Leslye Marks is a lesfic author who describes herself as a lifelong storyteller who can totally get lost in a daydream.
Your 3rd book, A Glimpse Into the Wind (Robin and Jen Book 1), came out on August 8th. What was the inspiration for the story?
I’m very new to the lesfic genre and I’ve always enjoyed the work of so many other authors. I loved reading the ones that made me feel happy when it was over and wishing the story would continue. When I started writing “A Glimpse Into the Wind”, I wanted to offer that kind of story to other people. I realize that you need a little angst here and there, but there’s enough of that in the world, so I try to keep it to a minimum in my books. I hope to leave my readers smiling.
Give us an insight into your main character. What do they do that is so special?
The book is told primarily from the point of view of Robin Bowman. She’s divorced and she’s finding out things about herself that she never really knew or even considered. She’s special in that she’s open to life and happiness, and doesn’t focus too heavily on the package that it comes in. She’s realizing it’s ok to put yourself first and still love others at the same time. I find that, in real life, that seems to be a very hard thing for women to do, so I like that Robin gives herself that freedom.
If you could name a pet after a book character, what would you choose?
LOL! I like this question. I would probably name one of my real life cats “Honeycomb.” She’s a minor character in my first two books, “A Time of Perfect Change” and “Changes Still to Come.” She’s an ornery old cat, but deep down, she loves her people.
Name three writers you’d love to invite to dinner, and why?
Confining this to three writers is virtually impossible! I feel like there are so many wonderful writers and their talents continuously amaze me. I think I’d start off with Sarah Waters, Maya Angelou and James Redfield. I think all three are (were) brilliant and I’d love to hear their thoughts on the world we live in now.
What are your tips for coping with 2020?
I think we just have to look around us to see the world is still good. With the tense political climate, the pandemic, and just an overall feeling of uncertainty, it’s good to stop and say hello to a neighbor. I think it’s important to focus on the fact that it’s rarely a time of Us vs. Them, we’re just being manipulated into thinking that’s the case. But, in truth, there are still kind strangers, good friends, and lots of love in the world. We need to work to never lose that focus.
There’s a freedom that comes with letting go and starting again.
Robin Bowman is rediscovering life, and she’s learning to define it in her own way. She’s been a daughter, a wife, and a mother, but now she’s becoming the person she wants to be. Newly divorced, she’s learning to trust her own heart and is excited by the possibility of a new life. Is she brave enough to take the plunge?
Jennifer Kinney is a free spirit who lives life with an open heart, but she’s been hurt along the way. Even though she knows true happiness comes when you believe in renewal and possibility, the lessons she’s learned have been hard, and learning to trust again takes time.
When their worlds collide, both women learn they should always trust their instincts, their closest friends, and their hearts in order to achieve true happiness.
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