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Today our spotlight is shining on Erin Eileen Leigh, author of Navigating the Newborn Months and Beyond, an instruction manual for new parents.
1. First, tell us a little about your book/project?
I published my first nonfiction book, Navigating the Newborn Months and Beyond, in February 2022. The idea to write this book started developing several years ago, but I started outlining and writing the book in October of 2020. As a mother of four, I wanted to create a guide for other moms based on my own experiences and research. My goal is to help moms feel less overwhelmed about motherhood by giving them simple, evidence-based tools to manage routine, sleep, fussiness and self-care.
2. What kind of research did you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
Before beginning research for a project, I like to outline and write a loose draft of the major points and ideas. Once I have an outline and some organization, I begin my research using online articles and books from my local libraries and my collection. Since I was an attorney for many years, research has been part of my everyday life for a long time. I like to collect my sources, review them, take notes, and summarize the main points in my own way.
3. If you could tell your younger writing self one thing, what would it be?
Believe in yourself! I've enjoyed writing since I was a child, but my self-confidence in writing (and publishing) developed later in life.
4. Can you tell us a bit about your writing space? Is there something you need to have when writing a book?
Usually, I write at my desk, located in our kitchen. Although it is not private or quiet, it is convenient for me to sit down and write when I have an idea since I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. At my desk, I always have my notepad, books for research, a blanket to wrap around my legs (because I am always cold!), and a glass of water. I also have a wireless Bluetooth keyboard that I bring everywhere. I love it because it allows me to jot down ideas while away from home.
5. If you could be a character from any book for 24 hours, who would you be?
I have to admit that I would love to be Scarlett O'Hara from Gone With the Wind just for a day.
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