In this interview with author Leroy Maclin, he shares his philosophy on writing and gives a bit of insight into who he is and how he became an author.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Become an Attorney
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I’ve always dabbled in Short Stories
Why did you want to be an author?
I have a pretty livid imagination
Do you have any other writing experience?
Yes, I’ve written lots of poems
What inspired you to write your first book?
I was unemployed at the time, and had nothing else to do
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Sitting down and putting pen to paper, so to speak!
Do you have a specific process when you write?
No, even though I know I should.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
Two hours a day.
How long does it take you to write a book?
The first one was done in one year, by typewriter, but I lost it in moving.
Your published works include:
Is there a specific anecdote about the process of writing any of them?
Did you encounter a writing problem that required you to change your plans for the book or learn a new process?
Was there a personal reason for writing any of them or a special connection you have to any of them?
Just through observation
If you use a pen name, why?
No pen name
Give us three “Good to Know” facts about you. Be creative. Tell us about your first job, the inspiration for your writing, any fun details that would enliven your page.
First job was a Messenger at a Corporate Law Firm, which inspired me to go to Law School.
My family, neighbors, and work environment inspired me to write.
I can take any situation and make a story out of it.
What else do you want your readers to know? Consider here your likes and dislikes, your interests and hobbies, your favorite ways to unwind — whatever comes to mind.
I love Jazz, Art, and great food.
I don’t like fake people.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Give me a chance. I have more stories in the works, and they get better each time.
Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Stick to what you know.
Do you have any other advice for fellow writers?
Never give up.
What obstacles did you encounter in being published? Please know this will be edited to be generic in nature, I won’t be naming names or publishing complaints as such.
Every company wanted money to do nothing.
What methods have you used to get your book noticed?
Mostly word of mouth, and/or the internet.
How do you feel now that you are a published author?
A keen sense of pride
What are your current projects?
Teacher’s Pet, and The Collector
Leroy Maclin is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, he is from a large family of seven sisters and three brothers. He writes about what he knows using his upbringing as inspiration. Leroy also writes poems.
A former paralegal, Leroy loves jazz, art, and great food. He lives with his lovely wife Valerie, of 33 years, in Houston, TX, and they share a son, Daniel.