Interview with Larry F Nigh

What are you working on next?
I am completing more poems for a new volume, as well as working on stories to include in a new book of short stories. After I publish one or two more books I hope to begin a novel.
Who are your favorite authors?
I adore Jane Austen, and love Mark Twain. But they are long ago. The authors I most admire today include now deceased Kurt Vonnegut and Rex Stout.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
That's easy. Life is fun. It is good. I have my writing and my acting to look forward to for many years to come. And I have an adoring wife who makes life pleasure to contemplate.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have begun auditioning and working in plays. I am currently in a play called A Kansas Nutcracker in which the action is set in the Kansas of 1861, during the American Civil War. We have all of the traditional music and dancing but the book is different.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Serendipity. The same way I find hardbound books in the library. I browse the stacks, or in the case of ebooks, the pages of the website offering the ebooks.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Certainly. It concerned an episode in my life when I was a child in the Mojave Desert. I, of course, fictionalized it to make it more interesting to the reader.
What is your writing process?
It varies, but often a phrase will enter my head, and I will just begin writing words to go with the phrase, whether a poem or a story. Stories are more difficult than poems because you need to hold the reader's interest for a longer period of time. But the process is quite similar for both genres. You start putting down words and keep the good ones and discard the bad ones. Sounds simple, right? But that is my process.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No, I don't, because I was an early reader. I would often go to the library when I was only 6 or 7 years old. I was a voracious reader. Once, in the Navy, I read over 300 books in one year, while stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
How do you approach cover design?
I use photos that my wife or I have taken that seem to evoke the mood of the poetry or stories contained in the ebook. Then I decide on a typeface, with the same thoughts in mind.
What do you read for pleasure?
I am a member of several online writing sites. I have begun to read more and more there, getting to know the work of new and fresh voices before they become famous and get published.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use a Macbook Pro. With it I can read virtually any format.
Describe your desk
My lap is my desk. I have no need for a real one. But we do own a hand carved black walnut desk from Srinigar, Kashmir, that I have in my library. I use it to store writing materials and such. And my wife uses a computer style desk for doing the accounting and such.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Arkansas, but have little memory of that. I remember growing up in California. First in the San Diego area, where my father worked for an aircraft plant. Then he started working on the Santa Fe Railroad, and we moved to the desert. We lived a short while in Amboy, longer in Barstow and Hinckley, and finally in Needles. The desert formed my character. I still love it, even though I haven't lived there since the early 60s. I use a lot of material from that time in my writing. But, of course, with all of the experiences I have had since then my influences are mixed and legion.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote essays in college. During that early period I also wrote terrible poetry. Best forgotten. I first truly started writing seriously in June of 2012. That is when I posted my first story online. Since then I have posted over 200 stories and poems on three different sites.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, "Coffee For Me, Tea For You," is a compilation of short fiction I created for an online site. I was attempting to write in every category they offered. I did so. My book reflects that multiplicity of types and styles.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
When I first got a computer and access to the internet I began "surfing" as everyone does. I encountered sites where one could post poems or stories simply by submitting them (with a few rules, of course) and I believed that I could do as well as many I read there. So I tried it, and have been sailing along ever since.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It's contribution is pivotal. Without it I may never have published a ebook of my own. One never knows.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Oh, the pleasure one receives when someone compliments you on your gift. It is hard to express how fulfilling it is.
What do your fans mean to you?
I honestly would not write if I did not know that people were reading my work and enjoying it. Well, maybe I would anyway. I do have a little ego, I must admit.
Published 2013-12-04.
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Books by This Author

Coffee For Me, Tea For You
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 24,620. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » American / General
The author presents a number of short stories on various topics. They range from micro fiction, to young adult, to romance, to horror, to crime, and general fiction. Something for everyone's tastes may be found in this first volume of fiction by this new author.
Tastes Bitter, Tastes Sweet
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,980. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
This is the first collection of poems by a new writer. It contains poetry in various forms, including sonnets, haikus, abecedarian, traditional verse, blank verse, and free verse.