Name Leah Tate…Pen Name: Leanna Harrow
Age Egads! 47 😉
Where are you from Originally, California but I currently reside in Wilmington, NC.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life ect I have four children and four grandchildren. I have worked a variety of awesome jobs including a collections representative for American Express and a show reservationist at Cesar’s in Lake Tahoe. I graduated Magna Cum Laude and Summa Cum Laude from the school of hard knocks 😉 My most rewarding has been as a mother and grandmother…I wouldn’t trade it for any other title in the world. I love you Amanda, Ashley, Thomas, Tyler, Andrew, Amelia, Benjamin and Little T!
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Leanna: I just released “Maggie’s Misery~Book Three of the Maggie West Series” this month. It is the final book in the Maggie West series. It’s an erotic romance that picks up where “Maggie’s Men~Book Two of the Maggie West Series” left off.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Leanna: I started my first book in March of 2012 and finished it on Mother’s Day of the same year! I was a woman on fire. I can remember as a child wanting to say “I’m an author!” and now, I can.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Leanna: I still don’t consider myself a writer 😉 I consider myself a story teller.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Leanna: An incident online with a “Catfish” (A “Catfish” is someone who uses a fake profile on a social media website to groom you for your trust to ultimately get money or online romance from you) inspired “A Beautiful Liar~Book One of the Maggie West Series.” The rest just kind of took off from there…
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Leanna: Nope, I’m a complete panster. I writes it likes I see’s it 😉
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Leanna: That’s easy; the titles just came to me. Then the stories came on like movies
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Leanna: In the Maggie West Series, yes. The character of Maggie West is based on, well, me. She is tough, independent and strong. She gets knocked down and she gets back up swinging again. I can’t stand weak women characters. I want men and women alike to identify with Maggie. We all know a woman like Maggie…she’s a hot mess and every family has on or knows one!
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Leanna: In “A Beautiful Liar” it’s all true up until the video camera comes on 😉
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Leanna: Well, I used things that happened in my life for the back story in the Maggie West series, and maybe a few real life scenario’s are in “A Collection of Erotic Short Stories by Leanna Harrow From the Fun to the Fearsome”, everything in “Me, Myself & I” is what has gone on in my head but nothing is true in “Killing the Desire” as it’s an erotic thriller about a serial killer and the young woman who goes after him and winds up involved with the detective in charge of the case. Although, I did use myself as one of the victims and my eldest daughter as the woman to go after the killer and the cop 😉
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
Leanna: Oh, there are way too many to list but, just to give you a little insight into my craziness, Stephen King is my favorite author lol
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Leanna: Again, King is King 😉
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Leanna: I just read Felicia Fox’s first novella “Consumed” and it’s only the fourth erotic piece I’ve ever read! I know, crazy right, an erotic author that doesn’t read erotica? Lol This one was special. It was the woman’s first published work and it was GREAT! Look her up on Amazon.com…best $.99 I’ve spent in a LONG time!
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Leanna: Felicia Fox, Bethany Lovell, Adam Knight, Jamie Buncie, Raven McAllen, CM Wright…I could go on forever!
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Leanna: Well, I have severe Rheumatoid Arthritis and my fingers are starting to contort so typing has become nearly impossible and I have had no luck in training that damn Dragon Naturally speaking! lol It has also infiltrated my back, hips, knees and neck so sitting for long periods of time is not something I’m able to do either so I’m no longer writing. What I do now is promote other authors. I have a blog at http://authorteasereadings.wordpress.com where I do interviews like you! I also interview artists, cover models, musicians and actors.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Leanna: I have to name two…Rich and Marla of RenegadeTalkFM…They have been a couple of my greatest supporters! You can listen here http://renegadetalk.fm/2013/11/16/vagina-friday-dr-sasha-janet-tantric-sex-polyamory-swinging-vs-cheating/ this was one of the funniest shows we’ve done so far! Renegade and Melissa Gregg at http://www.thirtysomethingmag.com/ where I am their “dating/catfish guru” lol
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Leanna: No, even if it weren’t for RA, it still wouldn’t be a career as I only did it because it was fun. When something stops being fun, I stop doing it…Kind of like kids…4 was fun but 5 wouldn’t have been bwahaha
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Leanna: Nope, I don’t change things and I have no regrets…
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Leanna: It just happened…like being discovered on LinkedIn by my publisher. It just happened.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Leanna: How about a little excerpt…
Maggie and Adrian spent two glorious weeks in Hawaii before
heading off for an additional two weeks in Rome. They picked
Rome, because Maggie had always wanted to see the sights there,
even though the last time she was there had turned out to be a
disaster. She wanted to return and take in the beauty and culture
that the city had to offer.
