Amy and Mike Leslie (M. A. Leslie)

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
A - Charlie from Liberty, not because of his role in the first Liberty, but in the process of writing a second story containing him, he is really coming to life for me. It is almost like I can see him. Not that all of the other characters in our books aren’t special, but he is kind of taking a life of his own.

M- Libbi from our book Liberty. I know that Libbi is a girl and for that reason we are very different, but there are many similarities to her upbringing that are similar to my own. She is feisty like my wife and has seen more than any person of her age should have. I respect her and feel like I can see through her eyes sometimes.

2. Tell me about your travels.

3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
A – If I could insert an IV of coffee in my arm and walk around all day, I would be the happiest person alive. Please just add the French vanilla creamer.

M – I am going to have to go with coffee too. I don’t know how people can write without it. There aren’t enough hours in the day to get writing done and most of it is done at night for us. Therefore, we need our coffee.

4. What else can you do besides write?

5. Who are you reading right now?
A – Currently I am reading two books. I am reading New York to Dallas by JD Robb and Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson. One I am reading for myself and the other I am reading for my son. He likes me to pre-read his books so we can talk about them.

M – Right now I am reading Urban Mythos by Jay Eckert. A fellow self published author from New Jersey. It is an extremely interesting YA fantasy book that I have been meaning to read for some time.

6. Pop culture or academia?
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?

8. Where do you find your inspiration to write?
A – Believe it or not, but most of my thoughts for stories come while I am driving. There has been more than one story hatched as I drove and Mike wrote as fast as he could to keep up. Then of course there is the fact that most of our stories are based upon dreams that I have had, even the scary ones.

M – I find the inspiration to write from Amy. Writing is something that I have always loved to do, but until we put our thoughts and writing together, I never finished anything. Amy is my muse, without her, I wouldn’t be able to write.

9. Food you could eat every day?
A – Pasta.

M – Pasta. Any shape with any sauce.

10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
11. What kind of music speaks to you?

12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
A – I am more of a run with it kind of girl. I let the ideas flow from my mind and the order isn’t really all that important until the end.

M – I am an outliner. I need structure, without the structure, I am unable to finish anything. I usually let Amy run with it and I do my best to follow and put it in outline form.

13. Celebrity crush.
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
15. Do you still watch cartoons?

Leslie Collage

M.A. Leslie isn't just one person, but the pen name is made up of two people. Mike and Amy Leslie, a married writing team from Southern New Jersey. There, we raise our children, work, and write by the beach in Cape May County.

Find M. A. Leslie online at these links:

- http://www.amazon.com/M.A.-Leslie/e/B004SCHBTE

- www.maleslie1.blogspot.com

- http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4717954


  1. This is the first husband/wife writing duo I've interviewed for HEIDI'S PICK SIX! And, it was great.

    I like how Amy is your muse, Mike, and how each of you chose characters from the opposite sex as your favorites. The guys in my novels are always my favorites,too.

    I keep telling my husband we need to write a fiction story together, but that might be way down the line.

    :) Heidi

  2. Thanks for having us, Heidi. Your Pick Six is a fun interview to have.

  3. Fun interview guys. And, uh, I don't know how you do it. I couldn't write a grocery list with my husband. :PP

  4. I loved the interview ;-)

    I’m here visiting from Jeremy Bates' blog hop, and I love your blog!

    My favorite scary book is IT (scared the crap out of me as a kid), movie that horrified me most was Rob Zombie’s remake of Halloween, and I did not dress up this year, because I suck. One of my favorite costumes in the past was "Dead Baby Roller Blades."

    Happy Halloween!


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