Interview with Larry S Gray

Describe your desk
About as cluttered as my mind. Inspiring. Depressing. Uplifting. Annoying. Where it all happens!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Absolutely, and it was hideous. But it's been reworked six times over the years and now appears as an average-sized chapter in one of my longer books.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up In suburban Trenton, New Jersey, and I enjoyed reading quite a bit. There were some conflicts with the kind of material I liked to read and the kind of material my folks expected me to read. When my rebel flag unfurled it became no accident I would write the kind of genres I was forbidden to read. Except for one, my cousin Mike's and my non-fiction "Armageddon Project," which is a harrowing and disturbing account of both our childhoods and why we were forbidden from reading certain things, and forbidden from doing and being many countless other things. Back to where I grew up; you will see a lot of my storylines take place in and around New Jersey. I like to be accurate with location and keep things geographically correct, so for any locations in any story its a given that I have physically been to and spent some time in that location..
What are you working on next?
I have three cool thrillers in the works slated to arrive between late 2016 and 2018. Likely some short stories in between also. Excerpts from the big three can be seen on the website.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King, David Baldacci, Tim Dorsey, James Patterson, John Grisham, Robin Cook, Jimmy Buffett, Donald Trump, the late great Vince Flynn and of course Bradbury and Tolkien.
How do you come up with the material you write?
I must say, I've led a pretty interesting life. That doesn't mean all good, and doesn't mean all bad, but I've seen a lot of strangeness in my time. When I write, past experiences always seem to spill over into the writing and I think that's a good thing. Someone prolific once said "write what you know," and I think that is very sage advice. A fellow who runs an insurance office ought not to be writing a book on how to make a garage a success, he rather should focus his writing talent on what he knows. His material will be all the better for it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
As a kid I read The Happy Hollister's series, The Hardy Boys series and the Timmy and Lassie books. Then I just stopped reading for awhile; I was growing up and the Hollister's and the Hardy's were turning to tripe, and Lassie made me want to throw up. When I started reading for entertainment again I'd say I was around 19 - I picked up "No One Here Gets Out Alive," the biography of Jim Morrison of The Doors, and I was mesmerized. That was the first full length novel, though non-fiction, that I had read, since the kid stuff. I loved the story (I was a Doors fan), but I also loved the book itself. Later that week I went to the movies to see Jack Nicholson in The Shining and I loved the movie. My girlfriend at the time told me I should read the book, as it was even better than the movie, so I did. After reading the Shining, I thought..."how cool would be to actually be able to write like this?" Liking the author, I then read The Stand, and when I finished that, I knew exactly how cool it would be to able to write like that. I immediately got started and wrote the first three chapters of what would become The Cydronium Chronicles. I yearned to be published, to be just like Mr. King, and I kept at it. I wrote short stories and put them into collections, eventually using some of those as chapters for Chronicles. Off and on I wrote for years; through jobs, mortgages, ballgames, parenthood, concerts, friendships, vacations, and all the rest of what makes up a normal life. 27 years after I read The Stand for the first time and started working on my own material, The Cyrdonium Chronicles was published in paperback and appeared for sale on And I've been at it ever since.
What do your fans mean to you?
The world. Without fans I'd be nothing but another bag of bones and liquids just existing and surviving in a putrid puddle of mung and goo..
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When I am writing, I can feel how the readers are going to react to my story. I know it's going to please some, and I know some will think my material stinks. The feeling I get when the idea is flowing through the mind and down into the fingers to the keyboard and then appearing there on the screen; hey, that is me creating a unique story for people to read! The thought that an idea in my head, something that I am dreaming up as I sit on the beach, or drive down a highway, or even conjure up in a weird dream after eating peppers, pickles and lime flavored marshmallows while watching an old Twilight Zone rerun; the fact that that simple idea will morph into a half-pound of paper and ink with a cool picture on the front and a barcode on the back - that really gets my juices flowing.
How do you describe your attitude toward writing?
Writing is what I do. It's what I believe I have been always meant to do; I have a list of ideas for books that if I ever get to all of them I will have to live way past the normal time. Right now I'm just a fellow conducting a mental health hunt and writing my way through my fifties. If my readers like my stuff enough to keep me with a roof and the power on, I'll keep at it. I like it. It's what I do....
