Interview with L H Westerlund

Published 2022-11-09.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
That I am needed to do something, that me getting out of bed will make a difference, Whether it is the creating of a new book or the solving of a problem, being needed gets me up.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Oh, that's a tough one. I think it is when things come together, when it finally works and you get to that stage when you can see that this will actually become something. It's all knitting together, and the plot will hold. But it's a toss-up between that, during the actual process of writing, and afterwards, hearing about someone enjoying your book.
What is your writing process?
It starts with an idea, then I chisel it out and either make the characters or they pop into my head on their own accord. Shortly after that, they take over the entire story and I mostly write out what they tell me to. But I'm one of those strange writers who mostly go with my first draft; and to top that off I edit as I go!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in one of the Nordic countries, and I definitely think that inspired my writing. There's been air of the old norse stories about a few of my plots through the years, as I've always been fascinated by that cultural and literaryheritage. I can only hope I do my inspiration justice.
When did you first start writing?
I am not sure there was actually a start. I always kinda had ideas running through my brain that eventually became something more. I think the very start of the process was when I knew enough language to start thinking in ideas. It was early on.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, yes I do! It was a little ditty about a donkey. I had my mother help write it down for me as I was too young to manage on my own. She gave me my first lesson in what makes a good writer as we worked. I think I was about four, so I got started early!
What's the story behind your latest book?
That would be the Love Street Detectives. It's about a peaceful little Scottish family, half of which lives in London with their family Witch. They run a little crystal and spell shop where one of them, Anemone, is just trying to help people out. Her younger twin sister helps her by finding all the things she misplaces, and hunting the creatures too inherently wild and evil to be helped. They're a good team.
How do you approach cover design?
With endless creativity and not a small degree of madness. Also haste because at that point I really, really wish to be finally FINISHED!
Describe your desk
Well... strangely full of flowers? I honestly don't know how they all got here...
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I tend to spend a truly indefendable amount of time considering what I next should write. I also enjoy sewing, painting, reading and baking!
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything, really. All the way from Shakespeare to fanfiction my editor shoves in my face while giggling in an alarming manner. That is, except books based on novel ideas from the thirties, or Dickens. Neither really agrees with me.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I read a lot of classics - I think it's important work to study the great masters, as an author - so I do my research and make a list, and then I spend way too much time trying to read everything on it as I cannot stop myself from detours.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No, no I don't, but I remember the book which made me decide I wanted to write myself. I was about four at that time.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Tablet. Trying to read a longer book on a laptop can truly be a pain, but I like to think that I've otherwise mastered the art of reading pretty much anywhere and anyhow.
Who are your favorite authors?
JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, Tamora Pierce and William Shakespeare.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Well, I have to write, I cannot stop, so I sort of think it just...happened.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social media, I think. It's probably not too unusual of an answer these days, but it is what seems to work. I would also say that just to carry a book on you (along with a pen to sign it!) is also more effective than one might think.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords was the very beginning to my career outside of local, Swedish publications. I think its largest impact - early on at least - was giving me the courage to try for more.
What do your fans mean to you?
I... never smile as heartfelt as I do when I open up a note that says someone is reading one of my books. All I really want, and what I feel I owe to my characters, is to be read. Books are often seen as a monologue, but that isn't true. It's always a give and a take between an author and their readers, and that's what truly brings a book to life. It means everything.
What are you working on next?
Currently I'm working on book number 3 in the Love Street Detectives series, and a standalone book called "The End of Elena Heart".
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Books by This Author

Love Street Detectives vol 1
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,050. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
The Love Street Detectives series follows the small, family-run magical business at the corner of Love Street and St George's park, right in the heart of London. The shop, run by Anemone Sheerwood and her twin sister Bluebell, aims to help all those who need it: while also solving magical mysteries and hunting those monsters who would prey on the innocent. This is the first volume of the series.
The Truth About Monsters - The Pixie and the Monster Underneath the Bed
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 770. Language: British English. Published: March 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
(5.00 from 1 review)
This is the true stoy about what is lurking in your garden and hiding under the bed. Maybe it is not quite as scary as you thought?
In Your Pants - A Brief History In Nerdfighteria
You set the price! Words: 1,160. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2015. Categories: Essay » Literature
This is a brief essay on the subject of Nerdfighteria, and especially its beginning.