Awhile ago, I was crazy enough to agree to read and review a book in a matter of just a few days (with two little ones, that is crazy talk to me). And it was one of the best things I’ve done because it led me to a new favorite author! That book (Instruments of the Angels) made its way onto my Top 17 of 2017 list and I have the second book in the series patiently waiting on my Kindle.
So let’s meet the talented author behind that series. Say hello to Monica Leonelle!
Monica, thanks so much for stopping by today! How about those questions?
Megan: My favorite question to ask is always, did you always know you wanted to be an author?
Monica: I wanted to be an author as early as third grade, but I also wanted to do other things – acting, singing, probably more! At some point during my childhood I got it into my head that I needed to pursue something safe, smart, and practical. I studied computer science in college and became a software engineer. I did this for most of my 20s until my personal life fell apart around 27. After that, I pursued the arts and haven’t quit since. So my advice to anyone reading this . . . if you refuse your calling or some aspect of who you are, the universe has a way of forcing you into it, sometimes quite painfully.
Megan: Great advice! Okay, here’s a fun one – if you were stranded on a deserted island, what three books would you bring with?
Monica: Probably three really practical books about how to survive on a deserted island.
Megan: How about one last question? Do you have tips for aspiring authors (like myself) or, what was the best piece of advice someone gave you when you were just starting out?
Monica: I don’t know that anyone gave me great advice. I very much fell into this, and I was kicking and screaming for much of my journey. A few things: 1- It will take a lot longer than you think, so just commit to the journey and stay persistent. People greatly undervalue sheer hard work and not quitting when others think you should. 2- The years go by quickly, so try to have one big publishing or business goal that you can hit each year. Rearrange your efforts to hit that goal. 3- Make friends with other authors. They will be your lifeline when you want to quit and they will teach you so much more than you could learn on your own. They will also help you feel sane and supported when everyone else in your life has a regular job.
What great answers! Thank you so much, Monica, for doing this interview! I loved Instruments of the Angels and can’t wait to keep going in the series!
Until next time,