Interview with William Lavell

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing back in high school. I didn't know that I wanted to be an author back then. I just knew that I liked to write. I wrote a story that wasn't very long, but at the time, I thought it was good. Then I wrote a sequel with the same characters. Then another. I got away from writing for a while when life got in the way. But once a writer, always a writer...
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Publishing seems to be like any other job. You can't get the job without the experience, and you can't get experience without the job. Unless you have an agent or are a best selling author already, it seems to be very hard to get noticed. So I self-published for me. In 50 years, when I look back on my life, I can say that "hey, I am a published author." If I become popular, then so be it. But if it doesn't happen, at least I can say that I published.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing can be very cathartic. You can be in control of what happens in your own little corner of the universe. If you have a bad day at work, you can always say to yourself, "I want my character to really kick some ass today," and write about it. It can cure a multitude of ills to focus on something besides your own troubles for a while.
What are you working on next?
I am working on the fifth book in the Vindicators series. I've gone through a lot with these characters, and there are a few things that still need to be resolved. I keep trying to start a book with different characters, and I lose steam after a while and keep coming back to Vindicators. There's a lot of story left to tell.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is very organic, and admittedly not very organized. When something comes to me, I'll just write it down, and if it's something that will fit into what I'm working on, I use it. If not, I save it for a rainy day. Ideas come from a lot of places. I was walking through the supermarket one day when it hit me what I wanted the cover of "The Treos Dilemma" to look like. I remember standing at the deli counter drawing a rough sketch on the back of the shopping list I was carrying. It drew more than a few strange looks from the other customers, I can tell you.
What do you read for pleasure?
Like with music, my taste in books is eclectic. I read all kinds of things. Right now, I'm reading the novelization of the Doctor Who movie from 1996. I read Doctor Who, Star Trek, Harry Potter, crime novels. I even read the "50 Shades" books at one point.
Who are your favorite authors?
I go through phases when I read. Right now, I'm reading a lot of crime books. I think James Patterson tells a great story. I enjoy his Alex Cross and Jack Morgan books a lot, and I can't wait for the next Michael Bennett story. His writing voice, at least to me, doesn't say, "I am writing this in a book." He just sits down and writes things out like he's talking to you and telling you the story. I don't know if that makes sense, but it does to me, at least.
Whoever is ghost writing the Richard Castle books is a great writer too. The names are changed, but they read just like an episode of the show.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I like the Nook, because I loaded a 32bg Micro USB card in it, and it is a monster now. I probably have more books stored on that thing than I will ever get to read. I managed to find a 64gb iPad 3 at the Apple Store, and it works well too. I use it for the occasional read, but with the Office app I was able to find, I also do a lot of my writing on it too.
What do your fans mean to you?
There aren't many fans of my work right now, so I know them all pretty well. Like I said, if I become a well-known writer, then great. But I basically self-published for self-satisfaction.
Having said that, it's nice to talk to someone who has actually read my book and have them ask questions about it. It can be a little bit humbling, too. Someone who read the first two books and was about to start the third stunned me one day with, "Does the sister die (in the next book)? Because if you kill her off after all of this I'm really going to hate you."
Wow. You can't beat emotional investment, right?
Published 2013-09-15.
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Books by This Author

The Argenis Solution
Series: Vindicators. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 54,570. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Jace Ryan struggles to hold his crew together on a mission to the planet Argenis to find a cure for his sister, who has been poisoned by Samathine.
The Treos Dilemma
Series: Vindicators. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 50,990. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Jace Ryan is still trying to find his sister, and the chase leads him to an old enemy, a deadly trap, and a terrible secret that one of his crew has kept from him since the beginning.
Escape From Argus
Series: Vindicators. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 41,570. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Jace Ryan and the Vindicator crew need a mechanic, so they decide to rescue an old friend of Ryan's from a prison camp.
The Augustine Agenda
Series: Vindicators. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 51,250. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(This book earned Honorable Mentions in 2011 at the New England Book Festival and the London Book Festival) The Company arrests Jace Ryan and puts him on a prison ship with three other inmates. Together they mount a daring escape, crashing the ship on the planet Beauregard. They must find another ship and escape the planet before Company Commander Straker recaptures them.