Today, the talented author, Leigh Walker, stops by to chat about her creative process. I first came across her books when browsing Kindle Unlimited. I started reading the first book in her Vampire Royals series (for the YA fans, it’s sort of a cross between The Selection and The Vampire Diaries) when I was at the beach, and before the end of the week, I had flown through the entire series. I reached out to Leigh to see if she wanted to talk creativity on the blog. I’m thrilled to have her here today!
So here you go everyone, an interview with Leigh Walker!
What is your main form of creative expression?
Sara, first of all, thank you so much for having me on today!!! I love talking about the creative process and am so honored that you asked me to chat with you.
To answer your question: writing fiction. I also sometimes write non-fiction essays.
Do you work as an artist/creative full-time or do you have a different day job?
I am a full-time writer, yes. It’s a blessing!
How long have you been creating music/books/plays/films/etc.?
I have been publishing for five and a half years. But I’ve always considered myself a writer, probably since elementary school.
How do you handle the pressures of creativity being your job?
I try to be relaxed about it. I work for a set number of hours each day (while my kids are in school) and I really don’t feel pressure to be creative. When I’m writing I think, “What would happen next? What do my characters need next?” They might need their dinner, or it could be their bedtime. I think of them as real people, so it kind of takes the pressure off—it makes it more mundane, if that makes sense.
Do you engage in any additional creative hobbies? Are there any you’d like to try?
I do nothing! I am hopeless at crafts. But I’d love to learn to play the guitar, that’s something on my bucket list!
Who are some other artists and creatives that inspire you to create?
I love books, movies, television, music, and art. Seeing how other people express themselves creatively is a huge inspiration for me, no matter the medium. But I think music is my favorite, because to me it’s the most relatable. You can “feel” it instantly.
One show I loved about creatives is “The Defiant Ones” with Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. I loved learning about their creative process with themselves and with other artists. Their commitment and work ethic were so inspiring. I also loved “Five Foot Two” about Lady Gaga. Seeing what an artist’s real life is like is fascinating!
Why do you create?
I do it to make sense of the world around me. In person, I am not very articulate. It takes me a long time to gather my thoughts to respond to a situation, and often times to understand it. So writing is my way of synthesizing information and presenting it in a narrative form that makes sense to me. Writing fiction for me is a way to be able to tell the truth about something that’s hard to articulate in conversation. Questions like: why do we love certain people? What is loyalty? What is someone’s inner life like? I can’t tell you those things at a dinner party, but I can explore them in my books, and they are important to me.
What advice do you have for other creatives?
Keep going! If you enjoy your work and it helps you or means something to you, it is successful. Put your heart into it and no matter what happens with your art, it is beautiful, and it has meaning.
What are you working on now?
I am finishing up a romantic comedy for a different pen name and working on Book 1 of a new trilogy, Vampire Kingdom. I am also kicking around ideas for a sixth Vampire Royals book. I’m not ready to say goodbye to that series yet!
Where can people find you and your work?
I am also on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/leighwalkerauthor/
And Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/leighwalkerauthor/
Thanks again for chatting with me! It means a lot!
Thank you for letting me pick your brain, Leigh! “Writing fiction for me is a way to be able to tell the truth about something that’s hard to articulate in conversation.” YES. That is definitely me too! (And I’m ALL ABOUT a sixth Vampire Royals book. Just sayin’.)