Meet Liela Fuller, author of The Bag Lady. Everyone has a story and this is the story of Bag Lady, a successful woman eager to enter into the next dimension of life holding onto the baggage she picked up along the way.
What is one thing people wouldn’t usually know about you?
The one thing people usually don’t know about me is that I love architecture and building design. I don’t know when I fell in love with architecture, but I have such a wonderful love for the design of buildings that you may find me staring at a beautiful building for hours.
What did your best review say about your work?
The best review I have received for Bag Lady was from a person who does not typically read full books. She told me that she read the book in one sitting and called her best friend and read the book to her. She said they both loved the story and encouraged others to buy the book.
How important are the names of any characters in your book?
When I wrote Bag Lady, I initially wrote it to be a play so I didn’t think too much about the character names, but the more I wrote the more the names seemed to fit the characters.
Are there any occupational hazards to being a writer?
For me, the one occupational hazard is sitting too much. When I am engrossed in writing, I will at times have to force myself to stand up and walk around. To combat this, I will be ordering a sit to stand desk for my home office.
Have you ever wished you could do, or be, something else?
I think for me the only thing I wish I could do is to be a full-time writer. Right now, writing is something I do after work and on weekends, but I would love to write full-time.
What is the biggest challenge you faced when writing your book?
The biggest challenge I faced while writing Bag Lady was the decision to release it as a short story rather than a play. My intention when I wrote the story was for it to be a play and in my mind, I had actresses in mind for most of the roles so letting that go was a hard choice but one I don’t regret.
Do you have any hints or tips for aspiring writers?
My tip to aspiring writers is to keep writing and don’t stop. Also, take the time to set your schedule to incorporate writing into it this way you will always have the time versus trying to make the time to write.
What has been the best experience of your life so far?
The best experience of my life so far has been being a Mom to my son Malachi. I know that I have not gotten everything right and I’m sure I failed a lot during his life but carrying him in my belly, nurturing him, loving him and teaching him has been an experience unlike any other I’ve had.
Are you jealous of other writers?
No, in fact, as a published author I understand the struggle very well. Writing seems easy when you’re not doing it, but crafting a story, going through edits, publishing and marketing are all tough so I applaud my fellow writers who go through it over and over again for the love of the craft.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I often find my inspiration while traveling or from my dreams. I am a pretty active person so my quiet times tend to happen in the shower, the car, on a plane or when I am asleep and these seem to be the times when I get new ideas for books. I also get ideas and inspiration in prayer.
What is your favourite film or TV moment of all time?
My favorite film moment happened in the movie Anonymous. Ben Johnson’s character is being interrogated and he’s asked if he’s ever been arrested and Ben’s response is “I’m a writer, aren’t I? Of course, I’ve bloody well been.” I love the moment because it reminds me that writers like myself didn’t always have the freedom to say what we wanted, how we wanted so I remember that when I am writing. Freedom of speech and expression are powerful tools but not everyone has them.
Do you have a favourite writing resource to share with my readers and other writers?
My favorite writing resource is the Author Lab. The Author Lab is something I found recently while working on promotions for Bag Lady. They have book templates, marketing tips, cover design help and much more. I also love The Write Life and Gotham Writer’s Workshop.
You can find Bag Lady in paperback and Kindle format here: https://amzn.to/32OG0qg
You can meet Liela on her website here: https://www.thoughtsofathankfulheart.com
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