Interview with JB Larody

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I have grown up all over the United States in particularly the East Coast. It influenced me to try to develop more realistic characters and dialogue. It also gives my writing a more cross - America feel to the communities I create. Since I have spent significant time in most parts of the country I try to create a diverse set of characters and give the average Joe more of a focus instead of celebs and famous athletes or royalty.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing as a child as a form of escape and entertainment. In middle school I became interested in writing historical supplements for kids to spice up history as well as young adult action adventure. Now I enjoy writing in several genres and my work often crosses multiple genres.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm currently working on several works and they will be published under different pen names so that my children's work is kept separate from things such as my murder mystery. Several of my current works are generated by ideas that admittedly just came to me. I'm currently working on a murder mystery that came to me while working on a farm one semester.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm not sure - I guess the idea of having more control over my own work.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Many years ago a teen who had long since been turned off reading and learning came to me and told me that reading my first young adult action adventure story really changed the way she looked at both. I like to entertain and distract readers from their own lives for a couple hours. I also like to show that history is not dry and boring. Writing with my children books for children of varying ages is a lot of fun because of the time I get to spend with my children but also because it keeps writing for children fresh.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean a lot - without them there is no point to publishing my work in any form.
What are you working on next?
I would like to continue working on my murder mystery and several longer romances. I have about 20 story lines in the works that I would like to expand. I also want to see how well I can do writing and publishing in multiple genres.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work, I go to school for my Masters, and I spend the bulk of my free time with my beloved children. We love baseball, reading, hiking and photography.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first full length story I wrote was a historical supplement about a slave Josiah Henson. I wrote it for 1st-3rd graders to help teach them about key figures in our history that are often not taught about in depth.
What is your writing process?
I have a crazy writing process. I sketch out my ideas and then let them sit. When I have time to write I pick through them one at a time and expand them as I come up with expansions. It is vastly different than how many authors write. Some times I find that two story lines are too close and I will either combine them or shelve them. My style means that I often have 10 or more ideas in the words at a time or that I finish several close together. This might drive a traditional publishing house crazy. However if I were being paid enough to spend my work days writing - my style might change.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No I wish I did but I have been reading since I was 3. When I was younger and had the time it was not uncommon for me to read 50 books in a week. Teachers eventually gave up testing me on the books I listed in my reading journal because I always read the books. Music playing while I read helps me recall much of the storyline in depth. I watch very little tv in favor of reading anything I can get my hands on. Since I read just about anything I get some pretty cool ideas for my own stories in some odd places such as technical manuals and work related industry specific journals.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything I can get my hands onto. I just love to read.
Describe your desk
I have two desks depending on if I'm writing by typing on the computer or if I'm writing by hand which I often do. If I'm on the computer then its just a wide flat table top. But if I'm writing by hand I prefer to write on my drafting desk.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has allowed me to start uploading some of my shorter stories and gage what else to upload from my personal writings of more than 200 different story lines.
In many ways I'm a niche writer so its unlikely that I would get picked up by a mainstream publisher so this allows me to publish and see if folks like what I write. Hunters Escape was a short and playful erotic romance that seemed to be popular so I wrote another about a different couple and uploaded it today so I will see what happens.
I plan to in the coming weeks upload some other short $1- $2 stories of 200 pages or less and see how they do before deciding what to do next.
I am very thankful to Smashwords for the opportunity its given me to self publish even on a small scale.
Who are your favorite authors?
I can't say that I have any one favorite as I have a number of favorites. I enjoy reading a little of everything.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My children inspire me to get up every day. I like everyone have had struggles in life such as an unexpected divorce. It is them who give me inspiration to chase my dreams.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
There is no set system. I am an avid reader so I just search based on what I feel like reading about that day.
How do you approach cover design?
I use my own pictures of nature for my covers and use software to modify them to try to create the mood to the tone of the story.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
There is no way I could narrow down my favorites to five books.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I'm still exploring the ereader devices so I am always looking for suggestions on this.
Would you like to hear from your readers?
Absolutely! I would love to hear from both those who liked my stories and those who didn't. I have written more than 200 story lines in the romance genre alone. I am experimenting in some others. I would love to know what readers like and don't like so I know which other stories to upload as well as what direction to go with my new writing and what to add or delete.
Published 2014-09-14.
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Books by This Author

Secret Lovers
Price: Free! Words: 3,580. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Kale and Izzi work together and are custodial single parents. When at home they have to pretend civility to each other and avoid each other when possible. However when their teams go on the road they sneak into each other's room for intense loving all night.
Twins Times Two
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 22,510. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Logan a single dad spots Serena at a chance meeting and knows he has to meet her - fate lands them together. He runs with the opportunity but then her well under 30 age gives him pause and he ends the affair. Months later he knows he can't live without her but can he convince her to give him another chance? Will she risk more rejection with another set of twins on the way?
Worth the Wait
Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 90,040. Language: American English. Published: June 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Military romance. Follows a couple as they try to survive age difference, forced marriage, dual military careers and life altering injuries in war.
Hunters Escape
Price: Free! Words: 6,180. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Romance
Hunter's Escape is a short erotica about Hunter's fantasy night with Zoe coming true....