What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?

 Leaona (Lee-aw-na) Luxx Contemporary Romance

Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?

 I write what I know, my stories come from life experiences. Luci’s Lullaby is about Alden Beck, an up and coming country singer and Charlee Wright, a girl from his high school that’s still in love with him. Alden has just hit it big when tragedy strikes, and Charlee helps him find his way out.


How did you get interested in writing this particular genre(historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?

I’ve always written short stories and plays. In 2015, my dad’s health begins to fail, and he made me promise to finish my novel and publish it. I love LOVE! Life is full of angst and lots of love if we allow it. So, it was a natural fit.


What kind of research did you do for this book?

 I research everything!! Luci’s Lullaby is about a country singer, so my oldest son wrote an original song for it.

Can you tell me about your Series?

 I’ve built a world of Redeeming Romances where it intertwines a family and their friends…once in a while a few enemies.


Do you have a favorite book out of this series?

 SERIOUSLY?! That’s like asking if I have a favorite child!! I love them all but Love, Riley, Wrecking Us Saving You and Luci’s Lullaby are top notch!!

Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?

 My husband is a Carolina Man, he’s blue collar and still rocks his abs. He grew up going to the beach every weekend and now, our oldest son lives there.

What kind of research did you do for this book?

 I visit landmarks and take pictures for my settings. I also consult professionals or even every day workers for information on trades and every day life. Like Love, Riley. A Special OpCommander helped me with the military aspect and my daughter in law is soon to be a psychologist, she helped with the PTSD aspect. I write deep and soulful pieces dealing with every day issues and situation, including death.


Was it always meant to become a series?

Yes!! I wrote them this way.


What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?

Family room by my husband. I write anywhere from 2500 to 18000 words a day. My stories play in my mind like a movie, so I write them fast.


Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?

 Luci’s Lullaby.


How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?

 My middle name is Lea and my husband’s initials are LU… my entire family can be found in my books. My daughter in law is on one! Love, Riley.

Where do your ideas come from?


Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?

 Dark erotic.



What is the hardest part of writing for you?


What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer, or do you intend to create one for your own book?

 I have one and would love more, I think it brings an edge to the story. Hype, I suppose.

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?

 I’ve survived, and I’ve did it relatively on my own.


What’s the best thing about being an author?

 Seeing my stories touch people. The emails and messages I received after Wrecking and the way I portrayed it blew my mind.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

 Writing my 100th novel and maybe selling a few.

Have you always liked to write?

Yes!! Always.



What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?

 EDITORS!! EDITORS!! EDITORS!! Ask for a sample and don’t pull the chord on the first one unless you feel it in your gut.

If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?

 I’m a mom, it’s my greatest accomplishment but I owned a business that I would probably reopen. I closed it to help my mom after losing my dad.

Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?

 NEVER!! My books aren’t for everyone.


What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?

 Never fitting in.

What are you working on now?

 Lies in Ink and Whiskey was a duet with a twin, I’m writing the twins book. Carolina Blues which will feature Jonny James once again.

Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?

Excerpt Carolina Blues – I reserve all rights to this book and excerpt.

I had a great time.”

“You’re kidding me?” I ask as my eyes widen. “You’re ditching me?”

She bites her full bottom lip, driving everything south of my zipper wild and my mind insane. “I appreciate the multiple orgasms.”

“You’re leaving and that’s all you have to say?”

“I’m sorry, did you think this would go any further?” My mouth drops again. “Oh, you did. It’s a one-night-stand, that’s it. You’ll be okay, I promise.” She shuts the door and the cab pulls away.

“What the fuck just happened?” I scratch my head. “Who in the hell was she?”)



Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?

 I like real and I love life. Contemporary romance embodies both.

Where did your love of books come from?

 I’m not sure but I passed it down, all my children have library’s.

Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?

 Laurelin Paige, Kathy Coopmans, Heather Lyn, HJ Bellus, Jo Raven and Chell Bliss


Of all the characters you have created, which is your favouriteand why?

  Charlee, she’s the most like me. Humble but she cusses a little.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?


What is your writing Kryptonite?

 Believing in myself.


Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

 Totally original!! The characters tell me what to write.

What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?

 Kathy, Heather and HJ are amazing for feedback. Silla Webb is my go to girl for everything.

If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?

 She’s a mess but it’s a hot one!


What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?

 In an industry full of amazing writers, how do you standout?

I write the way I live, my heart on my sleeve, love for people and living life like I’m riding a roller coaster…one high at a time!


Where can your fans find you and follow??

 All social media!!



Thank you for taking your time to do this interview