Interview with L. P. Donnelli

When did you first start writing?
I started writing from a very young age, first being published for a specialist angling magazine before my teens. I use to love to writing stories for my English classes at school also from a very early age.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love to read all types of stories for pleasure, from Almond to Walliams, with lots in-between. I like so many different genres. I have always had a love for sci fi and also sci phi, that is science fiction stories with a philosophical slant, especially Philip K. Dick. I'm a big fan of fantasy also, my favorite children's book from being a child was The Hobbit, that my father use to read to me before I could even walk. Always been a big fan of Sherlock Holmes stories since I was very young also. I think it really helps with one's writing to mix genres, combining them to get new and interesting results.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It is a heart warming family story of how Mike and his twin sister, Layla, try, with much comedy along the way, to make their father happy again. After losing his wife and their mother when Mike and Layla was born, Dad finds it hard at times. His crazy love for trains helps him, but not all of the time. He feels lonely at times and it is hard as he cannot find a steady job for the family. Food is rationed and largely hazardous with the mould contents. It tells the story of how Mike and Layla, with the help of colourful characters along the journey, find, or at least attempt to find their father a girlfriend by using dating sites, something which provides lots of humour and surprising results. It is a story with lots of pets inside, equally as colourful and fun also. A story to warm the heart on the cold days and nights.
What do your fans mean to you?
The fans mean absolutely everything to me. I am so grateful for their kind words and encourage reviews and comments so very much. It is such a joy to read and hear that you have connecting with another human being with your story, stories about life and the human condition. I really cannot explain how powerful a feeling it is. Thank you so much.
Describe your desk
Looking at it right now, I would describe it as not quite total chaos!. :) It combines both a steadfast layout with some chaos thrown in to provide a nice balance and flavour and to help with its functional duties when I work at it for lengths of time.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
To help others and to write great stories, to try and make a difference, wherever possible, even if it is just a small difference. I truly believe that we all can and do this each day. To enjoy life as it such a small but great experience even if it is laced with difficulty at times. It is such difficulties that make it worthwhile I feel.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is the act itself in many ways, the fact that you are creating people, worlds out of thin air from your finger tips is exhilarating, even if at times a beautiful agony. The sense of pride at the end of the process, after lots of editing and re-editing is immense also, to hold in your hands the finish product on a e-reader or otherwise makes it all worth while in every possible way, motivating you to the next project and thereafter. To know the hard work you had to put in, really feel it, and then see its net result is truly magical.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have always loved George Orwell and his clean, crisp prose. Tolkien was always a favourite when I was younger along with Roald Dahl and Sue Townsend. Walliams, more recently too. I love Sanderson and Rothfuss from the fantasy genre; Asimov and Philip K. Dick from the Sci Fi/Sci Phi genre, Murakami and Kafka; and so many more I could not possibly fit them all in, sorry.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I would have to say the Kindle, although this is largely by default, as it is the only e-reading device I've had. I still love the smell, feel and look of hard copy books, however, which I could never give up, as well as my beloved Kindle.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I think it is the perfect moment for the indie author, and I felt I was ready to launch into it a more determined way. With everything at people's fingertips the indie author can thrive from the comfort of his own desk, even if this is slightly messy! It gives an opportunity to put your stuff out there and that was the key motivation for me to do it for myself and by myself initially.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Walking my beloved dog, reading and reading: the true source of any writer's inspiration. I love walking also and watching sport from time to time.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a number of projects at present. I am writing a lot of sci phi short stories for various international magazines. I have a great idea for a new children's book I believe and I have started writing this already, hoping to finish it soon. I'm also writing a thriller which I hope to finish later this year, and a teen fiction book.
Published 2015-01-26.
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Books by This Author

Price: Free! Words: 18,760. Language: British English. Published: December 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Children’s books » Trains
(5.00 from 7 reviews)
Mike is different to other children. He has a very-slightly-older twin sister, Layla, and a beloved father who is fantastically fanatical about trains. Without anyone to look after Dad -- terribly lonely and struggling to find enough money to get them by -- Mike knows he has to do something about it. Join this warm and humours family tale that has many detours and stop-offs along its journey - - -