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Without being too critical of the traditional publishing world, there isn't a whole lot to say. Getting published by one of the big houses is 10% talent, 20% who you know and 70% luck. It's also a matter of volume. There are as many great writers floating around out there as there are boys who are good enough to play shortstop for the Yankees. So many are worthy but there isn't enough room. That's why there are minor leagues, and local leagues, and neighborhood leagues, and little leagues. And that is why there are indie authors, a group of which I am proud to be a part.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Published 2015-11-11.
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Books by This Author

Palm Castle
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 45,230. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Adventure » General
The story of eccentricity and strange doings in an accounting/tax preparation firm in central Florida. And even stranger doings in the bar down the street… Say goodbye to the stereotypical boring, stuffed-shirted, dull, folks who populate your average accounting office. Now it’s time to meet the zany, madcap, wacky folks who work at H. B. Abercorn, and drink at the Blue Midget Taproom after hours.
Down the Shore - Tales From the Beaches and Boards of New Jersey Volume III
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 26,870. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Biography
The third in Trent's wildly popular Down the Shore series. A few more tales from the author’s life and times at the Shore, an update on the restoration and rebuilding progress following Hurricane Sandy, and a special section dedicated to this past summer, when Trent and his people turned back the clock, rented a summer bungalow and cut loose like it was the old days - some things never change
The Cydronium Chronicles
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 122,760. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Intriguing tale of scientific experiments gone wrong. Precognition through chemically induced dream-states, resulting when the characters are accidentally exposed to these chemicals. Ongoing tests performed by a fictitious agency, conducting clandestine government-sanctioned experimentation in some highly strange fields. A detailed account of what can happen when the human mind is tampered with.
Down the Shore - Tales From the Beaches and Boards of New Jersey Volume II
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,580. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Biography
Trent Redman’s second in the Down the Shore series, a few more fun tales from the author’s life and times at the Shore, an update on the progress made so far, a quick look at how the first season fared in terms of revenue and tourism, and some little known facts and figures about New Jersey and the Shore. Among other tidbits “Shore” to please and entertain.
Down the Shore - Tales From the Beaches and Boards of New Jersey
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,600. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Biography, Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
This little book is all about fun, good times, parties and great places to be.Take a ride with me "down the shore" while I share some truly fun experiences with you. Heartbroken by the events of Hurricane Sandy, Trent will continue to donate 50% of the profit from this book to the ongoing cleanup and rebuilding effort along the Jersey Shore. (Larry Gray writes as Trent Redman for this series).
The Armageddon Project - Tales From the Kingdom Hall
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 123,200. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Religious cults, Nonfiction » Biography » Religious biography
This is a provocative and highly disturbing work of non-fiction; an epic account featuring brainwashing and isolationism, sex and demons, blood and fear, Bible prophecy, mankind’s impending demise and the forbidden fruit... A detailed journey through the inner sanctum of a prominent religious organization as told by two people who were there.
The Battle of Hyannis
Price: Free! Words: 4,060. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
And I saw a great multitude of frogs ascending up out of the sea... of did I? Did frogs really rise up and overtake a beach, a neighborhood, the city of Hyannis, and then march right back into the sea? Overactive imagination? Lucid dream? Insanity at 22? In this twisted little tale you can have the answer in just minutes!
The Grip of the Abode
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,240. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
In a Provincetown bar, things are not what they seem. Or are they exactly what they seem? Time appears to have stopped in this bar, a long while ago, while outside time marches on. A psychological thriller that considers the fabric of time to be bent and twisted in this particular place; and that time can be flexible, a mental concept of startling proportions.
The Legend of Situs Towerus
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,930. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A brief foray in the future, 300 years hence. A startling secret is revealed to an intrepid, rebellious explorer, who ventures into forbidden territory against all warning, and under fear of death. A story short but powerful.
The Spirit of Sussex - a Ghost Story
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 25,180. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
This hauntingly sinister little tale takes place over a four-century timespan in merry old England. Two American travelers find themselves the target of a demented madman after they discover and explore a small town with a diabolical history of murder, pestilence and disaster. A ghost story that keeps on giving.