Saturday, May 28, 2016

Interview with Larriane Wills

We have the pleasure today of sitting down and talking with multi-published author,
Larriane Wills.

Who are some of your favorite authors?
Really so many for many genres from science fiction to westerns and nearly everything in-between.

What motivated you to become a writer and at what age?
Always a story teller, from as long as I can remember. I told them to myself as a child, making my mother believe I had an imaginary friend. I didn’t, however, turn to writing anything down until my earlier twenties. Then I fooled around making excuses to not submit anything until my 50s. Boy, should I have started sooner.

What 3 words describe you as a person?
Quiet, fair, patient

What 3 words describe you as a writer?
Never quite finished.

When not writing, how do you spend your time? Hobbies?
Reading, watching movies, knitting, second hand shopping.

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don’t remember the first, but I remember many from grade school. I always read ahead of my grade level, visited the school library often, and never left without an armload of books.

Describe your desk.
Messy, but after seeing that picture passing around in emails of how the desks of creative peoples’ look, I’m not going to worry about neatness.

Who is the main character?
Jim Liberty, some would say. Anna others.

What’s his story?
Hard to say for either without creating a spoiler.

Where/when does the story take place?
Late 1800’s in a ranching area newly opened up for homesteading.

How did the story come to you?
Darned if I know. Sometimes I know what starts a ‘why if’ scenario going off in my head. Sometimes I don’t. In Dogs Dance, if I saw or read or heard something that started it off, I don’t remember what it was.

Who is your target audience?
Everyone from youth to oldsters, male and female who enjoy a story. Not only males enjoy a good western, and not only females enjoy a bit of a romance. I could name one of the very top western writers who sneaked a lot of romance into his stories.

What makes your book different from other similar ones?
The characters and a story line that isn’t as predictable as most.

What do your fans mean to you?
Love them, wish I had more, but even without them the stories would keep coming. Fans, hearing from them boast you up, and maybe make your head swell a little.

Where do you get the inspirations for your book(s)?
Everywhere, anywhere. Never know when a spark will set off.

Any advice for new writers just beginning this trek down the wonderful world of publishing?
Write, write, read, read, and don’t be afraid to submit. Rejections may hurt, but you’ll never know the thrill of holding that first publication in your hands if you don’t take that first step. Just be sure to check out the publisher before you sign any contract. As much as I hate to say it, there are too many out there who will take advantage of those inexperienced and too anxious for that first release. 

Thank you, Larriane, for visiting with us today. For a complete listing of Larriane's books and info, please visit: LARION/LARRIANE WILLS

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