Moral Fortitude is proud to interview L.V. Lloyd, author of the Aurigan Space Series.
Welcome L.V., and thank you for taking the time to answer our questions.
When did you first start writing LGBT books?
Ages ago, when I was about twenty
What inspired you to write LGBT fiction?
I just like writing stories about hot men
Where do your ideas come from?
All over the place. I must have read thousands of books over the years and every so often an idea will come to me – what if this or that happened instead?
How much research do you do for your stories?
It depends. My stories are mainly sci-fi which gives me a wonderful opportunity to use my imagination. But I did do some research on the Aurigan system and the stars in it. I’ve used the actual names of stars in the constellation, although the planets of course are my own invention.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer to see where an idea takes you?
I admit I generally see where an idea takes me. It’s surprising how sometimes the characters take over and the story goes in a way I wasn’t expecting!
Do you have a special time of day to write or how do you structure you day?
I prefer to write in the mornings when my brain is fresher. Also I find it difficult to write when other people are around so evenings tend to be out.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Dangerous Tension took me years, I started it when I was twenty. But the others in the Aurigan series moved a lot faster generally anything from 3 to 6 months.
Do you proofread/edit all your own work or do you get someone to assist?
Usually I do it myself, although from time to time a generous person has offered to help out.
Do you think the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
Yes. It’s the first thing that catches a reader’s attention.
How do you choose the right cover for your book?
I was lucky enough to have help from Soniador, a wattpad writer who also specialises in covers. I wanted a similar theme for each of my Aurigan series and I thought space pictures were the way to go, rather than people.
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
Depends if the ‘bad review’ is constructive or not. One of the ‘best’ reviews I got, pointed out some issues with one of my books and I found I actually agreed with the comments. I went back and edited the story. Of course you are always going to get some readers who just don’t like the story. You can only hope there won’t be too many of them!
Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?
I usually start by inviting friends to review first, to get the ball rolling.
Do you use social media and how has this worked best for you?
Not my current area of expertise unfortunately. Learning more about blogs etc is on my ‘to do’ list..
What would you say are the main advantages / disadvantages of self-publishing?
Advantage – you can see your book out there in the world instead of in a box under your bed
Disadvantage – doing all the publicity – it’s a lot of work!
What advice would you offer to other writers who would consider self-publishing?
Check and re-check your editing! Nothing turns off a paying reader more than typos on the first page. Then go for it!
Do you have a favorite author / book?
At the moment I am really enjoying Suzanne Brockmann. I love her book “Hot Target” starring a gay FBI agent. I’ve read it four times I think.
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Writing I hope. Hopefully still getting ideas for new stories.
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