Lee DuCote has traveled the world researching cultures, people, and historical accounts to help create his stories. A native to Louisiana, he writes to give hope and encouragement to others, as well as to entertain and spark the imagination. Lee lives in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas with his wife and family and is the author of seven novels including Camp 80 that earned him an international book award.
Interview with Lee DuCote
1. When did you first start your writing career?
I started writing in high school but with sloppy handwriting, no spell check, and the fear of my peers making funny of me I never let anyone read it. I wrote my first book in 2011 and after I was finished I threw it away because it was painfully boring. So I wrote a love story called Fields of Alicia and with my coach behind me I had it published and the rest is history.
2. What draws you to the type of romance you enjoy writing?
Honestly I am not sure, I consider myself a man’s man but some reason I am a softy with love stories. I do however love romantic comedies and have been known to join the gals with a bottle of wine for movie night.
3. What is your ideal writing time, place, and/or ritual? I write early in the mornings in my office with coffee and composed music. If I need to finish things in the evening I return to the same place and replace my coffee with wine. I probably have more mistakes in the evenings.
4. Which authors would you say inspire you the most to write? SE Hinton
5. Any advice for the budding authors out there?
Just write and don’t be competitive with other authors. Everyone is different on how they write, how much they write a day, and what inspires them the most. Follow your imagination and your characters will come to life and take over the story.