Author Name: R. Lee Ingalls
Book: Ingalls on the Prairie – The Gene and Fern Ingalls Story
Favorite author: Laura Ingalls Wilder
Are you a full-time author? No I am not. If not, what’s your side gig? I am a Project Manager by career.
What experiences or people have influenced your writing the most? Laura Ingalls Wilder is a family member and knowing I was part of that family was the initial event that caused me to decide to write a book. My parents and their life together was an amazing thing to see, a love story of a different type.
Do you keep a writing journal and if so, how do you use it? I do not but I have been jotting down memory joggers for a couple decades.
Do you belong to a writers’ group? If so, describe your experience: No I do not.
Are you up with the sun or do you burn the midnight oil? I am up with the sun but can and do write late in the day as well. Normally I write new material in the morning and do my edits in the afternoon / early evening.
How do you get over a writing slump? I just start typing whatever comes into my mind.
Do you prefer writing dialogue or descriptive passages? Descriptive passages for sure.
What are you working on now? My second book is what I thought would be my first book but as I began to write I found my parents story to be much more compelling. My second book will also be non-fiction but my story.
What advice would you give to someone thinking about writing and publishing a book? Do it, don’t wait, begin now and don’t force it. I finally allowed the story to take a more organic path and then everything fell into place.
Do you listen to podcasts? If so, which podcasts do you find the most interesting? No, not really but I have been invited to participate in a couple mostly addressing the connection and continuing story of the Ingalls / Little House on the Prairie story.
Favorite escape: I love going on cruises, they are relaxing and I can completely disconnect.
Have you ever tried Kombucha tea? No I have not.
Do you prefer a couch with pillows or no pillows? With pillows
Would you rather rake leaves, shovel snow or weed? Rake leaves
Favorite mask – disposable paper, plain fabric, colorful print or something else? I have a variety but normally I wear one with a pattern and reusable.
Biggest writing challenge since COVID-19: No writing challenge it actually freed up my time to be able to complete my book, but the lack of travel and social distancing has limited my ability to promote my book.
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