I’d like to welcome L.Leander to my blog. I hope you enjoy her interview.
I am fascinated by your title Inzared, Queen of the Elephant Riders. Does Inzared have a particular meaning?
Thank you. And no, it doesn’t have a special meaning. I couldn’t come up with a name that was exotic and different enough for my character. I brainstormed for several days and made up a lot of names before I settled on Inzared. It fits her.
Why does Bertha Maude Anderson want to be part of a gypsy circus?
Bertha Maude has only ever known the small Appalachian town in North Carolina where she was born. She has always dreamed of travel and excitement and her parents are very hard on her. The don’t understand why she is so different from her brother, who is content to stay and work the farm. It’s not that Inzared has always dreamed of becoming a circus performer, it is just the first chance she gets to escape.
What is it that fascinates you about the circus then and now?
Everything! The sights, the sounds, the smells. As a child I really loved the circus and that hasn’t changed at all. I think as a creative person I like the total abandon and silliness, yet I know a lot of hours of work goes into performing.
Life was changing and difficult in the nineteenth Century, especially for women. During your research about European immigrants, what is one thing that that has remained a constant?
The Gypsy immigrants I researched were part of a clan. The women were the backbone of life in their communities and stuck together. The husbands could be a little wayward sometimes but wives stoically endured their marriages, raised children and worked right alongside their mates.
What do you want your readers to take away from Inzared?
That women are strong, independent people and can weather any storm they encounter. And, I’d like them to take away the opportunity to be a child again and just enjoy something for no reason at all.
You compare yourself to Huck Finn, how are you like him?
Huck Finn was an oddball. He had a creative mind and was unafraid to try new things. Basically he chose his own path and even got others to join in following along. Even when faced with adversity he didn’t back down but stood up for what’s right and his own convictions. I don’t know if I’m an oddball (you’d have to ask my friends and family) but I definitely possess the other traits.
You are a songwriter. How is the songwriting process different (or the same) from writing a book (other than the length)?
You are trying to tell a story in four minutes or less when you write a song. There’s no room for embellishment so the story has to be concise and well understood. I write almost all of my music with a guitar. It’s easy for me to put words to music and I write both as I go along. A book gives you the opportunity to tell a fleshed-out story and you have more room for creative endeavor. Both are equally satisfying to me although I have to approach them in different ways.
Do you feel one process is more emotional than the other?
Definitely songwriting. I write country/folk music and a lot of it is based on true things I’ve seen, read or heard about. I love being able to create a great tune and set a story to music. You really want the listener to connect and listen to the words as they are moved by the music.
Is there a song that people would recognize that describes you?
Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head – I’ve gone through a lot of trials and adversity and even though the raindrops fall I’ve managed to stay afloat and do what I love – write!
Will there be a sequel to Inzared?
The second segment of the series is titled Inzared the Fortune Teller and it’s currently available on Amazon. I’ll be writing the third book in the series to be published in 2014. It will follow Inzared’s son, Timmon into the Civil War years as he joins a regiment and fights for what he believes in.
L.Leander is a best-selling author, freelancer and award-winning songwriter. Her first novel, Inzared, Queen of the Elephant Riders was published in June of 2012. The second book in the series, Inzared, The Fortune Teller (Book Two) is now available. The author has also published a short non-fiction series titled 13 Extreme Tips for Writers, targeted to the beginning writer.
Ms. Leander manages a blog titled L.Leander’s Reviews and Interviews that offers book promotion to Indie Authors. The author currently resides between Wisconsin and Mexico.
Books by L.Leander:
INZARED, Queen of the Elephant Riders http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008FD5O1E
INZARED, The Fortune Teller (Book Two) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00C83YH1K
Video Trailer for INZARED, Queen of the Elephant Riders: http://youtu.be/lQHtsFQGAP0
13 Extreme Tips to Self Publishing http://amzn.to/Vlcq2v
13 Extreme Tips to Marketing an eBook http://amzn.to/Xu0Qk0
L.Leander’s Website: www.lleander.com
L.Leander’s Reviews and Interviews: http://lleandersreviewsandinterviews.wordpress.com/
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/L.-Leander/e/B008IVRNU8
Facebook Page: http://facebook.com/lleanderbooks
The Fortune Teller is the second book in the Inzared series.
Which is better for an Indie Author?
I have been thinking about attending and participating in book fairs and writers’ conferences/conventions. For the most part it seems most book fairs are geared towards traditionally published authors, and/or authors that are from the hosting state. The welcome mat isn’t exactly rolled out for Indies. I started to do a little research and discovered there are some Indie fairs out there in this big old world. The glitch is that it appears attendance numbers aren’t that great and the costs may not justify attending. Now if the numbers were high and an author could network I think the money spent would be well worth it.
Conferences and conventions can empty your pocketbook (at least it could mine) and the additional expenses such as airfare, food etc. could equal a nice little vacation. So what’s a newbie to do?
I would like to open a forum on these two topics. If you as an author or anyone you know has had current experiences with either of these venues, the feedback would be welcomed. In the meantime, I am going to dig deeper and post any stats or information related to each subject.
Please feel free to reply, and maybe together we can open up some new doors. It would be nice to keep this going. Although I am a fantasy writer, all genres are encouraged to share.