When do you do your best thinking? Is it first thing in the morning, or maybe it’s during the day? For me, my best ideas come late at night. I’ve been a night owl ever since I can remember. College life suited me well, staying up late to finish a last-minute paper or make a Taco Bell run at midnight with my roommates.
There’s something about the peace and quiet of the night that makes my creativity explode. After I became a mom, if I wanted any time to myself, it had to be at night after everyone was in bed. I love to be crafty, but the little hands that always wanted to “help” didn’t settle well with my scrapbook-loving and perfectionist’s heart, so I tucked away my supplies until all the kids, including my husband, were nestled into bed. I would stay up through the wee hours of the morning creating to my heart’s desire, then regretting it when that early wake-up call came the very next day.
Still, I loved letting my mind take flight to create. That’s when I started writing books. One night I sat with my computer open and thought, “I think I could write a book.” A story had been stirring in my mind for years, so I thought maybe I could actually put it in written word.
I’m K. Leah, and I’m the new kid on the block here at Inspy Romance. I did finally write that story in my head, along with five others, and I’ve been a self-published author for four years. I’ve been married to my college sweetheart for 25 years, and my three little kids are no longer little–now 21, 19, and 15. I’m born and raised in Western North Carolina and wouldn’t have it any other way… other than maybe having unlimited access to a beachfront house any time I want. My faith and family are the most important things to me, and I’m thankful God has blessed me and allowed me to use my creativity through Christian romance.
Ten years ago if you had asked me if I would have ever written a book, I would have probably laughed. You see, I didn’t even like reading that much ten years ago. My spare time was used to make gifts, design a logo or invitation on the computer, or make a holiday treat for my kids’ classroom.
That late night revelation, sitting criss-cross in the recliner with only one light on in the entire house, changed my life. I found a hobby that didn’t require bags full of crafting supplies to make it happen. Each night after everyone went to bed, I stayed up late writing–chapter after chapter–until they became a full book. Once the first book was complete, I started another book. Then a new idea came and another book was started. To this day, my best writing comes late a night. I often don’t even realize it’s 1:48 am until a yawn escapes, telling me it’s time to go to bed. Even then, I don’t always close the computer.
I’ve met some great friends through this journey–many of them fellow Inspy authors–and I will never turn back. Someone told me when I first started this adventure, “just start writing” and you’ll find your voice. And that’s what I did.
I hope you’ll follow me on this journey! I’m excited to share my love of Christian romance with you guys and look forward to sharing more about me and my books in the months to come.
Now that you know a little about me, I’d love to hear from you and find out if I have any fellow night owls out there!