who is an erotic romance author!
Thanks for being here today. Can you please tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Thanks for hosting me today, Pamela! A little bit about me? Well, I’ve been writing since age eleven, starting with wild adventure stories for my elementary school newsletter, growing up to be a television news journalist whose assignments took me on real life adventures. After traveling most of the world for many years, I segued into the more normal job of public relations, but I’ve never stopped writing. And after having witnessed life's struggles firsthand as a news journalist, I now write romantic fiction because I want my readers to be able to escape into a story guaranteed to have a happy ending! And I’m proud to say I’m now a multi-published, award-winning author. You can read more about me at www.leighcourt.com
Okay Leigh – you’re on my radar because you’ve just released a super sexy novella called The Disciplinarian’s Daughter.
Tell us a little bit about The Disciplinarian’s Daughter
The novella is part of the Secrets, Volume 31 anthology from Red Sage Publishing.
Here’s the blurb:
In sexually repressed Victorian England, Dr. Trevor Markham is determined to prove that the condition known as ‘female hysteria’ is simply a woman’s sexual frustration. But when innocent Amelia Ashworth responds to his ad for a scientific study of virgins, Trevor’s sexual experiments produce results neither of their hearts expect.
What was your inspiration for this story?
I wrote a story called The Disciplinarian a few years ago in Secrets, Volume 15 that was so wildly popular with readers that they demanded a sequel. I’m happy to say this story is about the disciplinarian’s daughter.
Why—out of all the ideas swimming around in your brain were you compelled to work on this?
I really wanted to give fans of The Disciplinarian the sequel they asked for. Plus, this story completes a trilogy that also includes The Bet in Secrets, Volume 27.
What good things have come to you by working on this project?
I’ve gained some wonderful fans of Victorian romance who have also enjoyed my Roman epic called Conqueror Vanquished.
What regrets/fears have you experienced by working on this project?
None! This story was one I really wanted to write.
Name of one or two people who helped you and why?
A million people help a writer on her way to becoming a published author… teachers, critique group partners, writing contest judges, editors, agents. The list is too long to thank everyone!
If you could give fellow artists/fans/followers key advice from your experience working on this project—what would it be?
As an author, the advice I would give to someone wanting to write (or succeed in any area, actually) is to never give up. What is it that they say? Success is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration! You have to do the work, put in the effort in order to succeed. To paraphrase Winston Churchill: never, never, never give up!
Your hopes/plans for the future and/or next project?
I’m part of an anthology called Seductive Fortunes, out in September 2014, with a contemporary erotic story called Fear Of Flying.
Hit us with your BRAGGING RIGHTS!
Well, I’ve won a few awards, but I’m most proud of being featured on NBC Nightly News back in 2009 as part of a story on how the state of the economy affects pop culture (TV, movies, etc) or offers a temporary escape from it (as in the case of romance novels). They even showed two of my book covers!
If you had a super power what would it be and why?
I wish I could fly. That would be awesome.
Favorite Famous Imaginary Boyfriend or Girlfriend? (We can all dream.)
Wow, an answer to this question could get dated so quickly! How about Richard Armitage from back in his Robin Hood days? Totally swoon-worthy!
Personal Hero you DON’T personally know?
J.K. Rowling – her story of being on welfare before selling her Harry Potter books are a perfect example of never giving up!
Personal Hero you DO personally know?
My dad – he’s shaped my life in so many ways.
Max from How The Grinch Stole Christmas. If I could have a dog as cute as him, I’d definitely clean up the poo.
How do fans and curious folks connect to you?
You can reach me at:
Thanks so much for hosting me today, Pamela!!
Thanks for hanging out Leigh!