Just recently, Deidre Leshay is going on and on about why she has such great passion for having become an author.
In fact, just the thought of being ceremoniously thrust in a rather distinguished group, in a rather commendable compelling limelight, or sorts, is something about which swiftly brings Leshay to smiles.
And rightfully so.
“What I love most about being an author and a publisher is that I get to bring books to life and I get to bring dreams to life,” Leshay told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “It is an honor and a pleasure to be able to do something so amazing, and I am a slight bit vain. I love seeing my name and company’s name on books.”
To her credit, Leshay, a native of Albany, Georgia, has gone to great lengths, thus weathered an assortment of obstacles to emerge as the professional author/publisher for which she is widely known.
A customer service representative for a company in Columbus, Ohio, her present place of residence, Leshay customarily writes for as many as three different urban genres, most notably drama, thriller, and romance.
As if those avenues aren’t enough to keep her with a congested schedule, Leshay admittedly doesn’t plan to slow down anytime soon.
Not with her best writing and publishing days well ahead of her.
“I would like to write a mystery, which I am in the process of researching mystery fiction,” Leshay explained.
In addition, as it pertains to the craft for which she has successfully found her niche, Leshay seemingly has delved off into a business venture, or sorts, a trend that undoubtedly has become a growing trend amongst rising authors.
Leshay is owner and chief executive officer of a book publishing company called Black Beauty, a venture about which she organized in February 2015.
As she tells it, having her own venture in this ever-so-popular industry will greatly enhance her writing mechanics, thus provide her with the flexibility to become her own publisher.
“After having a not-so-pleasant publishing experience — don’t get me wrong — I am so grateful to that company for bringing my book alive,” Leshay said. “I just want to write more than urban romantic novels. I decided to open a company that would publish all genres of books, giving my authors the pleasure of branching out and keeping Black Beauty out of the normal urban publishing box.”
In addition, what’s so intriguing about this young author is that her publishing company is open to all ethic groups, regardless of their race, creed, or color, a trend that will surely cause her to become more marketable in the foreseeable future.
In assessing the overall landscape of her craft, Leshay credits her mother for challenging her daily to broaden her horizon, thus cling to unwavering faith and maximizing her potential.
“My mother…she has always told me that there was a book inside me and she was correct,” Leshay said. “There are a lot of books inside me.”
Which, to her credit, is why she was going on and on about recently about why she has such great passion for having become an author.
Not to mention a publisher.
“I think that it is important for people to know that dreams come true, that every day, average people can achieve greatness,” Leshay said. “I am proof that it happens; you just have to have faith in God and trust Him and take that leap of faith.”
Just as she has done.
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