Interview with L.D. Caldwell

What are you working on next?
A Young Adult Fantasy. It is in the very beginning stages.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are so many for me to list.
-Stephen King
-Dan Brown
-Rachel Caine
-Jamie McGuire
-Constance Gillam
-Ellen Hopkins

These are the main Authors who always has me coming back for more.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My children mostly. My husband secondly. My writing projects thirdly.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Spending time with my family.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I browse Goodreads or Scribd. Some of them are suggestions from friends.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was a short story I had to write for school. I was in the 5th grade. My mom still has it to this day.
What is your writing process?
It varies. My last story I wrote I sat down and wrote it in 2 days. After writing and revising part of it I set it back for two years. I didn't think it was good enough. I am however my own worst critic. The few people I let read my rough draft encouraged me to finish it and get it published.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Not really. I do however remember the first Stephen King story I read. I also remember the first romance novel I picked up. I can't remember the title, but I can remember the story line. Some books I have read through my life never stuck with me. Some of them however made me really want to pursue writing as a career.
How do you approach cover design?
Very carefully.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Stephen King - Thinner
I really liked his story line to this book. I could visualize the entire book in my mind as I read it. As if I was watching a movie.

Dan Brown - DaVinci Code
The story really held my attention from the beginning. I did not want to put it down. I had to know what was going to happen next.

Jamie McGuire - Beautiful Disaster
This story is love story. It is a very messed up love story, which is why I love it. Nothing in life is perfect. People are far from perfect. This author created amazing characters with serious flaws.

Ellen Hopkins - Crank
Another story that is extremely messed up. I was honestly shocked that this one was listed as a young adult genre. The fact of it being written in verse was awesome. I really liked that. I love poetry. Putting together poetry and novel is absolutely cleaver.

John Grisham - The Pelican Brief
I actually still own this one. I was homeschooled as a teen so I got to choose what I would read. My step father had this book that had both The Pelican Brief and How to Kill a Mockingbird in it. I decided I wanted to read The Pelican Brief. I vowed I would not watch the movie until I finished this book. It was the first Novel, aside from romance, that I ever read. This was the first book that got me into reading thrillers, suspense, crime, mystery... Anything outside of teenage drama paperbacks.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything that can hold my attention past the first paragraph. I have ADHD which makes it hard for me to find books I can read. They have to really grab my attention from the first page on.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My Kindle Fire. My mom got this pink/purple Kindle Fire for me one Christmas. Absolutely love it.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Marketing myself through social media. When you are excited about your accomplishments, happy about your life and share all of this with others they want to be part of that. I like to share each accomplished stage of writing my stories, then editing and so forth. I also love sharing things that make me smile and feel positive. Everyone wants to feel that way. With this you market not just yourself/brand, but also your books. You help others want to achieve their goals also.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a few various places. It isn't just the places that influenced my writing though. It was the people in those places.

First place was here in Louisiana. My grandmother was in my life before passing away from Cancer. She always taught me to go for my goals. Later in my life I found out she also had a dream to be a published writer. She wrote children's books of stories she always told me and my cousins when we were young. Louisiana also after returning to it brought my husband and my children. They not only influence my writing, but encourage me to get up and do the work. My mom also has influenced my writing. She is the one who brought me into this world. She is also the one who took me to these places where I met the people who helped mold me.

Second place that really held influences in my life is California. After my grandmother passed away we moved there. I was 10 years old. I met and made friends with a neighbor child, Suzanne. She and another girl named Melissa became my best friends quickly. Everyone I met in my life while living there influenced my writing. The memories, the place itself... All of it will always influence a part of my life and my writing. This is also where my mom met my step dad. He was a lot like my grandmother when it came to teaching me to go for my goals. This is also the state we lived in when I was diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of 11. I had back surgery at the age of 12.

Third and final place is Oregon. Not long after my back surgery we moved here. The area alone is a story in itself. The various cultures and people there are amazing. It is a very beautiful place to live. While living here I met my best friend Jenn. She has a special dedication in my first book published. She was the first friend I made in Oregon. As teens we always talked about how we wanted to be writers one day. Both of us had a love for writing poetry, always shared ideas. She was a huge influence on my writing. Jan 2017 she passed away. Not long after her passing I had medical draw backs. My year ended with emergency surgery. Seeing how things can change so fast without us even knowing I decided I wanted to accomplish those goals I set. I wanted to not just do it for me, but for Jenn also. Many other people who have touched my life when I lived in Oregon and even now after I moved away are huge influences as well. People like my friend Maggy, my best friend JJ, Josh, Melissa, Lynn... The list goes on. These people have at some point in my life brought sunshine to my life and encouragement. Amazing people.
When did you first start writing?
Seriously writing would have to be when I was 13. I started out writing poetry.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I always wanted to be published. I love to write so this was a given. I just didn't want what I wrote to be drastically changed. I have read and heard stories that this happens with traditional publishers. So I decided to be able to really write what I wanted to how I wanted to I would have to go with being an indie author.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Everything really. The whole process. The birth of an idea. Watching as it goes from an idea in my head to something I can share with everyone.
Describe your desk
Cluttered. I actually have two desk. One in my home office where I sit and work on business stuff. I also sit and work on my books sometimes. It is simple and not cluttered really. My other desk that sits in my room however is a different story. It has a shelf that holds my books, trinkets and such. This is the desk I sit at when I decide I need to get up from my bed and write something down.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It is really hard to describe. You would really just have to read it.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. Without fans you have no readers.
Published 2018-03-20.
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