Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Leigh Archer ~ an interview and her novel The Alpha Match

Leigh Archer

Q: How would you describe yourself as a color? Think personality here. Are you a light and airy pastel person, or more of a deep, dark, sultry and mysterious color?
A: I’m orange. And I’m not the only one who thinks this. People give me orange things without being asked. Tirgearr Publishing used orange as the dominant colour in the design of The Alpha Match cover. It happens all the time. Sunset orange, pumpkin, bunt orange, apricot, copper, peach…

Q: Tell me one thing about each of the four seasons you like. It can be anything.
A:        Winter =        Not having to plaster myself with sunblock and being able to wear a beanie on a bad hair day.
            Spring            =         In the southern hemisphere everyone thinks spring arrives on 1st September, so children go off to school in their brightly decorated spring hats and don’t care at all that it’s raining.
            Summer =     Wearing as few clothes as possible and always having an excuse for a cooling cocktail or a rest in the shade.
            Fall =  Avoiding this by resting in the shade after you’ve had a cocktail. (We don’t really have fall in South Africa – one week it’s hot then two weeks later it’s chilly.)

Q: If you could morph into any creature what would it be?
 A:       One of those colourful little frogs that measure no more than a centimeter or two.
            If you don’t mind me asking, why?   
A:        No creature on earth has more peace and quiet – they live high up in the mountains in beautiful foliage beside waterfalls. They’re really hard for predators to find and if anyone does decide to take a bite out of them, it turns out they’re toxic. Just imagine how much writing I’d get done if I was a tiny frog!

Q: If your life were a movie would it be considered an action film, comedy, drama, romance, fantasy or a combination?
A:        A combination. You’d have to explain the plot to people who weren’t paying attention, and would probably get the urge to laugh in places even though you knew it wasn’t appropriate. But I hope it would be exciting, moving, a little different, and that you’d come away feeling satisfied about the ending and a little comforted.

Q: What is your favorite part of writing?
A: I don’t have to wear shoes to work and I can take a (brief) nap after lunch. I also get a kick out of a scene suddenly appearing that hadn’t been planned for but has sprung up organically and reads like the most natural thing in the world. That’s when writing becomes magical.

Q: Describe your favorite heroine? (This doesn’t have to be one of yours.)
A: I had a ball writing Sophie Kyle – the heroine in Moonflower, #2 in the Untamed Safari Series (now available for pre-launch order - Moonflower). Sophie has few hang-ups and she’s clever, hardworking and kind. I was able to make the most of her youth, her strength and focus, as well as a wicked sense of humour and the light she shines into people’s lives. Sophie was an uninhibited romp through the African bush.

Q: Are you a sit down and play it by ear kind of writer, or do you need a structured guideline, or maybe a little of both?
A: Writing is like making love – you need to strike a balance between technique and creative spontaneity. Too much technique and the experience becomes mechanical, uninspiring; all spontaneity and you lose the plot and end up flailing all over the place. (I begin with a pretty detailed outline, but try never to allow it to dictate to the characters – they rule in my stories.)

Q: What geographical locations are your favorite and why?
A: South Africa because it’s a crazy, beautiful, ancient, new and unexpected place. And it’s not just me who says this. The country was named the most beautiful in the world recently by Travel Guru. As they put it: what is more beautiful than a gorgeous sunset? A gorgeous sunset with elephants and giraffe in front of it! Those who visit experience a wonderful contrast of the wild and untamed beside the sophisticated and luxurious – lodges with their own art galleries, a prince in a tented camp, chandeliers hanging from thousand year old trees, the roar of wild lions as you slide between Egyptian linen sheets. In my book, the perfect setting in which to place unforgettable men and woman and watch as they find themselves, and love.


Q: What are you working on now? Would you like to share anything about it?
A: I’m working on book #3 – Wetlands – the story of award-winning wildlife filmmaker, Adrian Barnard, who first appeared in The Alpha Match. He is tasked with making a documentary about a multi-purpose development being built close to sensitive wetlands. His life takes an unexpected turn when he develops a powerful attraction for Dani who heads the corporation behind the new development after her father’s sudden disappearance from the corporate world. Adrian is hell-bent on protecting the sensitive wetlands and its wildlife while Dani has everything to prove to her father’s board of directors.

Q: Do you have a new book coming out soon? Tell us about it.
A:  Moonflower, the second in the Untamed Safari Series, is now available for pre-launch order - Moonflower. After meeting Sophie Kyle in The Alpha Match, you get to read her story in Moonflower when she takes up a position on a private game farm in the hopes of paying off her student loans and getting the chance to indulge her passion for wildlife conservation. Reuben Manning is a British businessman who has bought a game farm in Africa which he intends to use as a venue to entertain friends and business associates. A strong and sensuous bond builds between the two, but they must find common ground or they’re doomed to spend the rest of their lives a continent apart.

Q: How can we find you? Do you have a web page, FaceBook page or any buy links?
A:  Please stop by for a chat with me in these places:

Q: Are you currently participating in a blog tour? If you are let’s tell everyone where you’re going to be so they can catch up with you again.

A: I am and here are the dates and links:
Please join me on:
25 June
26 June
30 June
1 July    
2 July   
3 July   

The Alpha Match, Untamed Safari Series #1

English conservationist, Caro Hannah, and South African, Ben Duval, must work together to introduce endangered African wild dogs to a game reserve four years after their love affair ended. The challenges of their profession pale into insignificance beside the personal obstacles they must overcome to either bring closure to the events of four years before, or reignite a passion hot enough to burn up the African bush.


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1 comment:

  1. Great questions, Loc. Thanks for hosting and giving me the opportunity to share a little more about The Alpha Match with your readers. Leigh Archer


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