Tuesday, November 2, 2010

10Q Tuesday with Leslie Soule

10 Things you Never Knew about Leslie Soule!

1. How did you start your writing career?
Well, I'm new to being a published author, really. Decadent is the first publishing company I've worked with and they've been great!

2. Tell us about your favorite character from your books.
I really like my character Greymalkin from my fantasy novel Fallenwood because he's mischievous but never cruel. He messes with people, but only out of a benign playfulness.

3. Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
It's a big world out there and I want to see as much of it as possible. I'd love to go to Japan someday because my friends tell me about how crazy some of the stuff is there and it sounds like my kind of place! Also, I'm into Judo and I'd love to visit the Kodokan someday, where Judo was created. I'm also into art, and I'd love to see some Japanese pottery.

4. Has someone been instrumental in inspiring you as a writer?
As for writing ability, my stepfather was definitely instrumental in helping me work on things. As for inspiration, I have been inspired by the wonderful people I've met in this world and also highly inspired by the truly evil individuals who I've had the misfortune of crossing paths with. It allows me to draw on reality for the darkness I conjure on a page, and in a way, to throw some light onto it and make the shadows flee. It is the power of saying, "Do what you will to me, but I will show the world what a monster you are."

5. Who is your favorite author?
My favorite author is J.R.R. Tolkien, with C.S. Lewis and Jack London in a tie for second place.

6. What is the hardest part of writing your books?
Well, an author once said that writing is easy - you just sit at a keyboard and open a vein. I think that's true. The hardest part of writing, for me, is opening myself up enough to give the story the realism it needs. It's hard to open up that much and not begin to feel vulnerable and a bit apprehensive.

7. What is your favorite color?
Green - a dark, forest-green color.

8. If you could be an animal, what would it be?
I would love to be an otter - they're so playful!
9. Does your significant other read your stuff?
I currently do not have a significant other besides my pet snake Indy, and he's a sweetie, but he can't read. :(

10. Boxers or Briefs?
You'll have to use your imagination as far as what I'm wearing under my clothes. ;)


Maureen said...

Tolkeins at the top of my list, too!

Redameter said...

Nice interview of Leslie. I think she opened up well for us. Glad you are here with us at Decadent.

In every book we do give away a little of ourselves, the trick is to disguise it so well, no one knows.

Good luck Leslie and thanks for the interview you did for me too....

Love and blessings

Valerie Mann said...

I don't think writing is ever easy, I envy those writers who have the ability to just sit down and write. Maybe it's the editor in me but I analyze every word I put down (and it's no accident that "anal" is in "analyze", LOL). Keep up the good work, Leslie!

Author Leanne Dyck said...

Okay, this is probably a niave question, but to follow up on Redameter's comment --why is it important to disguise it?

Wishing you much success, Leslie.

JM said...

Wonderful blog! Hey, that notebook looks familiar!
And I do believe we give a part of ourselves to our characters. It makes them people.

Anonymous said...

Great interview Leslie. I agree about the inspiration coming from all the wonderful people you meet, and from the evil one's too. It is difficult to open ourselves up, and be vulnerable. It is also extremely brave.

Kathleen said...

I agree with anonymous. That's me.