In my Victorian romance THE BET, a cold winter’s night prompts two bored and drunken best friends to make an outrageous wager over whether a woman can be seduced using just words. One bets his London house, the other his prized racehorse, and to raise the stakes even higher, the woman chosen for their bet is an unsuspecting virgin. Of course, since this is a romance, the woman manages to get the better of both men 🙂
Tell us something about yourself.
I’ve been writing since age eleven, starting with wild adventure stories for my elementary school newspaper, and grew up to be a television news journalist whose assignments took me on real life adventures. After traveling most of the world, I segued into the more normal job of public relations, but I’ve never stopped writing. After having reported on so many of life’s struggles, I now write romantic fiction because I want readers to be able to escape into a story guaranteed to have a happy ending!
What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?
Absolutely, without a doubt, the hardest part of writing is just sitting yourself down in front of the computer screen and typing. There are so many things in life that can get in the way! A writer’s biggest asset is perseverence.
How do you do research for your books?
I love writing Victorian romances, and since my husband is English, he’s my very own personal research assistant!
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Just keep writing! Every author says it, but it’s so true. Never give up on your dream of being published. Think of every “no” rejection as just one step closer to a “yes” acceptance. For inspiration, make a list of famous authors who were rejected time after time after time before finally getting published — Stephen King, John Grisham, Dr. Seuss, Jack London, Norman Mailer, Pearl Buck, the list is endless! Rejections put you in very exclusive company 🙂
What are you doing to promote your latest book?
I will be one of 400 romance writers autographing their books at a “Readers For Life” Literacy event on July 28, 2010 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN. The event runs from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
THE BET is one of four stories featured in the Secrets, Volume 27: Untamed Pleasures anthology from Red Sage Publishing. Readers can get a sneak peak excerpt of THE BET and my other books on my website at www.leighcourt.com, or at Amazon.com or at www.eredsage.com