Happy Thursday! We are delighted to have pub-sister Leigh Statham here for an interview. Her YA Steampunk novel, The Perilous Journey of the Not So Innocuous Girl, just released this week. If you tend to judge a book by the cover (and I do more than I probably should) this book will be fantastic! Can't wait to get my hands on it! Have a looksie ...
THE PERILOUS JOURNEY OF THE
Publication date: March 17, 2015
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Leigh Statham
Lady Marguerite lives a life most 17th century French girls can only dream of: Money, designer dresses, suitors and a secure future. Except, she suspects her heart may be falling for her best friend Claude, a common smithie in the family’s steam forge. When Claude leaves for New France in search of a better life, Marguerite decides to follow him and test her suspicions of love. Only the trip proves to be more harrowing than she anticipated. Love, adventure and restitution await her, if she can survive the voyage.
Hi Leigh! Welcome to We Do Write. How did the idea for The Perilous Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous Girl come to you?
I love genealogy. I find family histories fascinating and when I travel, I like to know if my people have already been to the places I'm visiting. It was during some deep French Canadian studies that I discovered my main character, Marguerite, and I knew I had to write about her. She was one of my great-great grandmothers, and she made the trek from France to Canada with a group of women called "Les filles du roi" or Daughters of the King. Louis the XIV of France recruited over 1,000 single women to travel alone across the pirate infested Atlantic where they would marry soldiers and try to tame the wild and frolicking New France. The best part? The girls were in charge. They got to pick who they married once they arrived. The whole wild scheme took my breath away and I couldn't wait to learn more and share the story.
Fascinating subject! You've made me want to read it even more!
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Pantser, fo sho. I write like a wild thing for hours at a time, but I've noticed lately that plotting has its benefits too. I'm trying to do a bit more plotting before hand these days, but I still get carried away and often have to change my plans when "things" just sorta happen.
What’s the hardest part of writing for you?
I have two stumbling blocks right now: time and editing. Like I said above, I could write all day long if I had the time, but with four young kids, I just don't. I've also discovered that I have a really hard time focusing myself when it comes to editing. You can't get lost in the moment when you are worrying about semicolons and plot holes. Bleh. Thus all the plotting I've been doing lately. Good plotting avoids a lot of editing later.
What do you absolutely have to have nearby when writing?
A drink, preferably water or lemonade. Sunshine, otherwise I write about everyone dying. Chocolate. Must. Have. Chocolate. And peace, if my kids are rioting, ain't nothing getting done. So I routinely sneak away to the library or my favorite coffee shop where no one knows me to write. They also have homemade chocolate cake - heaven!
Mmmmm ... cake ... What are you reading right now?
Ooh! I love this question. I'm reading Brandon Sanderson's Warbreaker, which is a little vacation from my normal YA fest. I just finished reading I'll Give You the Sun and Cinder, two books that have been on my to-read list for a long time. I also like to keep a little non-fiction in my purse as well. Right now it's a book called The Crucible of Doubt by Terryl and Fiona Givens. It's a really interesting read about religion in our modern times.
If you could have any super power, what would it be?
This is a tough one. I've thought about this question a lot and I've heard other people try to answer it. Over the years I've thought I wanted to be able to fly, but ugh... so cold up there! Also thought about x-ray vision or reading people's minds - decided I do NOT want to know what people are really thinking. So I've decided that the super power I most want (for now) is the ability to speak any language fluently. Wouldn't that rock? You could go anywhere and not feel lost! Plus you could translate for anyone. And just in case we ever make contact with alien lifeforms, you'd be the most indispensable super diplomat in the history of the universe! Ok, that was nerdy. Sorry.
Not nerdy. Awesome! I'd totally step in front of a gamma ray gun for that power.
What's the weirdest thing you've googled?
If I told you I'd have to kill you.
Ha! Just kidding. You'd think that being a writer I would google weird things for my books all the time, but really, I google a lot more strange stuff as a mom. Just yesterday I had to google "pictures of kidney stones" and "Why is the Miami Canal in Ohio and not Florida?" Just don't ask. It's not worth the time to explain.
Finish this sentence: If I'm not writing, I'm probably ...
Chasing a kid. I literally spend every waking and sleeping hour chasing my kids. Driving them places, chasing them out of the street. Helping them chase the dog who they let out of the house on accident - he's a runner. Chasing them back to their beds, chasing them away from the chicken crap. It's exhausting, but I love it.
Here’s the part where you thank the people who are supporting you. Let's hear your shout outs.
I am so blessed with a huge network of friends and family who support me in my writing and family goals, but this shout out is going directly to my husband today. No one else does more for me than he does. I get every Saturday, ALL. DAY. LONG. as my writing day because he agrees that it's important. I also get to travel and buy the books I want and stay up late reading because of him. He doesn't mind me having the light on while he sleeps, he doesn't mind picking up the kid slack when I'm gone. He reads my books in their worst forms and he is very patient with my bad days. I'm a very lucky lady.
Thank you for this interview!
It was our pleasure!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Leigh Statham was raised in the wilds of rural Idaho, but found her heart in New York City. She worked as a waitress, maid, artist, math teacher, nurse, web designer, art director, thirty-foot inflatable pig and mule wrangler before she settled down in the semi-quiet role of wife, mother and writer. She resides in North Carolina with her husband, four children, five chickens and two suspected serial killer cats. If the air is cool and the sun is just coming up over the horizon, you can find her running the streets of her small town, plotting her next novel with the sort of intensity that will one day get her hit by a car.