Interview with L.T. Garvin

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Wizard of Oz, I love the Oz books. I read them to escape to magical places. I read them and re-read them, and from that, I developed a life-long love of reading.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
My first story was actually a poem and it was rather lengthy. I was in junior high school at the time, and I showed it to the assistant principal, and he said, "Oh you didn't write that!" I guess that was a compliment :)
How do you approach cover design?
Carefully, and with trepidation. I wish I was more of an artist, but now that I've begun to publish, I am meeting some wonderful if I could only afford them :)
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Does it have to be five? Oh my goodness: To Kill a Mockingbird, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Teacher Man, Prince of Tides, Look Homeward Angel. This is a good sampling. It's good writing. I usually gravitate toward southern literature, I love stories of growing up, examining lives of the average person, and stories that touch us at the center of our souls.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read everything. Blogs, magazines, books, children's stories. There is so much out there that nobody has to ever be bored.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Wordpress blogs, and you can find me on there :)
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social media, of course, is one of the best marketing devices these days. Local newspapers in the author's hometown are good as well as community events, libraries and contacting bookstores. Maintaining a website/blog with current material, announcements, and snippets of work is also a great tool.
Describe your desk
I have a laptop, printer, and many notebooks where I write stories, poems and essays out in long hand. Yes, I write them the good old fashioned way. I have sheet music for the guitar that I'm supposed to be learning to play, two lamps, desk caddies, books I need to read, and ornamental containers full of pens and pencils. I also normally have two cats sleeping on my desk and walking all over my things because that is what cats do.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in rural Texas in the 1960s/1970s. This certainly influenced me as I wrote my book, Dancing with the Sandman all about it. We definitely write what we know. There are a lot of things that I would not change about growing up in a small town. This definitely shaped the person and the writer that I am today.
When did you first start writing?
I began writing in junior high school. I wish I had written continuously, but life has a way of getting in the way. The important thing is to recognize that evolving as a writer is a journey and to keep on writing if you possibly can.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is of a 4th Grade Athlete. This is a humor story of a young boy growing up playing sports in Texas. The overall message here is that...we should appreciate the average child, it is okay that not everyone is a star. There is also some tongue-in-cheek humor about the emphasis that adults put on sports.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to put my work out there for people to read. There are so many literary outlets that are too narrow minded or too discerning to accept work. I say let the people decide what they want to read. Hopefully they will decide on me :)
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has been a great way to make my stories available for readers, and I appreciate that very much. I believe you have to seek several avenues to get your work out in today's markets.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I enjoy creating something with a small idea, then having it snowball into a bonafide story or a wonderful poem that can entertain people, make them think, or help them cope with various emotions.
What do your fans mean to you?
I would love to have fans! Fans would mean everything to me. It would be a great honor to have people read my work.
What are you working on next?
I'm probably going to stay in the children's market for awhile. I'm writing about mythical creatures from the land of ice and snow in an effort to promote core values for kids.
Who are your favorite authors?
Fannie Flagg, Flannery O'Connor, Lee Harper, William Butler Yeats, Lord Byron, Matthew Arnold, Pat Conroy, and many, many more.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Kids....I'm a substitute teacher. I also write and have a small jewelry business, so weekends are nice, but I have to get up and take care of business every day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend time with my husband, my pets, crafts, working out, and napping. I love a good nap!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually explore e-books from fellow authors that I network with on Wordpress.
What is your writing process?
I brainstorm ideas, and sometimes I freewrite. I rarely don't have anything to write about.
Published 2015-10-23.
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Books by This Author

Poetry Pages
Price: Free! Words: 1,540. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
This is a short collection of poetry depicting a range of emotions and cosmic circumstances.
Laugh Sometimes
Price: Free! Words: 2,120. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A short collection presenting poetry and essays that highlight the humorous incidents of everyday life.
Fantasy of Fear and Hate
Price: Free! Words: 8,170. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
This collection of three stories deals with the universal themes of hate and fear along with the fantasy of possibility.
Slice of the South Stories
Price: Free! Words: 8,900. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » American / General
A collection of short stories depicting characters growing up in a small southern town. A neat collection humorous fiction.