Interview with Eddie Lafrenaye

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Unfortunately, on Monday through Friday it's the need to work each day. I take my time during the commute and try to enjoy the ride in and the ride back. On the weekends it's the sunrise and the promise of a day of potential fun sprinkled with the chores I might have in mind to complete.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Like everyone else that owns a home there's always something that needs cleaning, repairing and time to complete. I'd rather be writing than watching mindless television. I watch television when I'm too tired to do something useful. I also have plenty of things I enjoy doing and always feel there's not enough time to do the enjoyable activities. Too bad, parties can't last forever.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
A Farmer's Chronicle is the first one I've completed. I've had ideas for many stories, I'd write a paragraph or two outline then never write the actual story. I'm at a point in my life where I can spend time to try and be creative.
What is your writing process?
I start with ideas I get in a dream or while hiking. Sometimes my story ideas come from news articles I've read. I also try to observe everyday life. Then I write an outline of the plot and a few characters. Then I just try to let it flow from there.
How do you approach cover design?
Hoping for perfection of course! The cover for "A Farmer's Chronicle" is my own doing. I ran out of time, mentally, waiting for volunteers to help me create it and created my own. I hope everyone likes it.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
None yet, ask me again in 6 months.
Describe your desk
My desk is cluttered and disorganized most of the time. I have too much stuff in every room of my house. Having grown up poor I'm very prone to the pack-rat mentality and have trouble throwing things away that might be re-used someday. Also, my father was an over the top pack-rat and I may have inherited that. I feel guilty not putting a bottle cap in a recycle bin, for instance.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Chicopee Mass. I think my childhood was pretty normal and average. I grew up before electronic distractions and everyone had to use more imagination during play time than people do now.
When did you first start writing?
I think I learned the alphabet when I was four or five.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I became an Indie author to publish stories I've had circulating in my mind for years. The Indie route seems the most practical at this time.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Easy process to actually get an e-book made available to everyone.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The feeling that I've created something no one else has.
What are you working on next?
I started work on a dystopian theme book about the not too distant future before I wrote "A Farmer's Chronicle". I started "A Farmer's Chronicle because I envisioned it as a short story and wanted to follow the entire process through to actually publishing.

I may write another addition to "A Farmer's Chronicle", I have several ideas of where to take Archer and Lothar next. My original intention was a one off short story to learn the process but I like Archer and Lothar and want to see what happens to them next.
Published 2014-07-08.
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Price: Free! Words: 1,600. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
Random thoughts brought forth as short written pieces. These pieces are my own. Some were created while enduring a meeting and scribbled on the side of a page of notes.