Interview with Charles Lee Lesher

What are you working on next?
I have a couple books partially finished. One is a story I am calling Drago's Gold set in 1930, several years before President Roosevelt issued his executive order forbidding US citizens to own gold. In 1934, President Roosevelt signed the Gold Act. The Federal Reserve set the price of gold at $35.00 per troy ounce which was about $15 higher than current market value at the time. This motivated a criminal element to purchase gold from Mexico and smuggle it into the US. My story is about the planes and pilots who flew across the border and brought back tons of gold.

The other book that is about half finished. Evolution's Child - Earthborn is the sequel to Shadow War. It is set a century after Shadow War. It is about Ama, a young woman born and raised in the back-wilds of southeastern America in the late 22nd century. Ama first knew she was different as a young child, when she realized others couldn't remember things with the clarity she could. She never forgot anything. By the time she met Teacher Davis, she knew enough to turn her amazing memory into a ticket out of the fishing village where she was born.
Who are your favorite authors?
By far, my favorite author is Robert Heinlein. I even name one of the main characters in Shadow War after a character he invented, Lazarus. Written in 1973, I don't always agree with everything he espouses using the voice of his character, but respect his right to do so. Issac Asimov, Author C Clark, Jerry Pournelle and a hundred others fill my bookshelves.

For non fiction, I like Carl Sagan and if you insist they must still be alive, Laurence Krauss and Sam Harris.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Luck of the draw
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Of course. It was for a university class called The History of Science Fiction. It was an elective at UW-Madison. Fun class that forced me to write a short story. Mine was about the inventor of a space drive. Not interstellar but certainly planetary. I still have it somewhere...
What is your writing process?
Whatever the spirit moves me. Really. I write then outline which is backwards of most writers.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Hell no! I started reading so young. I do remember that the Tom Swift novels held my attention for a while. So did the Sherlock Holmes stories.
How do you approach cover design?
I let it approach me. I am an avid Photoshop user and covers are fun. I tend to make mine much more complicated then is the norm, but hay, it's all mine. I can't blame someone else. I do all my own interior design as well.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Time Enough for Love - Heinlein
Robot Series - Asimov
2001 - Clark
The Mote in God's Eye - Pournelle and Niven
Ringworld - Niven

They all demonstrate the scope of human imagination.
What do you read for pleasure?
I run a publishing house so I don't have a lot of time to read for pleasure. I do however, read for the job and enjoy it immensely. I am either writing my own stories or reading a perspective author.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My first reader was the original Amazon Fire and I have upgraded several times since then. I love the color aspect of them.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Amazon has been the best so far. Goodreads has been hit and miss, mostly miss. Putting together my own websites has not proven to be worth the time or energy to do them. But that doesn't mean they are not necessary. They are if only for readers to find and peruse.
Published 2016-12-21.
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