Friday, May 23, 2014

Interview with Leann Sweeney, NY Times best-selling author of the Cats in Trouble Mystery Series

And another review

Soon to be released...

(August 5th)

How/why did you start to write?

I always wanted to write but took a different path first, thinking I could never live my dream. But when I started to nudge my children to "follow their dreams" I decided it was time to set an example.

How did you become an author?

I became an author through taking classes, studying, learning from other writers and most importantly reading. I also entered a lot of writing contests because it taught me to follow guidelines that publishers demand. Editors are always looking for a reason to reject a writer because they get so many submissions. I wanted to make sure that I didn't give them an immediate reason to reject me before they read my work.

What was your first published piece?

I believe it was a short story.

Where was it published?

It appeared in a small magazine and I was paid nothing except free copies. But I saw my name in print.

How long ago?

This was in the mid-nineties.

What did you do before embarking on your writing career? Was it an asset to your writing? How?

I was a registered nurse but I also have a degree in behavioral science. Both those things help me create believable characters.

What inspires you?

Any "what if" question. Anything beautiful that I want to find words to describe. Human nature.

Please share one of your successful author platform building technique

I have to thank the successful authors I knew before I was published. They gave me quotes for my first book—people like Carolyn Hart and Rick Riordan. Their quotes appeared on my covers and I know it helped launch me. It was difficult asking for those quotes because I don't like to impose but it was a step that proved so helpful. I don't hesitate when an editor asks me for a cover quote now.

Parting words

I have two series currently in publication but only one I am writing now—the Cats in Trouble Mysteries with amateur sleuth and quilter Jillian Hart as the heroine. And the little kitty quilts my heroine makes? I've made a few myself.

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Leanne Dyck said...

Thank you for being a guest on my blog, Leann. I especially like what you said about entering contests. Women On Writing contests are especially good because if you pay a little more you get a detailed critique of your work.
You know as an author establishing a career its nice to know that there is a trail--even though at times it feels like your cutting through bush. : )

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks for having me Leanne. (Love your name, btw!) Yes, contests taught me that guidelines are there for a reason and every publisher has them. If you submit to a magazine that wants 2500 words and your story has 4000, well guess what? It goes in the trash. Harsh truth!

Laurie Buchanan said...

I thoroughly enjoy books that feature companion animals!

Leanne Dyck said...

Me, too, Laurie. Thank you for your comment.

Leann Sweeney said...

I do, too, Laurie! That's why I write about cats and humans they own. :-)

Nerissa said...

August 5th can't come soon enough. Your latest book, Leann, is already on order!


Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Nissy!!

mary kennedy said...

I really enjoyed this blog,Leanne, thanks so much for featuring Leann Sweeney!

Leanne Dyck said...

You're most welcome, Mary. Thank you for your comment. I appreciate your support.

Jackie Houchin said...

Being a mystery lover and a multi cat owner (though not a quilter) I enjoy your series. I'm looking forward to reading these two new additions to the series.