Interview with L'Poni Baldwin

Why do you write short stories?
I write short stories and poetry because its more fun. I've tried writing novels in the past and failed miserably (The Dragonboys is the only exception). Short stories and poetry are easier, more fun and straight to the point. I also get to add my own bits of Clusterfudge (my made up word for distorted poetry) to my writings.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Rebirth of Heaven (not currently out yet) will mark my return to the publishing world. Its release will mean something grand. I can't say much, yet.
Why are your ebooks so short?
I don't know. I love making them short, and they are poems and flash stories so they have to be short. It makes them easier to read and you don't have to navigate through a huge table of contents like the one inside Dragons and Cicadas (my subscription book). Plus, I can release as many as I like because they are so short. I kinda wish I could charge fifty cents for them.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything.
I don't have that many fans yet, and I haven't received any fan fictions or fan art, but the people that read my stories and poems mean everything to me. I get a certain joy when I know someone is enjoying my stories and they tell me how much they love my writing. Its a feeling that never gets old. My fans remind me of how much I love writing and publishing my work for them to see and read.
What are you working on next?
The 13th update of Dragons and Cicadas and (hopefully) a new issue/story file for the TSODR series.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Nope.
What is your writing process?
Type, read, proofread and publish. TRPP.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Doing nothing. Really. Doing nothing. Just writing and publishing is effective itself.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Being able to publish what I want and how I want. I don't have to hire an agent or any of that technical stuff and I can do anything I want. Yaaaay for DIY~!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It has taught me about publishing and has led new readers to my works. It also looks cool and I love seeing my stories listed on my author page.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Finishing a good story that makes me feel many emotions. Like The Dragonboys. It is at a point where I consider it complete. It makes me feel many things and I love how I was able to Clusterfudge history and add my own flair to it. Finishing a story is like birth (minus the pain and everything else that precedes it): I get to look at my pride and joy and feel proud.
Why Dragons?
Y'know, a user on Goodreads asked "why do we love dragons?" I replied with this response that sums up why I love dragons and why dragon fans in general love dragons:

"Because they're powerful, big scaley lizards that nobody knows about. We can shape them in any way we want from the perfect pet to the most awesome friend. There's something appealing about them in every form, even if its a tiny dragon, a dragon disguised as a human or an epic-sized space dragon of Draconizica, and they are varied. Because nobody on Parallel Earth knows about them historically, we can make them into our image of what a dragon should be. Sure. there are unicorns and zombies, but somehow we just can't make them as awesome as a big, powerful (or tiny) dragon. They can also be our opinions personified. We can make them warlike gods bent on our destruction, or gods whom refrain from killing us with their mighty power (thus making them vulnerable).

And they're just dang awesome."
Why do you love Sci Fi?
My love of Sci Fi began ages ago. I think The Matrix is partly to blame for my love of the genre. Being thrown into another world full of futuristic buildings and high level technology is awesome. Being stuck on a planet with an Alien Queen is just plain terrifying. Having your mind projected into a virtual world with the weight of mankind on your back is scary and impressive. Sci Fi has so many possibilities. Don't get me wrong I love Fantasy, but the Fantasy genre seems too...I don't know how to say it but to me Sci Fi is better than Fantasy. Sci Fi has captivated me in many ways.
What is your favorite Sci Fi movie and why?
Aliens. Hands down. Aliens.

Aliens has that creepy feeling of being alone, outnumbered by bloodthirsty aliens and their homicidal mother, and your only weapon is a ragtag gang of military soldiers, yourself, a handgun, a scientist, an android and a little girl. That unfortunate mixture makes everything feel like a lost cause.
Alien 3 never happened. I liked it but it never happened.
Published 2014-08-19.
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Books by This Author

The Rebirth of Heaven
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,870. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2013. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction
This is the 51st issue of The Society On Da Run series. This issue includes poetry, flash fiction and tiny fiction based on the world built in Dragons and Cicadas. Space Dragons and aliens return to shake up your lives! (Comes with a preview of the extremely short prologue from He Knows Where the Dragon Lives, a Thor fan story and half of Sci Fi poetry collection 'A Time for the Space Dragons.')
