Player Profile: Geena Leigh, author of Call Me Sasha

web pic low resGeena Leigh, author of Call Me Sasha

What is the name of your latest creation? Tell us all about it:

‘Call Me Sasha’ is the first book I’ve written, it is a non-fiction memoir.

It is described as:
‘The inspirational account of one woman’s journey from sexual abuse through prostitution to eventual salvation. It is raw with honesty, compelling and even laugh-out-loud funny as Geena recounts the highs and lows of her fascinating life in the sex industry.’

9781743318867Where are you from / where do you call home?:

Sydney is my home.

When you were a kid, what did you want to become? An author? Or something else?:

As a child I wanted to be an archaeologist – a treasure hunter and then I wanted to be a pop star (don’t we all at one point). I definitely did not dream of ever working in prostitution -no sane person would.
The reason that I wrote this book is because I’ve overcome many challenges in life and realised that my story could inspire others e.g. someone might read and say to themselves; ‘If she got through all that – then I can get through this!’ At the very least – I knew I had a story that would entertain.

What do you consider to be your best work? Why?:

This is the first book I’ve written so it would have to be this one.

Describe your writing environment to us – your office, writing room, desk, etc.; is it ordered or chaotic?:

My writing environment is organised -I have many colourful post-its around the area with tips, reminders and inspirational quotes.
I have the ‘total word count’ number of the book that I am writing in front of me on a hot pink post-it (right now it reads 50,193) and I aim to add at least 1,000 words to it each business day. Usually, I do however sometimes my brain is moosh and I may get 30 words down.

When you’re not writing, who/what do you like to read?:

I predominantly have always enjoyed memoirs and non-fiction books – however have recently found a great love for fiction.

What was the defining book(s) of your childhood/schooling?:

I loved reading as a child (and still do now). It was/is a wonderful escape. Some of my favourites were;
‘Come over to my house’ by Theo Lesieg & Richard Erdoes.
‘More Spaghetti I Say’ by Rita Golden Gelman.
‘Harry The Dirty Dog’ by Gene Zion.
‘The Story about Ping’ by Marjorie Flack

If you were a literary character, who would you be? Why?:

No specific character springs to mind.

Apart from books, what do you do in your spare time (surprise us!)?:

I used to be quite a thrill seeker up until only a couple of years ago; bungee jumping,abseiling,canyoning -I basically participated in any activity that had a disclaimer form to sign RE: ‘not to sue the company if you die’ type of thing.

Now, I find writing exciting! I also love movies, to walk/run on the treadmill and play with our two puppies.

What is your favourite food and favourite drink?:

Right now I am going through a Tapas faze. Drinkwise – I consumed my quota of alcohol by the time I was 18 so water works best for me.

Who is your hero? Why?:

I used to have heroes that I looked up to however that’s a lot of pressure to put on one person. If they disappoint you -it can be quite crushing to one’s spirit. I seek out admirable traits from many different people.

Crystal ball time – what is the biggest challenge for the future of books and reading?:

I am excited for the future of books and reading. Especially with the reach via eBooks – they level the playing field for opportunities to read and learn.

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