It is so wonderful to be back on Tule’s blog today; I am always very honored to be featured here. I am thrilled with the response to The Irish Witch Series and the growing number of fans of the books. I am also really excited for the release of the latest/sixth installment, A Witch’s Quest.
My life as of late has been extremely full, probably bordering on chaotic at times. As with so many beliefs of my youth proven to be untrue, I always thought as I got older, life would become quieter and less hectic, but that is far from the truth. I am certainly not complaining. I know how fortunate I am to have so many blessings and much going on in my life, but more importantly, to be healthy enough to keep up the active pace.
I am happy to provide childcare for my two youngest grandsons when needed, and watch their hockey and soccer games. Having worked as a classroom assistant for many years, I am grateful to be able to help my eldest grandson with distance learning since conventional school lessons were not a good fit for him. I adore spending quality time with my granddaughter watching Harry Potter movies and such, as well as attending her archery tournaments when I am able. I am so thankful of my special relationship with each of them and to watch all four of them grow and change, for I know how quickly they go through the stages of childhood. My eldest grandson is thirteen and already over 6 feet tall, and he was the preemie, born five weeks early.
When time allows, I also work part-time for my husband with promoting his finishing carpentry business, assisting with answering phone-calls and arranging for quotes. I would never ever help with any of the actual work as he has suggested a time or two, for I am terrified of power tools. I think I must have lost some fingers or a hand in a previous life. lol
I try to find time to hang out with my two daughters and my friends, although admittedly not nearly as much as I would like. If I were Alainn, I would still time so I could do it all!
I am a reiki master, do tarot and angel card readings as well as Akashic record readings, but those have been mostly put on the back-burner for the time being while I work on writing, editing and promoting my series. (and the two or three series to follow). I have some upcoming library/author visits scheduled, as well as a book launch and a small book tour planned for this summer. I am waiting to firm up the dates when I know when the print copies for all the seven books will be available. I will post the event dates on my website.
Apparently I thought I didn’t quite have enough on my plate, for along with our two cats, we have now adopted two puppies. They are a mixed breed, possibly lab and collie with perhaps a bit of German shepherd thrown in. Newton and Medora (named for our childhood home towns) are delightful and energetic, and we adore them, but WOW!!!! I had forgotten puppies truly are just like babies. Through the years I have owned five other dogs, but it has been many years since I have brought a new puppy into our home, much less, two six-week old puppies. The house training has been interesting to say the least. Plus, they wake us up very early each morning, which might be advantageous for my writing as early mornings are when I like to begin writing, but when I do not feel rested, I am not sure it is conducive to creativity, and definitely not to proof-reading a manuscript. But, as with children, the puppy stage will be short-lived and so I will endeavor to enjoy every minute, even at 4:30AM.
My characters have also become an important part of my daily life. When I skip writing even for a day or two, it is almost as though Alainn and Killian and the personalities from my other books are beckoning me back to spend time with them. It is always so much fun for me to go to their world, to travel to their century, and create more adventures for them (or with them) as it were, for most of the time, they take on a life of their own and I simply write what they seem to be showing me. Writing fantasy, and magical storylines in particular, is fascinating for there are few limitations. I go through all the emotions right along with Alainn and Killian, and I am always really pleased when readers tell me they laughed out loud or were brought to tears when reading my books. Along with being a published author, and writing stories people fall in love with, being able to evoke emotions is a goal I am really proud to have achieved.
As the story-line escalates and the conclusion of The Irish Witch Series draws nearer, I do promise readers are getting closer to learning all the answers Alainn and Killian have been pursuing since way back in book one. But there are certainly some new mysteries and adversaries that arise also. I find myself almost dreading the end of the series, just as I do when I come to the end of reading a series I enjoy. But, I am very excited to get on to the next two series with Alainn’s descendants.
I always welcome readers’ comments. I like to hear what they enjoy about the series or even what they dislike about the books. Yes, I am quite aware the cliff-hanger endings will probably be top of that list. Feel free to contact me at: leighannedwards.com
I look forward to being back on the blog in April when the final installment, Book 7, A Witch’s Destiny is released. Until then, magical wishes.
Since she was a child, Leigh Ann Edwards has always had a vivid imagination and lots of stories to tell. An enthusiastic traveler and author for over twenty years, her adventures in Massachusetts, Ireland, and the UK inspired The Farrier’s Daughter and its sequel novels in the Irish Witch series. Edwards adores animals, history, genealogy, and magical places—and Ireland is filled with many magical places. She lives with her husband and two cats in the lovely city of Edmonton, Alberta.