A: I’ve always been interested in stories where people’s lives get out of control through no fault of their own (a bit like how homelessness can come out of the blue I guess). The story comes from an idea that people can simply go missing and an imagination of what could cause this to happen in some cases.
Q: What made you decide to give the profits to The Big Issue Foundation?
A: I think homelessness is the unspoken issue of our times and especially now, it could affect anyone. I can honestly see a time when not only homeless adults but potentially children will die on the streets of one of the wealthiest countries in the world and it’s shameful. I’ve always admired the work The Big Issue does and it’s my way of supporting you.
Big Issue Foundation
Donate to support vendors today
Your gift today will mean Big Issue vendors will get the support they need to progress forward in life. You will be supporting vendors in key areas including housing, finance, mental health and employment.
Q: Why did you use a pseudonym and is there any significance to the name?
A: The reason for the pseudonym was that Leslie Charles were my late father’s first names (Leslie Charles Levis). Unfortunately, he passed away before the book was completed so won’t have known, although my Mum saw it being published online before she too passed away in May 2020 and was happy I did that.
Q: Do you plan on writing more books in the future?
A: I’d love to write more books in the future, I’ve got some ideas bubbling up in my head and I need to make time to get them down on paper (screen). Retirement is due in 6 or 7 years so maybe that will be the ideal time.
Q: How did you get into writing or have you always had a passion for it?
A: I’ve always been interested in writing and I’m told I’m good with words. I love the way you can immerse yourself in a book and the idea for Shimaura just seemed too good an opportunity to miss.
If you’re interested in purchasing a copy, you can get it through Amazon Kindle or Smashwords for just £2.50.