Editor’s Note: I’ve known Leigh McLeroy for many years and
she is a great friend. Leigh is a
writer. She’s also very much alive. She reads, notices, cares, loves,
laughs, cries, rolls up her sleeves and serves. Sometimes she writes what she lives and sees, and that’s a gift to the
rest of us.
Beautiful Ache is all stories, Scriptures and Leigh’s. It’s joyous and heart-wrenching, and suffused
with the true grit of real life following the Savior. I love this book.
Part 2 of the interview. Part 3 of the interview.
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GL: Leigh, it’s fun
for me to see your book coming out. I loved your book, partly because you’re a master
storyteller and a great writer, partly because I know you. And I hope our
CGO readers will get to know you. So let’s start…
I know in one sense you’ve always been a writer. But
when did you begin to see yourself as a writer? What pulls you to write?
LMc: I think every writer is a first of all a reader -
and I started reading when I was four and pilfering my five year old sister's
kindergarten books. My love of reading morphed into a love of writing fairly
quickly. Writing for me is a way to process my thoughts and connect with the
world around me. Then when Jesus came into the picture at age eight my writing
became a habit. (Once a word-nerd, always a word-nerd I like to say.) Even so,
it's only been in the last five years that I could refer to myself as writer without
stammering or blushing. I’m still kind of getting used to identifying myself
that way - or hearing others do so.
GL: Do you feel like you have
to write? If your full time job entailed you doing non-writing tasks, would
you feel compelled to write in your off-hours? What I’m getting at is this—is there a sense of compulsion (or propulsion) that pulls you into writing? Read more