Interview with L Anthony

What is your e-reading device of choice?
My ipad is with me everywhere. The Kindle app is the most used platform. Of course I still have a very big place in my heart for old fashioned paper though. I always will.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Well, where shall I start? A few years in Alaska with a stopover in Detroit. Mix in upstate Illinois and polish it of with a touch of Los Angeles. I like the places I've been. They made indellible impressions on me that are lifelong. They are the very fabric of my writing. Writing is place to me. Once I have a scene and I know where my characters are, I can fill pages. So in that respect I see myself visiting the places of my youth in my stories and spending time in those familiar places so that I can interact with old friends.
As a child our imaginations seem limitless. That for me is where I turn to think about stories to tell.
When did you first start writing?
My high school english teacher had us write everyday. She always responded to what I wrote with positive encouragement. It was hard work for me, but I stuck with it. That helped to overcome the feeling that it is the most impossible thing in the world to do. To do it well, nevermind that.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I had an unanswered question: what if it was possible to complete online college courses without ever doing any of the work? How easy would it be to get away with? So I knew I needed a college professor as a character. Since I teach in that forum I knew my way around it. However, there needed to be more than just an online scandal. So a love interest was added. Crazy as it might sound I've found police investigating to be quite tedious. So my idea of an interesting investigation would be from the perpective of the private eye. I decided to have two former cops come together as a team. Stacie and Andrew are protagonists that first find each other. They are in a transitional phase of their lives. As experienced as they are, this is a new venture for them. I see the next book in the series as one where they formalize their business relationship. They don't need to work cases. But people they care about need their help, so they do.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
First of all, I have become a published author thanks to Smashwords. Any success I have going forward will be directly attributed to the opportunity afforded me by this wonderful entity. Therefore I see it as always first place in my mind.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
There is no denying that the publishing industry is experiencing a metamorphasis. People are reacting to and causing the changes that are very rapidly taking place. It is an exciting time to be an indie author. I like being able to get in on the excitement. I hope it will help me learn the marketing and business aspects better. I think I will be able to meet more people who have a passion for books through this avenue.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I don't know if one thing is truly greatest. Magic happens for me when just the right words come together in just the right way. That's one of them. Seeing a world take form and people come to life in that world to the point they come off the page as alive and animate as those around us. That sure reaches the bar. I want to have a message, to be able to share messages with readers about what is important to us. If I haven't quite done that in a significant way yet I think that could be the greatest joy, when it happens. We'll see.
What do your fans mean to you?
I want to tell entertaining stories. To give something positive that contributes to the quality of the life of another soul. They tell me whether or not that is happening.
What are you working on next?
I have two stories competing for my attention right now. Stacy and Andrew are trying to establish themselves in the afternath of the South Hills Conspiracy. She is off to Chicago to see an old college roomate and finds trouble there. Andrew is dealing with his last year running the police academy and has a rouge cadet saddle him with a child to care for when she goes AWOL. The other story that seems to want to be told is from Stacie's days as a Marshall. It involves the relationship that led to her dismissal from office. I see it as a first person rendering, but I do not know if the voice has surfaced yet. These are just two of the Regent/Powell mystery series hopefully coming out soon. I see many more if they find an audience.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have many. John Grisham. Philip Kerr. Tana French. I enjoyed Steig Larrson's trilogy almost as much as J.R.R Tolkien's. As mysteries go I am a fan of Laurie R. King. I enjoyed the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. She's a master storyteller. There are many more but I'll leave it here for now.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The sun.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a full time job as a college professor, husband and parent.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
The LA County Public Library is by far the best place for me. I browse internet sites a great deal, amazon incuded, but I'm a surfer for free reads. There are book groups and email sources and a growing network of new and informative methods of finding ebooks. Hopefully I'll ride those waves as well in short order.
Published 2014-05-26.
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Books by This Author

The South Hills Conspiracy
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 75,190. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Retired cops Stacie and Andrew team up to rescue the helpless and serve justice. Can they reunite, Samantha Collier, pro beach volleyball player, with her missing computer genius boyfriend? Follow them deep in the wilds of the Mount Shasta volcano. Their search will bring them too close to the serial killers who want Professor David Trutanich dead. Will Samantha ever see David alive again?