Interview with PF Legge

Who are your favorite authors?
Mark Helprin. Iain Banks, Joe Abercrombie, JRR Tolkien, Robert Parker, Peggy Noonan
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I teach and I know that makes a difference. I coach football and I know me and my staff provide structure, expectations and role models for young men. I write and I love to work language and tell stories.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I read, I ride my bike, I ski, I kayak, I work out, I watch sports and movies, of all kinds.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
My wife got a kindle ereader and that started that.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was a short story about an older woman jogging around her suburban neighbourhood. She looked in windows and imagined the lives of those on the other side.
What is your writing process?
I use the Stephen King method, with a slight variation. I sit down, usually in a coffee shop or something like it, and hand write my first draft in pen in a notebook. Not much planning, just let it flow. Then, as I type the work out on my laptop I edit and revise. I do a lot of rereading and editing as I go. That usually leads to, or better, inspires the creative process.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, It was Reach for the Sky, a biography of Douglas Bader, a WW2 British fighter pilot. He lost both his legs before the war but that didn't stop him from fighting. My mother bought it for me as I was laid up in bed with Legg Perthes disease, a degenerative disease of the hip joint. It kept me in leg braces for two and a half years. It was supposed to inspire me and it did.
How do you approach cover design?
I wanted it to be simple and stark with one potent image. I am very happy with how the cover of Almost a Myth turned out.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Soldier of the Great War by Mark Helprin, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, Matter by Iain Banks, Lord of The Rings by JRR Tolkien, Across the Nightingale Floor by Liam Hearn.
The first four of these are classics of fiction. Towering masterpieces in my opinion. I am a bit of a sucker for love stories in my my epic fiction as well and these have that too. Helprin's talent is intimidating and inspiring. Banks writes books that are so smart you feel more intelligent reading them, Tolstoy is the master, changing his style and perspective without missing a beat. And Tolkien creates a world being lost as a beautiful, tragic victory. These authors tell their stories, they know people and they aren't afraid to bring the big questions to the lives of their characters. The last book is a jewel of fiction. Part of a series of carefully and beautifully written stories of medieval Japan with magic and mystery stirred in. Just love that one.
What do you read for pleasure?
I think i just answered that question! But I would also add the brutal and interesting fantasy of Joe Abercrombie. His take on the genre is unique. Dirty, prickly and real. I also like Robert Parker's Spenser novels and his westerns as well. Robert Knott has picked up those characters after Parker's unfortunate death. His writing is spare, tough and humorous and I really like that,
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use the ipad now. I used to use the kobo ereader and a kindle my wife has.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I have used my Instagram and Facebook pages. It seems to be helping. My publisher helped me as well.
Published 2017-10-27.
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Books by This Author

Almost a Myth
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,230. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Conor is a law keeper, fighter and warrior. Gray is his Hound. Linked by a bond of mind and mission, they walk together through a world of political weakness and religious terror. Their fractured land is threatened by The Believer, a figure from nightmares who lives in the minds of his followers, the Bonded. He desires to unite the Southlands by conquest and subjugation.