A lot of people say to me, when they find out that I’m a writer, how they want to write themselves, but can’t find time to do it. My ethos is that a writer doesn’t find time, but rather makes time. I have a full time day job, which luckily for me, fits in with my writing – I get to lead a creative writing group for young writers. But even if I had to do a non-writing related job, I’ve come to believe there’s something to be gained from everything. Life experience = character development. In between working with teenagers, I make time to write, or read on my lunch break. Fair enough, I don’t read as much as should, since I prioritise writing, but I take little bits of information from everything I can – the Metro on the way to work, conversations on the bus, pamphlets at a doctor’s office and so on. Picking up on other styles of writing/ interesting topics/ mistakes in a printed article also helps me to hone my editing skills and improve my writing. Editing is the toughest part of being a writer for me!

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has written four novels, including award-winning ghost horror, The Blue Man, as well as three poetry collections. Her writing confronts the nature of self; her novels feature main characters on a dark psychological journey who have a crisis of identity and create a new sense of being. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry. In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing literary journal with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from publishing pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary lad, a voracious reader of sea monster books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: https://mailchi.mp/75c5a1ad6956/leilanie-stewart-author-info

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