In my last post, I shared that I had been invited to do an interview with Les Ey about the book. I felt both humbled and blessed by the invitation, and I think Les did a wonderful job with it.
So, I would like to take this opportunity to share it with
you. I also encourage you to check out the other posts he has on the site.
There are some very informative articles worth the time to read there. (Thank
you again, Les, for taking the time to interview me! I am quite honored.)
The following is an excerpt from the interview:
Interview: Amber Lea Leggette-Aldrich, author of Between
Heaven & Hell series
Les: Hi Amber,
welcome. Please introduce yourself, how long have you been writing, and what
kind of books have you written?
Amber: Hi Les. Thank you for inviting me! I’m Amber
Leggette-Aldrich, an Authorpreneur.
Simply put, that means author and entrepreneur. Writing is my professional
business, and as such, I wear many different titles, such as author, editor,
marketer, and publisher, among others. I’ve been writing for 20 years,
primarily non-fiction books, such as Faith, Hope & Miracles, and many
freelance articles, though recently I have begun writing in fiction as
Les: How do you find time to write?
Amber: I write
as a full-time job now, so I usually set a goal of 6 – 8 hours per day,
sometimes more, depending on which phase I am in. But when I first began
writing, I had a full-time job. So, I started getting up about 3 hours earlier
to make time to write before going to work. It was pretty hard for the first
few weeks. But following the same schedule every day quickly turned it into a
Les: Where do you write?
year I had an addition built onto my cabin that included a small office, which
I love. But before that, I had a desk set up in the front corner of the cabin.
It worked well enough, though it allowed more distractions. I also try to keep
a notebook handy for those moments of sudden ideas and inspiration when I’m
away from my desk.
Les: Do you have any tips for aspiring authors?
Amber: I would
have to say first, study and learn everything you can about the craft, as it is
an art. And then practice every day. The more you study and practice, the
better your writing will become. The second suggestion is to connect with other
authors that write in similar genres that you are interested in. Study their
work, follow their blogs or social media, and ask questions. The writing itself
is often a lonely business, and it requires time and patience. But having
fellowship with like-minded individuals not only adds to the learning and
exposure, it also gives a sense of comradery and friendship that can help you
through the difficult moments.
Les: What is your passion?
Amber: There are a few things that I feel passionate about, but my strongest desire is to help others through sharing hope and encouragement in faith. It is at the core of just about everything I do, whether it is sharing experiences in my writing, or involvement in community projects, or a simple conversation with a stranger in the store, it is what really drives me. There is a saying, “God uses broken people, like you and me, to help broken people like you and me”. I believe that in connecting with others and sharing our experiences, the struggles and trials… (To see the full interview, visit Les Ey’s Blog at: https://les-ey.website/f/interview-amber-lea-leggette-aldrich)
“Live a life worth living, a life of integrity. Be real, kind, helpful and wise, always with an attitude of gratitude. And whatever it is you do, give 110% effort to it, even in the little things”. – Amber