My interview today is with indie author Denise Kelly LeBlanc. Her motivation for going indie was, in her own words, because she is a control freak. I can certainly understand that. I guess perfectionist should also go hand in hand with that – what do you think Denise? Indie publishing is hard slog but you do stay in control all the way and you don’t have to hand your manuscript over for sometimes up to a year while you bite your nails down to the knuckle waiting … waiting… Enough about my angst. Back to Denise.
Her love of the supernatural works of Josh Whedon are reflected in her new book Inheritance about an 18 yo psychic, Jess, overwhelmed by her gifts. One reviewer described the character as reminiscent of “Whoopi Goldberg’s reluctant, besieged psychic in Ghost.” The book has been well received on Amazon with a five star rating.
I’m always fascinated by what people have in their fridge. Hence the question below. Denise is the first of my interviews that has left over pizza. I agree Denise, reheated pizza is pretty good.
I’ll let Denise tell you more about herself in her own words. Enjoy.
Tell us a little about yourself.
“Denise is a kickass jeweler and chainmailler. She can cook, dance and swear. She’s been writing for years, and can spell all the big words. Denise lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia with her bestie and 4 unemployed cats.” – words of my best friend, Melina.
Who are the literary heroes that inspire your writing?
Current writers are Kelley Armstrong and Karen Marie Moning. Joss Whedon was huge. ‘Buffy’ proved that supernatural fiction can be amazing. Music is essential. ‘Inheritance’ wouldn’t exist but for MCR, and the sequel is taking shape with the inspiration of G-Dragon.
Why did you decide to become an indie author?
I’m a control freak. As I was writing the numerous query letters to agents I was struck by how they sounded like begging. I was BEGGING people I didn’t know to represent my work and, best case scenario, profit from it. And help others profit from it. This seemed like a bad idea.
What were you before you were a writer?
I have always been a writer. In fifth grade I remember a short story I wrote being singled out, so I guess before I was a writer I was a Brownie, an elementary school student and a Nancy Drew fan.
If you could give one piece of advice to new indie authors what would it be?
Patience! This is not my strong suit, but I have learned that I can’t give up. I didn’t write that book for years just to say, “Hey, not a
bestseller in the first week (or ever) so I guess the writing thing didn’t work out.”
What’s your number one cure for writer’s block?
Music. Music and music. And scouring the internet for amazing photos of the abandoned and beautiful.
What is your greatest accomplishment to date?
Finishing the novel. There were times I wanted to give up, but I didn’t. I am proud of that.
Look out the closest window. What’s the first thing you see?
A parking lot. It’s pretty much the epitome of urban ugliness.
Name one thing in your refrigerator that probably shouldn’t be there?
Leftover pizza. So damn good …
What do you least like about writing?
There is no worse feeling than a bad day writing. None.
Finish this paragraph: “Helena shook the flashlight, hard. She …”
was desperate to find the source of the scraping sound that had shaken her from a deep sleep.
Latest Book: Inheritance
Normal has never been a word you could apply to Jess Gardner’s life. She’s a medium, but even a psychic couldn’t have predicted the drama to be brought to her door. A messenger enters her world with news that the mother she’d thought dead is alive. Her maternal
family—guardians of a mystical portal—need her help.Will the promise of uncovering more about herself be enough to draw her into a potentially deadly situation?