April/May 2023 Update

Oops! I apologize for missing April’s update, but I promise I’ve got some exciting news to share with you this month. First of all, I’m thrilled to announce that Book 12 in the Owl Star Witch Series, “Owl Berry Mysterious,” is coming out this month. The paperback and hardcover versions will be available in the first week of May, and the ebook release is scheduled for May 18th. Get ready for another exciting adventure with Astra and the gang! In audiobook news, production for the 7th Audiobook in the Owl Star Witch Mysteries, “Bring Your Beach Owl,” is currently underway. Our talented narrator, Naomi Rose-Mock, is working hard to bring this installment to life, so stay tuned for its release. I’m also happy to share that the Owl Star Witch Series has been re-covered, featuring Archie more prominently. I hope you love the new designs as much as I do! Lastly, mark your calendars for next month’s release of Book 2 in the Silver Circle Cat Rescue Mysteries, “Honey, Hairballs, and Murder.” You won’t want to miss what’s in store for Eleanor, Evie, Belladonna, and the rest of the Silver Circle gang. Thank you for your continued support, and happy reading!

March 2023 Update

It’s hard to believe we’re already approaching the end of the year’s first quarter, but here we are. As always, I have some updates for you on what’s been happening in the world of my paranormal cozy mysteries. First and foremost, I’m thrilled to announce that the audiobook for “Owl Melt with You,” Book 6 of the Owl Star Witch Mysteries, is now available on Audible and Apple! Naomi Rose-Mock has again done an amazing job bringing Astra and her friends to life. I can’t wait for you to listen to it. In other news, I’m happy to report that “Owl Berry Mysterious,” Book 12 of the Owl Star Witch Mysteries, is now off to the editor. This book takes Astra and the gang on a mysterious journey into the high-stakes world of—berry farms! I think you’ll love it. Meanwhile, I’m currently working hard writing “Honey, Hairballs, and Murder,” Book 2 of the Silver Circle Cat Rescue Mysteries. This new midlife cozy series is off to a great start, and I’m excited to for you to get to know Eleanor, Belladonna, and the rest of the Silver Circle gang. Stay tuned for more updates, and happy reading!

February 2023 Update

Greetings, readers! I hope your year has started off well. So, a few updates! First, the audiobook for “Owl Melt with You,” Book 6 of the Owl Star Witch Mysteries, is complete and will be released on Audible in March. Naomi Rose-Mock has done another fantastic job bringing Astra and the gang to life, and I can’t wait for you to hear it. In other news, “Scries Like an Owl,” Book 11 of the Owl Star Witch Mysteries, will be released on March 9th. This book takes Astra on a journey through Cassandra’s local politics, where she must solve a kidnapping and navigate a mystifying local dynamic. I’m also happy to report that progress is going well on the new midlife cozy series, “Silver Circle Cat Rescue Mysteries.” The first book, “Crystals, Belladonna, and Murder,” was released on February 14th, and I hope you enjoy getting to know Eleanor, Belladonna, and the Silver Circle gang.

FAQs After ChatGPT Exploded on to the scene. (And information on interview requests.)

In June 2021, I began working with Sudowrite, an AI writing assistant for fiction writers. And by “working with,” I mean I started using the software. In July of 2022, I was featured fairly prominently in How independent writers are turning to AI – The Verge, but because they primarily used my real name (Jennifer Lepp) instead of my pen name (Leanne Leeds,) no one paid me much notice. AI use in fiction was getting far less attention than art-generating AI. And then ChatGPT blew that all to hell. (I did a follow-up interview on that, too though my pen name was a bit more prominently pointed out thanks to my complaint about my real name use. I didn’t think that one through.) At this point, I’m seeing some things mentioned about me that are pretty inaccurate I felt the need to put this up. So, here we go. First, though: Can we interview you/use you for background/include your opinion in this article/podcast/television show/skywriting art installation? I am not interested in doing additional interviews on general #AI use at this time. Most of the information folks seem to be seeking can be found in the Verge articles, and there are now tons more authors public about their use. I will continue to advocate within the writing community, and will be happy to discuss #AI use in fiction writing in venues that discuss writing/authorship in general (vs. venues that discuss #AI or technology in general—unless it’s a panel at SXSW Tech and you’re buying me a pass. Then I’ll talk about whatever you want. Kidding. Mostly.) I read somewhere that you use AI/ChatGPT to generate all your books now. Yep, I read that, too. When this all started, I didn’t honestly know how much of the AI-generated text I actually used because I just went with the flow and didn’t have too big a concern with keeping track. As this became a hotter and hotter topic (and I’ve seen statements from folks claiming I “generate” my books,) I got curious, so I started separating my Sudowrite documents into chapters and used PostSEO text compare to compare my finished chapter and the text in Sudowrite’s generated cards. The following is a screenshot of the chapter I wrote yesterday, and this seems to be pretty average. I’ve had results as low as 8%, and as high as 11%. On average, 90% are the words from my brain, and 10% are the words from the #AI. I do not use Sudowrite for plot suggestions as some do—I know where my chapters and scenes are going, I just want to say it better. What part of your books does ChatGPT write? None. Almost all words in my books (the 10% above) are from Sudowrite. 2/1/23 update: I’ve started to use ChatGPT minimally in editing. 4/3/23 update: I’ve started using ChatGPT much more in generating a rough draft now that GPT4 is much better. 5/1/23 update: I’m now using Claude to generate a rough draft and …

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January 2023 Update

Happy New Year to all my readers! I hope the new year brings you joy, success, and lots of good books to read. I am excited to share my release schedule for this year with you and can’t wait for you to dive into my new stories. February 14, 2023 – Crystals, Belladonna, and Murder (Book 1, Silver Circle Cat Rescue Mysteries) March 9, 2023 – Scries Like an Owl (Book 11, Owl Star Witch Mysteries) May 18, 2023 – Owl Berry Mysterious (Book 12, Owl Star Witch Mysteries) June 15, 2023 – Honey, Hairballs, and Murder (Book 2, Silver Circle Cat Rescue Mysteries) August 3, 2023 – Nugget, Coins, and Murder (Book 3, Silver Circle Cat Rescue Mysteries) September 21, 2023 – Fairy Tales, Foxes, and Murder (Book 4, Silver Circle Cat Rescue Mysteries) November 9, 2023 – Of Owl the Nerve (Book 13, Owl Star Witch Mysteries) December 28, 2023 – Sable, Siberia, and Murder (Book 5, Silver Circle Cat Rescue Mysteries) The fantastic Meghan Kelly will be narrating the Silver Circle Cat Rescue Mysteries audiobooks, and we’ll be attempting to get those audiobooks out with each release (or as close to it as we possibly can.)  The incredible Naomi Rose-Mock will continue recording the Owl Star Witch audiobooks, and since we’ll be taking a bit of a break to focus on the new series, hopefully, we’ll catch up. Here’s to a fantastic 2023!