Today’s featured author is B.V. Larson, author of nearly thirty books. Please read on to see what he has to say.
1. First things first…a bio:
Amazon made a video of me they put up on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5bzFH3iIhs
2. Where are you from and what’s your favorite thing about where you live?
B. V. Larson currently lives in California’s Central Valley. As a west coast native, B. V. Larson’s stories often take place on sunny beaches and in cities such as Las Vegas. He has three kids living at home and currently teaches college. He writes college textbooks as well as fiction.
3. Tell about your latest book/story. What made you want to write it?
CONQUEST was my last release. It’s the fourth book in my most popular Star Force series, books of military SF. It’s already been picked up by audible.com, like the rest of the series. They are also coming out in print from various publishers. Soon, the books will be available in print in many foreign countries/languages. Poland, Bulgaria among others have signed contracts through my agent. A big Japanese publisher offer is imminent, and the series has an active film option. Why did I want to write it?? My readers email me every day demanding it!
4. Where can people find your books/stories?
Generally, my books are on Amazon and BN. Here are links to both lists:
5. What are you working on right now?
I’m working on Mech 3 right now, which will probably be the final book in an SF series of nasty alien invasions. I’ve been thinking about this book for at least a year, and finally have found time to write it despite my publisher’s demanding schedule on other books. This one will be self-published.
6. What inspired you to be a writer?
Since I was a teen, I’ve wanted to be a pro writer. I started sending out stories to magazines decades ago. I managed a dozen short story sales, awards and published textbooks, but never managed to land a fiction novel contract (until recently, I have several now). Oddly, I never gave up, but it took until the distributors opened a path to self-publishing for me to be successful.
7. Who is your favorite character in your stories? Why?
That is a tough one, I have nearly thirty books out. But I really do like the voice of Kyle Riggs, the hero of SWARM.
8. What is your favorite comfort food?
Um…I keep a can of cashews under my desk at all times. It’s very helpful when skipping meals to keep writing.
9. What character from your stories was the hardest to write?
Usually the characters that have to be technically accurate. For example, if they have an accent and use Australian slang, or if they are officials, and I have to get the jargon right. Those characters require research and getting the voice right can be difficult.
10. What’s the biggest challenge about being a writer?
Self-discipline, really. Also, getting enough time and uninterrupted focused energy—all of which must be begged and borrowed from job, family etc.
11. Do you have any advice for beginning writers?
Don’t expect immediate success. If you picked up something new, like skiing or singing opera, or playing a violin, you would probably crash and burn for years before you did anything impressive. There’s nothing different about writing. You have to put in your years of skill-building, unless you are a natural talent…and that is very rare.
12. Who are your favorite authors and why?
Stephen King, because he can do magical characters. Faulkner because he can set magical scenes. And Jack Vance because his books are unique.
13. What books have most influenced your writing?
Hard to say. I read a lot of material, everything from Tom Clancy to Stephanie Meyers. On the front of self-help books on writing, I’ve reread Lawrence Block’s books and Dean Koontz’s book more frequently than any others.
14. What tools are in your writer’s tool-kit?
Wide open question there! I use MS Word and the Internet a lot. I have five hundred books on layered shelves above my desk, and I do pull them down to look at them often. I have several kindles and two Ipads handy with thousands more helpful elements. I also tend to listen to audiobooks, my own and others, to get into the mood and voice of a particular character. One key tool is my voice recorder, which is in my pocket at all times. I use it to capture ideas that occur during the day. While editing and rewriting, I try to put a book into a different form, which helps me see more errors. I put it on the kindle to reread it, and print it out on paper for another read. There are always errors and lines that can be improved. Always.
15. Where can people find out more about you and your books/stories?
My website is BVLarson.com There is a lot of info there for interested readers.
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