Where are you from?
Originally I am from a little mining town in Nevada called Elko. I have lived a few different places since then including Hawaii. Currently, I live in a small college town in Wyoming called Laramie and I adore this small town.
Tell me about yourself? (family life, education, growing up)
I’ve been married to my best friend Fred for almost 7 years now, we have a 7 year old little girl named Khloe. I have an associates degree in a applied sciences in medical assisting but have never worked as a medical assistant because in the area I live there isn’t a whole lot of opportunities for medical assistants. So instead I work for a non-profit organization that assists individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and I love it! I am the middle child. I have an older brother Thomas, and a younger brother Ethan. My Mom and Dad celebrated their 35th year of marriage in May!
What is your latest release or when is your book going to be released?
My first book Areion is hopefully going to be released by the end of this year. (knock on wood)
When and why did you start writing?
I was in my early to mid twenties when I decided to write down my imaginings. I’m a very vivid dreamer so I would dream about people in a specific situation and then in waking I would build, in my imagination, a backstory for them on how that got to this situation with these people. It’s fun coming up with the back stuff.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I actually dreamt about my first book, more specifically a character from my book. He was talking to two twin girls who were identical but had drastically different hair and eye color. The conversation didn’t make much sense to me at the time. He was telling the girls that they were important to saving the world that they were born to and that they must go back to set things right. He also said that he would always be with them protecting, watching, and lending them his strength and knowledge. That was it so I spent the next few weeks coming with with a backstory for the girls and of course him.
Is there anything in your writing that is based on your life, people you know or events based on real life?
Probably the thing that is based on my real life is my love for the moon. I’ve always been fascinated by it and the stories about the man in the moon, however, I see a lady in the moon. Some circumstances and events will reflect my life experiences being homeschooled therefore socially awkward, being the new girl in public high school, and being a young teenaged single mother.
Have you ever traveled for your writing process for research?
I have not but would love to.
Would you like to tell us who edits and designs your books and covers?
I haven’t gotten to the editing stage yet but will probably hook up with my friend Joy Olivier for the editing. Deranged Doctor Designs designed my book Areion and I plan to work with them going forward but I have had some work done by Valerie Roeseler of Eden Elements and she is fantastic! She is easy to work with and she puts up with my imaginings and mind changes.
Is there a message in your book or key things that stand out?
There are a few messages that I wish to convey in my series as a whole but the main message I would like people to see is that there will always be dark times in our lives. Sometimes it will feel like that darkness is choking everything good in life and it will feel like there is no end in sight. It is in those dark times that we are able to find our spark, to rekindle the fire within. There is a balance and understanding that balance is how we understand and overcome the trials that life tends to throw our way.
Is there an author that helped influence your writing? Do you have a favorite independent author that you love?
There are a few who have helped influence my writing, I count them as my closest friends and confidants. I also have a ton of favorite Indie authors, Leia Stone, Jaymin Eve, Steven Smithen, Aaron L Speer, Raye Wagner, B. Kirsten McMichael, John Conroe, Frost Kay…. and the list goes on and on.
In the beginning of your work did you have a good support system in your writing? People that stood behind you and encouraged you.
Yes in a way. My family has always been supportive of anything that I do or set my mind to do. Outside of that my closest friends have been amazing in their encouragement and understanding.
Would you consider writing to be a career or a hobby?
At the moment and for the foreseeable future I see it as a hobby but if there is ever a time that I could make it into a career I would gladly do so.
Is there anything you would change with your writing?
Yes! In my mind, I tend to get into my character’s head and am really great at writing from that first person type of view. Any other way is hard for me to do, so I write my first draft in the first person than in the editing and rewriting phases I go back through and change it.
What is the easiest part of the writing process for you?
Imagining and visualizing. I have a very vivid imagination so that has always been the easiest part.
Do you have a favorite character in your book?
I have a couple favorite characters in my book. One is a character I originally created to kill but has since taken on more of a role than I had originally thought and one that is a secondary character but one of the keys to pretty much everything.
Do you have a character you could see yourself dating?
Um, yes I could see myself dating a couple of my characters. Is that weird?
Some say they learn things when they write. Is there anything you learned from your last book writing it?
I’m learning a ton! About my writing process, how somethings are easier for me than others and also the whole publishing as an indie author process as well. It isn’t easy that for sure.
Do you have advice for any new writers who are considering self-publishing?
One of my fears was that what I have in my head has already been said, and for a lot of newbie authors like me that is a real intimidating fear, but a wonderful author lady told me “Of course it’s already been said but YOU haven’t said it yet.” I’ll never forget that. We are the product of our experiences be it through life, specific circumstances, or situations everyone is different and unique in their thought processes and their reactions. So saying the same thing but having a different meaning for me or you is why it’s different.
Is there anything you would like to tell your readers?
You all are amazingly awesome! Not only for putting up with my slow writing but for my crazy moon and batman obsession. You all are rockstars.
Are you reading anything now?
Slowly making my way through Amy Bartol’s newest release The Secondborn.
Do you remember the first book you ever read?
Oh man, that was many many years ago. I can’t remember the first book I ever read but I remember reading the Nancy Drew Mysteries Series so that counts as my first series right?
Do you have any hobbies you enjoy?
My Mom taught me at a very young age to crochet and I have stuck with it and continue to crochet different things. I’ve gotten pretty good at it, or so I’m told.
Do you have any films or TV shows you enjoy?
Huge fan of Supernatural! I also really enjoy Arrow.
Would you like to share your social media links?
Lela’s Moonlighters FB Group: www.facebook.com/groups/101516387016901