Road to Freedom by Leigh Lincoln: Author Interview, Tour, and Giveaway with Celebrate Lit.
About the Book
Book: Road to Freedom
Author: Leigh Lincoln
Genre: Christian Literary Transformational Fiction
Release date: October 16, 2020
A marriage which shouldn’t be. The path to forgiveness begins in unlikely places. And love can bloom among the thorns.
Immigrant Francisco has escaped the cruelty of Cuba, but has been a man without a true home. Now terminal cancer has driven him into the arms of Stacy.
Traveling half-way around the world together, they each have a journey to take. Francisco confronts his past. While Stacy tries to open her heart after a devastating first marriage. Both pushing each other in ways they are unwilling to accept.
Can he make amends and say he’s sorry for his wrongs? Can she learn to let go and be free to love again?
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What was the highlight of writing this book?
This was my ‘pandemic’ project. I sat down at my desk one day, pulled up photos from my travels and started remembering people I’d met. And it hit me, I should write about my trips somehow. But what? As I tinkered with ideas, it just started coming into focus. All the immigrants from Cuba, all the wonderful places I’ve been and I can make people see this in for themselves. Thus, as I worked on the book, I would have a photo for the corresponding place up as I wrote. This just made the book so much more personal to me. The beach in Cuba, the market in Teror, Plaza Mayor, Miami Beach…
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
When I’m not writing, I’m painting, cooking, hiking, reading or traveling. Okay, that last one’s a bit hit and miss now with Covid but I’m still trying to get out and explore the world. Sure, the world now is my backyard…
What’s your favorite writing snack?
When did you write your first book? Is that first one published?
I wrote my first book, Road Home in 2016. I published it myself.
How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?
Both of my books took a few months to write. The better question is how long did it take to edit them? About six months. Thankfully, I have now found an editor who has the patience to put up with my hot mess of a first draft. She was able to push my book, Road to Freedom in ways I didn’t see possible. And it’s a much better book because of it.
What has influenced you the most as a writer?
What influences me is listening to people. Over the last few years, I’ve had the opportunity to learn the stories of immigrants from Cuba. People who now live in American, Spain, Italy, Greece and even the Yukon in Canada. There was a common thread among all of them, a longing for freedom and wish for a place to call home. As I did more and more research into the topic, I just felt I had to write what was in my heart. And Road to Freedom was born…
About the Author
Leigh has spent the better part of the last thirty years involved in homeless and poverty advocacy in one way or another. Her first novel – Road Home – was born out of this work. She wanted to make people think about their lives and how they live. But most importantly, about how they treat others and how they want to be treated. Her second novel – Road to Freedom – looks at how our lives don’t always follow the path we choose. But yet somehow we must pick up the broken pieces and move on. How we grow and where our strength comes from is what’s most important. These two novels form the basis for her series – Broken Roads. Each shows how life is raw, painful and often leads us on journeys we never expected or imagined. While each book doesn’t seem to relate, the final book in the series will connect the dots of how these characters have touched the lives of each other in ways they never knew. Keep watching for updates on when new books will come out!
Leigh loves to travel, paint and hike. You never know where she’ll end up next, for she’s on her own journey of discovery.
More from Leigh
I wrote this book as my pandemic project – with all this time on my hands I needed something to do. No traveling, no meeting new people, no leaving my house, no, no, no. Fine, I thought to myself, I’ll sit at my computer and remember people I’ve met on my journeys, places I’ve been, things I’ve seen, foods I’ve savored. And then cram them all into a book. For those of you who want to be adventurous, I’ve learned how to make paella. It works best in a heavy skillet on a gas stove, but a non-stick pan or an electric stove will work as well. Ingredients: 1 1/2 cup stock, 1/8 cup olive oil, 1/4 large onion finely chopped, 1 clove fresh garlic minced, 1/3 cup tomato sauce, handful of fresh peas, 3/4 cup pearl or valencia rice, 1 large bay leaf, 1 cup meat (chicken, Spanish chorizo or seafood – or go crazy and do a mix of meats), salt, pepper and saffron to taste. Instructions: Saute onions, garlic, bay leaf in olive oil until soft. Add rice, continue to saute for 3-5 minutes until rice is a golden brown. Add about a 1/4 cup of stock, tomato sauce, peas, and spices. If you are using chicken add it at this point. Cook on low or medium low, shaking the pan from time to time, making sure the rice ends up level. Slowly pour about 1/4 cup of stock evenly around the pan every 5-10 minutes. Do not allow it to come to a boil, do not stir and do not cover. When the rice is almost tender, add Spanish chorizo or seafood if that’s your meat of choice. I often serve paella with fresh bread, a bowl of olive oil to dip the bread in and a few slices of lemon if people want some tang added to their paella.
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To celebrate her tour, Leigh is giving away the grand prize package of a signed copy and a $25 Amazon gift card!!