Leatra is from St. Louis, MO., but has lived in Texas for the last 13 years. She moved to Texas and worked several different jobs, mainly in the medical field, before finding her career in broadcasting. She has written three books and ghostwritten two.
What inspires you to write?
I am inspired by life and all of the things I go through on a day to day basis. I almost died five years ago and since then, I have pushed myself even more to write. My love for writing has always been there, but going through the lifechanging event like the one I did where I almost died, filled me with even more passion for it.
Tell us about your writing process.
Depending on what I am writing, depends on how I go about writing. When I write essays or when I have written books about certain subjects, I have an outline process that I use. When I write poems, they are usually written right off the seat of my pants, because I am going off of pure emotion.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don't too much write fiction, but I have experimented with writing fiction and I have written a couple of short stories, but I listen to my characters when I bring them to life in the my stories.
Who are your favorite authors?
Sista Soulja, Maya Angelou, Zora Neal Hurston, Stephen King, Donald Goines
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided that all of the emotions I had in my books needed to be shared with the world. My emotions can sometimes be hard to share openly and it has always been easier for me to express myself through my words than with others.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think we have maybe two or three more generations at most for print, but everything will soon be in ebooks and self-publishing will be more profitable than traditional publishing in the coming years. I say this because writers, I feel will grow tired of being overlooked and begin taking their writing into their own hands and publishing and promoting their own work.
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Audiobook
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