Interview with Lark LaTroy

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was published traditionally by Silver Publishing in October of 2010. Unfortuately, it turned out that the owner of the company is an embezzling waste of DNA. After being burned once, I decided that I would take full control of my writing, and only pay editors as part of the process.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting the story out of my head and into a format that I can hold in my hands. It can be digital or print, I don't care. Holding the finished product is probably my greatest joy.
What do your fans mean to you?
Oddly enough, I don't write for fans. My stories are for me. If someone likes them, great, I'm glad. If someone hates them, great, at least they read it. They are my stories, writen to me and by me, for me.
What are you working on next?
I have two more NeoDruids stories in the works, and have just finished my first ever, full length novel. The revision process is going to be longer, but well worth it. I just hope I can afford the editor(s) for a novel.
Who are your favorite authors?
Many. Jules Vern, H. P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, F. Paul Wilson, Robert Chambers, Edger Allen Poe, H. G. Wells, Homer, Piers Anthony, Anne McCaffry, Dean Koontz, and too many more to list.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My dogs.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Photography, my day job (technical writer), reading.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I just hunt around on Amazon for something I might like. If I find something interesting, I'll try it out.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes Still have it too. All 700k words and almost 1800 pages. (I was wordy back then)
What is your writing process?
I'm a pantser. I have a basic plot and ending, my characters names and an idea of their personallities, and a basic antagonist. Then, I sit down at the computer and start to write. I let the story decide where it will go, and I just go along for the ride.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Stuart Little. I was 7, and decided I liked to read.
How do you approach cover design?
I take the photographs for the backgrounds myself. Using The GIMP, I blend pieces together till I have my cover.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Keep, The Tomb, The Touch, Reborn, Reprisal, Night World. Yes, I know that is six, but they all go together.
What do you read for pleasure?
Horror, fantasy, SciFi, paranormal, romance erotica.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Laptop or desktop computer. I had a tablet, it is now a brick, but when it did work, I used it a lot.
Describe your desk
An organized exploration into chaos.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I'm a military brat 3 times over, so I traveled a lot. It didn't really influance my writing, but did influance my outlook on the world.
When did you first start writing?
2005
What's the story behind your latest book?
Two sisters facing a dangerous man that wants to take their island, and destroy it. They are witches, and they will stop him any way they can.
Published 2016-04-25.
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