Leslie Jacobs – Survival in the Unemployment Line

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

My book is called Survival in the Unemployment Line and I wrote it to help people who have been unemployed and help them deal with all of the mess that comes with it…but I did it in a humerous way. It contains all of the ways to survive with the money you are getting from unemployment and what to do and what not to do when you are on this program.

Tell us something about yourself.

I started writing when I was 13 in my English class. We were assigned to write a story in 3 pages and my story was 25 pages. Then, I wrote a Walton’s Script and a Partridge Family Script and sent them to the production companies where they were rejected–but I received encouragment from a writer from The Waltons…and it launched me on my way. I use to write everything, short stories, TV scripts, and plays. Now, I just write plays, usually one acts. I have just been asked to write a murder mystery for a non-profit in my town.

What inspired you to write this book?

To help people understand that unemployment is not the end of the world and you will survive it and even thrive.

How did you choose the title?

It just came to me one day when I was writing the book.

What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?

Since I self-published because I knew it would take so much time to get an agent, then to sell it to a publishing house–I just took out my credit card and negotiated a really great deal from book surge which is through amazon.com.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer?

It was something that I enjoyed and it didn’t seem like work.

How did you get started?

I wrote. I wrote and then I wrote some more.

Do you have any writing rituals?

I used to write in long hand, but now I write on my laptop. I sometimes go to Borders and I love to write in diners.

How do you come up with the names for your characters?

I use a phone book.

Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book?

It is difficult to write a book–but it is more difficult to get your relatives to buy it. LOL. Seriously, if your mind is made up to write and publish a book there is nothing that will stop you.

If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?

Have more people edit it. There are a few misspellings and I wish it was perfect.

What types of books do you like to read?

I usually read non-fiction…but lately I have been reading fiction and historical novels.

Who are your favorite authors?

I do not have any one author that I read–I just read what ever grabs my attention.

Are you working on your next book?

No, I am writing a play.

What can you tell us about it?

It is about David Cassidy and the 70’s idols of my childhood such as Michael Jackson.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

Do it–if you are writing dialogue and it doesn’t sound write–talk it out, act it out.

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

Anyone who has ever been laid off…and in this day and age–that is millions…

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

They can buy it on Amazon.com or on my website at http://www.lesmess.com/