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15 September 2010

Book Meme Interview: Leigh Wood


Okay, so I've been out of the virtual world and in my own fantasy drama as I edit my 100k epic kinky fantasy Horns of Myleness.

Then, of course, my webmaster Kristin sends me this Book Meme quiz that everyone sent her. She decides it would be awesome if every author in South Jersey would answer the interview and send it back to her for her South Jersey Books Examiner column. Spreading the word about reading, love of literature, you know all that!

So, someone had to go first, and it might as well be me. Otherwise, I'll never hear the end of it and never finish my naughty unicorn book.


So, without further adieu, here is my Book Meme answers, as posted also at the South Jersey Books Examiner and Amen!

http://www.examiner.com/x-63331-South-Jersey-Books-Examiner


Our first victim-er guest at South Jersey Books Examiner is Leigh Wood, author of the erotic science fiction novel On the Way to New Isosceles, available now in ebook formats, kindle and paperback from Eternal Press. Her next novel, a fantasy erotica tentatively titled Horns of Myleness, is due in 2012.

Book Meme Interview: Leigh Wood

A favorite childhood book?

Well there were a lot that is for sure! The first one that comes to mind, however, is Arabian Nights. I remember getting tired of my little children’s edition so I went to the library and checked out the big old classic 1,001 Nights. My initial reaction at seeing all the kinky stuff? This isn’t a kid’s book at all!

What are you reading right now?


What’s A Christian to do with Harry Potter? I’ve been going back to it off and on for awhile now. I try to alternate a fiction and non fiction read, but my reading schedule suffers when my writing schedule is crazy. I like a lot of what I call ‘Christian fantasy non fiction’ books. Some are great and have a nice vibe about what’s good and wholesome about the fantasy genre. Others are just too darn negative and oppressing.

Bad book habit?

Some would say having too many dang books is a bad habit. Instead of nice even rows, I have my shelves organized and alphabetized, but they have to be stacked and doubled, even triple rowed in some cases. My bad book habit is that I just don’t have enough shelves.

Do you have an e-reader?

Not yet. I’m waiting for prices to be super super affordable, or for a format or streamlining to come about. I don’t want to buy the wrong reader and end up with the poor betamax and HD DVD folks! But also, I like reading ebooks on a computer-call me crazy!- and I like reading the books that I have as books. I’m not ready for the traditional ways to go away at all. I hope they don’t. You can give a kid a silly pamphlet book and who cares if he tears it up or scribbles all over it in crayon- but a blackberry or nook? How can introduce ourselves to a love of books and reading with bytes and digital ink? I don’t think enough people treasure real books and yet we are replacing them for something I’m not always sure is better. But I love reading naughty ebooks at the same time, sue me.

Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?

I tried to read one book at a time, or maybe one novel and one non fiction or religious book, but usually one always gets left straggling behind- as I said especially if an editing binge comes calling!

Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?


I don’t think so, not my book reading habits. I do however think I’m becoming more anal when I read other peoples blogs, especially the ones with all the grammar problems, text speech typing, and no punctuations whatsoever. I wish there was a way where you could select a track changes red pencil option and let someone see how many mistakes are in their blog. Sure, I make mistakes, certainly, but omg ppl lrn how 2 %^&#$ spell!

How often do you read out of your comfort zone?

Most of the time actually. I wouldn’t say I necessarily have a reading zone. Unless I’m going through a long series, I’ll read just about anything that peaks my interests. My shelves have everything from bibles to porn and all that’s inbetween.

What is your reading comfort zone?


It’s probably easier to say what I don’t read, which is most straight romancey romance, modern thrillers and mysteries, young adult, or Jane Austen. I don’t like things sappy, I much prefer the smexy even if it isn’t straight up erotica. I don’t like the same old same old repetive mysteries that are around today, rather the spooky gothic classic mysteries. I’m not a young adult so I can’t really understand the appeal of older folks reading those books, and good got Austen just gets on my nerves. Ouch, I think my comfort zone is pretty broad, but damn harsh!

Can you read on the bus?

Yes. I might use my finger to follow along, which I don’t do normally, but if you’re into a book or it’s a boring ride, you do what you have to do. And if I may, for those who would say no to this question, then why are you ^&*($ texting while driving? End rant.

Favorite place to read?

Sweet Jesus anywhere! It makes me patient. If I have to wait in an office somewhere, I can always read. However, there’s also something magical about reading in the bathtub. Another thing you have to figure with an ereader and a baggie!

What is your policy on book lending?

People lend their books to other people, really? Good heavens, I am a hog, hog, hog, and guard my collection with my life. If someone is visiting, and I pull a book off a shelve for him to inspect, I stare incessantly until I can snatch the book back and put it in its proper place where it belongs.

Do you ever dog-ear books?

Not intentionally, no, it damages the book! But when you read a book over and over and lovely bend and flex its pages over time, imperfections can happen. Lord, I’ve taped books back together.

Do you ever write in the margins of your books?


Not unless it is a non fiction book or a writing book that I might be taking notes on, but that is rare. Usually I’ll highlight instead.