While there, they soaked up the sun, took in the sights, and
made love daily. Maggie had never known true love or real peace
before. She knew that this was as close to heaven on earth as she
was ever going to get, but she couldn’t help feeling that there was
something not quite right.
It started on her wedding night as she took to the dance floor
for the first dance with her new husband. She had the uncanny
feeling that someone was watching her. She chalked it up at the
time to nerves and enjoyed the rest of the reception and their time
in Hawaii with the family.
The feeling followed her to Rome. They were sitting at the hotels
outdoor café and having breakfast one morning when Maggie
noticed a man at a table across the way, watching them.
“Adrian, do you see the man in the sunglasses at the table behind
you?” Maggie asked.
“Yes” Adrian replied after nonchalantly looking over his shoulder
at the man.
“He’s watching us,” Maggie said.
“What makes you think that, my love?” Adrian asked her as he
took a drink of his coffee.
“I’ve been watching him,” she said as she raised an eyebrow.
“Well, darling. Maybe, he’s watching you watch him,” Adrian
said with a chuckle. “I would be watching a beautiful woman too,
if I noticed her watching me,” he finished.
“No, it’s not like that,” Maggie said as she shifted in her seat.
“He’s been here the whole time we’ve been here. He’s been watching
us, I tell you. It’s starting to give me the creeps,” she said as she
leaned in closer to her husband. “He reminds me of one of Amir’s
goons at the airport,” she said with a slight shiver.
“Well, I highly doubt he’s a goon or has anything to do with
Amir. I think your wild imagination is in overdrive, as usual. Can
you please just let it go and enjoy your breakfast, my love? We only
have one more day here. Please, just let it go,” he asked, smiling
sweetly at her. Maggie’s face relaxed, and a smile crossed her lips.
“Only if you promise to do to me what you did to me last night
when we get back to the hotel room,” she said with a wink.
“Deal,” Adrian said through his own smile. They finished their
meal, paid the check, and set off to see some of the magnificent
sites that the city of Rome had to offer. They visited the Coliseum,
St. Peter’s Square, and Rajan’s Markets, where they picked up
some wonderful souvenirs for the kids and grandkids.
Maggie was sure that on two separate occasions, during their
sightseeing excursion, she saw the very same man she had seen at
breakfast. She decided against pointing him out to Adrian for fear
of him thinking she was having some sort of psychotic breakdown.
They continued their excursion through Rome and ended the
day with a fabulous meal at La Tavernaccia. They dined on familystyle
lasagna, fresh baked bread, and wine. Since neither of them
drank, the wine went straight to their heads. They walked armin-
arm back to the hotel, giggling all the way. Adrian whispered
in Maggie’s ear what he was going to do to her when they reached
the hotel, which didn’t keep her from giggling.
Maggie looked up from giggling into Adrian’s shoulder, and
there he was…again! The man she’d seen all over Rome! She knew
it was him. The same clothes, the same coat, the same look on his
face when their eyes met. She knew now for sure that he was following
“Adrian!” she exclaimed quietly so as not to alert the man that
she was onto him.
“What?” he asked, startled.
“The man from breakfast—he just walked past us, and it’s not
the first time I’ve seen him since we left the hotel.
