I met Lindsay via twitter where I chat with many fellow writers and authors. I am pleased to introduce her to you here on No Wasted Ink.
My name is Lindsay Leggett and I currently reside outside of Toronto but originate from Northern Ontario. Beyond writing, I am also an editor, marketer, and hobby collector. Some of these hobbies include learning languages and many instruments. It can be a problem.
When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve been writing since I can remember. I think my first ‘novel’ was about thieves who stole my cat. It was ten pages and included (horrendous) illustrations. From then on, writing became as big in my life as breathing. Poetry, short stories, epic novels; you name it, and I was working on it. I’ve since learned how to rein in my imagination (sort of).
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I began seriously writing my first novel when I was around twelve years old. All of my teachers were very supportive in this endeavour, and even though that book was never finished, I still use pieces of it in current writing.
Can you share a little about your current book with us?
Flight is the story of an Ace Harpy Hunter (kind of like a super FBI agent to fight genetically mutated monsters) who is on the run from the oppressive Elder Corporation. After she’s discovered and asked to return to help the threat, she begins to uncover a great secret both within the Corporation, and within herself. It’s an action dystopian with a healthy dose of forbidden love and sci-fi badassery.
What inspired you to write this book?
The original first scribblings of Flight were actually based around vampires (before the new-age vampire craze), but I chanced upon some art with Harpy characters—beautiful creatures with wings and no emotions. This developed into the story of a Hunter with a hatred toward the government and her discovery of a Harpy who’s been living among humans in secret. That’s all I can reveal.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I think my writing is fairly visual, with a lot of focus on inner turmoil and the contrast between what we believe is happening with what is actually happening. Add some sarcasm, action, and blood, and you’ve got Lindsay Leggett.
How did you come up with the title of this book?
Flight had some truly horrendous first titles. One day, I rode a friend’s horse named Flight, and a lightbulb flicked on. So, my title was actually stolen from a horse.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Flight is very much about realizing who you are and finding what is right for you, even if it might not seem right to your society.
Are experiences in this book based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
There is a theme of loss which is related to my life. Flight’s protagonist Piper has lost her brother, which plays a big role in the novel. I lost my father when I was a child, so much of this aspect of the book plays on my own experiences and emotions.
What authors have most influenced your life? What about them do you find inspiring?
Margaret Atwood has always been a big influence for my writing, as well as Ray Bradbury and Chuck Palahniuk. I think that they are all pioneers in dystopian, Sci-Fi, and experimenting with their work, which has always appealed to me.
If you had to choose, is there a writer would you consider a mentor? Why?
So many writers have been a great support and inspiration through me over the last few years. Meredyth Wood read early incarnations of the book. Maggie Stiefvater has also been a role model for me since her first book came out.
Who designed the cover of your book? Why did you select this illustrator?
I ended up creating my own cover. I’ve worked with some covers in the past, and I just couldn’t resist when I found this particular photo. It was a lot of work creating my character in the cover, but I loved every minute of it. It’s incredibly rewarding to be able to be proud of something you designed yourself :)
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Don’t give up, inform yourself about the industry and the craft of writing, and don’t push too soon.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I hope my readers love the world of Flight as much as I do, and find themselves in any of the characters. I also hope they love Piper and Asher, and want to see the rest of their story. Also, any of my readers are automatically awesome, so I’d love to say that above all. You are awesome.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada