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Interview with Leigh Archer, author of ‘Alpha Match’

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Leigh Archer writes romance novels set in her native South Africa. She has always had a love affair with Africa’s wild open spaces, the intensity of its people and sunsets. Her love of storytelling began as a child when she spent every spare moment playing barefoot in golden grass, watching wild creatures, learning to track spoor and dreaming up heroes and heroines dynamic enough to stand out in all the beauty and drama of the African landscape.

Always in search of adventure, Leigh’s journey as a writer has taken her from journalism through communications, to working as a novelist.

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Website – http://leigharcher.net/

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I’m delighted to welcome Leigh as a guest on my blog today as a stop off on her blog ‘tour’ this week. I thought I would her a few questions that I would like to know the answers to about Leigh’s writing and I hope readers of my blo will find them interesting too.

So ‘Hello’ and a warm Yorkshire welcome to fellow writer Leigh Archer, who has a recent new release, ‘Alpha Match’.

I’ve been reading a little about you and I see that you are based in South Africa and that ‘Alpha Match’ is set there. Do you think that the comparatively unusual setting is what appeals to your publisher and of course, your readers?

Yes, I think so. A recent article by Travel Guru voted South Africa the most beautiful country in the world because it sweeps international travel prizes and has the highest repeat tourism of any long haul destination in the world. The reasons given were: unsurpassed wildlife and magnificent scenery, as well its architecture, antiquity and the sheer luxury and uniqueness of its bush retreats. I did not consciously set out to place a romance series in this setting. It just seemed the most natural place for romance stories for the same reason it is one of the most favoured destinations for weddings, honeymoons and proposals.What excites me most about the setting for the Untamed Safari Series is juxtaposing the wild and untamed, alongside polished sophistication. Think Victorian slipper bath on a wooden deck overlooking the bushveld that stretches as far as the eye can see. Or the feel of a cool swimming pool, cocktail in hand as you watch giraffe lope across the savannah. These contrasting states are mirrored in the characters, their stories, struggles and passion.

What made you want to write in the first place and how did you get your first break in the publishing world?

I have always been captivated by the way a good story can take you anywhere in the world, allow you to get to know fascinating characters quite intimately, and I get goose bumps thinking about the almost sacred bond between reader and writer; a magical relationship that spans time, place and culture.My first break into the publishing world came while having scones and tea in one of the oldest hotels in the UK, and I signed my first publishing contract while sipping a cocktail on the terrace of Cape Town’s Cape Grace Hotel overlooking the marina. Other than these moments, it’s been a lot of hard work and a bit of wheeling and dealing on the side.

How would you describe ‘Alpha Match’ in terms of genre/sub-genre?

I wanted to write a story with great characters that would draw readers in then hold them captive as they played out their passions and adventures. So I didn’t think too much about sub-genre, etc. while writing. I wanted the story to be king. Luckily enough, it’s managed to fit into the contemporary romance category with flashes of sunset, spice and heat.

 

What was the best thing about writing it?

I was able to have a daydream that lasted several months. I got a kick out of letting my fantasies run wild while telling people that I was working. In fact, the experience was so intoxicating, I’ve decided to repeat it – again and again!

 

Is there any character in the book that you would like to trade lives with?Even for just a day?

I would swop with Adrian any day because I think being a wildlife photographer is one of the most amazing jobs in the world. To have all that wild beauty to make art out of, would be like being on holiday permanently and making a living out of your holiday pics.

Has the work of any particular writer influenced or inspired you and if so, why?

I admire writers who bravely cross genres. Stories are about our life experiences and that can be wonder and love at one moment, or a scary or heartbreaking incident at another. J.K. Rowling has done it, Judy Blume, Nathanial Hawthorne, C.S. Lewis, Maya Angelou, Joan Didion, to name a few.

Can you work anywhere, or do you have a favourite place to hideaway and write in?

I tend to soak things up around me – people, conversations, birds bathing in a puddle, so it would be no good trying to write in a coffee shop. I can write pretty much anywhere so long as there are no distractions and it’s unlikely anyone could creep up on me.

 

Do you have any advice for an aspiring writer?

The old advice used to be – write what you know about, but what a boring place our bookshelves would be if writers did just that. Nothing can outdo passion, so write what you’re passionate about. Even football dailies have started to use real fans to write their copy. Passion is something you just can’t fake.

 

And finally Leigh, what next? Can you tell me a little about your work in progress?

Moonflower, the second in the Untamed Safari Series, is now available for pre-launch order – Moonflower. This is the story of Sophie Kyle who first appeared in The Alpha Match. Now she takes up a position on a private game farm in the hopes of paying off her student loans and, of course, 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. As the sensuous bond between them grows, Sophie and Reuben must find common ground or they are doomed to spend the rest of their lives a continent apart.

I’m working on book #3 – Wetlands – which is the story of award-winning wildlife filmmaker, Adrian Barnard, from The Alpha Match. He is tasked with making a documentary about a multi-purpose development being built close to sensitive wetlands. Life becomes decidedly complicated when he develops an inconvenient 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.

Thank you Leigh Archer for joining me today and for your very thoughtful and interesting answers to my questions. I’m  certainly with you on writing about what you feel passionate about and you seem to be doing just that.

Good luck with the entire Untamed Safari Series!

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EXCERPT

Ben watched Caro as she shared with the children. She was not only very good at it, but was obviously enjoying herself. And she’d never looked so beautiful. She had tried to restrain her hair at the back of her neck, but it refused to be tamed and fell in wisps and tendrils around her face. Her dark blue eyes sparkled, her cheeks were flushed and the mouth he had once known so well kept breaking into a wide smile.

Watching her had the same effect on him as a sudden bushveld storm at the end of a drought. More than once he’d celebrated with an indigenous people when the rains finally came. He’d turn his face up to the sky, warm rain drenching him, plastering his clothes to his body, his hair to his head, the taste of it running into his mouth, red dust churning to mud beneath his feet. That was the effect she had on him. This woman he had loved so much.

Again, he asked himself how this lovely, enchanting creature could have turned out to be so ruthlessly ambitious. He had wanted her to be the mother of his children, his life partner. Ben Duval, who barely remembered his parents, who had longed for siblings through all those lonely holidays and many a Christmas. It was this woman with whom he had chosen to create his most treasured dream: a family. How could he have so misjudged her?

 

 

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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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6 Responses to “Interview with Leigh Archer, author of ‘Alpha Match’”

  1. Leigh Archer says:

    Thanks so much for hosting me on your blog and giving me the opportunity to share some of my experiences and a little about The Alpha Match with your readers. Leigh Archer

    • Violet Fields says:

      Leigh. You’re more than welcome.Thanks for being such an interesting guest 🙂 and good luck with your series !

  2. Kemberlee says:

    Awesome story. Can’t wait for Moonflower!

  3. Leigh, it sounds like an awesome book! I like your description of writing as several months in a daydream. Wishing you many sales!

  4. Tegon Maus says:

    Great interview Leigh ! Enjoyed it very much !

  5. The Alpha Match looks like a really good read Leigh.
    Congratulations.

    Cathy

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