Call me Leah Corrine or call me Leah Chiasson. Just don’t call me Leah Corrine Chiasson; only my mother can do that.
I’ve been dreaming stories for as long as I can remember. It started with a cute parable written in the back of a school note book and now I’m here. I self-publish my adult urban fantasy series, but I’m looking to traditionally publish my young adult books.
More importantly, I am small town born and raised. I grew up on the bank of the St. Lawrence River, home of castles where love was lost and pirates hid their treasures in the Devils’ Cove. Where else would a fantasy author want to live? Since then, married life has taken me across more than 17 states, but now we’ve kind of settled upon the shores of snowy Lake Ontario where I’m sure there are more stories to be dug up. Or, is that snow?
On this blog I hope to lead new writers on the path to greatness and introduce you to indie authors with great stories to tell. I will help writers build characters that break hearts and fandoms we wish we could be a part of.
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Better known as questions I made up and I wanted to answer.
What inspired you to start writing stories?
Stories carry with them emotions and messages that can hit a whole lot harder than a conversation with another human being, at least for me. Also, I really want magic to be a thing in the real world. When I couldn’t get quite what I wanted, I decided to write what I wanted.
What advice do you have for other writers?
Pick up everything that will inspire you. Get it from the library. Saves money. Read what you want to write. Read books on the craft of writing.
Write down all of your ideas in one notebook. Write exercises in another. Write short stories. Write poetry. Write novels. You will not grow as a writer if you’re not actually writing.
What is your writing ritual?
I am a weirdo. I throw open the curtains to let in as much light as I possibly can, make myself a glass of iced coffee, open Spotify, and turn on my laptop. I absolutely adore sunlight now that I’m older. I’m reminded of my grandmother and how she would spend an entire day outside in a folding lawn chair during the summer.
Also, music fills my soul with emotions (that some might argue I don’t actually have). That music fuels my characters’ actions and their emotional states.
What is your definition of a perfect day?
Leah’s perfect day would include working on the MARKED series, going to the local Mexican restaurant for tacos and mojitos, trekking to the bookstore on foot, and finishing the day with another mojito, chips and guacamole, and a new book. Somewhere in there, I’d probably get a new tattoo, too.
That’s my staycation dream. I’d really like to attend Y’all Fest or Y’all West, meeting authors and enjoying a warmer climate with my best friend. Also, sunny pool-side reading and mimosas with said best friend.
Who is the most influential person in your life?
Most definitely, this award would go to my husband. I got really lucky in this department. My Christmas gift from him last year was the commission for the beautiful cover work we see on my self-published book. He’s always advocated for me to keep writing and to look into self-publishing despite knowing the hardships. He even posted my book on Imgur the day I published it.
I couldn’t ask for anyone better to share my life with.
What is your coffee of choice?
At home, I drink the cheap shit. Store brand K-Cups for 5$ a box. When I’m out I freaking love Dunkin Donuts. So what if that makes me a little trashy. I am a little trashy. Even better is their pumpkin flavored coffee.
I hate Pumpkin Spice. It tastes like vomit.
Just give me the pumpkin.
That said, I won’t turn down a cup of tea, either. I love Masala Chai, hot or iced. The other day, I had Tiger’s Eye by Adagio Teas and fell in love so quickly, I debated dropping coffee forever.
Lastly, what is your favorite band?
Right now, I’m listening to a lot of blues inspired artists. I love Dorothy, Bishop Briggs, and Barns Courtney. That bluesy thump gets my engine revving. My fallback will always be Florence and the Machine. Her stuff just has so much sound and emotion. So much so that my newest story playlist is comprised of almost only F+tM.