Dragonato Rhythm (Update 10/16/13)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,240. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
This book contains several dragon stories extracted from Dragons & Cicadas
The Dragonboys: Son of Tangerines & Take a Chance (6/12/13 update)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 105,770. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Son of Tangerines: William Tangerine was born from an overgrown tangerine. When he meets Jonby Yellowkester, a boy like him, his life becomes the target of Albert, a scheming entity that wants to resurrect an old society. Take a Chance: I, Chance Karrucci, am a royal dragon prince and my body was sold to men and women alike. I invite you to read my story from beginning to end.
Historical Peladies (The Society On Da Run #50) (Update 4/27/2014)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,650. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2012. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction
The fifty-th issue and complimentary issue to 10/11/12 of TSODR is here! Historical Peladies is the latest and LAST installment in the bestselling short story magazine series, The Society On Da Run. You read it right! Historical Peladies is the final issue in the TSODR series. It has been a spectacular run!
Xeno, the Boy & Wonderbread (Update 5/24/2014)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,360. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Friendship
WonderBoy must never feel fear, for it is the hunger of enemies. WonderBoy must always remain calm, for staying in nervousness leads to failure. But what should he do if he accidentally kills his mother? (Comes with a new bonus story)
Take a Chance (The Life of a Sweet Dragon) (Update 4/29/2014)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,150. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Chance Karrucci, a royal prince of the Antonin Empire, becomes separated from his mother during the siege of his home. He finds himself in Crota, a town where torturing dragons is the main event. Take a Chance is a book of flash stories that take a look into the life of the Sweet Dragon. (Comes with a bonus story!)
Tarnished: Tales of Broken Dragons and 300 Other Stories (UPDATE 3/10/13) (The Society On Da Run)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 401,290. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
(This book contains all stories from Dragons & Cicadas released under a new title) "When a Space Dragon sins, he usually pays the price. When a Dragon God sins, his soul becomes shattered." This book contains 300+ flash fiction stories and poetry centered around space dragons, aliens, anime, wolves, zombies and other things, but with a twist in every story. ~~THIS BOOK IS FREE FOR LIMITED TIME~
Little Bo Peep Giselle (The Society On Da Run #46) (Update 4/24/2014)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,270. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Farmer Dale has a gun pointed at his head. Standing before him is an injured Crotonian. Now, if you've been following this series, you know Crotonians are NOT to be played with. What will Farmer Dale do? Will he offer help to the cripple alien? Issue #46 in The Society On Da Run magazine series, comes with a special bonus story.
il drago divina :: The Dragon Divine (Update 4/24/2014)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,690. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
The story of the lost android continues. Life has turned against her, and for a cyborg with no life, that is like a stab in the back. Continuation of il cyborg divina.
Religion or Cult (The Society On Da Run #44)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,440. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Is she right or are they wrong? Are the Dragons the enemy is Yansake the enemy? Hailed as the most "Shocking...frightening...twisted...and very well written piece of flash fiction."
The Androids and the Dragons: The OS Conspiracy
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,820. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Skyline awakens as the newest android to grace Perch Tech’s highly successful product line, but she can see beyond the lies and silver lining. She wishes to be with Macintosh, a timid android on the run from Al Micra, but both of them become tangled in a Dragon’s game of command and conquer. Issue 43 in The Society On Da Run bookazine series.
The Admiral's Cicada
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,260. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Anthology
During an unexpected attack, General Connelly reminisces the days before his daughter died. In story #2, a young man and his dragon venture to the fabled Cicada tree where the bugs gather to sing in a chorus. Issue #41 in the acclaimed Society On Da Run series.
