Interview with Toni Leland
1: What is the most productive time of the day for you to write?
I start about 5 in the morning and work until around 9. Once the day sets in and I put on my “work” hat, my creativity ends.
2: Do you start your projects writing with paper and pen or is it all on the computer?
All on computer. I sometimes make hand-written lists or notes, but the manuscript always starts on the computer.
3: What do you draw inspiration from?
Interesting situations are most often the seed for a story idea. I write predominantly about characters who live, love, and work with horses, so any situation that could fit into such a scenario will usually get my attention. I adore a good love story, so factoring in relationships is always high on my list of to-do’s.
4: Do you set yourself goals when you sit down to write such as word count?
I usually set an end date for a book, the time when I want to have the first draft completed, then the date I’d like to have the second or third polished draft ready for advance readers.
5: Being a self published author how do you come up with your cover art?
I am a photographer and graphic designer and have access to a lot of stock photos and images. I sometimes know what my cover will look like long before the book is finished. However, on occasion, the cover has to change because the story took a different direction.
6: What drives you to choose the career of being a writer?
I have been writing since I was in high school and my career choices always included writing of some sort. I love being able to express myself and share my stories with other like-minded readers. Ever new book is an adventure! My freelance work for magazines also inspires me to continue to educate my readers.
7: Do you own an ebook reading devise?
No, I have difficulty reading on screen, but I understand some of the latest innovations are changing that.
8: Who are some of your favorite authors and What are you reading now?
I have read every Dick Francis book, and many other equestrian fiction authors as well. I love Sue Monk Kidd, Nora Roberts’ older stories about witches and such, Elizabeth Letts; I’m reading Jade Lee’s Dragon Born right now.
9: What do you think of book trailers and do you have any plans to have any?
I think book trailers are an excellent way to pique a reader’s interest. The visual aspect of the movie makes it more personal than a canned write-up. I have book trailers for all my novels.
10: What are you working on now that you can talk about?
My WIP is a YA story, not about horses, but my other love—the supernatural. It’s about an ordinary girl with not so ordinary problems.
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