Interview with Les Lynam

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I've got a 3rd Gen Kindle reader (the one with the keyboard) that I occasionally use, but 90% of what I read is on my 1st Gen Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. I probably should replace it, it's starting to run a little slow.
Who are your favorite authors?
Robert A. Heinlein tops the charts. I also enjoy Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, and Ray Bradbury. I like the Edgar Rice Burroughs Barsoom series, and try to imagine what it must have been like to read it when it was new a century ago. I also enjoy most of Orson Scott Card's 'Ender' stories.
What are you working on next?
The third book in the series begins in 1997, with stops in 1999, 2169, and 1979. The working title is ...In One Basket.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I get lists everyday from Book Gorilla, Bookbub, Kindle Books and tips, and a few other similar sources. Goodreads also keeps me informed when an author I've read has a new book.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Southwest Iowa, in a small farming community. My tiny hometown is the model for the fictional Mercer, Iowa, found in Book 2 (...Saves Nine). I have strong Midwest roots, and have also lived in Missouri and Kansas. Although I've enjoyed visiting places like Chicago, London, and Paris, I can't imagine living there.
Describe your desk
Chaos... except I know where everything is. (Organized chaos?)
What motivated you to become an indie author?
One major motivating factor (as a retired librarian), was to not delude myself. I met several 'authors' over the years, mostly from back in the day self-publishing meant a Vanity Press. Too many people spent lots of money getting a book published and ended up with a garage full of books that no one wanted. I guess I see modern self-publishing as a frugal way to find out if I have an audience for what I like to write.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first thing I ever wrote (not school related) was a soft-porn serial that I shared with others my age on the school-bus. It was hand written on loose-leaf so it was easy to pass around. I remember faster readers yelling at the slower readers to hurry up. I was probably about 14 or 15... it was before I could drive to school. I sometimes wish it still existed, just so I could see how BAD I was at writing. And in case anyone is wondering, the YA books I write now are PG-13.
What do you read for pleasure?
Lately, I've been sampling a lot of other Indie Authors, particularly in Sci-Fi. Other than SF, I like J.D.Robb, Robert B. Parker, Charlain Harris.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When someone enjoys what I've written. I can't emphasize enough how much Indie Authors covet reviews from their readers.
Published 2015-05-21.
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Books by This Author

...Before You Leap
Series: Time Will Tell, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 123,570. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Two teens from two centuries apart, one the direct descendant of the other. Einstein's Theory didn't cover THIS relativity.