Interview with L. Dee Walker

Describe your desk
I wish I could say that it's fancy with a lot of gizmos and such to play with, but it's not. Two tables pushed together, one longer than the other that holds my computer tower, printer, and oodles of papers where I jot things down to store in a catch-all box. The smaller table - more like a card table - is where my keyboard and bigger-than-average monitor sits.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Ah, my childhood. The thing that I'm stunned I survived. How did it influence my writing? Making me want to live in fiction.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing on paper when I was about twelve, the typewriter came into play when I was fourteen. I did it for fun so there was no deadline or drive to get more books out there. If something made me mad I put it in fiction and dealt with it however I wanted. The biggest therapy session is to handle things in writing how you wish you could have handled it in reality. Killing people in fiction doesn’t plop your rear in the pen. Granted, it's not a huge accomplishment but it does make you feel better and it makes for a good read too.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Which one? There are many irons in the fire. Let's go with the first one to start. Let’s go with THE RISE OF SETH since that’s the one coming out. It started with me playing ‘what if’ and after Sam came along, it blossomed into the goldmine it is now! He changed my mediocre brick wall-stalled idea into a great masterpiece. We write well together, and it shows. But I could be biased.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Easy. It is harder and harder to become published by the traditional method. After receiving enough rejection slips to make our own horror-filled manuscript (all generic responses), was enough to make us bite the bullet and struggle through the formatting. Only time will tell if we’re as good as we think we are.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Just starting out. I'll come back to this one.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's like having a baby. Every year brings about something that you loved and hated. First, you can't wait to hold the baby and the thought of changing diapers doesn't bother you even a little bit. By the second year, you are so done with those plastic annoyances. Next, the bottles. Your little one screams to high heaven when you make him or her start drinking from a sippy cup, but eventually, they graduate to the big table. It's the same with writing. At first, you are getting to know your characters and how they react to certain things. Then you throw in the events that change their lives. Sometimes for the better, most of the time for the worst. By the time we're done, our baby has grown, and we are ready to present it to the world.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are the reason I write. It’s a thrill when a fan reads something I’ve spent years perfecting and tells me how good it is. To them, they spent a week or two, crying, laughing, loving my characters, but I’ve spent years on it. For them to tell me that it was worth my time? Better than winning a lottery. It makes all the missed appointments, night out with the girls, crying over character lives well worth it.
What are you working on next?
Good question! I have many projects started. Four are finished, but I need to polish them up. It takes longer to edit and revise than it does to write. It’s a long process. The two that I am focusing on is: ‘Lies, Sacrifices, & Alibis’ and ‘Beautiful Death: Bella Morté Trilogy’ which are two different genres.
Who are your favorite authors?
Sam Beach. Stephen King. Dean Koontz. John Grisham. Michael Crichton. James Patterson.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The craving to write.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I usually write from the moment I get up until just after dinner - unless I have to work. Then I either catch up on some TV shows on HULU, play SIMS 3, or start working on a few new ideas for new books.
What is your writing process?
Keeping everything together, I use Scrivener. First, write down the idea. After that, I start thinking of how to make it work. Who are some of the characters? Get them talking to each other (over something in the story) and then start having them work through the problems. I play devil’s advocate and it just grows like a debilitating disease, keeping me anchored in one spot… writing… creating… loving it.
How do you approach cover design?
The cover. Sometimes it’s the first thing I create. Other times, it’s the last. There has only been one time that I purchased a cover from a friend of mine (paying triple the going rate), but it was well worth it. Usually, I make the covers give an idea of what’s inside the book. Too many times, I’ll pick up an interesting looking book and read it. Then question, “What did that cover have to do with the book?” Not with mine. You know what’s happening by the cover… or at least a shove in the right direction.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I was still in high school. There was no such thing as the internet. Everything I researched, hours with my head stuck in an encyclopedia with a pen and paper to the side. I named the story, ‘The Rats Will Play’ and it was good. After getting to a brick wall, I enlisted the help of a friend of mine. It was about a teenage girl, living in a well-to-do family and her brother getting mixed up in drugs, betrayal, and growing up. Due to a misunderstanding and a falling out with her, in a fit of rage, I destroyed the manuscript. One of my biggest regrets. It’s hard to recapture how good it was.
Published 2018-08-19.
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Books by This Author

The Rise of Seth
Series: The Bloodstone Chronicles, Fiction. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 83,030. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Seven gruesome animal attacks and a 5,000-year-old secret Private Investigator Dusty Garner leads an easy-going life in small-town Cider Lake, Tennessee until a number or missing women turn up savagely attacked by animals. Enter the handsome, charismatic Animal Expert Jonas Sparx. The two must stop an age-old supernatural being from fulfilling an ancient scroll's dire forewarning to humanity.