F.A.Q.s w/L. Bachman

Hopefully, this section of the site will answer many questions that I’ve been asked, re-asked, and asked even more. I don’t mind being interviewed, by all means do interview me, but most of the time the same things are asked over and over. It’s all part of the business of promotion.

What inspires you?

Anything and everything.

How long have you been writing?

I started writing at a young age. I didn’t know at that time it was a form of therapy. A way to control my situation which I felt out of control of.

Have you ever put someone you know into a story?

Usually it’s just interesting traits of personality, but by name yes. The one that I have done had traits of the real person, but I never see them actually in the situation I put them in. They knew I was going to use them and it was more of a joke because I needed a character and name for a short story.

When did you begin to call yourself a writer?

When I was referred to by other people as one. I just considered myself as a person that wrote.

Are you family members supportive?


What do you think when someone says writing isn’t a real job?

My taxes say otherwise.

You write horror, do you like scaring people?

I write a lot of different things, just most have fallen into the horror genre. I don’t think what I write is really scary, but some may see it otherwise. It was another author that informed me I was even writing horror. I do play up the ‘scary writer’ thing and joke about ‘enjoying to scare people’, but what I hope really can be boiled down to hoping someone gets something, good, bad, or otherwise, from something I’ve written.

Who are some of your favorite authors?

Edgar Allen Poe, Mary Shelly, Anne Rice, Neil Gaiman, and HP Lovecraft. Those at the traditionally published and for the indie-published I’m a fan of P. Mattern, Kindra Sowder, DS Roland, SL Kerns, Kerry Alan Denney, and Thomas Vaughn.

When not writing what are you doing?

I do a lot of art. I sometimes take on clients that want to hire me for cover work. I also enjoy spending a lot of time with my family.

How do you balance work and family?

I carve out time for work. Since I work for myself it’s a flexible schedule I’m working with which makes it easier. I spend a lot of time working with my family on spending time together. I do not work on Sundays and cut back greatly on doing anything on Saturdays. I also deal with insomnia that comes and goes whenever so often time I’m up at night when my family is sleeping which also is a key time for me to get a lot of work done. It’s a balance, that’s for sure, but not impossible.