Interview with Tricia Leedom

Interview with Tricia Leedom

What genre do you write and why?
I call it “Romantic Adventure,” but it falls into the category of light or comedic Romantic Suspense. My favorite types of movies have always been romantic adventures like Romancing the Stone, Fools Gold, Six Days Seven Nights, Sahara, Knight and Day and I thought how fun would be to write a romance novel that takes readers on a thrilling, suspenseful adventure that isn’t quite as dark and serious as a typical romantic suspense novel.

Interview with Tricia Leedom
Tell us about your latest book.
Bahama Mama is a story about young mother, Molly, who after years singing on the country music circuit herself with only minor success, gets the opportunity to meet her idol, Anders Ostergaard, in a very happenstance and kind of unfortunate meet cute. (It’s one of those cringe-worthy and hilarious moments that you hope never happens to you!) But when Molly’s daughter becomes entangled with some not so nice men and witnesses a murder, Molly and Anders find themselves racing to the Bahamas to recover her daughter and bring her home safely.

But Bahama Mama is about so much more. Some reoccurring themes in this series pertain to trust - trusting yourself, trusting your heart, and trusting fate. And in turn risking your heart for love. These themes match the adventurous nature of the story. The act of falling in love can be just as uncertain and adventurous as the physical, heart-pounding action that make the book a Romantic Suspense. Falling in love is actually the most common, complicated, and risky adventure of all.

What did you edit out of this book?
I took the characters to Bimini in the Bahamas after they visit Nassau. I had the big climatic showdown with the villain happen in Bimini, but my editor thought the chapters slowed down the pacing and she was right. Even though it was painful to edit out three whole chapters, I rewrote the climactic scene and I’m really happy with the result. I didn’t completely toss the chapters. I’m hoping I can repurpose them in another story.

How do you select the names of your characters?
I chose Anders Ostergaard’s name at the start of the series. I wanted him to have a name that was very unique so that when other characters heard it, there was no mistaking the person being referred to was the celebrity by that name. Kind of like when someone mentions Benedict Cumberbatch or Joaquin Phoenix. The first person you’re mostly likely going to think of is the actor with that name, unlike the name Sam Smith, you might not automatically think of Sam Smith the singer. I gave Anders a unique name to help explain why Jimmy was compelled to legally change his last name to Panama. Not only would the name “Jimmy Ostergaard” be a red flag that he was related to Anders but I thought it would make it easier to notice the family resemblance. I picked Molly’s name simply because I always like the name Molly and I thought it sounded good with McBain.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad or good ones?
I do read the reviews. I like to hear why people are enjoying my work. The feedback makes me feel good and gives me confidence and the boost to keep going. Fortunately, I haven’t had too many bad reviews, but I try to take them with a grain of salt and remind myself that people have their own particular tastes and books are very subjective. What I write might not be someone else’s cup of tea and that’s okay.

What formats is the book available in?
Bahama Mama is available on Kindle, iBook, NOOK, Kobo, Google Play, and in print.

Interview with Tricia Leedom
Who are your favourite authors?
Some of my favorites are Diana Gabaldon, J. R. Ward, Karen Robards, Cindy Dees, Johanna Lindsey, Judith McNaught, and Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

What advice do you have for other writers?
If you’re a new writer, or even if you’ve been writing for a while, never stop studying your craft. Take a writing workshop or read some craft books. I have two degrees in Creative Writing and I still attend workshops regularly and adsorb the advice of other authors. It inspires and motivates me and learning can only make you a better writer.

What's your favourite quote about writing/for writers?
Tony Morison said, "If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." That’s what I’ve done with The Key West Escape Series. I’m writing books that I want to read.

Where can people find out more about you and your writing?
Please follow me on twitter @tricialeedom or Facebook at Tricia Leedom – Author. And you can visit my publisher’s website: to find my author page and finally, keep up to date on all of my future releases, book bargains, sneak peeks, giveaways, special offers, & so much more by subscribing to my publishing house’s newsletter - Click here to join our Firefly Hill family! 

Thank you, Jo and Writers and Authors, for having me.

Interview with Tricia Leedom, author of Bahama Mama. Includes giveaway!



  1. Thanks for being on the tour! :)

    1. My pleasure. I love doing interviews with authors and finding out more about their books.


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