Hi everyone! We have a special guest post for you from Leslie North, author of Tempting the Rancher!
We asked Leslie what’s the hardest thing about writing. She shared the biggest hurdle for her, and what she does to combat it. You can also find out more about her book and enter a giveaway at the end!
The hardest part of writing
Sometimes the hard part is just sitting down! There are so many distractions these days, but usually if I have the discipline to just turn off the outside world, sit down at my writing desk and start typing, the words just flow out of me!
I have found having a routine is an important part of my writing strategy. So I will write Monday to Friday in the mornings, all morning. I like to write then as I always feel more creative and haven’t been distracted yet by the world outside. I make sure I have a bottle of water, and a hot cup of tea or coffee when I write. My dogs normally sit beside me. I use sticky notes to keep me focused, I get such a great sense of satisfaction to scrunch them up and throw them away when I’m done!
Any suggestions from my readers are always written on a sticky note and stay on my board so I can see them. I love getting reader’s feedback! It keeps me focused on writing books people enjoy. If I’m feeling particularly distracted I will put on some music, I’ve been using Spotify and their recommended lists. I try to choose music which aligns with what I’m writing and use it as a bit of inspiration for a scene and sometimes to capture the feeling of a song in a character. With Tempting the Rancher, I listened to country playlists featuring artists like Jerry Jeff Walker, Shania Twain and the King, Elvis Presley.
About the book
Tempting the RancherAuthor: Leslie North
Series: Meier Ranch Brothers #1
Release date: April 26th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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Purchase: Amazon UK | Amazon US | iBooks | Kobo
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Texas rancher Nathaniel Meier always puts his responsibilities first. With his father dead, his brothers away, and his mother off “finding herself,” it’s Nat who runs their sprawling ranch. But with cattle to sell and the bank breathing down his neck, he needs all the help he can get, even when that help comes from the last person he ever expected to see again—his childhood sweetheart January Rose.
Free-spirited January always dreamed of traveling the world. The moment she turned eighteen, she left Close Call, Texas behind and barely looked back. So now that she’s home, she intends to stay only long enough to earn some cash and get back on the road. But when she comes face to face with Nat Meier, she quickly realizes the boy she left behind is now all man.
Even for a nomad like January, wanderlust sometimes gets lonely, and Nat is the one person who’s called to her, even after a decade apart. But for a man ruled by responsibility and a woman whose suitcase is her home, the future is uncertain. And the closer they get, the more Nat worries he’s going to get burned…again.