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Interview with Leah Good
Interview with Leah Good
By Sarah P.
I recently had the opportunity to conduct this interview with published author Leah Good. Leah has contributed to GGFG before and recently released her first novel, Counted Worthy. I decided to go “behind the scenes” so we could learn more about both Counted Worthy and the process of becoming a published author.
Hi, Leah, and welcome to GGFG! Let’s start off at the beginning. When did you first discover an interest in writing?
I'm not even sure I remember. Maybe when our homeschool group did a "write and publish your own book" project. I was six at the time. Each child wrote and illustrated their own twelve page book and got help stitching the pages together. One of the moms had a laminator which we used to make the covers. My book was titled Horses and Friends and was about two characters, Leah and Big Girl, preparing for and competing in a horse show.
So, when you began writing, did you expect to become a published author?
I can't remember thinking about it too much when I was that little. As I got older, it was one of those interesting grown-up ideas like becoming a doctor or pilot. It wasn't until I was fourteen that I decided being a published author was a goal I wanted to seriously pursue.
What was the main inspiration behind your new novel, Counted Worthy?
Well, I think it started with pulling the title from Acts 5:41. From there I started brainstorming what kind of story would fit the title, Counted Worthy. After that, further inspiration came from books like Secret Believers and Safely Home.
What should fans of Counted Worthy expect from you in the near future? Are you working on any other projects?
In the near future, fans might be able to find a short story or two about new characters and/or Heather and her group of friends. In the slightly more distant future, they can keep an eye out for book two. Right now I plan to make the story a trilogy. Anyone have ideas for what I should call the trilogy? (Note: If you have any suggestions about the trilogy title, feel free to tell us in the comment section!)
When you began writing Counted Worthy, were you expecting to write an entire book?
No! I wrote chapter one as a short story and expected to stop there. Friends ended up wanting more, and I'm so glad they did!
We’ve all heard about how complicated publishing a book is! What was the hardest part for you?
Editing. Which is more part of the writing process, but it's an important aspect of getting a book published. Problem is, I don't like doing it! And I had to do A LOT of it! The other difficult part was getting the fundraising site (which I used to raise money for hiring editors and graphic designers) to accept my tax information since, being a young adult, I hadn't filed a tax return with the IRS yet.
Let’s talk about you for a little bit. What are your other hobbies and interests, besides writing?
I'm very passionate about orphan care. My writing plays a part in that interest too since I run a blog called Teens Interceding for Orphans (www.teensintercedingfororphans.com). I also enjoy tutoring for two home-school families, working as a companion for a 97 year old Christian lady, and being an ambassador for CollegePlus!. Any time not spent on these activities is spent reading, studying the Bible, and communicating with friends.
Do you have any tips for those interested in publishing a book someday?
Learn everything you possibly can about writing and publishing. Improve your craft, study marketing until you're not afraid of it, learn the tips and tricks of blogging, know how to pitch your story to editors, agents, and readers, read articles about projecting a confident and professional persona when talking to people... The list goes on and on.
Thank you for joining us, Leah! Do you have any closing advice for beginning writers in general?
Thank you for having me! My closing advice to beginning writers is to lose their determination when they receive critiques, and to cling to the joy of writing even while learning to improve their craft. That sense of wonder will bring you a long way if you keep it in-tack.
GGFG is giving away a signed, print copy of Leah’s novel, Counted Worthy! The giveaway will be running through January 30. Feel free to enter and spread the word! Here is the link to enter for the contest:
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