Interview with L S Mason

What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. They are who I write for. It is thrilling to think my words might give someone the same pleasure I have felt reading another authors work.
What's the story behind your first book, Gutter Treasure, Gutter Trash?
There was a period in my life when I didn't know where my next meal would come from. I could have called on relatives but it never occurred to me. It was my problem and up to me to find a solution. I lived in a neighborhood consisting of a lot of rental houses. Military families moved in and out almost every month and left anything you could think of on the street to be picked up as trash. I became one of the many who took some of that trash. I didn't pick through it like everyone else but shoved bags and boxes into the car to go through at my house. I also went up and down the streets before daylight to get to the trash piles first. I sold items in a flea market manner in the mornings and cleaned, priced, fixed, and whatever else it took to be ready for the next day. I fed myself, a dog and a cat that way until I lucked up on a good paying job.
When did you first start writing?
I dabbled at writing in my teens but could never get passed the beginning of a story. I had no experiences to call on. When I gained that experience circumstances didn't allow for time or peace of mind to try. After a second divorce my life settled and I stumbled onto my trigger and began writing in 2000.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating my characters and giving them life. I can send them anywhere, have them say and think anything, give them joy or sadness, and life or death. I love my characters and hope I can present them to the reader as I visualize them. When I wrote Gutter Treasure, Gutter Trash I saw the characters as though I was looking down on them. Matriarch of Botany Lodge was totally different. I went to sleep with the characters, woke up with them, and lived with them until the book was finished.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Submitting printed manuscripts and never getting back the self addressed stamped envelopes.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I am not a success yet but Smashwords has given me a chance to be.
What are you working on next?
A science fiction, but nothing too far out. It's about a young woman who is a lone plane crash survivor who discovers she is being followed in the Canadian forest as she searches for food.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the first story I ever read. I do remember the first story that made me think I could write. It was "The Good Earth" by Pearl Buck. As a matter of fact that story influenced my choice of a character in Gutter Treasure, Gutter Trash.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to set a scene with main characters but It's difficult for me to convey the picture in my mind; perhaps I get in too big of a hurry.
Describe your desk
My desk is huge and cluttered. There is a short set of shelves on my right side to give me more room. I use a tall lamp, two computers,a printer, and a huge coffee mug.
Published 2014-08-28.
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Books by This Author

Matriarch of Botany Lodge
Price: $4.00 USD. Words: 129,320. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
With no father and an alcoholic mother, at thirteen Deanna has a hard life. That changes when thirty year old Edwin adopts her and gives her a better life. Better until she marries him at eighteen and asks for a divorce two years later. Edwin isn't willing to let her leave and tracks her down when she manages to get away. Fear, guilt, and a promise she doesn't want to keep riddle her new life.
Gutter Treasure, Gutter Trash
Price: $4.00 USD. Words: 123,200. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
When the Garoth House administrator tries one last time to help Zeah Boyd and is cut short by her defiant words, he says it is a cold world out there. She walks through the door for the last time and takes with her a mystery. Life does prove hard and grows colder when she becomes homeless and is stubbornly determined to remain independent. It takes Braum Baker to give her a sense of direction.