Hello! My name is Leigh Hartman and I have a rule in my household of one: you buy something, you get rid of something. That applies to not only clothing but books as well. In a house that’s only 625 square feet, I don’t have a wall I can use for just bookshelves. That’s definitely one of my writerly dreams.
My earliest memories of writing is sitting at our family computer and teaching myself Microsoft Word ’92 just so I can write Star Trek fan fictions. It wasn’t until late 2016 that I decided to attempt writing a novel series.
Three years later (it’s May 2019 now) I’m still learning about this industry, myself as a person and now as a writer. And, given my first series is historical in nature, I took the time to research research research before outlining the story.
And there you have it! A brief little introduction. I didn’t want to go in too deep because, let’s face it, it’s awkward talking about yourself on a public forum. So I’ll just wrap it up with a short Question and Answer session, and I hope you stop by my blog or The Five Question Interviews!
“Q & A” Time
What is your favorite section in the library?
Quite honestly, non-fiction. Because every novel, whether it’s entirely based on history or a fantastical adventure, still has a bit of historical truth somewhere inside it. My novel series is completely based on it, so I’ve spent the majority of my research time in the Pennsylvania section of the library. The Commonwealth may have its own set of current problems, but it’s nothing we its people can’t overcome.
What is/are your favorite genres of fiction to read?
Fairy tale retellings, science fiction and historical. I’d say that about 85% of my physical bookshelf and my Kindle libraries are filled mostly with re-imaginings of dancing princesses, talking animals, exasperating faeries that cause trouble and magical conspiracies. Sometimes I’ll come across a book with settings a bit too obscure to understand so I can’t get into it, but if it’s well written with a twist here or there, I’m truly in a happy place!
When did you start writing?
I’ve always been more of an introverted writer than a talker. Just ask my mom.
What social media accounts do you have? If any?
I have Twitter (@ barefoot4life85) and Pinterest (@ anotherhartmanauthor).
Coffee or tea?
This may shock a majority of you, but I have an aversion to coffee. Just like cilantro. I’ve never been able to stomach either. As for tea, I prefer the caffeine-free kind because I tend to only drink it at night or on dank, rainy days. I’m a very simple person when it comes to my liquid intake.
What are your favorite TV shows?
A healthy dose of Star Trek, a smattering of American game shows, and a plethora of Korean, Japanese and Chinese dramas. Don’t ask me anything about American soaps (yuck) or prime time TV. I only know general titles of currently running shows on my side of the world. We all have our niches, right?
Where did the inspiration come from for your current work in progress?
I’m running the risk of sounding completely cliche here but it honestly came from a dream almost three years ago that woke me up in the middle of the night. While the core fantastical elements have turned purely historical, the original characters and their trials are still present in what’s developed since then.
For a first novel, what I had planned before felt way too ambitious. I didn’t want to bite off more than I could chew. But, um…it’s now a planned four-novel series with a pre-story novella to kick things off. The more I researched the more I realized how much story I wanted to tell. There was absolutely no way it could logically all fit in one book, or one giant book. Thus, For One Night at the Winter Garden and The Firedamp Chronicles were born. I hope you get to read all of them some day!
If you had the ability to pick up right now and travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Seoul, South Korea. Tokyo, Japan. New Zealand, Ireland and Australia. Which is funny considering I have a thing about being surrounded by water on all sides. Just a mild case of thalassophobia…
Nice to meet you! Happy reading!