What is your favorite language to read in?

English! My French is just as not as good as it used to be, but I must confess, I enjoy it when I find a French website for some reason and am still able to read it and find my way around! I don’t write in other languages, even when my skills were top notch. I’m just too much of a perfectionist in English and can’t make my foreign writing as stellar as I want it to be.

What makes you love a book?

What’s not to love? The characters, the atmosphere, the story, the drama, the heartache, the pain, the conflict. It’s not flashy visuals for the eyes, it’s intellect for the soul.

What will inspire you to recommend a book?

If I laughed, cried, felt the earth move, or was otherwise forever changed as a human being from reading one sentence. When is there a time to not recommend a book?

Favorite genre?

Fantasy or science fiction and historicals. It wavers in phases of which like more. But any genre really, and usually with some sort of kinky to it. I like things mature and intelligent regardless.

Genre you rarely read (but wish you did?)

Usually I read something if I have a mind to- if only my parents could have stopped me from getting a hold of a book or two! I don’t see the appeal of Austen or Twilight at all though.

Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?

The Bible.

Favorite reading snack?

Anything and everything! Whatever baking bits I have left like cookies, or quick stuff like popcorn, and the usual chocolates. But not coffee! I hate coffee.

Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.

Twilight. Snark.

How often do you agree with critics about a book?

Well, when critics review my books favorably, then its all the time!


If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?


Latin. I learned enough of it in school back in the day-do they still even teach it? I like knowing enough of it to see the roots in words and see the relationships to other foreign words, but I can imagine a day when all the digital stuff is gone and we have to revert back to the basics. Best be prepared!

Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?

Mists of Avalon. It was the only Arthurian book I hadn’t read for years. I kept avoiding and avoiding it, and when I finally read it, I didn’t like it very much at all.

Favorite Poet?

Probably Lord Byron. I’m not one for Shakespeare’s sonnets, but love his plays, whether he wrote them or not ;0)


Favorite fictional villain?

The Ring. Whatever problems you’ve got going on, its evil relates!


The longest I’ve gone without reading.

A book, maybe a few weeks. Once I left a book in my desk at school for a whole weekend and was mortified and stir crazy until I could return on Monday and find it safely where I left it! I do however, read something daily, newspaper, magazine, book, articles. I think that type of reading is being phased out for the snappy 140 character limits online. Tragic.

Name a book that you could/would not finish.

I can’t ever get through The Three Musketeers. It’s probably a bad translation, but it just stinks from the start and I never finish. That and Ivanhoe. Hate it!

What distracts you easily when you’re reading?

Interruptions! Expressly being repeated bothered by the family, chores, cats. Music, television, noise, hours could pass and I wouldn’t even notice. I have to set alarms around the house so I remember when to break my reading or writing.

Favorite film adaptation of a novel?

Lord or the Rings is the easy one. Or Lady Chatterley ;0)

The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?


Don’t ask that! I remember getting several bags full of paperbacks for 10 cents each at a Thrift Store sale. My first reaction was to call my sister and tell her what a deal. She responded with, ’Mom’s going to kill you.’ I must have been the only kid growing up who got an allowance when I was going out and was told, ‘Please don’t buy anymore books. We can’t even get into your room. There are simply no more places to put bookshelves.’ My husband was just upset last night that he has a half of a bookshelf for his interests.


Do you like to keep your books organized?

Hell yes, but strangely, its in an arrangement that no one else can understand. Genre by shelf, then stacked according to title, size, and color.

Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?


To quote Lilly Tomlin in ‘Big Business’: Is a frog’s ass water tight?

Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?

Twilight

Name a book that made you angry.

Twilight


Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?

Penthouse Letters. That stuff isn’t even real!

Visit Leigh on her Facebook page!

09 March 2010

Please Don't Pass The (Irish) Coffee!

Hello my Erotica and science fiction Woody Peeps!

If you missed any part of our Behind the Scenes week at Novel Spot last month-yes it's March!- you can still catch all the archived action full of gems such as this:


Now I’m going to say something that many writers, booklovers, and laptop-toting cafĂ© goers won’t like. What is with the jittery need for java? I’m not a super health guru, but I’ve never liked coffee. It’s grainy, smells weird, stains your teeth and makes you hyper. Least of all, I simply don’t like the taste- no amount of fancy flavors or creamers can’t help me forget that after a few sips, it’s just coffee.


While some writers readily admit they love their coffee and are addicted to the caffeine wake-up just like everyone else, I don’t care for the seemingly magical properties of coffee to make one an author. Why do we always have these grandiose notions of adventurous and talented but tortured writers who need a hang up, feed, or addiction? Yes, coffee isn’t the opiums and laudanum or narcotics of old-or even the perpetually standard alcohol, but we don’t all require any of these in order to function as a writer. In fact, I agree when the experts say caffeine is merely a legal drug, and the jittery rushes and quick crashes don’t inspire, they have you running away from your desk for the next pick up.


