Welcome to the Book Squirrel’s “Nuts About Writers” series of author interviews.
Hi Leah, it’s great to meet you.
Hi! It’s great to meet you, too.
Thanks! Shall we get started?
Okay… Tell us something interesting about yourself.
Well, I’m addicted to wildlife.
*gasp* You mean… you eat them?
No! I just love them! I love anything that crawls and moves and makes noise…
Phew! That’s a relief!
…but, my favorite is the whole other world that is below the water surface.
Hey, sorry I gave you a scare there. You’re a cute lil’ thing!
Nawww shucks! It’s okay.
So tell me, what does “being creative” mean to you?
Being creative to me means to just do what you do best. Draw a stick tree if that’s all you got, LOL!
I wonder if stick trees have stick nuts… probably not much food on those!
And cute little stick squirrels!
What are your greatest sources of inspiration?
Things that have happened in my real life. I love mixing that in with my writing.
That makes the writing much more meaningful, I agree.
Do you have any current or future projects?
That sounds like it keeps you busy!
If you could just feature one title, what would it be?
‘Frost on my Pillow’… but sadly, it is not for sale at the moment.
It will be soon, though, so hopefully y’all decide to check it out, and fall in love with it as many already have.
Okay! I’ll have to make sure I follow you on Amazon and social media so I know as soon as it’s out!
Great idea! You’re a clever squirrel!
But your other books are totally great, and the cover of Spell Caster… wow! It’s gorgeous.
Aw, thank you! That’s so nice to hear. And yes, my other books are all on Amazon, too.
What is the relationship between your speaking voice and your written voice?
LOL! I just got asked this yesterday, I swear to everything that is holy. I see my speaking voice as how I write. How I write is in first person past tense… BUT, I do NOT have two POVs in a chapter. Let’s say… like if I wrote “He said, leaning back onto the couch.” that is just solely what my character is seeing. There is NO TWO POVS in my work. It may seem that way, but that isn’t how I write. If I want two POVs, I’ll just label another chapter and start with another person’s POV.
Labelling it is a great way to keep things clear.
What is the best advice you have for other authors?
Don’t let bad reviews get you down! They help sales, because it’s going to make others curious about why they feel that way, when the rest of the reviews are four to five stars. Sometimes, you will get someone jealous and they’ll mark all your books one star. I had it happen to me. But, just think of it this way. Are they really–after buying one of your books and hated it–going to go out and get another one?
No, I didn’t think so either.
Who is your favorite author? And why?
I love Jennifer Armentrout! Her writing is so amazing, and she knows how to add paranormal with romance and suspense and a mixture of different things that make me squeal. If anyone asked who I am inspired by as a writer, it would be her.
If you had to pick one book to live inside, which would it be?
Obsidian from Jennifer Armentrout!
What is the biggest flaw in your writing?
Total LOL moment. But, sometimes I switch tenses throughout the paragraph. I never catch it either.
That can be tricky! Thank God for editors, eh?
Where can we follow you on social media?
Amazon Page: Author.to/LeahHamrick