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

My Favourite Guest Posts for Dark Moon Pt 1

The last few months have been a bit of a blur in regards to all the guest posts I’ve written for Dark Moon. It’s been fun looking at my novel and characters in different ways and answering a whole heap of questions about my process and where my ideas come from, but they are all a bit of a scramble … Read More

Guest Blog with Katie Hamstead, author of controversial novel, Branded

This seems to be the week of hosting other authors on my blog – but that’s okay. It’s fun and interesting to meet new people and hear about their world and about the thing that makes them part of my bigger family – the family of those of us who write. Today, I have Katie Hamstead’s here to tell us … Read More

Reflections

It’s true what they say – what a difference a day makes. Except, I’d change that to say, What a difference a year makes. I’ve read a bunch of blogs reflecting on the last year: reflecting on what they’d learned; looking at whether predictions they’d made about themselves, friends, family, their aspirations, their jobs, the world in general had come … Read More

Prioritising – how do you know when enough is enough?

I’ve just read this great post on Kristen Lamb’s blog about prioritising. She uses a great a great analogy about reaping and sowing that I won’t repeat here – if you’re interested, check out the brilliance directly here: http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2013/11/05/author-success-the-laws-of-sowing-reaping I know for my own part I often struggle with prioritising. People think I’m so organised, but to use a swimming … Read More

Guest Interview: Elise K. Ackers

I’m really excited to say I have the wonderfully talented and incredibly prolific (Nora Roberts – watch out!) Elise K Ackers as a guest on my blog tonight. Elise and I met earlier on this year as we are both authors with Destiny Romance. I was thrilled to find out that there are quite a few of us based in … Read More

Guest Post for Killing Me Softly with Charissa Stastny

Today I have a guest post on Charissa Stastny’s blog, Joy in the Moments. Check it out here if you’ve got a moment. http://joyinthemoments.wordpress.com/2013/10/22/leisl-leightons-book-launch Charissa is a lovely author I met through another website. She lives all the way over the other side of the world (Las Vegas, Nevada), and has never pulled a slot machine in her life, just … Read More

Inspiration – where does it come from?

I often ponder this question. Given I’m a writer it seems particularly pertinent to me. But I wonder about it in a general sense too. I often worry about if there is a finite element to it – once you’ve used up your quota of inspiration, will that be it? Or is it an endless thing – that like the … Read More

Why Entering Contests Could Help You

I have recently become the Contest Co-Ordinator for Romance Writers of Australia and I’ve had many people ask me what’s so important about entering contests in the journey of a writer. I get the reticence, particularly from writers who are working by themselves and haven’t had much experience with getting their work critiqued by a critique partner or don’t belong … Read More

Guest Blog on Friday Feast – chance to win a copy of Killing Me Softly

Check out my guest blog on the fabulous and talented Cathryn Hein’s Friday Feast blog today. http://cathrynhein.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/friday-feast-with-leisl-leighton/ I talk about my love for winter and soup. There’s a recipe for my favourite minestrone soup, some of which I’m taking skiing next week when me and the fam go up to Mt Buller – snow is up to 1mtr; YAY! There … Read More