Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Meet the Author Leah Hopkins

Welcome Author Leah Hopkins to Church of Christ Women Authors. I hope you will spend a few minutes reading about her and getting to know her. Leah is the author of The Glam Girl's Guide to Sex and Dash the Racecar.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I have enjoyed writing for years but a pivotal moment for me was New Years Eve 2011, after I had been studying for a couple of months to further certify myself in the medical field and realized that I was so much more passionate about writing and in particular writing for young ladies.  My husband and I talked about it and he set me loose to start.  I finished "The G.L.A.M. Girl's Guide to Sex" 6 months later.

How long does it take you to write a book?
Well, first book took me 6 months, 2nd book was a children's book called "Dash the Racecar" and the writing was done within a few hours but the artwork took a couple of months.  That being said, I have been planning a sequel to GLAM since I released it & life has gotten in the way.

What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
Work schedule...haha.  Really, I am starting to figure out how to carve out some personal writing time because I stay so busy with all the other projects we have that I fall to the back. Justin told me to write for at least 30 minutes a day.  I am trying to do that...but I don't everyday. =/

Do you have an interesting writing quirk?
I need to have complete silence when I am writing.  ANY noise & I completely get thrown off.  Maybe that is why I am so late with writing sequels...  I have small children and a husband that must work with noise. =p

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
My ideas just come from subjects I am passionate about. They are not just for young ladies, in fact, I have a long list of different books I would love to write.  I guess we will see....

What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I enjoy spending time with my family.  Playing with the boys, going on a date with my hubby.  I also enjoy cooking, reading, and looking at real estate and blue prints.

What would you tell other Christian women who want to write?
My advice is to spend time in prayer and studying God's Word, and not only if you are writing a religious book.  I also think that if there is some way in which you can use your passion and skills to spread the Gospel in some way, you should.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I have written two books unless you count all the writing I have done for the Compass Bible class curriculum...then a whole lot more.  My favorite is G.L.A.M.  In fact, I am working on a G.L.A.M. devotional journal right now to go along with the series.

What do you like to read? 
I like to read a variety of different genres.  I find myself drawn to some of the period historical fictions like what Jill Eileen Smith has put together (not a 1st century Christian).  It helps me put the humanity on the people I read about in the Bible.  To really see them in their possible daily struggles.  I don't know of any of these books that are written by Christians though.. I am not sure if I would be able to tackle something like this or not...

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I bounced around from nurse to actress.  When I started college I went from Pre-Med to Architecture before going to SWSBS.  =)

Fun Fact...hmmm.  I used to barrel race when I was a teenager & I love boxer dogs.

1 comment:

  1. Barrel racing! My favorite thing to watch at rodeos! Nice to meet you, Leah. :)