Featured Interview With Grant Leishman
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I am a 57-year old expatriate New Zealander, now living and writing in the beautiful islands of The Philippines. After careers in finance and journalism, I have found my true passion in life – writing and that is what I fully intend to do for the rest of my days. I am now “living the dream”.
I live in Manila, with my gorgeous, supportive, wife, our two daughters and our cat with no tail, Ginger.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I have been a voracious reader since I was knee high to a grasshopper. I have read all my life, but I do recall as an eight-year-old telling my mother I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. It may have taken me all of forty-six odd years to actually grow up and start writing for myself. I wrote my first novel at age 54 and I haven’t stopped since.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
These days I read only Indie Authors. There is so much talent and untapped potential in the Indie community. I am continually amazed at the sheer quality of the writing many Indie Authors are producing. In my opinion, many of their books are infinitely more satisfying than the legacy published authors who can become very formulaic and market driven.
I will and have read all genres, but my favourite genre is probably still, adventure, mystery, with a bit of romance thrown in or good measure.
My favourite Indie Authors include but are not limited to,: Jan Petken, Colin Griffiths, Lucinda E Clarke, Rachel McGrath, Valentine Renehan, Michael Kelly and many, many, more. The list is endless and the work so fresh and alive.
My main inspiration is my darling wife Thess who believes in and supports me more than I even do myself. Everything I write is for her.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
I just published my latest novel, The Photograph. I got the idea for it when I eavesdropped on a conversation on Facebook (as you do). A friend of mine was saying he had just discovered an undeveloped roll of film from the 1970’s and he was excited to know what was on it. I started to wonder – what if there was something mysterious and unusual on the film…and The Photograph was born.
The Photograph is a supernatural thriller. When Tony Logan develops his roll of film, one photograph, in particular, will open a Pandora’s Box, that will see Tony and his two sisters embark on an expedition into the underworld and the realm of ghosts and demons in a desperate attempt to discover what really happened to their parents, all those years ago.
They will encounter along the way a demon-worshipping Priest as well as a host of frightening entitities that will test their courage and resolve.
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