“Really, Maggie. You’re being paranoid,” he said, starting to
“No, really. I’m not. I didn’t say anything earlier, because I
knew you’d say I was being paranoid or seeing things, but I’ve seen
him several times, today!” she insisted.
“I’m sure it’s just a coincidence,” he assured her.
“I’m not so sure,” she said, snuggling in closer to her husband.
She had a really bad feeling, deep down in the pit of her stomach, about that man for some reason.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Leanna: No. When inspiration hits me, I wrote. I never experienced writers block. I experienced “writers don’t want to” and when that happened, I just walked away until I was inspired again.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Leanna: Stephen King and the moment in the story when he goes off the rails. I love and hate it at the same time lol I know, I’m just not right! I’ve been told a million times 😉
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Leanna: NO! I’m a serious homebody…serious homebody. I am actually painfully shy in person.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Leanna: Dawn Dominique with my Publisher, me for my short story book and Sheri
McGathy for “Me, Myself & I” Sheri and Dawn are AWESOME! Sheri has done covers for Barbara C Rowe and Linda Hays-Gibbs who I publish for and she really is outstanding! Search Amazon.com for Barbara and Linda and you’ll see what I mean.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Leanna: There was one scene where I gave the main character cancer and got a call from my doctor that same week informing me that there was a 13mm mass on my lung. That was rough. Luckily, it was nothing, but it did put things into perspective.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Leanna: I learned what I already knew. I don’t care what others think about me because I am the only one who truly knows me. I am a sometimes brutally honest, loyal, kind, caring individual that gives until she has nothing left to give…
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Leanna: READ a lot and don’t let others criticisms affect you. Everyone has an opinion and is entitled to it. That and don’t judge a book by other people’s review. I have read books with awful reviews and LOVED them. A lot of times you get disgruntled friends or ex associates that leave awful reviews out of spite. Read the blurb, the first few paragraphs and take a chance…reviews mean nothing to me because one man’s trash really can be another man’s treasure 😉 I have excellent reviews on all of my books and really, they mean nothing if other people don’t buy them.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Leanna: YES! I appreciate each and every one of you. If it weren’t for you, I wouldn’t need to have done any of this other than to be able to say I’m an autor. I thoroughly enjoyed writing what I did and only hope my books bring tears, laughter, fear, strength and happiness to others. That’s all I want out of this experience. According to my reviews, I’ve obtained my objective. If I never sold another book, I’d be fine with that.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies.
Leanna: Until RA took over, I was a pretty good pool player. I got to meet two of the world greatest billiards players when I was 17, a million years ago…Willie Mosconi and Minnesota Fats during a special event in Lake Tahoe. AWESOME men and a night I’ll never forget! I also love to cook for my huge family and baking yummy, decadent and fattening treats that have to do with chocolate!
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Leanna: Grey’s Anatomy and 2 Broke Girls are my TV guilty pleasures 😉 The Notebook, Raising Arizona, A Fish Called Wanda and Now You See Me are a few of my favorite movies.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Leanna: OMG! TOO many to mention but my absolute favorite meal is Alice Springs Chicken from the Outback. My absolute favorite color is any shade of blue and my all time favorite band is the Eagles but I also have a horrible, huge and embarrassing crush on Bruno Mars…just don’t tell him because if I ever saw him, I’d faint, dead away. Without all that screaming and jumping up and down that silly girls do 😉
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Leanna: I wanted to be a journalist. I think that’s why I am so into the interviews. I even interviewed actor Shari Shattuck and Steve Nagy, the Hungarian Dream lol I also wanted to be a race car driver, private detective and ballerina. True story 😉
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
I do! www.leannaharrow.com and http://authorteasereadings.wordpress.com you can also find me on Facebook…I never turn down a friend request as I’ve been in Facebook jail…I have my own cell and most of the jailers and I are on a first name basis lol
Thank you so much for having me, it has been a blast! I can’t wait to get your \interviewed on my blog! You’re a real live doll! xoxoxo