John T Leonard, the author of Vindicated, released his book in May 2020. We wanted to catch up with the new author and see how life has been treating him since he was published.
Becoming an author was nothing I had ever considered at a young age. I wasn’t even a big reader, however, I did enjoy storytelling as part of my English lessons, which tended to be well received.
From school, I worked in a high street bank for six years before becoming successful in joining the Fire Brigade.
I wrote my first book whilst off work recovering following surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome. Typing away with heavily bandaged hands wasn’t easy, but I produced more than three hundred pages in ten days, which later became my first release.
Life hasn’t changed all that much, except I can’t seem to turn my brain off. I find I am thinking about stories 24/7, and am waking and making notes at all hours of the night.
So far I haven’t had any struggles. I’ve certainly not suffered from writer’s block; if anything it’s been just the opposite. I have had too many ideas for future projects, the only struggle is decided which one to commit myself to next.
I find being a ‘Z-list’ celebrity to be quite a novelty, but that’s all it is. It’s fun doing signing sessions or being interviewed, but it hasn’t quite got to the stage where I introduce myself as being a writer. At present, I’m me, I do my day job and I also write.
Despite the day, I find I do something writing related pretty much every day. This can involve working on my manuscript, compiling and sorting my notes, or even working on the cover art. I do find myself making notes wherever I go, even if it’s just a single line of dialogue. You have to note it down when it occurs because any delay can lead to it being forgotten.
I feel the highlight so far would be my on-air interview with BBC Radio. The experience was immensely nerve-wracking but very rewarding. It was also great to have a world renowned, bestselling author respond to the interview and offer me some pointers.
Pegasus has made the process from submission of my manuscript to publication very easy. The processes and transitions between departments have been faultless, and the results have been amazing. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of holding a book that you’ve created from nothing in your own hands.
I initially submitted a project to Pegasus the year before they took on another project. I received positive feedback for this earlier project even though they didn’t take it on at the time. Then when they accepted the later work, I had a choice to go with them, as I had an offer from another publisher. They have since released this earlier work.
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