L.A. Witt Interview

Today I have the pleasure of speaking with author L.A. Witt. Thanks for being here today L.A., welcome to FAR!
Thanks for having me! Don't mind the weasels. They follow me everywhere, but as long as you don't let them near any wicker furniture, they'll be-crap, that chair is wicker, isn't it? *cough* Um. Anyway. Moving on…

To start, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I'm a full-time erotic romance author who just relocated from Okinawa back to the U.S. My husband is in the military, and we're transferring to Omaha, Nebraska for the next three years with our two crazy cats. I like long walks on the beach.

Please tell readers a little bit about your current release, A Chip in His Shoulder.
Chip is about a vampire assassin named Liam who is hired by a cybernetics tycoon to kill his son - and Liam's ex-lover - Daniel. What Liam doesn't realize is that the hit is a trap, and either he and Daniel work together to escape, or they're both dead.

What inspired you to write A Chip in His Shoulder?
It involved hallucinogenic mushrooms and a talking pony.

Is there a message in your story that you want readers to grasp?
Not particularly. It does touch on some issues of class warfare, oppression of the working class, etc., but it's just supposed to be an entertaining story.

What would you like to accomplish with your writing career?
In the long term, world domination and having monuments erected (hehe, erected) in my honor. In the short term, I'm good with paying the bills and entertaining my readers.

Can you tell us a little about your other upcoming works?
A Chip in His Shoulder
comes out November 14th, and the very next day, Samhain is releasing The Closer You Get, which is the sequel to my M/M/M ménage romance, The Distance Between Us. Closer is the story of the third guy from Distance, Kieran the manwhore, meeting a sweet, naïve virgin named Alex with whom he absolutely refuses to fall in love.

What is the best advice that anyone ever gave you?
Life is too short to waste stressing over other people's bullshit.

While writing, how does the story develop for you? Do you go from start to finish or create scenes as they come to you?
I write out of sequence…so I write chapters/scenes as the mood strikes me. I have a vague outline to begin with, and as I write scenes, they tend to influence each other. i.e., a scene in chapter 7 will give me a clearer understanding of a scene coming up in chapter 10. Sometimes a scene in chapter 12 will help me figure out the purpose behind a scene all the way back in chapter 4, which will then lead to chapter 6 making more sense and unexpectedly tying into chapter 9. It's weird, but it works.

Where do you hope to take your writing in the future?
I'm taking it to the zoo on Friday, and if it behaves itself, I'm taking it to the Air & Space Museum next weekend.

Since everybody needs a break, even when doing something they love, how do you like to spend your time away from writing?
Photography, usually. My husband and I take our cameras everywhere, and we're forever taking pictures of anything remotely interesting. Seriously, we can spend like twenty minutes getting just the right angle/composition of a spider.

On Okinawa, we spent a lot of time snorkeling, but I don't suppose Nebraska will lend itself to much of that. Not sure what we'll do in its place…

We all have one, so tell us yours. What is your favorite comfort food?
Emotional comfort - something sweet. Physical comfort (i.e., if I'm sick, sore, tired) - something salty. Nothing terribly specific, though for some reason, alien abductions always leave me craving Pixie sticks and corn bread.

What's the worst summer job you've ever had?
Wasn't a summer job per se, but working in a jewelry store sucked gigantic hairy donkey balls.

Do you have a website or blog where readers can learn more about you and your works?
My website, my professional blog, and my personal blog. I can also be found on Twitter, generally saying dorky and ridiculous things, as GallagherWitt.

Is there anything else you would like to add today?
I could seriously go for some Pixie sticks and corn bread right about now.

Thank you for taking time to speak with me today L.A.

Interviewed by: Tammy