Interview with Landon Crutcher

How do you approach cover design?
I worked professionally as a graphic designer for about 13 years before becoming a paramedic. Coming from that background, I learned what all designers learn, less is more. You have to consider that an ebook cover is almost always going to be viewed small, so I tried to keep it simple. You cover doesn't need to tell your whole story, if it gets someone to click on it, it's done its job.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I pretty much only ever use my iPhone for e-reading. I still prefer good old paper when I can get it though.
Describe your desk
I don't really have one. Usually my desk is the dining room table at the station where I work. I do most of my writing in between 911 calls.
When did you first start writing?
In speech class at Nashville State Community College. I wrote an insane conversation between two guys that, many years later ended up being the beginning my first book. Before that I had written song lyrics and crappy high school poetry but that was my first attempt writing something that didn't rhyme.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Currently I have a wife, a toddler, a full time job and I'm going back to school so that keeps me pretty busy. But when I have time I love whitewater kayaking. Love it. I would do it every day if I could.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I guess technically the first stories I ever wrote were comic strips I drew as a kid. The were about a toy stuffed snake I had. I called him Sneaky Snake and mostly they ended with him eating something inappropriately large.
What is your writing process?
I don't really know that I have a process. The times I write and the places I write are pretty random and unplanned at this point in my life. I don't know if it's ideal, actually I'm sure it's not ideal but I have adopted a philosophy of "write whenever you can, even if its for a few minutes." Generally I keep my work on my Google drive so I will jump on any time from anyone's computer if I have a spare fifteen minutes and try to get some writing done.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams is I guess, technically more than one book but I'm going to ignore that fact. I don't know what to say about this one except that Adams influenced my wanting to write more than any other author. He's hilarious, insightful, occasionally heart-breaking.

Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson is one of the best books in any genre I have ever read. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

The Last Light of the Sun by Guy Gavriel Kay. I'm a fan of fantasy fiction. Anything with swords and I'm pretty much interested. A lot of fiction in the fantasy realm tends to get too bogged down in exotic names, locales, backstories and stuff for my liking but this book is simple and beautiful.

The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss (and the follow up The Wise Man's Fear) are both just freaking awesome books. Patrick Rothfuss can tell a story. I could go on and on about these two books but I won't, just check them out.

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. My favorite book. Read it.
Published 2015-08-13.
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