Interview with L.M. Hannah

What are your five favorite books, and why?
I Adore Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice. It transports me back to a time when it was alright for a woman to be a gentle yet strong. Though I am a feminist and strongly believe in women's rights part of me harkens back to a time when women did not have to work and were taken care of.
I also love Laurel K. Hamilton's Anita Blake Series. Her vampire hunter is a strong female lead that rarely needs to be rescued and seems to do most of the rescuing. The books have a dark overtone that draws me into the them and feeds my darker nature as an author.
Tony Hillerman's Series based on the Navajo reservation with his detective Jim Chee fascinated me. For those that do not know I am dyslexic and though I knew how to read it was difficult for me to do so. I would order Hilllerman's book on tape and check out the print books from the library to read and listen at the same time. He helped me become a writer.
Describe your desk
My desk looks like a tornado struck it. I work form home as well as write so its sad to say it messy plus I have two computers on my desk as well. One special feature on my desk is often my writing partner Micah Andrew. He loves to sit on my keyboard while I am writing. For you that haven't guess he is my cat.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
For most of my life I have lived in Cleveland Ohio. It has become a central character in all my stories. I love this city.
When did you first start writing?
I have been writing poetry since I was in the third grade. I started writing stories in Junior High it was one of the ways to keep my bully at bay. She really liked my work and was my first beta reader.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I am an anthropologist my concentration area is religion. I wanted to write a book that showed that there could be a balance among different religious groups. I have always had a fascination with the Druid path and I wanted a write a book that showed a fictional side of the Druids. The religion itself is far more complex and I tried to capture the complexities in my fictional version.
My main characters Zoe and Wynn have been in the back of my mind for a long time. If I could find the real life version of Wynn no matter what religion he was I would marry him in a heart beat. With him I wanted to write a dark hero haunted by his past. I have achieved that.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I am an anthropologist my concentration area is religion. I wanted to write a book that showed that there could be a balance among different religious groups. I have always had a fascination with the Druid path and I wanted a write a book that showed a fictional side of the Druids. The religion itself is far more complex and I tried to capture the complexities in my fictional version.
My main characters Zoe and Wynn have been in the back of my mind for a long time. If I could find the real life version of Wynn no matter what religion he was I would marry him in a heart beat. With him I wanted to write a dark hero haunted by his past. I have achieved that.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I bill myself as a storyteller not a writer. My greatest joy when people give me feed back is just their simple enjoyment of my work. I love it when the story touches them. One of my beta readers was horribly upset with me over one of the final scenes of my book. I knew I had touched her on a very deep level and that she involved. That is my greatest joy in writing.
What are you working on next?
Currently I am working on a re-writes of the last two full length novels. I want them to be perfect for my readers and I have some errors in the stories. I am planning on writing a sequel to SOL very soon I have a hundred pages already in the can if I don't trash them and start again.
Who are your favorite authors?
Don't laugh my favorite authors are Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen and Laurel K. Hamilton. I have read Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, and Sense and Sensibility so many times that I have to replace them again. I like LKH's form or writing it involves me. Thanks to Ms. Hamilton and a twitter conversation we had not to long ago I am not giving up my writing. I don't think she will ever know what her words of encouragement meant to me.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, S.E. Hinton's That was then this was now. I could identify with most of the characters in that book. I even keep a copy of Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost on my desk.
Nothing Gold Can Stay
Nature's first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf's a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf, So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day
Nothing gold can stay.
How do you approach cover design?
For Shadows of Light I worked with a good friend of mine who is studying to be come a graphic designer. We collaborated on what I wanted and how I wanted the Demon on the front of the book too look. The print cover shows its full face. Tammy Draper did a wonderful cover for me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work full time from home and I enjoy roleplaying from time to time. I also like spending time with my family and cooking. I wanted at one point to include several recipes in m book at the end but then thought better of it.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
My friends tell me about what they have read I am also member of several reading circles on goodreads.com.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote I was 13-14 years old in the 9th grade. I was in study hall and sat at a table by myself just writing and enjoying myself. My own personal bully took the my notebook I expected her to rip it up but instead she sat there reading. For the next 90 minutes she read after that she would come in and ask me if I had written anything new. I would hand her the battered and torn notebook and she leave me alone. That was until I finished the story and she did not like the ending. Later I discovered that my bully had died at the hands of Anthony Sowell a serial killer in my home town of Cleveland. I was sad for her that her ending was not the one she wanted for her life. I think that I understood why now she beat me up when my book did not have the ending she wanted.
What is your writing process?
I consider myself a free writer. I may have a loose plot in mind but nothing concrete. My books start out usually with an idea something sketchy from a dream or even a paper I have worked on for school. Slowly they take shape and form and begin to build from the ground out. Much like the reader I slowly get to know my characters and they become friends to me just like they would to a reader. My characters also tell me in their own strange ways what they want to be in my books. Shadows of Light held a plot twist to the very end when my character basically decided to he was a bad guy. Boy was I surprised.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I am a Nook Girl. I love my nook it goes everywhere with me.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have always written from the time I was very young. It was my friends that encouraged me to publish.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has been an very important piece in getting my work out so the public can read it. Thank you Smashwords for turning me from a writer into an author.
What do your fans mean to you?
I do not have many fans yet I am hoping that will change soon. The feed back I get from my fans makes me a better storyteller.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
God. No I am not a super religious woman and as anthropologist I suppose I should not have a belief in God. Yet I know there is something out there bigger and smarter than myself. S/he created the world and the universe and allows us to live our lives in it. I can feel that force all round me. I do not subscribe to any religion or call God anything but God.
Published 2014-09-06.
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Books by This Author

Shadows of Light: The Darkness With in 2nd Edition
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 189,050. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Horror » Occult
$1 FROM EVERY SALES GOES TO BENEFIT THE FIGHT AGAINST ENDOMETROISIS! Murder, Satanism, and betrayal will take your mind deep into the dark side of love. Dark forces want to destroy the world and try to rip through the veil into reality. The second novel by L.M. Hannah is a non-stop roller thrill ride into the cursed existence of one man and the woman he loves.
Shadows of Light. The Darkness Within
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 188,320. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
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Shadows of Light: The Darkness Within, is the second Novel By L.M. Hannah. This dark romance takes the reader into the fictionalized world of the Druid religion, and the darker side of Christianity. Can good triumph over evil only time will tell?
Kara's Christmas Coat.
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 5,400. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays
$1 FROM EVERY SALES GOES TO BENEFIT THE FIGHT AGAINST ENDOMETROISIS! It is Christmas Eve and nine year old Kara is lost lost in a blizzard with sub zero temperatures. This is a story of Faith, love and a Christmas Miracle.