Author: H.L. Le Roy
Series: The Fountain of the Earth
Genre: YA Dystopian
Publisher: Tranquille Press
Release Date: Nov 22 2013
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Paperback
The first in a planned series, The Fountain of the Earth is set on the West Coast following a catastrophic solar flare that has destroyed civilization, leaving only a few people struggling to survive. After witnessing the vicious murder of her mother, Terra Vonn (15) has a singular focus—exacting revenge on the killers. But before she can complete her plans, savagery intervenes and she is cast alone into a brutal post-apocalyptic world. As she trails the men south through a land filled with cannibalistic criminals, slave traders, and lunatics, the hunter becomes the hunted. Terra quickly learns that she is neither as tough nor as brave as she thinks she is. Worse, she may be the only one who stands between what little remains of civilization and destruction.
1. Did you always know you wanted to be a writer or did you want to be something else? I’ve always wanted to be a writer and in fact wrote a column for a motorsport magazine, one-act plays and short stories while I earned a living. Now I’m fortunate to be in a position where I can write full time.
2. How long does it take you to write a book from start to finish? Approximately 12 months to write and anywhere from two to four months to edit.
3. How do you come up with themes for your stories? General themes that I love to write about are facing darkness and reality, empowerment, courage, heroism, family, losing hope, and the role of women. Those things challenge me and I hope challenge my readers.
4. Do you have a schedule of when you write? I try to write 1,000 to 1,500 words a day, usually starting at six AM and by ten AM or so, I’m done. Then I’ll read, do research, or explore my new environment, the High Sierras.
5. How are you able to balance other aspects of your life with your writing? I make sure that I write every day. And although I try to complete 1000 words a day, it’s not critical. So if I have other things to do, I don’t feel any guilt.
6. What elements do you think make a great story line? Telling a good story starts with great characters. Her needs and wants, as well as her internal journey. If you do those things well, you engage the reader’s imagination.
7. What was the hardest thing about writing a book? In this book, the hardest was making sure that I never resorted to contrived solutions to problems. I wanted this novel to be plausible.
8. How many books have you written so far? Do you have a favorite? I’ve published two so far but have five in various stages of completion. My favorite is The Fountain of the Earth.
9. Do you have a favorite character? It would be a draw between Terra Vonn in The Fountain of the Earth and Jillian Varela my tough as nails P.I. in Rare Justice.
10. Where do you write? In the winter, I have a small alcove with my desk and laptop. In the summer, I move out to the deck and set up one of those easy-up canopies and a folding table.
11. When deciding on how to publish, what directed you to the route you took? J. A. Konrath’s blog (http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/). A terrific resource about publishing. I highly recommend it.
12. Have you gotten feedback from family about your book(s)? What do they think? They enjoyed it. They also seem puzzled that I have the tenacity to write a novel.
13. What kinds of things do you like to do outside of writing? A lot of outdoor activities designed to get me out of the writing chair and moving. I have a German Shepherd that keeps me on my toes. I also love to read and have maybe twenty TBR on my Kindle.
14. What kinds of advice would you give to someone who wants to start writing? Just do it. Join a writers group and contribute. You’ll learn a lot about which of your skills are good and which need work. Don’t give up. Edit, edit, edit.
16. What is your favorite book? favorite author? Do you have an author that inspired/inspires you to write? Not in any particular order, Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach, House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski, Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, Music for Torching by A.M. Homes, Hunger Games, Dystopia, The Mind Readers by Lori Brighton, Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn.
17. Do you have any go to people when writing a book that help you with your story lines as well as editing, beta reading and such? I have a couple of beta readers that I rely on as well as a terrific editor.
18. Are you working on anything now? I’m working on book two of the Fountain of the Earth series, tentatively titled The Heralds of Juno, as well as a mystery/thriller, Hollow Point, featuring Jillian Varela.