Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Leigh Podgorski is an award winning playwright and screenwriter. Among her favorite projects are a play and documentary on Cahuilla elder Katherine Siva Saubel entitled We Are Still Here and the one-act play Windstorm for which she interviewed Dr. Elisabeth Kubler Ross. Leigh’s novels include The Women Debrowska that is loosely based on her own Polish ancestry, Ouray’s Peak which follows the story of one matriarchal Ute Indian lineage, and the metaphysical mystery series Stone Quest that includes Desert Chimera, Gallows Ascending, and Neuri Shape-Shifter. Several of her theatrical monologues have been published by Meriwether Publishing, Gerald Lee Ratliff, editor. Her newest novel is Western Song published by Solstice Publishing. Western Song is a timeless love story filled with rich unique characters played out beneath the wide Wyoming sky about a bull riding rancher and his recently deceased best buddy’s Thai immigrant mail order bride; as she learns the true power of freedom, he discovers he’s lost his heart. In addition, Solstice has also published Leigh’s short story The Season of the Neuri Knight, a short story that will be released as a standalone and is currently available in the Anthology Realms of Fantastic Stories Vol2; and the novella My Soul to Take, which will be released on October 31st in the Anthology Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Vol 6 and also as a standalone.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book, STONE QUEST SERIES BOOK SET is comprised of the three novels DESERT CHIMERA, GALLOWS ASCENDING, and NEURI SHAPE-SHIFTER. The original seed came from the time I was stranded in the desert on my home from Las Vegas. Being from the East Coast, I had never experienced the desert. I was enchanted. Left stranded by a heartless cop set the stage for my imagination to roam into "what if…" Desert Chimera saw life first as a play, with my husband Dave Florek in the lead as Luke Stone. Already in love with my husband, I soon fell hard for Luke.After three novels, the novella The Season of the Neuri Knight, and flash fiction series #TwitterTales, Luke remains one of my favorite characters. The fourth book: Redemption, The Long Journey Home is all set to go!
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Mark Twain, (Huckleberry Finn) John Steinbeck East of Eden, ,Grapes of Wrath) Margaret Atwood, (The Blind Assassin, Oryx and Crake) Toni Morrison (The Bluest Eye, Sula) Amy Tan (The Joy Luck Club), Barbara Kingsolver (The Poisonwood Bible, The Bean Trees)
What are you working on now?
Flash Fiction, #TwitterTales Tell A story @SolsticePublish
Amara, Murder Mystery set on a Broadway stage in 1949. Amara follows the last week of rehearsals of the play within the play, Dance with Death. As the production churns toward opening night, a dark edge of foreboding pulses. As the curtain rises for the final dress, the secret long-buried within the caverns of playwright Eva Janek’s subconscious mind suddenly explodes.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Apply the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Do it only if you cannot not do it.
What are you reading now?
By Michael Isikoff and David Corn
What’s next for you as a writer?
A presentation @ Palm Beach State College on WESTERN SONG. Professor Sandy Didner has added WESTERN SONG to her American Lierature curriculum, immigration unit. The students were fascinated with the book, and though most are Hispanic, they related deeply with the Thai immigrant Song, the mail order bride who becomes the love interest of Weston Beaudurant in the novel.
What is your favorite book of all time?
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.
Everything you need to know about goodness and ethics is in that book.