This Writer’s Space: Kendra LeightonPosted: April 16, 2014
Today on This Writer’s Space I have Kendra Leighton, who I’m very, very jealous of. Read the below and you’ll see why! 😉
Where I Write
I’m very lucky to live in an unusual house in the middle of nowhere (no distractions!). It’s a converted chapel and used to belong to a book collector, meaning huge windows for daydreaming out of, and more bookshelves than I could ever fill. (The floor-to-ceiling shelves you can see in the picture cover literally every section of wall that doesn’t have a window!)
I can write pretty much anywhere. Favourite places are the sofa and the kitchen table, though the kitchen can be dangerous — too much temptation to distract myself with food when I hit a tricky scene! I’ve probably written everywhere in my house it’s possible to sit down.
Where I’m Inspired
My best ideas often come when I’m not in front of my laptop. I planned most of my debut novel, Glimpse, on long walks with only a dog and some music for company. Those walks were so very inspirational, that the countryside I walked through features strongly in my novel — and I named one of Glimpse’s characters after the dog! (Susie, in case you’re wondering.)
To Be Read
I’m a big fan of audio books, since I can listen to them while I work (I’m a chocolatier, and work from home most days). However, I always have a small TBR pile of ‘real’ books as well: books I couldn’t get on audio, picked up at events, or just wanted to own. For me, nothing beats the experience of reading a physical book.
Currently on my bedside table are Banished by Liz de Jager, Fractured by Teri Terry, Geek Girl by Holly Smale, and Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. Fantasy, dystopia, and contemporary; funny and gritty: as long as it’s YA, I’ll read it!
About the Author
Kendra Leighton is a YA author from the UK. Glimpse, her debut novel, was inspired by Alfred Noyes’ poem ‘The Highwayman’. It will be published in June by Much-in-Little, an imprint of Constable & Robinson.