Interview with LF Gillis

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was more of a diary about a fictional kid. I was in a church group and we received a list of projects in order to get certificates. I chose to write the diary of a missionary's daughter. The family was stationed in China.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My android.
Describe your desk
Small, white, cluttered, and looks out upon my favorite dogwood tree.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in rural, Northern Florida. Madison, Florida, to be more precise. It's the inspiration for a fictitious town I often use, called Morgansville. It also borders the real Lowndes County, Georgia; the setting for The Legacy.
When did you first start writing?
I don't remember ever not writing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Oh gracious. Where do I start?

I originally wanted to write about a professional female wrestler. I grew up watching The Fabulous Moolah, and after learning her story, I wanted to create a character based on her. Unfortunately, women's professional wrestling isn't how I remembered.

I'm a stickler for details and spend a good portion of my time researching. Women's professional boxing seemed to be the next, logical step. So I wrote about an over-the-top, tough woman who dominated the sport, way past her prime. After suffering a humiliating defeat, she retreats back to her now deceased, grandfather's farm and starts building a new life.

While workshopping this story, a number of critiquers asked, "How did she get so hard?" I had the outlines, it was just a matter of writing the story. But I wanted The Legacy series to mean something. The abusive background and original characters were there, so The Legacy shows an abused girl, from an inner city warzone, flourish despite her past.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My second semester, college English professor, Fannie Mae Walton, motivated me to become a writer. My inability to conform motivates me to be independant.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
This is my first Smashwords' novel.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To write something deeper and more meaningful than normal love stories.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me. I mean, what's the point in writing if no one reads it?
What are you working on next?
The next story in The Legacy series is Truths and Consequences. Sylvia-Ann knows why her father is the way he is, next is to learn about her mother. Also, things between her and Hank become more serious.
Published 2016-08-16.
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Books by This Author

Inherited Behavior
Series: The Legacy. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 48,150. Language: American English. Published: June 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Inspirational
Sylvia-Ann survived her abusive mother. Now she worries that she will one day become the abuser. How did her mother become such a monster? The answer may lie with her paternal grandfather. Is abuse inherited or learned? Can Sylvia-Ann unlearn her mother's lessons before it's too late?
The Legacy
Series: The Legacy. You set the price! Words: 62,160. Language: American English. Published: August 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
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Perception is a matter of showing people what you want them to see. Afraid that someone will find out the real reason she lives with her grandpa, Sylvia-Ann shows anger and distrust. Bill fears his friends finding out that his charismatic father is really a bully with a bible. On the surface, Cal Felix is a good man. But his past haunts him. Hank is the county darling--and hates it.