The Love of an Italian Dragon
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 220,410. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Dragons can be very romantic when they wish, especially when they have nothing left to do during the day besides strolling the piazza. The Love of an Italian Dragon is a book of flash stories that take a look into the lives of the Karrucci family, Italy’s most important dragons. Issue #40 in the Society On Da Run series. CRUCIAL UPDATE on 4/13/12: more stories and a guide to the beloved dragons
AnimeMETH (Renewed Edition 4/24/2014. Anime Flash Fiction!)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,840. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2012. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction
Update 4/24/2014. AnimeMETH, the first ever "truly" anime-themed book to hit the Smashwords site, combines four anime flash stories accompanied by illustrations. COMES WITH A SAMPLE OF War of the Space Dragons.
The Society On Da Run: Dragons and Cicadas (Update 10: 3/2/13)
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 401,300. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
No vampires rule this land, no wolves take claim to the Dragon's throne. In this collection of stories, these dragons are unbound by standard cliches. These dragons live among us, taking our forms, eating our food...nobody knew their families dwelled in the stars, awaiting for a time to reclaim what is rightfully theirs. UPDATE 6 IS HERE!
il cyborg divina :: The Cyborg Divine (TSODR 39)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,230. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
The world is ending, the Dragons are taking over and Zzysra, a Cyborg made by Perch Tech, questions why she can't live past her Undyear. ::This is the 39th ebook in The Society On Da Run series::
Stacy's Last Contact
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,640. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A lady's email diary of her adventures in the country town Carver Dan is explored. The full extent of the zombie-dragon Misery is exposed, and Carver Dan's true purpose is showed. Follow-up to Carver Dan April 1st Disaster
The Society On Da Run #36: Dino Macro
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,840. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Richard, Dean and Kalley investigate a mysterious dust plume outside the Mars Metropolis and they encounter an angered dragon and a deadly virus. From the Queen of Space Dragons comes this new Sci Fi short story set on the unforgiving lands of Mars.
Native in Pink (The Society On Da Run #30)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,070. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2012. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
A band member journeys through her days before it is time for chemotherapy in this short poem.
Powerlines
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,810. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2012. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
He is running from something, something unfounded He knows he did it, the police are approaching They would be on his trail soon He couldn't let them touch him
Exabyte Lande: Canto 1 (The Society On Da Run #31) (Update 4/30/2014)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 590. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2012. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
A small piece of data becomes the center of a computer's life. Canto 1 of the acclaimed poem, 229 words. Comes with a bonus poem!
Platonick
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,530. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
A young man double crosses the people he loves: a scientist he met at Navy Pier and a teenage Nymph he met at Panera Bread. The outcome is unexpected as all three lives are weaved into the hellish dungeon of decisions and morality. Story #30 in the acclaimed Society On Da Run series. WARNING: there be fire-breathing ice dragons in this story.
Imp Empress: Falling in Love with Dragons: Aaron and Seraphina's Tale
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 31,330. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
December 21 2013 massive update! 20,000+ words added! PLOT: Aaron Karrucci is the soon-to-be Emperor of Antonin, a front for Draconizica. This story tells how he met Seraphina and how she became the love of his life. It's great for fans of Interracial Romance. (This is a remake of the original)
Cicada and the Righteous King of Albanny
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,800. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
A group of teenagers engage in strange mysteries that lead to turmoil amongst the townsfolk in their small town.
Ghetto Dragons
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,090. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Rowan, a Gold dragon from the forest, lives in Little Delaney, a decaying town where the citizens are treated like trash. He has a wish to leave, but he is torn between protecting his citizens and saving his sanity.
Dragonwave: Jungle Dragons
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,110. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2012. Category: Fiction » African American fiction » General
UPDATE 3/25/12: Narcissus and her dragonson Rasognir are on the run from a village chieftan in this short story. After giving birth to yet another dragonchild, Narcissus is deemed a witch by the villagers of the town she's taken refuge in. It's time to flee and run...fast, and make sure they don't harm her and her dragon. This is short story #26 in The Society On Da Run.
