Interview with LA Quill

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on the Canadian prairies. And when I say 'prairies' I mean grass. Lots and lots of grass. Seeing a tree was exciting because they were few and far between. The closest playmate was miles away. Our TV access was limited to three channels, none of them very clear and none of them had any children's programming. There was really nothing to do except create.

As a result, my sisters and I grew vivid imaginations. We would run through the fields pretending to be sorcerers, vampires, elves, or starship captains. We created our own worlds and filled them with fictional people. Years later, when I would decide to write for a living, these worlds and characters were still with me and became the basis for most of my stories.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing since I was a child. Journals, stories, whatever came to mind. I wrote my first novel in 8th grade. But I didn't start writing with the intention of making a living until my late 20s. Once I had two young children of my own, I realized they might like to read the stories running around in my head, so I wrote them down and they eventually became my published novels.
Describe your desk
My desk is on the far side of the room behind a screen and holds whatever I threw on there yesterday. And the day before. I don't really know since I rarely look at my desk. Instead, I write on the bed. It's comfortable and covered in papers with sticky notes all over the headboard. A desk is for serious things, like doing my taxes every spring. I need whimsy comfort to write, and I get this in bed.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is "Son's Betrayal." It's the fifth and final book in The Imperial Series and follows the youngest son of the character who started the entire series to begin with. This one finally wraps up everything that's been happening in the series, so it was a hard one to write. I didn't really want to be done with the characters, but it was time. Saying goodbye to some of my favorite characters of all time was an almost-painful experience.

Now that it's over, I'm considering reviving the characters for another series. Just haven't figured out how to work that one out yet.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me, the greatest joy of writing is watching a story spring to life on the page. It starts with just a few simple words, and before you know it, there's a story just begging to be read. And it's inevitably something I'd like to read, so after the joy of writing comes the joy of reading. Double the fun.
What are you working on next?
I think I'm going to continue with The Knights of St. Andrews series. The first one was written because my son had an idea. He now had another idea, so we'll sit down and collaborate. Who knows what we'll come up with.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are JRR Tolkien and Charles Dickens. More modern authors who I also enjoy include Rick Riordan and Jonathan Ball (most of you probably haven't heard of this last guy). I could add to that list (since I'll read anything with words), but those are my favorites.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Absolutely nothing. I write from bed. It's the most comfortable place in my home and has a great view of outside. Why get up?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Umm... I write something else. Writing is my job, my hobby, and my passion. Outside of what I call "work hours" I'll write blogs, short stories to tell my children, or whatever random stuff pops into my head. Writing occupies most of my day. If I'm not writing, I take a walk and think about writing. Or I talk about what I'm going to write next. Or read something similar to what I an going to write next. I may possibly be obsessed.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was about my cat. He flew around the world saving people from their own stupidity. I thought it was funny. My teacher didn't think I should be calling people "stupid". I was 5.
What is your writing process?
My writing process involves a lot of laying on the bed thinking about my characters. Then I'll talk out loud for a while and let things fall into place. Once I feel like I won't be completely wasting my time, I roll over and grab the computer. Time to type. I type beginning to end and do very little revising. If what I'm writing doesn't work or I lose my train of thought, I delete the entire thing and start over again, even if that means scrapping 50,000 words of work. Repeat until it comes out right. It may sound time consuming, but in the end I have an almost-finished product that needs very little attention before it can see the light of day.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first full-fledged book I ever read was "Anne of Green Gables" when I was 6, but that's not the story that had the most impact on me. I remember my grandfather reading me "The King of Elfland's Daughter" when I was 4, and that is the story that stuck with me and would shape the writer I would become. The themes of time and the east were powerful enough even for a child to grasp, and the world Lord Dunsany (the author) created was magical and held my attention as nothing else could.
How do you approach cover design?
I don't. I leave it to a pro because I am absolutely not an artist and I have no eye for anything like that. Let the pros do what they do best.
Published 2015-04-02.
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Books by This Author

Son's Betrayal (The Imperial Series)
Series: Imperial, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 103,270. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2014 by Tear Drop Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Rowan, youngest son of the powerful Emperor Damuk, has always had a thirst for power. So when a beautiful young courtier offers him just that, he has few reservations and even fewer questions. Seduced by her dark beauty, Rowan agrees to follow her, abandoning the Abital Empire against the express wishes of his father. And that is only the beginning of his adventure...
Mage's Rebellion (The Imperial Series)
Series: Imperial, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 108,660. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2013 by Tear Drop Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Princess Calinda has always been a talented mage, but she is a woman. Woman cannot serve the Empire except as marriage prizes. In a desperate attempt to avoid being bartered on the marriage market, Callie flees in the dead of night. But little does she know the challenges she will face. As the gathering Dark threatens to consume her, she must use all her skills to avoid disaster.
The Search for Grandmaster Svend (The Knights of St. Andrews)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 27,110. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2013 by Tear Drop Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Grandmaster Svend is missing! With no clues as to his whereabouts, the Knights of St. Andrews must search the wilds of their realm and beyond to find their friend and mentor. Their journey will take them into the coldest parts of St. Andrews and have them facing off with an evil beyond imagining.
Thief's Heartache (The Imperial Series)
Series: Imperial, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 103,280. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2012 by Tear Drop Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
As the eldest daughter of the Crown Prince Damuk of the Abital Empire, Marella has never been out from under her father's penetrating gaze. But after months of begging, her father has finally allowed her to go west to the Yarian Republic. Now at the court of her uncle, King Darian, Marella finds herself as bored as she ever was at home. For now.
Initiation and Other Stories Based on the Novel Dragon's Tempest
Series: Imperial Short Story, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 28,170. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2012 by Tear Drop Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Reenter the fantastical world of Vorima with ten new short stories written by the author of the novel "Dragon's Tempest". Each story gives new and exciting insight into the characters of the original novel and furthers the understanding of the plot of the entire Imperial Series.
Tales of Winter
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,520. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2012 by Tear Drop Books. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
A small collection of stories all about winter and the many things that can happen during the colder months. These tales range in length from flash fiction to short stories.
Return and Other Stories Based on the Novel Arianna's Tale
Series: Imperial Short Story, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 30,480. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2012 by Tear Drop Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » General
From the author of "Arianna's Tale" come 10 short stories based on the novel. These stories give further insight into the main characters of "Arianna's Tale" and aid in the understanding of the greater plot of the entire Imperial Series.
Christmas Memories
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,040. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2012 by Tear Drop Books. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays
Three little stories about various holiday memories. Some funny, some sad, but all of them based on actual events.
Santa's Boots
Price: Free! Words: 1,670. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2011 by Tear Drop Books. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays
Laren, newly promoted from Stable-Elf, faces his first Christmas Eve as one of the many elves to help Santa dress for the evening. But can he conquer his nervousness and avoid disappointing Santa?
Dragon's Tempest (The Imperial Series)
Series: Imperial, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 103,480. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2011 by Tear Drop Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
For a hundred years, dragons and wyverns have been at war. The wyverns, confident that any real threats have been destroyed, rule the Wastes as tyrants, using the blood of the locals to fuel their dark magicks. For a hundred years, the wyverns and their Riders have remain unchallenged. Until now.
Arianna's Tale (The Imperial Series)
Series: Imperial, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 121,440. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2011 by Tear Drop Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
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For centuries there has been war. For centuries two great countries have fought by sword and by magick, but neither has claimed victory. Born a peasant, Arianna is content with her life. Until the day a stranger enters her world. Unprepared for the changes he brings, she can do nothing but despair. As a dark threat rises, can a peasant girl, a mage, and a forced romance stop a war?