Interview with Writing Parent Brad LaMar
Posted on August 20, 2013
Last week, I was swamped with two opera concerts, my Speculative Fiction writer’s group, and my Barnes & Noble appearance. This week, I’m catching up with interviews by featuring one writer today and one on Thursday. But first, here’s a little sample of Sunday’s concert, where I sang the Otello love duet with tenor Bert Bridgers, accompanied by Justin Sturtz on piano:
How many children do you have, and what are their ages?
I have two children, Evan is 12 and Paige is 10.
How do you find time to write with children in your life?
As they have grown over the years they have had progressively improved attention spans and have increased their ability to entertain themselves. Early on I wrote after they were in bed, but more recently I find time to write while they are doing their thing. Obviously, I’m available any time they need me, but I have found some daytime freedom to write some.
What do your children think of your writing?
When I first started taking writing seriously, I would write “Evan and Paige” stories casting them as the main characters, so they loved that! They loved to hear themselves on some far off adventure, so it was easy to get good reviews from them. Now that I am a published author and they are able to read the novels that I write, they give me more feedback than before. They are very proud of me and are always asking questions trying to find out the inside scoop of my upcoming stories, but like any author, I try to leave them wanting more.
In which genre do you write?
I write YA fiction, middle grade fiction, and picture books. I mainly write sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, and contemporary fiction, although my wife and I are working on a nonfiction manuscript as well.
How does your writing affect your family life?
Since I have been published, we have taken trips across the state of Indiana to independent book sellers, gone to a few author fairs and conventions, and have enjoyed the family outings and time together. I try to schedule my writing time for when my kids and wife are also doing their work/play. My wife and I are both educators so we are always bringing homework.
What is your typical writing pace?
During the school year, I try to write a chapter a week, but in the summer I have been known to write for many hours in a day (sometimes as many as 8!).
Beginning, middle, or end? Which part of a book/story do you most like to write?
Depends on the story, but I am usually in love with the way I plan to have a story end, although, building it up to the climax is always fun, too.
Where do you write?
I write at the kitchen table.
Do you write with background music?
I can write with background noises, but I prefer silence. The living room is next to the kitchen and that’s where the kids will play Wii or watch some kid’s show where the voices are loud and the laugh tracks make you think it’s sooooo hilarious…Nice try laugh tracks!
What inspires you?
The people and family around me, other stories I’ve read or seen, and my own imagination inspire me to write my stories. Sometimes I’ll wake up in the middle of the night with a story on my mind and have to jot it down before I can go back to sleep.
What’s next for you?
I have the second book in my Celtic Mythos series due out October 24, 2013. I’m working on the third book in the series and look for it to come out next fall. I’m also writing a futuristic novel, revising children’s book, and sometimes I like to begin other stories just to get a feeling for them.
What are you reading?
I am reading education books about teaching metacognition to students and a few other education related books. At home, I just finished reading The Automatic Detective by A. Lee Martinez and a graphic novel turned prose called Civil War by Stuart Moore.
Who are some authors who inspire you?
I really like A. Lee Martinez, Larry Correia, Dennis O’Neil, Greg Cox, J.K. Rowling, Suzanne Collins, and a bunch of others. Really, as long as the story moves my imagination, then it inspires me.
How does your teaching background play into your writing?
Much of what I write is intended for the students I teach and have taught. I know my audience very well, having had years of interactions with my audience. There is no one more honest about what they like or hate than teenagers!
Typing or longhand?
Why will people love your books?
Judging from reviews and feedback from readers of all ages, I think people will love my book(s) because of the voice I give to my characters, the interesting plots, and the splash of humor that I try to write with.
Thank you, Brad! Readers, you may find Brad LaMar online at the following links:
Visit Brad online, and don’t forget to check out The Megalith Union on October 24!