Interview with Lu J Whitley

What are you working on next?
BloodStone - the next novel in The Fraktioneers Series
Due to be released (fingers crossed) in late fall 2015.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. Without support from fans, I couldn't continue to pursue this crazy dream of mine.
Who are your favorite authors?
In no particular order:
Lloyd Alexander - The Chronicles of Prydain have been my favorite books for almost 25 years.
J.R.R. Tolkein
V.C. Andrews
William Faulkner
Edgar Allen Poe
Dean Koontz
Karen Marie Moning
Phaedra Weldon
Ooh. I just keep thinking of people!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My dogs. They're very particular about when I do and do not get to sleep in.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Marketing. Because being a self-published author is hard work! But when I'm done for the day, I'm reading or having hardcore Netflix marathons.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was a story about my first cat, Smokey, in 3rd grade. I won a shiny medal. And I was hooked.
What is your writing process?
I write everything on paper first. It gets edited the first time as it goes from paper to computer. Then I edit until I just can't edit no more.
Describe your desk
It's a hot mess, much like my brain. There's an empty bag that used to hold baby carrots, because I like to gnaw on them while I work. There's a stack of papers three miles high. An old plastic soup container full to the brim with my pen collection. Basically, there's barely any room to work.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
All over the place. I was born on a U.S. Air Force Base in Tokyo, Japan. Though we left before I was old enough to remember any of it. From there we went to Germany and to England and back, before settling down in Illinois way back in 1989.
My favorite places are always featured pretty heavily in my work. Greta's childhood house in BloodMarked is actually the house I grew up in in Germany.
When did you first start writing?
I think I've always written in some form or another. My family is very story oriented. My grandfather was a master of fiction. You just never knew whether what he was telling you was the truth, and you honestly didn't care. My grandmother used to tell me fantastic stories of fairies and pixies that she made up on the fly. I guess story-telling is in my genes.
Published 2015-07-07.
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