Murder Most Instinctive

Louisa Leontiades General, On Writing

Survival is our ultimate skill, our ultimate goal and our ultimate curse. It is the most powerful instinct we have. It can turn the meek into indiscriminate killers, acting out of fear. It can drive otherwise loving and rational folk to protect their religions at any cost. It can force those people who identify strongly with their social status, to corporate crime.

God Is An Author

Louisa Leontiades General, On Writing

Let’s say that there is a God, he of the bible who smites cities, he of the old testament who drowns armies in seas. I understand why he might do such things, without compassion or a twinge of remorse. We are his spirit of imagination; breathed life into us, and so, he creates, kills and destroys – just for fun. And then watches how we evolve. If he doesn’t like it well hey, there’s always a plague of locusts he can send in chapter three. He can press his delete key at any moment because what he gives, he can also take away. Or can he?

The Perfect Excuse to Watch Movies… And Call it Work.

Louisa Leontiades General, On Writing

Why after all this time do I still have that voice in my head? If I’m to hazard a guess, it’s because it makes me feel safe. It’s because just in case people do not like my work, I haven’t set my expectations too high and my identity tied with my achievements, will not be destroyed.

On This Morning’s sofa…

Louisa Leontiades Book Publicity, On Writing

If there’s one stereotype that exists for good reason, it’s that image of a bushy-haired beetle-eyebrowed writer, who walks around muttering to herself leaving half drunk cups of tea everywhere. For the last three years I have been expanding after childbirth, a bit like the universe–at a comfortable but steady rate.

Postmodern Woman Anarchy…

Louisa Leontiades General, On Writing

Keeping their writing under Louisa Leontiades, felt somehow like I wasn’t recognising their valuable contribution. In more intersectional terms, I felt I was erasing their voices.

Goodbye, Queen of The Limbo

Louisa Leontiades General, On Writing

After fifteen years, six major rewrites, three restructures, and now two substantive edits the Queen of the Limbo is almost ready to go out on stage and come into her own. And I am torn. I’ve loved having her here, tweaking her to idly pass the time, embellishing her with colour and power. It’s a book that has grown with me.

A Slag By Popular Opinion

Louisa Leontiades Book Publicity, On Writing

When you stick your head above the parapet during a revolution, you do so knowing that shots are coming your way. Writing about personal experience of non-monogamy is one way to put yourself in the firing line. Being interviewed about your non-monogamous relationship by England’s biggest tabloid, The Sun, is a better way.

A Picture Tells Thousand Words

Louisa Leontiades Book Publicity, On Writing

But people see what they expect to see. And that included the photographer. So they positioned my boyfriend with his back to us. Then they made him change into nondescript unflattering shirt, standing apart from us. The couple, and the boyfriend. An appendage.

All The Untold Stories

Louisa Leontiades General, On Writing

And then I read through the chapter again and cry. My untold story is from my soul. And I’ve lost part of it. The part that was self-indulgent, preachy and rambled.

Caught on Camera

Louisa Leontiades Book Publicity, On Writing

There are a select few photos on my boyfriend’s hard drive that are, shall we say, unashamedly for his eyes only. But apart from heavily vetted and otherwise ‘instagrammed’ photos on facebook, I’ve always been wary about being photographed.

What Hides In The White Space

Louisa Leontiades General, On Writing

‘The Husband Swap’ stayed on my hard drive for around 7 years before I considered publishing it. In that time I reflected on what happened in the spaces in between, what was really going on in my head. What I didn’t write. What we didn’t say.