Author Interview: Gwynita Leggington

Author Interview Bio:

Gwynita Leggington has written poetry, essays and short stories since the age of ten. Over the yeas, she has grown to love and admire her craft. She truly enjoys sharing her work with others. Gwynita is a published author, business owner (Infinity Literary Services), columnist, freelance writer and poet. She writes for two online magazines, “From a Writer’s POV” and The Houston Ministry of Culture.” In addition, she is a writer for and and her work also appears on,, and

Author Interview Gwynita Leggington:

It’s rare today to find an author who does nothing but write for a living. Do you have a ‘real’ job other than writing, and if so, what is it? What are some other jobs you’ve had in your life?

Gwynita Leggington: I am a full time freelance writer, doctoral student at Walden University and an aspiring plus-size model. These three things keep me very busy, so I do not have another job aside of what I am doing right now. However, during the past few years, I have worked as a college instructor, counselor, program coordinator, test proctor and substitute teacher. I really enjoy working in education and that is why I am studying Educational Psychology and pursuing a PhD. in this field.

What compelled you to write your first book?

Gwynita Leggington: I always wanted to publish a poetry book, so I finally decided to do it. I wanted to share my work with others and motivate and inspire the readers through my poetry. I began writing my book in January of 2006, and my book was released in March of 2007, through Outskirts Press.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Gwynita Leggington: Yes, I’ve always wanted to be a writer, ever since I was ten years old. I always had a passion for writing, and I am so glad that I chose to pursue a career in this profession.

Tell us a little bit about your book/s. What are their titles; which is your favorite if you have more than one, and briefly let us know what they are about. Pay particular attention to your most recent book and/or your first book:

Gwynita Leggington: My book “A Walk In My Shoes,” is about me….my life experiences, feelings, emotions and desires. In my book, I discuss things such as spirituality, love, death, losing a loved one and how to cope with hardships and struggles. It is an inspirational book filled with creative poetic verse.

Are you currently working on any writing projects our readers should watch for release soon?

Gwynita Leggington: I am currently working on my second book entitled “Surviving Through Your Struggles,” which is a non-fiction/inspirational book, which will be released on or before January of 2009.

How did you feel the day you held the copy of your first book in your hands?

Gwynita Leggington: I was so excited and overwhelmed with joy. I just couldn’t stop holding my book. I even fell asleep holding my book in my hands.

What inspires you and motivates you to write the very most?

Gwynita Leggington: What inspires me is my passion for writing and just knowing that I was born to write and share my work with others. There is so much more that I want to accomplish, and all of those things (my goals) keep me inspired. Also, everything that I have been through in life (the ups and downs, the good and the bad) my life experiences keep me going. I am a stronger person and a better writer due to the hardships and struggles that I have endured over the years. And lastly, most importantly, my faith in God keeps me motivated and inspired.

What one thing are you the most proud of in your life?

Gwynita Leggington: I am most proud of publishing my poetry book and pursuing my writing career.

What about your family? Do you have children, married, siblings, parents? Has your family been supportive of your writing?

Gwynita Leggington: My family is very supportive of my writing career. My father passed away when I was writing my first book, but he was very supportive as well. My mother is still alive and she totally supports my writing and she is truly there for me, as well as the rest of my family (my brother, sister, nephews, nieces, godmother and friends.) I do not have a husband or children, but I do hope to get married and to become a mother some day.

Location and life experience can sprinkle their influence in your writing. Tell us about where you grew up and a little about where you live now – city? Suburb? Country? Farm? If you could live anywhere you want to live, where would that be?

Gwynita Leggington: I grew up in Silsbee Texas, which is a very small town (around 8,000 people or so). I live in Houston, Texas now, which is a big change for me. I really love living in Houston and I’ve been here since 1999. If I could live anywhere else, I would probably chose New York, L.A. or Atlanta, Ga. But even if I moved away, it would probably be temporary because I would definitely want to return back to Houston eventually.

Do you have any pets? What are they? Tell us about them.

Gwynita Leggington: I do not have any pets right now, but I am a pet lover. I love cats, dogs and horses.

Bring us into your home and set the scene for us when you are writing. What does it look like? On the couch, laptop, desk? Music? Lighting, handwriting?

Gwynita Leggington: I always write at my desk and most of the time I have food or snacks beside me along with a bottle of water or diet cranberry juice to drink. Most of the time my room is normally quiet when I am writing (no television or music playing). Also, I don’t like a lot of light when I am writing, so I dim the lights in my room.

Do you watch television? If so, what are your favorite shows? Does television influence of inspire your writing?

Gwynita Leggington: I love watching television. My favorite shows are The Young and the Restless, Girlfriends, The King of Queens, News, Court TV, Good Times and Oprah. I also watch a lot of Lifetime movies and movies/shows on BET, MTV and VH1.

What about movies? Same as above.

Gwynita Leggington: I love movies, especially the ones on Lifetime. I can watch the Lifetime network all day long. Some of my all time favorite movies are The Color Purple, New Jack City, Dirty Dancing, Four Brothers, Titanic, The Women of Brewster Place, Disappearing Acts, and Their Eyes Were Watching God.

How long did it take you to write your most recent (or first) book? When you started writing, did you think it would take that long (or short)?

Gwynita Leggington: It took me about 7 months to complete my first book. I actually stopped writing my book when my father passed away because I needed some time to cope with his death. I really wasn’t sure how long it would take to write my book, but I was pleased in the amount of time that I finished it.

Is there anyone you’d like to specifically acknowledge who has inspired, motivated, encouraged or supported your writing?

Gwynita Leggington: Yes, I would like to acknowledge my parents and the rest of my family, my godmother and my best friend Dee-Dee.

Anything else you’d like your readers to know?

My book is available at Barnes & and, as well as most online bookstores. You can learn more about my writing and me, by visiting the following websites:


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