Interview with Lydia Anne Klima

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've had 2 agents. After I self-published, two publishers wanted to publish me, but I said forget it. I did all the work, and they would get 90% of the royalties. No way.
What do your fans mean to you?
I get about 1,000 hits between my 2 websites from people all over the world. It's nice that people want to read my books and blog.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love to make people laugh and cry. Writing is acting on paper.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Video. In posting my first video, my traffic on Google+ went up by 3,000 views in one day.
How do you approach cover design?
I'm certified in graphic design, so I design my own book covers. Having a beautiful model also helps.
Who are your favorite authors?
The Southern American writers: William Faulkner, Truman Capote, Katherine Anne Porter, Lillian Hellman, Tennessee Williams, They're the greatest writers of all time.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and raised in Chicago. We moved to Orland Park, Illinois when I was nine years old. It was country with rolling hills and many sloughs. We drove past a one-room schoolhouse from 1910 on our way into town. I used this schoolhouse in my novel FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS. I always wondered about the teacher; what she was like, and if her children loved her. Of course, the town in my book is named Many Sloughs, but it's really Orland Park.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No, but I remember my first play. It was called THE QUEEN GOES NUTS. We put this on in grade school and it was so funny, the kids were falling off their chairs with laughter.
What is a future dream of yours?
To see my play THE STONE HOUSE published and produced.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I read CITADELS OF MYSTERY in the fourth or fifth grade. It was about the discovery of ancient cities. After that, I knew I wanted to visit Pompeii. I've been there twice. My novel PAINTED CHILDREN is based on the ancient cities I've visited in Italy.
What do you read for pleasure?
Historical fiction, history books, and books on spirituality.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love art, theater, digital photography, traveling, and spending time with God.
How do you handle writer's block?
I don't get writer's block.
When did you first start writing?
Grade school.
Describe your desk
Organized.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It's given me more distribution channels.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I always have a lot of work to do.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I browse like anyone else.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Apple iPad. I love digital books!
What is your writing process?
Work. Work. Work. Writing is hard work.
Published 2015-09-11.
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Books by This Author

Painted Children
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,810. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient
Pompeii, Italy, AD 61. A Roman noblewoman gives up her hedonistic lifestyle to shelter street children in Ancient Rome. Meet Lady Alexandra Marcius as her new faith gets tested. A woman of regrets, “Lady Zan” shelters homeless boys and girls from the horror of the streets. As Zan’s new faith spreads throughout the empire, a paranoid emperor takes drastic measures to stop this new form of Judaism.
For Such A Time As This
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,940. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Tombstone, Arizona, 1881. A small band of missionaries sell all their possessions to help the Mission Indians of California, only to have their mission money stolen along with their newest convert. This is a tale of the Old West tied up with the story of a tragic schoolteacher.
The Preacher's Daughters
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,490. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
1890: Alonzo Brightman, rancher and businessman, threatens Kathleen McDade's and Dovile Gibson’s friendship. From mayor of Albuquerque, to territorial governor, Alonzo runs for President of the United States in 1908, but Kathleen holds a secret over him that can destroy him. Now Kathleen must choose between her music career and her friendship to Dovile, already rumored to be too close.
Blood, Innocence And Glory
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 92,400. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
From antebellum St. Louis to Chicago in the 1880s, Blood, Innocence and Glory will take you through the lost dreams and sacrifices of the Delancy family, one of the wealthiest Creole families in St. Louis. As America's threatened by civil war, Robert and Damon Delancy fight in opposing armies and make the mistake of falling in love with the same woman, a Yankee abolitionist.
Julianna's Secret
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,250. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
A lovely teenage girl lives in a French Châteauesque mansion with a tyrannical father who ignores her until her mother dies. Meet Julianna DeSantis, a young woman forced to grow up quickly because of her father’s advances. Julianna flees her Midwestern village to escape her tortured past, but returns years later as the beautiful village librarian everyone’s talking about.