Interview with Lars Kaiden

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always liked the idea of writing a book but instead I started writing short stories in 2010 as a means of obtaining some feedback about my penmanship. That worked out well, so I continued writing short stories and also the occasional poem. My first book, "Twenty Naughty Poems" is a sub-selection from my first five years as an indie author.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love writing as an external expression of my inner personality. I find it easier to be creative with the written word than to express the same thoughts and feelings verbally. Of course, this is in part due to the fact that the written word can be changed prior to publication whereas the spoken word cannot.
What do your fans mean to you?
Without my fans, there would be little point in writing. The whole purpose of my writing is to have an audience who appreciates my work. From experience, I have gradually learned what people like and don't like about my stories. Sometimes the opinions conflict and I have to find a middle-ground for subsequent stories, but I will never change my style entirely. That is what appeals to my fans.
What are you working on next?
Aside from writing short stories and poems, my next project is to write a novella or novel. I have a good idea of the characters, events, and the general flow of the story. What I don't know yet is precisely how long the story will be. I prefer to write my stories as they come to mind and let them finish naturally. If that means fifty pages or one hundred and fifty pages, the story itself will dictate the length rather than trying to fill a certain number of pages.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. The story itself wasn't bad as far as storylines go, but the writing was somewhat​ poor and best forgotten. :)
What is your writing process?
Before I write anything I like to have a storyline in mind. It doesn't need to be completely developed, but it needs to have an approximate scenario and an end goal. Once I have mulled over who the characters will be, where they will be, the topic of their interactions, and how the story will end, then I can start writing. At that point, I jump straight in and create the story by imagining myself in the plot playing the main character, trying to convey what I perceive the other characters are like.
It's a fascinating process because sometimes I end up creating a completely different story than I had first expected, and sometimes I find myself getting tied in knots and abandoning the whole idea! At any one given time, I have multiple unfinished short stories for a variety of reasons. Occasionally, I revisit those abandoned stories and either modify them or rewrite them from scratch.
How do you approach cover design?
I only use professionally created photos and artwork. I spend time thinking about the book and looking through catalogs until I find a cover that accurately portrays the content. In the case of Twenty Naughty Poems, for example, the cover image shows a girl hidden behind a tree with a book at her side. The image implies that the girl has found a quiet location to indulge in the naughty book, whereas the observer (the reader) wonders why the girl is behind a tree and what she is reading.
Describe your desk
My desk is a mess. Enough said.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My alarm clock. :) Seriously though, I love life.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend a lot of time reading news articles, listening to music and watching TV. Pretty boring, I know :-). I also spend quite some time maintaining my Twitter account, marketing my website, and selling my first (and hopefully subsequent) books.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a lot of autobiographies, self-help books, and generally anything that motivates me at the time.
Published 2015-09-21.
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