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Here is Part 1 of my interview with Leigh Wood Part 2 is being hosted at Leigh's own blog!

 

An Interview With Leigh Wood

Part 1

By Kristin Battestella

 

-What is your real name?

 

Grr. Ashleigh Laura Wood.  I hate it.  How can something be so earthy and yet so puck bunny?  Everyone calls me Leigh, but I suspect I might have to use the Ashleigh bemoan for publication.  It means Ash Tree Meadow Laurel.  That’s a lot of ticks. I tweak a bit with Old English.  I think Leah means wood anyway.  So it’s a bit redundant even. Dang hippie parents.

 

-What are you working on now?

 

Everything and nothing.  I am a stickler for edits even when I’m probably beyond the point of needing edits.  I’m at that point with the end of On The Way to New Isosceles.  I handwrote Horns of Myleness during lunch hours at my day job, so my next dive will be to type that whole shebang.  There’s always random writing bits, too, you know.  Poetry, nonfic.  I’d rather write about something than talk about it. My short memoir Cracked is in limbo.  It could probably use another editing run through.  It was accepted with Stone Garden Publishing, but a few red flags in their contract forced me to withdraw.  A Contract isn’t worth my intellectually dignity.

 

-On The Way and Myleness, these two works are both erotica?  How did you handle questions from coworkers?

 

I wrote On The Way at home and the handwritten Horns of Myleness was without the erotic bits.  If I was still inspired by time I got home, I typed some kinky material. So I’ve got half of Myleness handwritten with no sex-and its quite good without it, honestly.  On the other hand, I’ve got some serious kink on my laptop.  I think it would be an intriguing concept to do a ‘nice version’ pure fantasy romancey, but also issue a naughty version with the sex scenes.  It’s not a question of if the erotica is necessary or gratuitous,  I like to think some readers of romance would rather speculate on the fade to black moments themselves.  Others love the chuckle because they know what happens under the sheets.  To each his own I say.  My coworkers would probably die of shock. 

 

-Where can we read your work?

 

I’ve got excerpts of On The Way To New Isosceles on the website-graciously sponsored at jsnouff.com- and I’ve got a free chance to read Cracked from my blog and the Kristin Battestella Yahoo group. I’ve also reposted some excerpts on blogspot. Currently that’s it.  As I said I’m a stickler, and I’m not sure anything is really in publishing form right now.  I’d be too touchy putting up imperfect as I type editions of Horns of Myleness.  I’m hoping to submit On The Way in January. It’s topped 70k.  With edits I don’t think it will reach 80, 75 and change most likey.  It was only supposed to be a short story and here we are with a full length novel that beyond its genre, would be perfect for a big print house.


 

To read the conclusion of this Leigh Wood interview, visit Leigh Wood. Blogspot.




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