Interview with Frank Lawlor

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The creative process, developing characters and plot and weaving a story that takes a life of its own.
When did you first start writing?
I started over 25 years ago. I wrote one book, very badly I may add and then started again about ten years ago.
What's the story behind your latest book?
In a nutshell, it is about a man who appears to have the perfect life, yet under the surface he is a troubled and depraved soul who can no longer resist the urge to kill.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The likes of Smashwords give an author the platform to go it alone now and be in control of their own work. So, I thought, why not. At least this way you don't have to wait weeks, sometimes months for a reply from an agent or a publisher, especially when they cannot even be bothered to respond.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Don't know. I am still waiting for my book to go live.
What do your fans mean to you?
Without them it means nothing. There is nothing more fulfilling when someone gets as much enjoyment in reading your book as you do writing it.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
When a good story is fermenting in my mind, I cannot wait to get downstairs and get started.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I read. I like to work out in the gym. Love MMA, boxing and football, or soccer as they say in America, and live music.
What are you working on next?
I have a number of novels sitting on my laptop that require polishing. I will take one at a time until I feel they are ready to unleash them.
Who are your favorite authors?
Too many to mention. If I had to name a couple, Jo Nesbo, Tess Gerritsen.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Online, recommendations, reviews, etc, etc.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
How can I forget.
What is your writing process?
I write organically. I have a character and an idea, or a vision and off I go.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No.
How do you approach cover design?
I have an idea of what I want, and I give it to a graphic designer and see what they come up with and work from there. I like to be involved in every aspect of the book.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Again too many. Different books bring different things. However, the most memorable book for me over the past few years was City of Bohane by Kevin Barry. While I am at it, Colum McCann's, Let the Great World Spin and Tess Gerritsen's, Playing With Fire.
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I am new at this. But I think Social Media, if worked correctly, can be an incredible tool, without a huge marketing budget that some of the big publishing houses would have.
Describe your desk
Kitchen table.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Listowel. My home town has a rich literary tradition and hosts a brilliant writer's festival every year on the June bank holiday. It is also a close knit town with lots of mad characters and a deep well for inspiration.
Published 2017-12-22.
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Books by This Author

Blood River
Price: $5.57 USD. Words: 87,990. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Set in the recession-ridden town, Rathdubh, in Ireland, Blood River is a quirky crime novel with many twists and turns that keep you guessing to the very end.
Irish Psycho
Price: $5.14 USD. Words: 95,120. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Damien Dunne is a depraved killer, who doesn’t even spare his parents. Disposing of his victims in Zac Collins crematorium, he leads the police on a gruesome dance. And as the net closes in, a desperate Damien hatches a master plan to make a swift escape.