What’s your writing background? When did you begin writing and what inspired you?
I started writing soon after I learned how to walk. Since I was very small, I began with short stories.
How often do you write? And how do you manage to fit in writing among other commitments?
I write for two hours every day. I consider writing to be my first priority. Everything else takes a back seat.
In which genre do you most enjoy writing?
Short stories still ring my chimes. At the moment I’m wrenching a memoir out of my memory, which stubbornly refuses to open itself most of the time. Since my life has been much stranger than fiction, I hope to sell the memoir as a novel, since no one would believe that it is true.
What draws you to write in that genre?
I am compelled to try to record the bizarre events of my life so that, first of all, I can commit them to the written word. I hope that once emptied out of my brain, they will remain stuck in the pages and leave me alone. Secondarily, I hope that my life history will be interesting to others. I think it will.
Can you tell me about your current project(s)?
In addition to the memoir/novel/memoir, I write two blogs and contribute to another.
What are your writing plans for the future?
I hope to keep writing until I draw my last breath. After that I’m not sure.
Where can people find out more about you?
Everyone is cordially invited to visit my blogs frequently:
- Dina Leah’s interview for Human Trafficking Awareness Month can be read here.
- ‘Barter Sex, Survival Sex, Predators and Perps: The Everyday World of the Teenage Runaway’, a short piece of non-fiction written by Dina Leah, can be read on Voices of Prostitution Survivors here.