Interview with fantasy author Leslie D. Soule

I’m
happy to be the kick-off host of fantasy author Leslie D. Soule’s virtual book
tour for Fallenwood. I have an
interview that gives us some insight into the first book in her Fallenwood
Chronicles series.

During
her tour, Leslie will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner’s
choice) gift card to a lucky winner. To be entered for a chance to win, use the form below. To increase your
chances of winning, feel free to visit her other tour stops and enter there,
too!
Bio:
Leslie
D. Soule is a writer from Sacramento, California. Fallenwood is the first book in her 4-book planned series known as
the Fallenwood Chronicles.

Welcome, Leslie. Please tell us about
your new release.

Well,
Fallenwood is the first book in my
Fallenwood Chronicles. It was recently re-released through Melange Books and is
available both in e-book and print formats. It follows the journey of 23-year
old Ash Kensington, who finds her way into a fantasy world called Fallenwood
and it’s entering into this world and figuring out its problems that helps her
work out her own.

What inspired you to write this book?

Well,
my stepfather influenced me greatly, and when he died when I was nineteen, it
had quite an impact on me. Suddenly, it was like my sense of security and the
idea that everything was ok with the world, had been ripped away from me. So
Ash is dealing with a lot of the things I was at the time, with a deep sense of
depression, and she’s wondering what her purpose is, and trying to work through
it all and keep going when no one around her seems to care what’s going on at
all. Some of the characters are based on people I’ve met – people who walked
out of my life that I still wanted to remember (like Will), or people who were
just oh-so-charming until you got to really know them (like Akaji’s real-life
counterpart). Then there are people who have never existed who I wish did.
Fantasy is all about wish fulfillment. Greymalkin and Terces are part of this
group. Part of the book deals with my generation – the Millennials – and their
intense hatred of bureaucracy. We see that with the scene where Ash, Will, and
Rupert are there in the woods:

Rupert: “You can’t do
that,” the fire-haired royal servant sputtered. “As stated in Section 6 point
8, Subsection B of Article 1 dash 9, no one who is not a servant to the royal
throne of any kingdom is permitted to…”
Will: “She’s still
coming with me. You can argue about it ‘til the realms reconnect if you want,
but that’s how it’s going to be.”
*Summons fireball*
So
there. Hehehe. Fantasy is wish fulfillment, and sometimes my wish is to layeth
a mighty smackdown upon the bureaucracies of this world.



Excerpt from Fallenwood:

Ah, that feels better. He yawned. Over the years, he’d
become accustomed to the particulars of being a cat. He had not always been
one. Once known as a man named Alexander Dorrin in a former life, he had been a
royal messenger for the Kingdom of Evendown, and he always wore his favorite
white boots trimmed with gold thread—a masterwork. In his messenger days, Alexander
knew he just had to own them for himself. They made him feel like a king, and
he had been transformed when wearing them. Now, as a cat, he still wore them.
He sported other clothes, too, during his transformation, but his boots were
the only item that seemed to transfer their colors. Having white paws was one
of the only consolations to his change, as they reminded him of his boots and
made him feel less naked. 
How completely heartbreaking and humiliating his
transformation had been! The thought of it still brought tears to his
eyes. 



What exciting story are you working on next?
Well, I completed NaNoWriMo this past year, where you challenge yourself to
write a novel in a month. It’s really a wonderful challenge. There’s a site
where you can talk to others and check your progress and everything. So
technically I’ve finished book 3 of the Fallenwood Chronicles, which I’m
calling Betrayer – but as all
“finished” NaNoWriMo novels are, due to the nature of the exercise, it’s a
jumbled and unpolished mess. So it’s still going to take quite a bit of
editing. Meanwhile, I’ve also got a sci-fi novel I’m working on, adapted from a
story I wrote back in high school. That one needs some work too, but not nearly
as much as Betrayer does.

When did you first consider yourself a
writer?

I’ve always considered myself a writer, but the first time I thought of myself
as a “real” author was when I saw my work in print. That’s the goal I’ve always
had, the dream I looked forward to for so long.

Do you write
full-time? If so, what’s your work day like? If not, what do you do other than
write and how do you find time to write?
I
wish I could write full-time. My dog Ginger would certainly be happy if I could
stay home all the time and write. But Alas, no! I work full-time for the state
and I write when inspiration hits me and when I find the time to. As for how I
find that time, it just happens when it happens, I guess. Sometimes inspiration
hits on a lunch break and sometimes in the shower. It’s all up to the muse in
my head. A typical work day involves me trekking over to downtown Sacramento,
working in a cubicle at the top of a 19-story building, and then if I have a
shift at job #2, heading over there for a couple more hours. I certainly stay
busy.

What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?

I
have to physically write down what I’m working on. If I sit in front of a
computer screen, the inspiration just won’t come. It won’t flow. Oh, and my
guilty pleasure is those dollar store rollerball pens. I love those things.

As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?

I
wanted to be a writer and/or a magician. As a fantasy author, I get to be both
– to write, and to create things out of thin air.

Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?

Yes!
Thank you for being a part of this blog tour and I would love to answer any
questions you may have.
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Thanks, Leslie!

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6 thoughts on “Interview with fantasy author Leslie D. Soule

  1. Jess1 says:

    I enjoyed your excerpt and the interview. I glad that you can use those non-positive people in your life for a purpose such as your story.

  2. Leslie D. Soule says:

    Thanks, Jess and Rita! Yeah, I think non-positive people are still an influence and can still be used in writing to bring realism and (in the case of book 3, which I'm currently working on) to serve as a kind of warning.

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