I say if one needs an inspiration pick up, do it in a more healthy or fun manner. Instead of being the stereotypical writer up all night brewing pot after pot beside an ashtray full of cigarette butts and another dangling from the lips, find your own authorly ritual or treat. I’m not as fit as I should be by any means, but a physical activity before a writing session gets the mind and body juicy flowing. A brisk walk experiencing the outdoors or life away from your computer- and hey, take out the ear buds and put away the texting thumbs for the full effect of the world around you. Even a mundane march on the treadmill could get you thinking about your far away creative world and where to go next......



Read the rest right here:

http://novelspot.net/node/3217


While you're doing the virtual surf, you can also stop by Eternal Press' new website and pick up a copy of On the Way to New Isosceles! The kinks are still being worked out at the site, but if you're over 18, you can log in and get your naughty on!

http://www.eternalpress.biz/book.php?isbn=9781926704821


Congrats also to Tracey, winner of a free PDF copy of On the Way to New Isosceles from our guest day at Roxanne's Realm! Look for us next as we drop by the Kristin Battestella Yahoo Group March 16!


LW


Sex in Space, Oh My!
On the Way to New Isosceles
by Leigh Wood
Available NOW from Eternal Press
http://leighwood.blogspot.com/

25 February 2010

Swing On, Sweet Iscosceles at Novel Spot!



Come one, come all lovers of books, erotica, the writer's life, and literary debate-for my Behind the Scenes series at Novel Spot is in full swing!

http://novelspot.net/

Join me all this week for my personal insights into writing habits, promotions, science fiction and fantasy discussion, and of course, behind the scenes genesis on my current Eternal Press release On the Way To New Isosceles as well as my current work in progress, a medieval erotica fantasy called Horns of Myleness.

Here's a tenative list of my topics for the week:

Day 1- Meet me, Leigh! and On the Way to New Isosceles

Day 2- Why Erotica?

Day 3- Please (Don’t) Pass the Coffee

Day 4- The Not so Pretty Writing Life

Day 5- The Pros and Cons of Social Marketing

Day 6- What’s Next?

Day 7- The Importance of P&P

You can catch up directly and follow us through Sunday for more of my outspoken and kinky craziness!

http://novelspot.net/blog/832

Whew! While this may be a lot of magic, more is still to come on the virtual tour for On the Way to New Isosceles! Our internet trail just keeps getting bigger and bigger! In addition to our excerpts and samples at our seller pages with Eternal Press, Fictionwise, and Amazon, you can catch up with the entire, space faring and kinky gang:

2/22-28 Behind the Scenes with Leigh at Novel Spot!

2/25- Eternal Press Author's Blog Erotica Day

3/1 - Leigh Wood at Menagarie Authors!

3/2- Eternal Press Author's Blog Erotica Day

3/3- Eternal Press Authors Chat Live 9 pm est at Romance Junkies!

3/4- Leigh Wood at Roxanne's Realm!

3/7- EP New Release Day Chat Part 7-11 pm est

3/9- EP Author's Blog Paranormal Day

3/16- Leigh Wood Guest Day at Kristin Battestella's Group

3/22- Leigh Wood at Brigit's World

3/25- Eternal Press Author's Blog Erotica Day

http://www.eternalpress.ca/onthewaytonewisosceles.html

http://www.amazon.com/Way-New-Isosceles-Leigh-Wood/dp/1926704908/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1259631468&sr=8-1

http://www.fictionwise.com/ebooks/b98406/On-The-Way-to-New-Isosceles/Leigh-Wood/?si=0

And of course, if you're too shy to comment and say hi! you can always 'facebook me!'

http://www.facebook.com/people/Leigh-Wood/100000432241842

LW


Sex in Space, Oh My!
On the Way to New Isosceles

by Leigh Wood

Available NOW from Eternal Press

http://leighwood.blogspot.com/

16 February 2010

Upcoming Stops On the Way to New Isosceles!

I know there's been a few slow weeks built in around the holidays, but yet it seems like the virtual journey that follows On the Way to New Isosceles never stops!



Here's a quick list of where we'll be next!

Feb 22-26 Leigh Wood Behind the Scenes Week at Novel Spot! I've written a total of seven articles with crazy insights and writing inspirations, so check it out!

You can read my December interview with Novel Spot Here:

http://novelspot.net/node/3087



Okay, where else?

2/25 Eternal Press Author's Blog Erotica Day
3/2 Leigh Wood at Menagarie Authors
3/2 Eternal Press Author's Blog Erotica Day
3/3 EP Authors Live Chat 9 pm est at Romance Junkies
3/4 Leigh Wood at Roxanne's Realm
3/7 EP New Release Party and Live Chat 7-11 pm est
3/9 Eternal Press Author's Blog Paranormal Day
3/16 Leigh Wood Guest Day at the Kristin Battestella Club
3/22 Leigh Wood at Brigit's World
3/25 Eternal Press Author's Blog Erotica Day


I don't do Fat Tuesday, of course, and there is a blank week for Holy Week, but after that the mayhem resumes now into June!


LW


Sex in Space, Oh My!
On the Way to New Isosceles
by Leigh Wood
Available NOW from Eternal Press
http://leighwood.blogspot.com/