Interview with William E. Lutz

What do you read for pleasure?
I generally read history. History is about people and the challenges they faced and how they overcame their difficulties. It's also where I go to learn and be reminded how people do some of the stupidest things and how it's good to sometimes laugh at the entire notion of who we are and what we're about.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Whatever I can get my hands on. As long as it works, I really don't care.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Bugging everyone to read my works, which probably explains the total lack of sales.
Describe your desk
A modest size regular table with two small drawers holding a wide variety of charging devices and walkie-talkies, covered by toys and creations made by my daughters. It's custom made from old teak wood of a 500 year old Thai Buddhist temple that was undergoing renovations. I only happen to come across it by way of an obscure carpentry / furniture store in Philadelphia that has since closed shop.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in the Western portion of the Untied States, raised in the Midwest and attended college in the East, while my father's family is originally from New Orleans and my Mother's from Massachusetts (Mayflower folks). People often commented on my accent, noting that it has a combination of a southern drawl, a midwestern nasal intonation combined with an easterner's directness.
When did you first start writing?
As far back as kindergarten; I always have something to say.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Right now I'm working on a book regarding my time of service in government. I have over 26 years of service, ranging from state, county and municipal level. I've also served as a consultant in Federal government. My book is focusing on local government, and how things actually work (think those police officers come for free or your trash gets magically picked up every week? There's a lot going on in the background and folks need to learn and understand how these services happen!). Hopefully, it'll inspire people to get more involved and make a difference where they live. The book is tentatively entitled 'City Hall Confidential' and I expect to have it done within the coming year or so.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The desire to make money; so much for that illusion.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Define success,...
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The notion of remembering and recording past events - however minor they are - from regular people that are often overlooked. As Truffaut said, "the more local a story is, the more universal it becomes".
What do your fans mean to you?
The fans I presently know of are those which keep me cool in the summer time. Otherwise, I've been able to move about and do my business without interruption.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on several works (typical of me; never can sit still). I'm currently working with a group out of Berlin, Germany conducting a four year journey through the history of World War I, where some of my writing has appeared as episodes aired on the YouTube channel, "The Great War". Some good stuff and lots of fun working it! One work I've been considering writing is a humorous piece about madness, silliness and corruption in a small-town government; another work is about a police detective (called back from psychological sick leave) who is tracking down a serial killer who, in turn is playing a cat and mouse game with the detective while the killer simultaneously goes about a incredibly twisted killing spree and lastly, a follow-up to my ever popular work, "The Book of Tweets". I figure with any luck at this rate, I'll be better known when I'm dead but hey, it's fun.
Who are your favorite authors?
Hard to say; so many of them to consider. Joseph Heller ("Catch 22") is easily among them, along with John McPhee, and Michael Lewis. I find myself drawn to reading a wide variety of subjects and matters, so no one author or authors really limits my readings.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The desire to eat breakfast and spend time with my daughters.
What is your writing process?
Think about a subject and/or a story, write some notes, and let my subconscious do the work and later on try to capture what my subconscious is telling. Ideally, I like to write things that I would enjoy reading, which may explain the lack of interest regarding my works.
Published 2016-12-28.
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Not Another Tweet Book!
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Another Book of Thirty-Three (33) Rules Regarding Life
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Tweet: The Book
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The Audio Sensory Guide to Schroedinger's Cat
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