I’m happy to be a part of the official Blog Tour for Leah Reader’s novel UNTEACHABLE! Leah has graciously granted me an interview and I’m pleased to share it with you today! Be sure to check out Leah’s website for all the details about UNTEACHABLE. Without further ado, here we go!
Describe yourself in five words.Five words?! But that’s not—What is the best piece of advice have you ever received in your writing career?It wasn’t advice so much as it was permission to ignore the advice. Most of the time, something like “show, don’t tell” is good writing advice. But not always. Sometimes telling is necessary to speed through a section of the story that doesn’t need to be painstakingly drawn out. When you have a lot of other writers repeating canned advice, your inner voice can feel drowned out. At some point you need to give yourself permission to ignore the advice, and write the story the way it needs to be written. Trust in yourself.What was your favorite part of writing UNTEACHABLE?
Writing the heroine, Maise. She’s so unlike me IRL—she’s confident, bold, puts herself out there and grabs life by the horns. It was a blast writing about a girl who doesn’t stress over her appearance, who has fun with the effect it has on others. I would love to borrow some of Maise’s confidence.Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character(s) from UNTEACHABLE?I’d cast Anna Speckhart as the heroine, Maise. Anna looks the part, and she has that whole knowing, sassy confidence thing down pat, plus a good dash of humor.And I’d cast Shaun Sipos as the hero, Evan. Shaun is a dead ringer for the part, he’s sweet and charming, and it doesn’t hurt that he played a teacher who crosses the line with a student in Life Unexpected. 😀
What is an unknown fact or fun trivia about UNTEACHABLE?I wrote Unteachable on a whim this summer. I usually write thrillers, but I noticed romance creeping into my stories more and more, so I thought, screw it, let’s try a straight-up romance. And I ended up loving it.
E-Books or Traditional Paper Books?Ebooks, all the way. Ever since I got my first Kindle three years ago, I stopped buying print books entirely, and have been reading more than ever. Though it does make it easy to start reading new books without finishing the old ones…What are you working on now?Brainstorming a standalone New Adult romance. This one will have a bit of a thriller edge to it, I think.Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?A message for readers: the best thing you can do for indie authors is to review our work. Even if it’s just a couple sentences, take a minute to log in to Goodreads or Amazon and share your thoughts. Be honest. Negative reviews can be helpful, too—the thing you hated in a book might be just the thing someone else is looking for. Books are conversations: between author and reader, and between reader and reader. Keep that discussion going. Add your voice.Thanks so much for interviewing me, Riki! Rock on.
Thank you to Leah for this wonderful interview!