Writers on Wednesday ~ Leslie Muir Lytle
Enjoy her interview:
Is there one book or author who changed your life/viewpoint/writing?
They're usually forbidden books, right? When I was 11, my librarian slipped me a book from the no-students-allowed section. It was called Diary of a Frantic Kid Sister. The same year, that woman got my first poem published in a Spokane magazine and from then on, there was no doubt that I would always be a writer.
Give us your elevator pitch.
My current project is a romantic suspense where Stephanie Plum meets Jason Bourne. It's going to be a fast but bumpy ride, and a drastic step away from the Scottish and Regency romances I usually write.
What’s your favorite snack?
The new blue Toblerone!
What is your most memorable high school experience?
Madrigals. We were the 80's version of Glee, but with no interfering gym teacher. My partner was thee most gorgeous kid in school. Every girl hated me/wished they were me. You can't bottle that, baby.
What was the first book that turned you into a reader?
Patricia McKillip's Riddle Master of Hed. Followed closely by Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern.
Are you a night owl or early bird?
Whoo me? I write until about 3 am, then sleep until 11. Hey, it's only 8 hours, so don't hate on me.
What is your favorite meal?
Sunday dinner cooked by my mother. She's been gone almost 9 years and I can still taste her rolls. Actually, about 30% of my body is made up of her rolls.
What do you never leave home without?
When I go to events, or out of town for any reason, I take along my grandmother's ring and something of my mother's--once I took her fake boobs. I feel like I'm taking them along for a good time--the women, not the boobs. They would have loved that. They were pretty funny women.
Do you have any pets?
We used to have a golden/lab mix named Gryffindor.
What is one piece of advice you would give aspiring writers?
Write your brains out. Write any wild way you want to and there will be people who think you are brilliant. Write for them. Don't worry about being perfect. Don't worry about sounding intelligent. All that will come, but it will come a lot faster the more you write.
What are you goals for 2013?
I'm hoping to get five more books written this year. All different kinds. All clean reads. You can go to my website to see what's come out lately. www.llmuir.weebly.com You can follow me on Twitter @LLMuir or Facebook at L.L. Muir