Monday, August 14, 2017

Author Interview: Leigh Podersky

Leigh Podgorski
author, Western Song

Give us a bit of your background (where are you from, your family, traveling adventures)

I was born in Chicago, but grew up in New England so that is where my heart will always be. However, my roots are from Poland. In 2005, my husband, daughter and I along with my sister and her daughter went to Krakow, Poland, with visits to Budapest and Prague, to visit the land where my Grandmother was born and grew up. From family stories and the help of  friendly natives of Debowiec, we were able to find the land her family once owned as well as the tiny church they attended. The churchyard contained many names of my ancestors, as well as the family name of my husband. When I returned to California where I now live, I began a five year journey to research and write a family saga loosely based on my ancestors that flows through 250 years of Polish history, THE WOMEN DEBROWSKA. The book is available on Amazon.

Fill in the blank favorites - Type of hero. My heroes, whether writing them or reading about them, must have strength but also vulnerability. They must possess kindness, even if they are tortured, even if they are dark. One of my favorite heroes is the Vampire Lestat. He struggles so hard to find the light within, but cannot overcome his basest compulsions. There must be nobility and strength. They can stumble and falter, but they mustn’t be mean or petty or small. They must be searching, reaching always for that better self.
Type of heroine. My favorite heroines must possess the same qualities as my heores. Strong, yet vulnerable; kind even if tortured and dark. Never superficial, petty, or mean. Always reaching for the sun. Daenerys Targaryen from A Song of Ice and Fire series is a good example. She is capable of committing evil acts, but she is strong and principled.
Most writers are readers. What are some of the books you have on your nightstand and/or on your "must read" list?
Full Wolf Moon by Lincoln Child—story about paranormal investigator Jeremy Logan. I have a series about a paranormal investigator, too…
Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken. Loved him on SNL, love his work as a Senator.
Quiet Until the Thaw by Alexander Fuller. Takes place on a South Dakota Indian reservation. I have spent decades researching and working with Native Americans and have a book, OURAY’S PEAK that details the Ute Indians of Colorado.
The Ready-Made Thief by Augustus Rose.  This book’s description encompasses my perfect heroine: gritty, bold, taking on a gang of tough hombres.
Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?
The Philippines. My father was stationed there during WWII where he learned to repair airplanes. He fell in love with the Philippines and returned there after my mother died. He was also an entrepreneur and was doing business there. My sister was always afraid he would never return—and he did not. He was murdered on the streets of Manilla. In the Philippines, you have to pay to get a murder investigated. Here in the states, we could not get anyone interested. The US didn’t want to touch this one. I have a friend who is also a writer who has always told me that this is the story I need to write. It has been over 25 years now, and I am emotionally far enough removed from this crime to be able to write about it. I have begun to loosely outline the book in my head—which, surprisingly or maybe not, I envision as a light-hearted, at times comic sleuth/murder series of a young woman and her best friend, a young gay man. Their first case is her father’s murder in Manilla.
What is your favorite genre to write?
I write in many genres, and the genre I am writing at the time is my favorite. Right now, I am writing Fantasy – which is new to me. I have a psychic detective/tracker series which slips into the metaphysical. The novella I am working on now will become the fourth book in that series. The books are DESERT CHIMERA, GALLOWS ASCENDING, and NEURI SHAPE-SHIFTING. The story I’m writing is SEASON OF THE NEURI KNIGHT.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I read a lot of True Crime because I am fascinated by the psychology. I also love Literary Fiction and Mystery.
What is one silly fact about you?
I still stay up half the night reading because I HAVE to know how the darn thing ENDS!!!!

Western Song

Contemporary Western Love Story about a bull riding rancher and his deceased best buddy’s Thai immigrant mail order bride. As she discovers the power of freedom, he discovers he’s lost his heart.

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