Leanne Kale Sparks On The 5 Things You Need to Know to Become a Great Author
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As a part of my interview series on the five things you need to know to become a great author, I had the pleasure of interviewing Leanne Kale Sparks. After a brief career in criminal law, Leanne Kale Sparks is returning to her first love — writing about murder and mayhem. The backdrop of this story is the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, the playground of her youth, and the place which will always be home. When not writing, she and her husband spend time reading, mountain biking, and spoiling their German Shepherd, Zoe. And drinking wine. Over the years, Leanne has lived in multiple locations and now resides in Fort Worth, TX.
Can you share a story about what brought you to this particular career path?
I have always wanted to write mysteries and thrillers, but I decided to write romance (under a pen name) so I could learn the business. After struggling with trying to be an indie author writing stories I was not passionate about, I returned to the original plan. I wrote a thriller, found an agent, and was lucky enough to get a publisher.
Can you share the most interesting story that occurred to you in the course of your career?
I once worked for a bit of a sleezy lawyer. For one week. But boy — what a week it was! At any rate, after I left, I saw on the news this lawyer had been arrested for suspicion of putting a hit on his wife. At the time, I was trying to decide if I wanted to sit for the bar in Maryland, when this story hit me — and grew and grew, until finally I got up and started writing it out. It never went anywhere, but it reawakened my love of writing! That story still sits in my “get back to it someday” file, but it spurred me into action.
What was the biggest challenge you faced in your journey to becoming an author? How did you overcome it? Can you share a story about that that other aspiring writers can…