Interview with Bruce Lombardo

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was a kid that grew up in a community of roughly four hundred people. I lived there until my early thirties.

Everyone knew who you were, what you were doing, and what you had plans for. There were no real secrets in the town. If you had issues with your marriage, it was likely talked about between the post office and the cafe the next day.

I feel every small town has that sort of thing.

In some of the scenes of my books, you can see the corn stalks and small town influences in the characters and how they talk to each other.
When did you first start writing?
I think the teacher said to us in second grade, "Use up all the paper." And she'd hand out this horrible newsprint-grayish stuff with large lines to scrawl what you could on it. It gave me the idea that I could put the ideas in my head into some sort of cohesive mess. A couple of years later, we had a special time in class where the creative ones would read aloud their works. Since then, I've always been a writer.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Shift: Elijah's Story came about because my friends and I were drinking. Seriously, we were discussing our latest projects and how we wanted to evolve from there. I was still proud of hitting the 2011 November Book of the Month in Peoria, Illinois...but I had two ideas. I wanted to continue where Shift: Election Weekend left off.

My friend, Ashley, said it would be better to give the series a action-movie style launch and do a prequel. Since Elijah was how Election Weekend started, why not just make a book about him? And I continued drinking and just wrote down five things I wanted in the book. Two of them made it in.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was getting further into my second work I wanted to publish and was trying to edit my first book. I handed a copy to a friend of mine and she said, "Stop editing. You are losing the edge when you do, the irons hot, go with it."

I was thinking too many grammatical errors would be erroneous.

She said, "Who gives a shit. If the story is good, you can write the damn thing like a poem and people will read it. I'm reading it, and I usually don't read to the end."

So I started looking for a place to put it out here. Along came Smashwords!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It gives me ultimate access at any point to access my work, correct it, and immediately resend it to the internet. It might take an hour to upload the newest version. But that's fine. I don't think anyone is going to complain about freedom given by Smashwords.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
That feeling that a character arc or that a story arc is throbbing and being given enough life that I lose sleep while I write about it. I can't really say anything about finishing a book, because that's only happened twice. But I love getting into the writing process and feeling like something magical is going on under my fingers.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are awesome. From family and friends to total strangers, when I get asked about my latest work in progress or "WTF were you thinking when you killed off *******?" I know we share a bond.

Granted, the fan might want to beat me senseless for ruining one of their favorite characters.

I won't apologize for studying under George RR Martin, though.
What are you working on next?
The third book in the Shift Series. It looks like it will be finished by the new year, and out hopefully by January.

It's a continuation from Shift: Election Weekend, and the events that happen in it set the stage for the rest of the series which I plan on writing for the next decade plus.
Who are your favorite authors?
Jim Butcher, Stephen King, Robin Cook, and Christopher Buckley.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The growling need to consume more bacon.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work primarily in the energy industry. The company I work for performs Fracking and Coil Tubing operations and offers us a lot of work. That is why a 90K-word novel takes two years to write.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?

No, usually I just go on my friends Goodreads lists and start pilfering titles, checking out the various information on the titles they are reading and occasionally put the Honey Brown down to download my own copy. I do suggest Goodreads for everyone out there.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do. And while I do, I should also say that I recently read the first stories some other authors wrote in their 'lark years.' I should probably say, I don't want to have that story get to the internet. I mean, I do enough misspelling in my own, recent works. Grammar Nazis already have me with a large bounty and would do anything to 'edit' my works before they see your eyes. Imagine how their skulls would burn if they saw THOSE aborted fantasies-on-paper.
What is your writing process?
Go to a restaurant that offers continuous refills on coffee. Set up the charger on my ipad, pop my knuckles, shake hands with the waitress and manager of the restaurant...

Then start typing.
In fiction, who was the character that you thought was just amazing?
I would say King Theoden from The Lord of the Rings series. If you wanted to see a great character arc, read his. I would say it is what inspires me to write ends of good characters. Even bad characters or bad guy characters, I sometimes fret about, because they go out like kings.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My iPad. It's pretty much how I can stay connected in with the world, even in South Texas.
Published 2013-08-30.
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Books by This Author

Shift: Elijah's Story
Series: Shift, Book 1. Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 86,920. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk
Elijah Branch is a Half-orc that specializes in illicit material handling and transportation. This time he is sent to Rochester, New York, to deliver a mysterious cargo for a Community Action Group. Along the way, he has MS-13 agents, the FBI, the Goblin Syndicate, and a Half-elven woman riding shotgun with him who is more trouble than she is worth. Elijah's road just went to loose gravel.
Gut Instinct
Price: Free! Words: 35,440. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Jon Grier's wife has been missing for a long time. A security specialist, and a man driven to honor his family, he has been living with depression too long. In the city of San Jose, on Mars, Jon gets word that he is to accompany Brian Stephenson and provide personal protection for him. Jon ventures with Brian across the face of Mars, and finds that Brian’s fate is tied to his past.
Shift: Election Weekend
Series: Shift, Book 2. Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 83,960. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The weekend before an election is always a nail-biter for the involved parties and those power groups surrounding them. FBI agents a step behind a Half-orc with a cranial ordinance device must figure out what the mysterious package is that he is to deliver to a riverboat casino off the Coast of Covington, Kentucky. As the weekend continues, the following events can change the face of our nation.