Interview with H.K. Longmore

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love playing with words. I like to give them a lift up onto a trampoline, then watch as they jump into a back flip, a somersault, or a pirouette; I love to watch them as they land and spring up again, only to become an avian beauty and fly away.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My first book ready for publication was a poetry book. I figured so few people actually read and buy poetry, and given that large publishers would require I do most of my marketing and promotion, it was pointless to go through the hassle of getting a publisher for my book when I could just as easily do it myself.
What are you working on next?
My next project will be another book of poetry. I need to refine my selection and send it to a professional editor for feedback. There are a few novels that keep trying to work their way out of me, but they haven't managed to completely escape my synapses yet.
What do you read for pleasure?
I usually read fantasy and sci-fi for pleasure; however my didactic side always comes along for the ride.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I believe in competition and diversity in the market place, so I chose to go with the Barnes and Noble Nook Color. I disliked that they locked their users out of the Google Play store for so long, but they have remedied that issue for newer tablet devices. I also use their Android app on my phone.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote I only got a page and a half into. It was the summer after high school, or possibly the summer after my freshman year of college. I intended the story to be a serious who-done-it detective story, but began it with, "It was a dark and stormy night..." (coincidentally, it is a dark and stormy night right now). I shared what I had with my dad, who loves detective stories. He said he hoped I was writing it as a spoof. The plot was going to have something to do with E. Coli being used as a murder "weapon".
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I'm pursuing too many other hobbies. I love music and collect musical instruments, some of which I can actually play. I'm best at the euphonium, drums, and penny whistle. I enjoy gardening, particularly so I can grow my own herbs for seasoning my food and making my own tisanes. Some of my favorite sports are running, ultimate, racquetball, and cycling. I also enjoy basketball, volleyball, softball, and fencing, but I don't go out of my way to participate (I should really change that for fencing). Truth be told, I enjoy almost all sports. I ran my first half marathon this year, and plan to participate in many others. I also plan to run a marathon at some point, but probably not until I improve my time significantly, and not until I can get my 5K time below 25:00.

I also enjoy many outdoor activities. Hiking is the easiest to do, so I do it more than most of the others, but I also enjoy fishing, backpacking, cross-country skiing, water skiing, jet skiing (actual jet skis, the kind that gives your upper body a workout), and a slew of activities I've only done once but if I have the opportunity I'll do again.
Published 2014-09-29.
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Books by This Author

Vain Imaginations
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 7,020. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
Vain Imaginations is a collection of poems written over the course of 2000 to 2014. The poems range in nature from whimsical to political, from heart wrenching to heart felt, from word play to imaginative.