IndieView with Leta McCurry, author of A Shadow Life

Where do you live now? I’m sure all writers draw on their perception of people they know or whom they have observed, but I do not model characters exactly after living people. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? Ayn Rand because she was a visionary and she had courage. Adult women, although I’m constantly surprised by the men who love my books and leave great reviews. About Writing
Do you have a writing process? Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? It all kind of flowed. There are a lot of publishers and resource services for indie authors that don’t deliver what they promise. Also, subscribe to Writers Beware. Do you listen to music while you write? There is so much to learn, and after 3 years I’m still winging it. This was a contributing factor to deciding to publish indie. A Shadow Life is about a young girl who, terrorized and covered in blood, escapes an abusive step-father. I want to write them all at the same time. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Big John and my grandfather were quite dissimilar in reality. After my mother passed away, I found tucked in the pages of her Bible a family records page that had been removed from an even older Bible, her mother’s. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? Music and other noise is just too distracting. That record, written in my grandmother’s hand, contradicted family history we had always believed to be true. The author still has to do most of it. I would suggest that any author join Women’s Fiction Writers Association. And second, the amount of time it takes from the time an agent places a book with a publisher and the time it hits the market – usually from 1 to 2 years. What just happened is worse than Mama could have imagined. This was a contributing factor to deciding to publish indie. I could list at least a couple of dozen. My grandfather, who was an old Texas cowboy and lived to be four months short of 111, was the inspiration for Big John Clayton, a character in my first book. About 1 year. I have to struggle to keep promotion, marketing and social sights from taking all my time. It is to flesh the characters out for me and help me know them intimately. Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? I published my first book, High Cotton Country, in 2014 at the age of 81. Yes, and had significant interest, but after a lot of soul-searching and research, I decided to forego the traditional publishing route. What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? If so can you please describe it? Do whatever it takes to hire a designer for the cover and get your book edited. If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? Near Prescott, Arizona. We all know how important it is for writers to read. Plus, people think a traditional publisher does a lot of promotion and marketing. First, you lose so much control of your work. A couple of things. If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? How long did it take you to write it? Did you hire a professional editor? Hired a designer. Do you have a target reader? About You
Where did you grow up? About the book
What is the book about? Safe and near- perfect, that is, until three people from the past show up looking for revenge, redemption and love. But, he was the inspiration only. Do your homework. My second, A Shadow Life, was published a year later. Good resources and peer support. Where did you get the idea from? I’m strictly a seat-of my-pants writer. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? When did you start writing the book? Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? Sit down at the keyboard and let-er rip. Believing she has killed him, she makes a run for it and finds a way to hide in plain sight. Fannie Flagg, Harper Lee, Carson McCullers, John Steinbeck, by their honesty in writing. Leta McCurry – 7 December 2017
The Back Flap
Run, Laney, run. End of Interview:
For more from Leta, visit her website, follow her on Twitter, or like her Facebook page. Now Laney, terrified, covered in blood and alone, is on the run from the law. That’s what Mama said she should do if something really bad happened. I wanted to get it published before the end of the year but it’s looking like next spring. I published my first book, High Cotton Country, in 2014 at the age of 81. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? I do hire an editor before turning it over to a very small press. What would you like readers to know about you? Not true. I could go on and on. I edit and rewrite after the story is finished. I am working on my third book, Dancing to the Silence. There are others that I follow closely. I do keep a character profile on all the significant characters and I do a chronology on the main characters beginning with their birth and track all the significant incidents in their lives. I grew up mostly in the Texas Hill Country on the tail end of the Great Depression. Not really. And, don’t take short cuts. It is about $40 a year and well worth it. I have four or five ideas floating around in my head and am trying to decide which story to write next. About 90% of this information never makes it into the book. It would be heaven if all I had to do was write. I didn’t want to wait two years for my book to be published. Laney finds a way to hide in plain sight and builds a safe and near-perfect new life. I started the book in December 2014, right after publication of my first book, High Cotton Country. I didn’t want to wait two years for my book to be published. She builds a happy successful new life and all is well until three people from the past show up looking for revenge, redemption and love. Absolute silence. About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? Do you outline? Get your copy of   A Shadow Life from Amazon US or Amazon UK. I don’t outline.