Interview with L.G. Keltner

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love creating new worlds and getting to know the people that live in them. I get to spend time in someone else's shoes each time I sit down to write, and that makes my own life that much more interesting.
What do your fans mean to you?
They're the best support system in the world. I'm just starting out, and the words of encouragement help me get through and keep going when my confidence begins to waver.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a short story compilation and a YA novel. We'll see how those turn out.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have a lot. I inhaled books by Asimov, Clarke, and Heinlein as a kid. Then in my teenage years I got into Neil Gaiman and J.K. Rowling. I recently started reading books by Marie Lu, and I look forward to diving into the worlds she creates. I could go on and on, really. There are too many authors I love and there's too little time for me to keep rambling on about this one question.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My kids. They're too loud for me to ignore. :) Seriously, though, I love my family, and I love writing. Those keep me getting out of bed, though I still need the assistance of my morning cup of coffee.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I read. I also love films and music. Long walks are good too. At night when the sky is clear, I love pulling out the telescope.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Recommendations from friends, mostly. I also browse for free ebooks, and that's helped me discover a few new writers that I thoroughly enjoy.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, and it was terrible. It had dinosaurs, spaceships, and hot pink snow. I was six, and I thought it was a masterpiece at the time. Even though I can now recognize how ridiculous it actually was, I'm glad I wrote it. I'm glad that I kept writing. We all need those awkward, stumbling early stories. That's how we learn and grow as writers.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is kind of frazzled. If I get inspired, I write out a few scenes to get a feel for things. Then I go back and fill in details about the world. I don't tend to write things in order. I usually have a beginning, and end, and a few middle bits. Then I go back, fill in the gaps, and rewrite it from beginning to end to fix any of the inevitable issues that have resulted from my manic process.

When I'm not feeling inspired, I jot down random things. Sometimes I go to a random word generator. Once I have a list of things, I randomly match them together and see what ideas result. Some turn out surprisingly good. Some turn out awful. Either way, it's fun.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything in the category of science fiction or fantasy is worth a try, in my opinion. I've also come to enjoy YA. I hardly read it when I was in the age group for it, but now I love it too. That probably has something to do with the fact that science fiction and fantasy YA is flourishing.
Describe your desk
It's always cluttered. I have a big computer desk, and you'll occasionally see my laptop on it. There's also a sewing machine there, stacks of books and notebooks, pencils, random bits of paper, and the occasional toy that one of my kids sits there for no apparent reason.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in central Iowa, and my house was out in the middle of the country. That meant I rarely had other kids to play with when I was at home. I started spending time with notebooks and the characters I created in my head.
Published 2015-06-11.
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