Interview with L.R. Claude

What is your writing process?
My process is one of solitude, My office is set up in that my back is to my door and my walls are littered with layers of notes and scribblings. I frantically write most days while my child is in school and often for hours after bedtime as well. I often have purposeful distractions going to avoid getting caught up in goings on around me be it songs or movies that replay over and over to drown out other noises. I work out for half an hour in the gym before writing to level off my energy for the day but I often find that the day has gone by without any notice once I start writing. I absolutely love writing and am so overwhelmed with ideas and such that I am up most nights just scribbling notes and more ideas to come back to later.
How do you approach cover design?
Often times with my covers I lay out a theme to the overall book and then try and feel out a mental image of what would encompass everything I'm trying to accomplish with the novel and attempt to bring it from mind to reality.
Describe your desk
My desk is considered a disaster, I have layers upon layers of papers taped to my walls and whiteboard, the organization makes sense to me and I can often find what I'm looking for when I need it but there might be a fading line keeping it from being considered a hoarders corner. I have a bed in my office as I try to move a bit to keep the blood flowing and often times it also comes in hand to stretch out of even lay out large sheets of butchers paper to draw a map of character interactions or geographical map for reference.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My next 2 novels are a cat and mouse pair, one of the serial killer and the other of the officer trying to stop him, I decided to write both at the same time but from two different points in time, the officer is looking back at the killings while the killer is present tense, I wanted to make this an emotionally complex set of novels as I often enjoy some mental stimulation and mind games, I intend to write these feverishly enough to keep readers on their toes, and questioning themselves along the way.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have read enough articles about people spending ample amounts of time being turned down by big publishers or chasing their tales waiting, I just jumped to the front of the line and went Indie so I could spend more time on my passion rather than chase shadows. I have several hundred book ideas and plots and if I lived two-hundred years I might not write them all, I didn't want to waste anymore time.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Hearing from people that my stories made them laugh,cry, or any other visceral reaction for that matter, I am flattered with the fact that I am still learning, growing as an author and that people take my stories to heart. I try to include inspiring people in my novels and am fortunate to experience such inspiration. I truly enjoy hearing positive stories from people and being able to help others.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything, my biggest fan is my son as well as my mother. I started sharing my stories with my mother when she began her chemotherapy,it was rough and she spent a majority of her time ill so I would share some of my ideas and she would as me questions to how they might turn out or what struggles the characters might endure, these questions gave me a larger vision of my novels and really encouraged me to fill in the blanks as I write. I have crossed paths with several fans while out and about and it's amazing to see the different sorts of people that curiously picked up one of my novels and enjoyed it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My favorite activity is chopping wood, I heat my house with it in the winter for the most part and it really relaxes me during the Michigan winters. I am a single parent and I absolutely love it, there are the daily tasks of housework and such but being able to explore and have adventures as well as travel are some of the many things that I enjoy.
What are you working on next?
I often have three to four books in the works, I try to venture out of my comfort zone to write things that are fun or challenging. My current favorite is about a boy that ventures far from his small village life in southern Africa to end up a guest speaker at a University in England, his tale is exciting and wild, as are many of the people he meets along the way.
Who are your favorite authors?
Thoreau was extremely eloquent, I also enjoy the gruff standings of Hemmingway.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I love writing and it often consumes large portions of my day but my first calling is being a single parent. Being a Michigan native I also partake in many, many outdoor activities. My favorite exercise is chopping wood and playing many sports with my child.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The Box Car Children by Gertrude Chandler, the vivid words gave me plenty of images to pretend to have been one of those children in fourth grade.
What are some things that impact you as an Author?
I am inspired by many things, the courage someone has when they've been beaten down to keep going, people show stared down cancer or the ugliest parts of humanity and still have hope for people, the most random and spontaneous acts of kindness for the sake of kindness, these are things that touch me and I hope to continue to put forth into the world my children will grow up in.
Published 2016-10-15.
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Books by This Author

Paper Paulie
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,810. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
Paper Paulie begins his little life as a gift from a little boy to a fresh soldier, as life goes on Paper Paulie seems to watch over the Venney family for three generations and many close calls, you can't help to wonder if perhaps the paper doll really is lucky. The endearing tale is full of breath holding moments wondering how things will come about.
3rd Hand Ranch
You set the price! Words: 53,660. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
3rd Hand Ranch is a safe place for four young teens from different backgrounds to safely spend a school year far from being bullied in order to learn to trust and be young adults. With four girls and varying burdens a caring nurse, her writer husband and their troublesome pup open their homes and hearts to help girls in need.
Glass Screams
You set the price! Words: 73,510. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
A coming of age inner strength story about 14 year old Lorna Daniels and the struggle she faces while relearning to walk in order to face down her attacker in court, can she face the monster?
Dallas Shadows 3
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 72,270. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Dallas Griffin has been beat, abused, has cried and fought her way to Florida looking for answers that she didn't get. Dallas has come across some of the most vile people she could have ever imagined and done her best to interrupt the route that girls were shipped through before being sold. Now Dallas has woken up in Philly and is still looking for answers.
Love and Lust
You set the price! Words: 85,450. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult
Turning 40 can be a pressing time, Ally realizes that her husband of sixteen years hardly notices her and her life has become a mundane routine. After shifts condense at work there is a fresh, new, younger face that catches her eye. Every married woman has a crush now and then but something about this guy elicits her to find out what lust is really about.
Dallas Shadows Book 2
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 92,390. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Dallas Griffin isn't your typical young lady, she's a motorcycle riding, boot stomping product of some of America's best. Dallas barely missed her meeting with an unknown voice in Florida and is tasked with making it up the east coast to Philadelphia. En route to Philly Dallas' shadows don't stay out of sight, with two unknown men following her she only finds herself in more dark trouble. Dallas
Dallas Shadows
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 90,780. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Follow Dallas Griffin, a girl raised in a motorcycle club among military vet, as she winds her way from a prison in Mexico to meet with an unknown agent in Florida. Along the way Dallas finds herself putting aside her needs to risk her life for others. Dallas continues to push her body, as well as her luck in this strong girl novel.
Ojimbo and the Tembo
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 91,110. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Travel
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Ojimbo, a young man from a small tribe in southern Africa, lands a position as a guest speaker at an English university. Ojimbo's journey to become a man requires that he leave behind his homeland, his tribe, and everything he ever knew, to discover more of the world. Traveling on the strength of his spirit, the encouraging words of his mother, and his sense of honor, Ojimbo explores what the larg
Village Heights
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 122,630. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
This tale is about the Village Heights trailer park where two young teens names Jonny and Brittini struggle to navigate life. Each holiday is a reason to pour some drinks, enjoy recreational drug use and perhaps ignore the strains that life continues to dole out. Each resident has their own story, their own troubles and problems.
As The Rains Break
You set the price! Words: 142,450. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
Follow a man and his family through the 1930's in Oklahoma, with the hope of a prosperous future ahead of them, the Withers set out to make a life for their family, until the winds blew in the dust and dirt, and the storms dried up everything from the lands, including their faith and resilience to outside forces. Doubt, fear, angst, and the will to survive, all clashes when there is also a family.