Interview with L. N. Gerie

Published 2015-09-15.
Describe your desk
I don't have a proper desk, but I do have a little fabric lap desk that has a pocket for storing papers. Nearly all of my writing is done on my laptop while I'm curled up in my big comfy chair. If I'm not writing on my laptop, then I'm writing pen and paper style to help with the flow of ideas.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a fairly large city with a nature preserve that contains some of the only remaining virgin forest in North America (at least I've been told this). This combination of urban and wild gave me a deep love for both worlds. The city with it's people, noise, and so many lights they turn a moonless night sky street light orange, and the forest with it quiet solitude, soft sounds, and so dark you can see countless stars on a clear moonless night.
I love both worlds, and I hate the idea of having one without the other.
When did you first start writing?
My very first story was written when I was quite young and was about a lonely giant that everyone was afraid of. Because everyone was afraid of him, he had no friends and was very sad. Then he met a little girl who wasn't afraid of him, and they became friends because she didn't have any either and was lonely too.
It's such a silly little story, but it still makes me teary when I think about it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have always wanted to be an author and to write stories. No one really gives you much encouragement when you tell them that's the job you want to have when you grow up. So, I stuck to fanfiction and idle writing for my own amusement. Then a friend who was reading over some of my fanfiction said I should get into self publishing and gave me a link to Smashwords.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Video games. By far, I spend way too much time on video games. I've been trying to cut back and do more reading and writing, but it's very hard. I mostly stick to Free to Play games because I can barely keep up with basic necessities.
What is your writing process?
I'm still working on figuring this out myself. After being required to do so many strictly formatted outlines for English classes over the years I have developed a deep and abiding hatred for this particular tool. The closest I will come to it anymore is a list of events I would like to have in the sequence I would like them to occur in. In my bigger works, I will write out lengthy descriptions for myself of characters, historical events, and settings which I will then reference from time to time. Most of the time though, I get an idea, launch into writing with no pre-writing whatsoever, and stop when I get bored, distracted, or stuck. As I haven't managed to actually finish a full length novel, I really can't recommend this as a good writing process.
How do you come up with a title?
A title...?
This has to be one of my least favorite parts of writing. I hate coming up with titles, but they are necessary. First, I come up with a working title to save the documents as while I'm writing which is usually a very basic reference to a main plot or character. I actually have one file saved as "UndergroundSteamPunkMagic" or something like that referencing the setting, which is underground, a major style in the book, steam punk, and that there is magic involved. When I actually get around to picking out a title I will come up with a few ideas and jot them down. The number one requirement is that the title offer an indication of the content. I also like the title to be a double entendre if possible. It should also be fairly short so it will look nice in a big bold type on the cover. Finally, before making a decision I go online and see how many other books have the same or a very similar title. I don't want a reader recommending my book by title to a friend, and when they look go looking for me they find six other books all by different authors.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The opportunity to create a world of my own and then explore through the eyes (or other senses) of the characters who inhabit that world. This world that we live in can feel so restrictive and suffocating in the worst possible ways, but when I write...I feel free.
What is your biggest challenge in writing?
The writing itself, to be honest. Its easy and fun coming up with an idea and doing research for inspiration, but after that first burst of inspirational motivation wears off, I have a very difficult time focusing on my work and actually working on it. Once it is written, or even just a part of it is written, I will go over a piece a hundred times at least, not an exaggeration. Every time I go through I will be making changes, tweaking words, sentences, or whole paragraphs. Then, there are all the distractions. Video games being by far the biggest and most time consuming, but also working, running errands, doing chores, and all the little things required to sustain a life. It's a huge challenge for me, but with practice and a little help, I hope to persevere and become a prolific author.
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