Word Crimes

As a writer, I am often mystified and horrified by the way people mangle language. I receive emails from work and other places of business that are purporting to be professional and ask me to trust that they know what they are talking about, that are full of spelling, grammar and punctuation mistakes, not to mention incorrect use of words … Read More

Some thoughts on creativity.

It’s been a few weeks since I blogged – some things have happened that I won’t go into here that just didn’t make me feel very bloggy. I just didn’t feel like I had much in the way of interesting stuff to say, even though I’ve had a number of ideas for blog articles coagulating in my old noggin for … Read More

Lovely review for Killing Me Softly

I just received this lovely email from a reader and I felt the need to share. Dear Leisl, You have done an intricate job in composing Killing Me Softly. I love how you brought those who suffered tragedy together to grow from each other’s weaknesses and unite.  Your words kept me wanting more. Wondering if Cat would ever push through, … Read More

Description: It’s harder than it looks.

I was going to write a great and insightful piece on what I love about writing descriptions, but once again the brilliant Kristen Lamb has beaten me to it and has really hit the nail on the head. I bow down in awe and wonder and freely put on my padawan hair tail once more – although, I don’t think … Read More

Rejection – the good and the bad of it

As a writer who has been at this thing for quite a few years now and only last year was published for the first time, I have to say I’m used to rejection. In actual fact, I was so used to rejection that when I was finally told ‘yes’ I had trouble hearing it. In some ways, I’m not sure, … Read More

My Favourite Guest Posts for Dark Moon Part II

I’m posting today another one of the blogs that I wrote when I was doing my major promo for Dark Moon. I always love hearing about other people’s processes, and because of that I’ve had a number of guests share a little of their own on this blog. So I thought I’d share one of the blogs I wrote where … Read More

Guest Blog: Darksiders Downunder Darklight On…

It’s been a tough week for me, with terrible headaches that culminated in a migraine that struck me at work on Wednesday and sent me off to hospital. Blch! So it’s been a week of no computer for me. Luckily I pre-published Daniel DeLorne’s guest blog with me on Thursday (check it out here) and I had already organised this … Read More

Guest Post – Magic Thursday and #DarkMoon

It’s Thursday, and over on Dark Side DownUnder it’s Magic Thursday. It’s a particularly magical Thursday for me, because I was invited to talk about my new novel, Dark Moon. Given the site’s magical nature, I decided to talk about how my characters surprise me all the time with the things they say and do, and mostly the way they … Read More

Release day for Dark Moon

Today is the day I’ve slaved so hard for – the release day of Dark Moon. Big thanks go to so many people (family, friends, writing groups and critique partners) but especially on this day to my editors at Penguin’s Destiny Romance and my agent, Alex Adsett, who took a chance on it and me and saw something special. I … Read More