Welcome to the Writing Life
Meet our author, Leslie Hachtel
Share about yourself
I have been a gypsy most of my life and I’ve lived all over the country. I have also held numerous jobs, including licensed veterinary technician and horseback riding instructor for the disabled. I even owned a breakfast catering company that supplied NBC in Burbank. But writing has always been my passion. Now, thankfully, I can work at writing full time.
Share about your work
I love to write in several genres. History fascinates me and I really enjoy the research. But I am also intrigued by the paranormal. And I love a good murder story. So, I alternate my genres.
Tell us about your writing style
I am a pantser. I come up with an idea and a place and I create characters to tell the story. From there, the story seems to flow naturally. If you know your hero and heroine, you know how they will react in situations. The same goes for the people around them.
What do you find challenging about the writing life?
Marketing and most of the business side of writing. I love the writing itself.
If you could write from any place on earth, where would you choose to write from?
That’s easy. A castle in England. Or Scotland or Ireland…What a fantastic way to get in the mood to write historical novels.
When asked to set goals, what do you see for yourself or current WIP in five years with your writing?
In five years, I should have published at least ten more books.
What are you reading right now?
I am actually reading several books now. “Unwritten” by Charles Martin, “”Andersonville” by MacKinlay Kantor and “Kitchen Confidential” by Anthony Bourdain.
Who is your favorite author?
Kathleen Woodiwiss is my favorite, but I also love Kristan Higgins and Susanna Kearsley and many others.
Give a bit of advice for an aspiring author.
Don’t quit. That’s the best advice of all.