Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Interview & Giveaway: L.A. Witt


Today I my Place gets a visit from L.A. Witt. Yaaaay! Thanks so much for the visit m’dear. Welcome to the Place.

First of all where are you from?  Born and raised about 30 minutes outside of Seattle.

What do you like to read? Pretty much anything that sounds interesting. I mostly read science fiction and fantasy, but I’ll read anything.

What do you love about being an author?  Besides having a 15 second commute, working in my pajamas, listening to my own music, having my cat on my desk, taking breaks/vacations whenever I want, and being able to chat while I work?  Being an author.

 Where do you get your inspiration? Take two (or three) characters, put them in a crappy situation, add water remove clothing, stir vigorously.

Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?  They’ll usually have a real person’s face, but the characters come from my imagination. Meaning I need a visual of some sort – usually a photo, either of a celebrity or just some random picture I found online – so I can put a face with the name, but the character evolves on his or her own.

What are your current projects? It changes constantly, but I’m working on a BDSM novel at the moment, plus rewriting a hetero BDSM story that I wrote in 2010. Hoping to have both of those done and submitted by the end of the year, but considering I’m traveling and relocating from October thru December, I don’t expect to be quite as productive as I usually am.

Where do you get the names for your characters? Sometimes they come to me. Sometimes I have to spend an inordinate amount of time poring over a very tattered baby name book that lives on my desk. There is frequently some brainstorming with my Minion and my writing buddies.

What are you working on next?  At the moment, I’m working on a contemporary gay BDSM novel called Where There’s Smoke.   After that, it’s on to the not-yet-titled second book in the Tooth & Claw series (book #1, The Given & The Taken, is due out in January from Samhain).

What would you advise an aspiring author? Sit down and write. The book will not write itself, so put your butt in a chair, your fingers on a keyboard, and write until you finish. If it sucks, don’t panic. That’s what editing is for.  And for the love of all that’s good and unholy, when you submit your work, be persistent. You will get rejected. Probably a few times (I have about 300 rejections under my belt).  Keep at it, be open to criticism, keep improving, and keep writing.

Is there anything you'd like to tell your readers? No matter what anyone says, argyle socks do not, in fact, go well with strappy stiletto dress shoes.

How can readers connect with you?  My website, my professional blog, and my personal blog. I’m GallagherWitt on Twitter, and readers are welcome to e-mail me at thethinker42@gmail.com if they have questions, comments, or Jared Leto’s home phone number.

This week’s giveaway…L.A. Witt backlist book
                                      
The fine details...
  • This week’s giveaway is for an eBook copy as listed above.
  • To enter, leave a comment on this post.
  • All commenters will also be entered in end of tour giveaway of AP 3 prize packages. Details here.
  • All comments will also be entered in the year-end Riptide grand prize giveaway of an ereader; Kindle, Nook or iPad. Each post commented on counts as an entry.
  • Backlist book giveaways do NOT include books released in the last 3 months.
  • This week's giveaway doesNOT include Riptide releases.
  • Winners will be selected at random using Random.org
  • If the chosen winners do not respond to my email within 48 hours, another winner will be selected.
  • By entering the contest, you are confirming you are at least 18 yrs old.
  • eBook giveaways open worldwide. 


21 comments:

  1. Fun interview. Thank you! =)

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  2. fun interview     . rogcaprino[at]hotmail[com]

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  3. You know, I find that in summer, I actually kind of miss the Seattle area. although I'm also very happy to be back on the East coast, too...  :D

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  4. Argyle socks and strappy stilettos! *giggle* Great interview!

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  5. Count me in please, this is such a great giveaway, thanks for doing it!

    Anzu

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  6. Great interview!  Glad you stuck with writing through all the rejections.  Thanks for being here.

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

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  7. Sounds great! I hope I win!

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  8. Great post!  Thanks for the fashion advice ;-)

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  9. I agree whole heartedly, argyle socks do not go well with strappy stiletto dress shoes!

    Ho, Ho, Ho...Catherinecatherinelee100[at]gmail[.]com

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  10. definitely a fun interview on witt!!!

    jessica
    jessica_klang(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  11. Hi, thank you for the interview and the honesty(I don't think everyone would admit how often he was rejected) because this gives the other hope!

    Merry Christmas!

    Marin

    gardemarin(at)gmx(dot)de

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  12. I loved the interview. I wish I had a 15 second commute. Public transpotation is not where it is at. Please count me in here.
    Thanks and happy holidays!
    m.lanz28(at)ymail(dot)com

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  13. arella3173_lovelessDecember 22, 2011 at 8:20 PM

    Really enjoyed the interview. :3

    Judi

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  14. Hm, intersting way to get an inspiration...lol
    Thanks for the fun interview!
    Please count me in :)


    elaynelost(at)yahoo(dot)de
    Ellie

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  15. Count me in please!

    Thanks!

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  16. Can one still enter the contest?
    Count me in please if possible!

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  17. I enjoyed this insightful interview. Thanks!  oasis@t-online.de

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  18. I enjoyed this insightful interview. Thanks! oasis3017@t-online.de

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  19. Haha! Thanks for the message! Will try to remember in the future. :D

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  20. Funny and great interview.

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