What would you do if you found an alligator floating in your swimming pool? So begins Jana DeLeon's fun, romantic mystery Rumble on the Bayou. Not to worry. The alligator, with a backpack hanging out of his mouth, is not dead…he's high from the heroin in the backpack. After visiting with the Louisiana native, this doesn't seem to be as outrageous as it might otherwise seem. Apparently she draws on a lot of personal experience.
BV: Congrats on your first book. So, did you want to write since you were a child?
JDL: Not really. As a kid in elementary school, I didn't think I had anything important to say.
BV: Do you have a lot to say now?
JDL: Right now I'm a corporate trainer. I travel a lot so I have plenty of time to write in airports, hotels and cafes.
BV: Well, it's obvious you love to write.
JDL: Writing is the hardest thing I've ever done. Especially the techniques.
BV: Alligators really scare the begeebies out of me, but I love that the heroine in this book is totally in her element in the bayou.
JDL: I think of it as Lara Croft in the Bayou.
BV: What do you have coming up?
JDL: In November is Unlucky about a statistically unlucky woman. When she touches someone, they are then unlucky. It's kind of autobiographical. (smile)
BV: Any final thoughts to share?
JDL: If I could give back to one person what I've gotten out of books all these years, then I'm successful.
Bottom line: This summer, look before you leap into that swimming pool.