Let’s start things off with you. Tell our readers and me a little bit about you and one random interesting fact!
Thank you, Brooke for the opportunity to be here on your beautiful website. You just popped my interview cherry by the way, that’s super awesome. Sorry, bad humor aside, I’m Elisa Leigh, and I’m an author. (I’m picturing a room full of people in an Author’s Anonymous meeting looking at me as I awkwardly wave) Anywhoo… I live in North Florida with my husband, son, and kitty Zuri. In real life, I teach second grade, which is pretty fun. When I’m not shaping the lives of our children, I write Contemporary Romance (the fun sexy kind).
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?
I love being around my family and playing cards or board games. My family is hilarious and it’s the conversations I have with them that I love most. I love being around my mom. We can talk for hours about life and just hang out. We’re a lot alike in most ways and she’s one of my best friends. I also love going to the beach in the winter so I can bundle up and just watch the waves. I’m pretty introverted and quiet (a lot going on in my head most of the time) and I like to be at peace, the beach does that for me. Of course, I can’t leave out reading, I LOVE to read.
When did you start writing?
I liked to write when I was little and in high school, mostly short stories and poetry. I didn’t start to take it seriously until July 2015. I was sitting in a teacher training when the idea for Keeping Our Forever came to me. I sat and wrote 3 pages during our lunch break, and kept looking around praying no one looked at what I was writing. Nobody cared what I was writing, but I just kept thinking “oh man, this is some naughty stuff, I better not get caught.” I’m a nerd, moving on.
Tell me about what it was like for you writing and publishing your first book.
When I first started reading romance novels, I didn’t realize it was such a diverse genre. The more I started binging on books the more I began to figure out my love of menage. I knew what a menage’ trois was, but I always pictured two girls and a guy. Oh, baby was I wrong. There are so many kinds of menage books out there, and let me tell you, I fell in love. I love my kink, but I need some substance, jeesh you guys, I’m not that kind of girl. I eventually narrowed it down to one girl with 2, 3, 4, or 7 guys, completely devoted to her and her happiness. Who wouldn’t want a relationship like that, right? There just aren’t enough books like that out there, or there weren’t when I began writing Keeping Our Forever.
It took me two years to write and publish Keeping Our Forever, which I did in April 2017. I had to learn everything about getting self-published through research. After I published my first book I realized how much I still needed to learn to be a better writer and to get my book out there for people to read.It has been an exciting time and I’m not ready to quit yet. It hasn’t all been rainbows and daisies, but it has been a time of great personal growth as I accomplished something I never thought I would.
Can you tell me a little bit about your recently published novel?
Finally, Our Forever is the story of Maci Kate and Reece Atwood. This book comes first in the timeline of the Panthera Security Series but is my second published book. You meet Maci Kate and Reece in Keeping Our Forever as a happily married couple. I couldn’t move on in my series, without first telling their story, so I backtracked and brought them to life. This is a second chance, friends-to-lovers romance, and I absolutely fell in love with these two while writing.
What’s your favorite part about being an author?
The readers are my favorite part. I love hearing what people have to say after they have read one of my books. I like to talk to them about the plot and where they hope the series is going next. I treasure the friendships I’ve gained from being a part of the Romance writers and readers community.
Where do you get your best ideas?
My best ideas come from what’s around me. I usually get an idea from a picture or a news article, then I pull from my relationships with my friends and family and build from there. Once I get in the zone, as cheesy as it sounds, I let the characters lead the way. For both of my novels, I had projected the novel to go a certain direction and after writing thousands of words, what I had originally planned didn’t fit with the character and world I’d created. I had to learn that it’s more important, for me, to go with the flow of the character than to stick with my original idea.
What are you currently working on? Do you have any new projects coming up?
I’m currently working on the third book of the Panthera Security Series. This will be another menage book, featuring Callie, Olivia’s best friend, and Paul and Ryan. All three of these characters are in Keeping Our Forever, and you even get a taste of Paul and Ryan in Finally, Our Forever.
Once I have finished book 3 Fighting for Our Forever, I will be writing a fourth and fifth book to finish out the series. I’m excited for what I have planned and can’t wait to share it.
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