Author Interview: Leslie Swartz

Leslie Swartz

  1. We’ll skip the “tell us about yourself” because coming up with something on the spot is, truly, the bane of an author’s existence. So, let’s start with something a little easier! Tell me what you’re working on at the moment.

I’m currently plotting out an urban fantasy trilogy while toying with a superhero story and ignoring a finished horror stand-alone outline. To be honest, I’m having a hard time focusing on one project since finishing Seventh Day. I think I’m going to have those characters stuck in my head for a while.

  1. In as much detail as you would like, tell me about your book(s) that are already out/on the way.

The Seventh Day Series is seven books of rowdy angels, vampires, witches, and Lucifer fighting monsters and preventing one Apocalypse after another. Really, though, it’s a story of found-family, complex relationships, trauma, and redemption. It’s character-driven, dark, funny, and chock-full of twists.

  1. As far as the writing process goes—including such things as conception of idea all the way through to money in the bank—what is the least favourite bit? (Everyone has one!)

What I hate about the writing process are the times when no one will leave me alone to write. I have a husband and three kids trapped in the house during a pandemic that are bored, loud, and impatient.

  1. Conversely, what is the bit of the writing process that gets your writery brain grinning?

Fleshing out new ideas. I love sitting with a notebook and listening to playlists while I scribble down character bios and scene ideas.

  1. If you could steal any author’s ability to improve your own work, who would you steal from and why? (e.g. Tolkien’s language skills, Douglas Adams’ humour, etc.)

It’s probably been said a million times, but Stephen King’s ability to put you in whatever spooky environment he wants to is second to none. Thanks to him, we all know exactly what a haunted fishing village in Maine feels like.

  1. Now for some fun! The main character of the book you’re working on (or have recently finished) has kidnapped you for ruining their life. How will you explain that what you’re doing is for the best?

I’d give him a wink and tell him it was job training.

  1. You, your main character(s), and the protagonist of the last book you read are playing poker. What are the stakes? Who will win and why?

Winner gets control of every other player’s fate. Wyatt, my MC wins because I don’t know how to play poker and the protagonist from the last book I read, while a serial killer, is just human. Wyatt, as Protector of Humanity, wouldn’t allow him to control anyone’s life. He’d either have him arrested or lightning him to death before the game was finished.

  1. Let’s face it, writing is hard. What do you think are some traps to avoid in your particular area of expertise? (Whether that be your genre, your knowledge of plot, your character building, your world building, etc.)

My biggest pet peeve (aside from people that say ‘pet peeve) is flat characters. I see it all the time and it drives me crazy. Your characters should feel real. Be relatable. You can have an amazing plot and fantastic world-building, but if a reader doesn’t care about your characters, they’ll get bored.

  1. Anything else you’d like to add? Plots to take over the world, for example. Upcoming release dates, links and things, maybe even your favourite chocolate cake recipe.

Seventh Day Amazon buy link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08BZL6YJY

Facebook author page:

https://www.facebook.com/LeslieSwartz333

IG:

https://www.instagram.com/saffie138/?hl=en