1) What is the best and worse thing you have learned from an editor/agent?
The only element the writer has control over is the writing. Write the best damn book you can and understand its good enough. That, or be the best damn writer AND business person you can and take control of your future.
2) What is your typical day?
Quad cappuccino. 6 mile walk along the river. A run to The Boy’s school. Writing and/or book promotion squeezed in between real estate sales and appointments. Kid time until 9 pm. Then time for serious writing and/or reading.
3) What do you read while in the midst of a project? Or don’t you?
Ack! Business books. Currently, I’m reading Gina Maxwell and loving her work!
4) What do you do with a paperback once you’ve read it?
I read a lot on the Kindle now. But I recommend reads all the time to friends.
5) Are you nervous about friends reading your book?
Gawd, no. I can’t wait for people to read it! Whether they love it, hate it, or find it simply tolerable, I’m grateful for the book to be available and for people to read it. I’ve heard several of my friends have taken the book on the road, and to bars where they read excerpts to each other. I just want people to read it and discuss it!
6) What things inspire you to write? Location, music, film or even in a book?
Life experience and emotion. Life changing events and the feelings that accompany them. These are the things that inspire me, along with the people involved.
7) What’s next for you?
I want to write more about Hannington, Texas and the people that live there. I’ve wanted to tell Casler’s story for a long time. He deserves it.
She’ll bring him to his knees…
Preservationist Lila Gentry returns to her small Texas hometown to restore the famous Chisholm Trail whorehouse where her great-great-grandmother was a madam in the 1880s. On her agenda is winning back Jake, the one that got away. But how do you rope a man who doesn't want to be wrangled?
Jake lives by one creed: Keep it simple. His ex showing up in town complicates his life and makes him think about things he'd rather forget.
When Lila's restoration project is threatened before it even begins, she turns to Jake for help. Working together stirs up old feelings, but while Lila and Jake always sizzle between the sheets—or wherever the moment takes them—it will involve some sweet-talking and finesse to bring these two together.
Jake saw Lila the minute she pulled onto the site. His heart completed a painful three-sixty in his chest as he watched her long legs appear from underneath the car door, followed by her torso encased in a clinging white cotton tank.
She was a fragrant tropical breeze blowing through the desert. And he was a man in need of relief.
He watched her climb the steps to the pad, her light- colored trousers hugging the rounded shape of her bottom.
He felt an immediate response from below, a tightening of his balls inside his jeans, a pulsing he didn’t need at the moment.
Turning his back on his her, Jake studied the plans of the house under construction. The dimensions for the garage swam before his eyes as he listened to Otis greet Lila.
He couldn’t make out their conversation, but the soft melody of her voice comforted him, reassured him in a way he hadn’t felt in some time. She had the ability to do that, put him at ease with the simple sound of her voice. To Jake, Lila represented home. No matter where they were, what they were doing, as long as she was there, he was home.”
Growing up in Hell’s Back Forty, Shannon Leigh developed a fierce loyalty to all things Texas and pledged to share the romance of small town dance halls and the flavor of brisket BBQ with readers. Currently, she lives in Fort Worth with an extensive cowboy boot collection, a red and white, ’67 Chevy pickup and a mission to find the best taco stands in the city.
She’s been writing since Jesus was a small boy, but recently found a home with the uber wonderful folks at Entangled Publishing.
When she’s not writing fiction, she writes features for local magazines, sells real estate, and runs around with a particular 11 year old known as “The Boy.”