Interview with Nancy T. Lucas

When did you first start writing?
I started writing short stories in high school.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Bamberg county in South Carolina and I read a lot of books since we had 3 fuzzy channels on a very small black and white TV and we didn't belong to the country club. I read a lot of very old books like The Bobbsey Twins series.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Scout was my second Springer Spaniel and as we walked every day in our neighborhood, I imagined little conversations he might have with other dog neighbors. There was a pair of Boston Terriers that were super friendly and I worried someone might dognap them.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Like all authors I was frustrated with the traditional publishing process, waiting, rejection, repeat. I was one of the first to self-publish on Booksurge, now owned by Amazon.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I just uploaded the 1st book today, the first in the 4 book series of "The Springer Spaniel Mysteries" so we'll have to wait and see!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Time travel. I can lose myself in writing as well as I can in reading.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything, of course. I am happy to do book signings and communicate on Twitter, Facebook, my blog, Goodreads, etc.
What are you working on next?
I finished "The Springer Spaniel Mysteries" (illustrated chapter books for kids 8+), and my first (vampire) novel last summer. I am currently working on my 2nd novel, a satire about the runaway development boom in Charleston real estate.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have many! Carl Hiaasen, Chuck Palahniuk, David Sederis, Marian Keyes, Stephen King
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Beer.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I go through phases of reading (all kinds of things like farming magazines, shipwreck stories, history, romance) and then I'll do nothing but write for 6 months and not even read the news.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Magazine and blog articles, mainly.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Wow. I think it's in a rusty file cabinet in the attic, typed out on my dad's Royal typewriter. I think it was about a nerd who gets some revenge on some bullies.
What is your writing process?
I write most of the dialog first. I have a story/plot/problem in my head and some characters, and I let them talk and take their own path.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I can't remember, but I was very excited to start first grade and learn to read. After that, I read non-stop.
How do you approach cover design?
Since I illustrated my children's series, I just took the best illustration in each story and put it on the cover and added the other elements in Photoshop. I do wonder what professional book cover designers would do differently for my books.
What do you read for pleasure?
Shipwreck stories, factual and fiction. The first one I read was "Lord of the Flies" and I was hooked! Also, I do a lot of sailing, and even a few overnight ocean races, so I consider it research in case I become shipwrecked.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use my 2008 iPad.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Goodreads.com giveaways are great ways to get reviews on Amazon. Also, paid advertising on Goodreads worked well for a while, but it's grown so much the return has diminished.
Describe your desk
Chaos.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
"The Help" by Katherine Stockett. She handles POV magnificently.
"Pet Semetery" by Stephen King. Sad horror makes an interesting story.
"Outlander" Diana Gabaldon. She puts her characters on earth and the detail is incredible.
"In the Heart if the Sea" Nathaniel Philbrick. Classic shipwreck story.
"Sole Survivor" Ruthanne Lum McCunn. Couldn't put it down, the adventure was so incredible.
Published 2016-01-08.
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Books by This Author

The Curse of the Carriage Mule
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,990. Language: English. Published: February 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Scout and his friends are back in their fourth adventure of "The Springer Spaniel Mysteries" series. Benne Wafer, a Springer Spaniel puppy meets a carriage pulling mule and learns that Clementine is not really a mule... Illustrated chapter books for kids 8+
The Missing Tulip Bulbs
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,510. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books
Scout and his friends are back in their 3rd adventure in “The Springer Spaniel Mysteries” series! They need to find the tulip bulbs and replant them so that the annual spring party, The Impromptu Tulip Mania Party, will go on as planned. Delicious food was expected and without the flowers, the party will be canceled. “The Springer Spaniel Mysteries” series are Illustrated chapter books for kids 8+
A Ghostly Tail
You set the price! Words: 11,240. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Scout and his friends are back in their second adventure in “The Springer Spaniel Mysteries” series! In “A Ghostly Tail”, Hamish is an Irish Wolfhound that returns to haunt Montagu Street and frame Scout for bad things he hasn’t done. "A Ghostly Tail" is the second book in the series "The Springer Spaniel Mysteries", illustrated chapter books for kids 8+.
The Missing Boston Terriers of Smith Street
Price: Free! Words: 8,600. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
This is the first book in a series of 4 of "The Springer Spaniel Mysteries", illustrated chapter books for kids 8+