Dragon's War Reborn (Alien Dragons: The Society On Da Run Special #25)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,950. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
The space dragons are coming! And this time they are coming with their Empire form the depths of Space itself. They mean business and they aren't going to take the torture from us any-longer! This is story #25 in the acclaimed dragon series, "The Society On Da Run," but if you're just starting out, this is where you should start (or you could read War of the Space Dragons)
Aphrodite's Wasp
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,260. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
...Aphrodite was in love with a wasp? 1260 words.
Narcissus and the Dragon Birth (Update 5/21/2014)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,690. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Narcissus, the girlfriend of the Dragon God Ashuton, is taken hostage by a scientist and she is pregnant with...a Dragon! This is story #16 in the TSODR chapbook-magazine series. This may be borderline Paranormal Romance mixed with strange Science Fiction. It now comes with three bonus stories: The Tumbling Dragon and The Wandering Fool (and its sequel). Update your copies to this new version.
The Siege of Rome (The Society On Da Run #15)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,020. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
What was their reason? What has become of Rome after the invasion? Through the eyes of a young man and his family of survivors, experience the descent int the harrowing darkness of survival. Issue #15 in the TSODR chapbook-magazine.
Drachenscolderung (a finished Dragon NaNoWriMo) (Update 4/24/2014)
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Price: Free! Words: 54,530. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
A mysterious dragon crash lands in an African village, and a young girl nurses it back to health only to find out he is half human and can switch between the two forms. This dragon is experienced in the art of Technology and requests help from the village to free his Mother. (It also comes with extras that serve as a peek into the world of TSODR.)
Space Dragon Poetry (Dragons of Atlanta & Twelve) (Update 4/24/2014)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,440. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
This is a short story. This chapbook-issue explores the Draconizica Empire(space dragon)'s takeover of Earth through the eyes of two lone survivors. Chapbook #9.
Ashuton and Narcissus: The Dragon Prince and the Dancer (update 4/24/2014)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,700. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Update 3/26/12 with newer content, character guide and liner notes. This chapbook explores the day Ashuton (the space dragon prince) met Narcissus Fae--a newbie student at a ballerina school in Milan. This story is perfect for fans of interracial dating and love with a Dragon. 12,720 words.
Sleepover From Hell (The Society On Da Run #10)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,740. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
This is a short story in celebration of TSODR's 11/11/11 release. In this issue: 5 flash stories (including the cover story about a young girl whom is greeted to a sleepover from hell)
Kitty Kat wants to sell moar drugs
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,150. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
The Society On Da Run kicks off it's 11/11/11 release with this facebook conversation. The friends of Kitty, a drug-addicted teenager, try to help her in the best way they can, but it only leads up to a facebook war.
Lorea Antabella: A Non-Regular Interracial Vampire Story (Update 4/27/2014)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,370. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Meet Lorea: She likes you. Tyrese likes you. Lorea is a vampire. Tyrese is an African American. Meh....right? It's Twilight on steroids without the sparkly purple-prose.
Imp Empress: Aaron and Seraphina's Beginning
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 940. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Aaron Karrucci is the soon-to-be Emperor of Antonin, a front for Draconizica. This story tells how he met Seraphina and how she became the love of his life. It's great for fans of Interracial Romance.
La Cicala di Italia: War of the Space Dragons (The Society On Da Run #1)
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Series: The Society On Da Run Mini Stories, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 73,870. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2011. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
This book was updated on 6/10/13 Note: this is a short story/chapbook series. This little e-chapbook is the first issue in a series of many. The Society On Da Run (portmanteau of working titles The Society and On Da Run) is about the first stages of the Dragon War. The dragons have become tired of how humans treat them and have called their Empire from space to go to war with humanity. Ad Astra
Dragonworld ETC (The Society On Da Run #3)
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Series: The Society On Da Run Mini Stories, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,680. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2011. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Notice: this is an anthology. In this e-chapbook are twelve poem-stories that serve as an introduction to the space dragon epic 'The Society On Da Run'. These twelve (and more) poems and stories are diverse and offer up something new to the world of Dragons.