Interview with Scott C Lyerly

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Silver Spring, MD, just over the line from Washington, DC. Growing up in the DC-metro area didn't really influence my writing in any great way. However, I'm currently working on a hard-boiled detective novel that's set in Worcester, MA, which is near to where I currently reside, and I'm finding that Worcester is influencing my crime writing a great deal.
What do you read for pleasure?
That's a hard question to answer. I'll read just about anything if the topic interests me. And, like most book lovers I know, I'm never reading just one book at a time. I'm usually reading three or four at a pop. Right now I'm deep into Robert B Parker's Spencer series. I picked up one on a trip out to Indiana and I've been inhaling them ever since. I also enjoy Young Adult Fantasy sci-fi and fantasy books. I've just started the "Maze Runner", which a few people have recommended to me very highly. But recently I've also finished"The Goal" by Eliyahu Goldratt (a fantastic business book!) and I'm working my way through "The Resource Management and Capacity Planning Handbook" by Jerry Manas. Granted, this last one is for work, but I'm finding it interesting and relevant to what I do. So my interests are all over the map.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle. I've got an older model, not one of the newer Fire ones, and I prefer it to the newer Fire Kindle because it's lighter and easier to hold for long periods of time.
Describe your desk
My desk is a flat filing system for papers of every kind (bills, kids' school work, kids' art projects, etc.). So I do most of my writing at my dining room table.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do. It was called "The House". It was about a man who house-sits for a friend, only to realize the house is infested with a demon and though he wants to (and does) leave, he always returns. I didn't start writing until I was in college, and even then, writing this story, which was only about 10,000 words, took me years. I was still learning how to craft a story, how to build the structure and the characters, how to build suspense. It's like anything you set out to learn. In the beginning, you suck at it and it takes forever. As you practice, you get better (and hopefully less sucky). That story, by the way, is terrible. At some point I may decide to rewrite it.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind how I eventually finished and decided to self-publish "How It Ends" is a long and often winding road. I wrote a series of blog posts regarding the process I went through, and why it took me upwards of eight years to get my act together.

You can read the first part of the blog series here: https://scottlyerly.wordpress.com/2014/06/11/the-history-of-how-it-ends-part-1-the-idea/
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The short answer might be impatience. I just didn't have the patience to wait for 100+ agents to say "Thanks but no thanks."

The longer answer might the fact that a good friend of mine, a deeply well-read science fiction fan, told me that he thought I had a great book and because it didn't follow the traditional science fiction formulas, that I might never have anyone give it a second look.

So I decided to do it myself.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is having someone read the book and tell me they enjoyed it. In the end, I just want to tell a good story. The process of creating and editing are very difficult, and at times frustrating, maddening, and infuriating, and all point in between. To know that someone enjoyed the fruit of some long nights, bouts of writer's block, and the decent in the madness of the Red Pen of Death--that is what I like.
What are you working on next?
Currently working on the second draft of the hard-boiled crime novel. And if you read the terribleminds blog, you'll know how hard a road that second draft can be.
Who are your favorite authors?
Tolkien, AC Doyle, Cormac McCarthy, Peter Beagle, Robert B Parker, Joseph Delaney, Craig Johnson. To name a few...
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
That first cup of coffee...
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working the day job, cooking for the family, doing all of the mundane work of keeping up a house and home, those types of things.

And building things with MS Excel. I'm a huge Excel nerd.
Published 2014-10-17.
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Books by This Author

How It Ends: A Novel
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 82,380. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
In a future not so distant from our present, a servant class of robots and machines are manufactured for the sole purpose of serving humanity? What happens when one machine subverts its programming to gain the love of a human?