Interview with L. G. Craft

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My day starts early with making breakfast and packing lunch for my wonderful husband. I am motivated to jump out of my warm bed to make him some scrambled eggs and bagels toasted golden brown by the idea of knowing I am adding just a little bit of kindness to his day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I would love to spend every waking minute behind my keyboard creating new worlds to explore and find adventure in. When I am finished with my chores for the day, I spend some time with my family reading books, learning new and interesting things on a nature channel or cooking a meal together. We do a lot of family time and I wouldn't want it any other way. In my spare time I enjoy reading, needle point, and creating interesting things like sculpted candles or sand creatures at the beach - sand castles are not my cup of tea so I started making creatures like dolphins, turtles, and fish and it has become a beach tradition.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I am a member of a lot of chat groups and a few author / reader sights. We recommend books to each other. On occasions, I just window shop the internet until something catches my eye. I have even had books show up in my email from relatives with a quick note; "You need to give this a read".
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I was in my summer between fifth and sixth grade. It was a story about a girl who woke up and didn't know where she was or how she got there. She walked down the street trying to find something familiar and started to cry. I never did finish it because she was lost and i didn't know what to do to help her find her way home.
What is your writing process?
I am a "pantser" who begins with planning. I spend some time creating a family album. I write down the characters names and find a picture that matches the one in my head. Then I put their history down next to their picture. I need my characters to be real so their actions are real. I have actually had a character turn in a completely different direction then the way I wanted them to because they "told" me that what I had planned was not at all what they would do or even thing of doing. Once I get the foundation, I let the story flow. I don't get bothered if I go off the plan or if I don't end where I had exactly thought I should. Life is that way so it should work for my writing world as well.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, It was called "The Mark of The Lemmings". I remember their little journey and how much they seemed to care about each other. I made a horrible mistake of re-reading it about 30 years later only to discover to my horror that it was politically slanted and filled with sad pictures of human culture. I realized that the young innocent mind will only keep what is relevant to those factors. This was a major reason I have tried to keep my writing on a humanitarian level. I realize we all have our own world view but I don't want to beat anyone over the head with it.
How do you approach cover design?
I think the cover should tell a story of its own only its with aesthetics instead of words. I begin with a snap shop that is in my head that best - to me - conveys the idea of the story. From there I send my designed a rough sketch and some pictures of different characters or events with notes like: I love the top left corner but the sky needs to be purple and the guy should be looking the other way. She does the hard work and I enjoy her amazing talent.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
"Lord of The Rings: Return of The King" and "The Last of The Mohicans" because the depth of character interaction is so strong and the POV keeps you in the moment at all times.
"The Black Stallion" because seeing through the eyes of another can really allow you to see for the first time.
"The Secret Garden" because loving life should be first and foremost at all times.
"Benjamin Franklin's Biography" because people of yesterday did so much to make today possible and they did it in such an interesting way.
What do you read for pleasure?
My Bible most of the time: I can't find anything better than the Psalms. After that, I look for almost anything but I lean towards fiction, action, and adventure. My friend introduced me to the Bodie and Brock Thoene who wrote the A.D. Chronicles and they are fast becoming a favorite of mine.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Late at night its my smart phone since it give off very little light and doesn't disturb my husband. On the travel its my Visual Land and my old favorite is my brick; an old Think Pad by Lenovo
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I don't know if any one technique works. I use Facebook and Wordpress. I mostly give out business cards with the web address where people can look at the books and decide for themselves if they want to e-read, POD a paperback copy, or something all together different. We have such an eclectic world any more.
Describe your desk
Its a small white stand that was designed as a TV dinner table. I love it because my computer stays there on and waiting so when an idea hits, I sit and write. No waiting to set up the computer or looking for a pen and paper which never seem to be available when you need them.
When did you first start writing?
I have been telling stories for as long as I can remember. Actually writing since my late teens; poetry and short stories mostly and a few songs. It just depends on the mood. I find my thoughts needs an outlet so i grab a few words and begin to string them together.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The latest book is called Moo-deem. If a life is lost that you never knew existed, can it affect you? I believe the answer is yes. It is about an experiment that went wrong and no one knows the other half of the world they live in exists. They go about their day making choices that directly affect people they are not even aware of.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I want people to enjoy the adventure without having to pay a large price for the journey. Without the middle man and a little extra work on my part, the readers can enjoy the book for less. That's my goal.
Published 2017-09-09.
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Books by This Author

Allegiance: Legend of Taragondia
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 129,450. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Kalest stumbles unto a path that travels downhill from the moment he sets his foot upon it. He escapes the confines of his Palace only to run headlong into greater misery. The pathway quickly leads to a world of dreams, shadow, and mist. The only sure thing is that the battle he cannot win and he no longer has the option to retreat is the one he must face.
Escape: Legend of Taragondia Book 1
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,340. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
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When two great forces meet, there will be destruction. The question remains; Will they survive the aftermath. Kalest is alone in his castle though surrounded by friends. Calla has a need to help him for her own selfish reasons. Can they survive the help offered by each other?