For the next 100 days, We are featuring Female Authors from across the nation for the sole purpose of highlighting books created by women for women.
Leah-Ashley McCauley was born and raised in Portland, OR. where she developed her passion for writing and storytelling at a very young age. The journey of life took her through many obstacles before she decided to reconnect with her first love, writing. She is now the author of Highlights and Brown Sugar, a collection of short stories and poems. Leah-Ashley is set to release her first novel in 2021 and currently resides on the East Coast, for now, while working hard on her next project.
When did you realize you held a gift for writing?
I would say I realized my gift when I was in second grade. I loved to read and through that, I discovered a love of creating my own stories to share with my family and friends. The elementary school I went to let us make our own books that were placed in the library. I remember my first book “Detective Leah” became a favorite amongst other students and that further fueled my passion for writing.
How would you describe your writing in four words?
My writing is influential.
If you could pinpoint one common message from your work, what would it be?
That you can always rise above your situation. We are often a lot stronger than we realize so I believe it is imperative that we get out of our own heads and live!
What inspired your latest novel “I know who the devil is”?
My book is a non-fiction piece that is based on a severely abusive relationship I found myself in, with an older man, at nineteen years old.
Can you describe your creative writing process?
I always start with a title, whether or not that title makes it to the final project doesn’t matter to me, it gives me a way to visualize my plot. From there I am able to flesh out the story and each character. I also like to let my creative juices flow on paper… so I write without worrying about errors then go back and revise later.
What is next for you?
I am constantly creating so the next thing I plan to put out is a book of poetry and short stories. I have a fiction novel in the works as well that I am hoping to release next year.
How can readers connect with you?
Readers can connect with me on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook! I am always interested in discussing my work and the writing world as a whole. I feel like every conversation is a learning experience.
What is your definition of a Pretty Woman Who Hustles?
Being pretty is something that shines from the inside out. When she is pretty on the inside it reflects, and to see that same woman with drive, and ambition really showcases the hustle in her. A Pretty Woman Who Hustles gets it by any means necessary, confident in her abilities and demeanor.
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Social Media Links:
Instagram.com/lashviciouz and instagram.com/wordsbylash