis with the humdrum of the bor-dum of daily ho hum...so we wonder the night and look for that which will fill the mid-night hours till the sun rises and we go back to sleep... thank you once again for the wonderous writings....

Anonymous said...

crytsla does great interviews
and i love learning about the authors and wow
you rock
i learn so mcuh about the ppl who are the authors, soemtimes, it feels a like afriend has wrote the book


please enter me to win and read the book, thank you

blackroze37@yahoo.com


blogspot wont let me sign in

LeighSavage said...

Just wanted to drop in and wish everyone a good morning...Leigh

Marlo said...

Napkins and kid interruptions… The life of a writer. I'm sure your Father is very proud.

Take care
Marlo

Toxic said...

It was a very interesting read Leigh :D being so close with your father is amazing I wish I was that lucky lol.

LadyVampire2u said...

Awesome interview! And I really liked reading how you wrote your ideas down on a napkin. I'm very like you so I definitely know how it is. You have a great idea that suddenly comes to you but if its not written down in the next two minutes, you might forget it. I also love the cover of your book and that you drew it yourself. How great that is to have two wonderful talents!
Well, you definitely sold me on Angel of Death. It's on my wishlist here. Oh and one more thing....Happy Halloween!

LeighSavage said...

Once again I'd like to wish everyone a good morning...I've loved reading all the comments...it's very reassuring...blessed be Leigh

Tess MacKall said...

Hi, Leigh

You and I share the same admiration for Vivian Leigh. I always found her work simply amazing and I'm a big fan of her portrayal of Scarlett O'Hara.

My father was also the one who always encouraged my writing. He wasn't a writer himself, but never failed to see promise in my words.

Good Luck on your release. It sounds truly fascinating. I love the title!

LeighSavage said...

I'm so excited to share with you my new release The Smile Box my first children book....The book was estimated to be released in Nov....Through my E-store you can get the book now before it goes on sale on Amazon.....

Estore:

https://www.createspace.com/3340332

Use discount code R7NWH9XW to save 15% off at check out...

blackroze37 said...

well i finally got signed in to blogspot


love your myspace page

Lisa Tarvin said...

Enjoyed reading the interview especially the part about your Dad. I"m also close to my Dad but he has dementia and is a shell of his former self. He can't read but he loves adventure movies. I think the most horrible thing that could happen is not to be able to read. I love reading more then anything. Especially if I couldn't read paranormal romance. You are very blessed to have such a wonderful role model. Thanks for sharing.

Becca said...

well first I have to say loved Mika. I cannot wait for the follow up. I have always been addicted to paranormal romance. I love that you write them because there are not alot of them out there. You are going to be a great author with tons of books. I am going tommorrow to purchase the children's book to read to my daughter. and as a mom of a wild 2 yr old, lol, i know all about the time to myself.....and its good to jot ideas down when you get them so you dont forget, lol.
Blessed Be,
Becca

Dave (aka Uncle Davy) said...

Wow, you are a very interesting person. This is a great read!!!

LeighSavage said...

I just wanted to wish everyone a great Halloween...I know many of us will have a busy day... I have two school Halloween Parties today...then Trick or Treating tonight...I've loved reading all the comments and wish everyone luck on the contest I will draw names on Saturday and post the winners hear and on myspace blog...blessed be Leigh Savage

ps be safe tonight and have fun...

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed reading your interview found it very interesting.

Judith

LeighSavage said...

Vampire Florence has won a signed copy of my novel Angel of Death

Thanks to everyone who entered...

Blessed Be,
Leigh Savage

fgabriel5 said...

Vampira Florence: Thank you so much...I am honored.

FaithMichaels said...

I am always interested in how writers get inspired,what inspires them and how they love what they do .This is a wonderful interview with great insight and inspiration for those who want to write