Interview with A L Reynolds

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was a horror story that I wrote in school. I never got it published; I didn't know much about publishing in my teen years. I guess I had aspirations to become a writer someday, though.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I have read several books as a child, but I do not remember the (first) story. However, as an adult, I read, "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings." Maya Angelou's books and poems, which contained positive messages, gave me a new perspective on life. And, when I began to experience the trials and tribulations so many adults go through, I knew how to get through it...overcome my obstacles.
How do you approach cover design?
I must have a clear vision and I must bring out the natural creativity in myself, which sometimes, is difficulty when I am pressed for time. But, I do not ponder on it too much... I just collect my notes from the story and pay someone to do the job for me!
What do you read for pleasure?
I read books that are seductive, intriguing, mysterious and romantic. I read romantic/suspense books very similar to what I like to write.
Describe your desk
Some people would say that my desk is unorganized. But, just like a creative and hard-working writer, I know the whereabouts of everything I choose to keep on my desk!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Life experiences inspired me to become an indie author. I also love to read and watch movies! I have dreams to write books and direct (or co-direct) my own movies.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My book is called, "Beautiful Flower", and it is a very sensitive story about abusive relationships. I want my book to inspire someone who is experiencing or have experienced abuse. I also want to reach out to the abuser and to the support group of the victim. I want the abuser to know that there are consequences for their actions and, I want the support group to understand how difficulty it really is to mentally and physically escape an abusive relationship.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing is saying what I want to say without worrying about any critics. There will always be people who will find my sex scenes offensive, my graphic language appalling, etc....
"Don't blame a writer for what the characters say".
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors (just a few) are as follows:
Maya Angelou
Terry McMillan
Charles Dickens
Edgar Allen Poe
Alice Walker
Eldridge Cleaver
Anne Frank
Medgar Evers
Dr. Seuss
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend time cooking as it is my favorite hobby. My short-term goal is to create a cookbook of my favorite meals around the world.
Published 2014-02-08.
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Books by This Author

The Pursuit of Pleasure II
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,750. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Action/Adventure
In these short, erotic stories, couples from every walk of life seek the ultimate pleasure from each other. From California's chilly mountains to Greece's tranquil islands, the hankering for sexual contentment is a very common necessity for these mature parties.
The Pursuit of Pleasure
Price: Free! Words: 4,730. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » General, Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica
(5.00)
There is a thin line between love and lust. And, in these short erotic tales, lovers from every walk of life enjoy quenching their thirsts with profane, libidinous behaviors. Body heat rapidly rises and comforts these lovers as they explore each other’s bodies while inflicting orgasmic pain in every spot on the body imaginable.
Beautiful Flower
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 33,820. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
After escaping from an abusive relationship, Zuria unexpectedly finds new romance to fill the emptiness in her life. But, her old life isn’t as easy to escape due to the emotional grip her relentless ex-lover has on her. With irresistible love from one man and sworn vengeance from another, Zuria is trapped in the middle, trying desperately to make her way through the tangled troubles of love.