Release: November 28, 2011
Forced into retirement by an unexpected injury,
She Can Run is a sexy, satisfying debut from award-winning author Melinda Leigh, packed with enough suspense and romance to get even the tamest heart racing!
Publisher's Weekly Review:“In her debut romantic suspense, Leigh carefully weaves the subplot of a serial killer with the main plot of an abused wife on the run and successfully ties the threads in a thrilling conclusion… Leigh’s tight, consistent plotting marks her as an author to watch.”
I want to thank Laurie for hosting a stop on my blog tour to celebrate the release of my debut novel, SHE CAN RUN. It’s thrilling to share exciting this experience with other book lovers.
I'm thrilled to have you as a guest today and excited to learn more about your new book. :) What was the first thing you did as far as promoting your book?
I started promoting myself long before I sold this book. An internet presence is very important these days, and it was something I could do at minimal cost. I designed a website. I blog regularly, both as a guest and on Attacking the Page, a blog on martial arts and writing that I run with a few author friends. Regular use of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter is a must. As the book release approached, I had to step up all of these activities. Before SHE CAN RUN was sold, I had no idea just how much time an author spends promoting her work.
When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?
Normally, I write during the day while the kids are at school or early on weekend mornings when they’re asleep. I prefer silence and solitude when I write. If I’m in the middle of a book, I need to work on it 7 days a week. Thankfully, my family is extremely supportive. But it’s a juggling act. I don’t want to miss the few remaining years of my kids’ childhoods. So, in the summer, when the kids are off, I limit myself to just a couple hours each morning.
What does your significant other and family think of your writing career?
My family is extremely supportive. They pitch in around the house and brag to everyone who will listen about my book. My kids particularly like to tell their teachers. My mom is buying everyone she knows a copy for Christmas. She also printed out my initial reviews to show everyone at work. I guess even at the age of forty <cough> I’m still her kid.
Does your significant other read your stuff?
My husband reads every book. He’s my first beta reader. He’s not a romance reader, so he’s a great judge of the suspense level. To keep him interested, the pacing has to be fast.
Who are your books published with?
SHE CAN RUN is published by Montlake Romance, an imprint of Amazon Publishing. In fact, it’s one of the debut titles for their new line. I’m honored and thrilled to be a part of their new venture.
What book are you reading now?
The last book I finished was Death Masks by Jim Butcher. It’s number 5 in the Dresden Files series. I’m not reading anything right now. There comes a point in every manuscript when I can’t have anyone else’s voice in my head. My current story takes over.
Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?