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I’m Answering Common and Uncommon Interview Questions Part Two

How do you handle literary criticism?

I understand its part of the entire industry. I’ve seen it come in several forms like from the editors of my work to even unsolicited reviewers or readers. The only thing that can be done is nod and keep moving forward.

How much ‘world building’ takes place before you start writing?

It depends. I sometimes have the world before writing, sometimes I write and realize I must flush out the world more. Either way, it happens and must for my characters be able to work within the limitations of the world I’ve created.

Where do you get your inspiration?

Everywhere. I’ve taken a lot of ideas from nightmares and dreams I’ve had. Some element from a show or some element from something has done or said will inspire me even if I’m not needing it. Something just clicks and the wheels turn.

Do you write listening to music? If so, what music inspired or accompanied this current book?

I listen to rock music, dark cinematic music, southern rock, or dark ambient music. I’ve I’m writing something set at a special time, like the 1980s I’ll listen to the music of that period to help inspire the world building I’m placing my characters.

Share something your readers wouldn’t know about you.

I have high functioning anxiety, depression, and ptsd. Which all means I will drill myself into the ground, burn out because I’m trying to do to my best, and overly worry about things that shouldn’t be worried about. It’s draining emotionally and mentally.

If you could only have one season, what would it be?


If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?

Hmm. Smart, creative, and stubborn.

Does a big ego help or hurt writers?

I’ve never seen it help a writer. Confidence in yourself and your work is beautiful, but letting yourself get a big head isn’t a quality personality trait whether you’re a writer or not. Overly confident actions that become cocky, to me, send a red flag that shows insecurities that the person is trying to overcompensate for to mask themselves in a ‘better light’.

How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

The first work I published I eventually unpublished it. It taught me a lot. I didn’t know much about the industry when I did this work and I learned the proper process to getting things out as an independently published author. Eventually, with all I learned because of this I approached the entire publishing process differently. I think this helped as the books to come have made their way to publishers. It changed the course of my career and perspective entirely.

What Is The Best Part Of What You Do?

Meeting fans and networking. This surprises me as I’m very introverted and a homebody, but it’s like I come alive or wake up almost around others. This side of me comes out I didn’t know was even there. I enjoy greeting fans, readers, others in the industry, and other writers.

I’m Answering Common and Uncommon Interview Questions Part One

What other genres do you enjoy reading?

Documentaries and biographies

­Have you ever destroyed any of your drafts?


Fiction or non-fiction? Which is easier?


How many children do you have? Do you see any young writers in any of them?

I have one and yes. He’s shown interest. From what he has shared with me I think is good for a beginner. It wasn’t anything I ever forced on him. I make it very clear to him he doesn’t have to like it or be into it the way I am, for him to be into what he likes.

What advice would you like to pass on to young writers of today?

If your dream is to be published one day work toward that. You won’t always find the support you need so you need to be your own support in that situation. Don’t give up.

Is privacy an issue for you?

I once was super worried about privacy, but it’s not an issue mostly for me. If it’s something I don’t want online, I don’t put it online.

Were you a troublemaker as a child?

I wasn’t perfect, but wasn’t out to cause trouble either.

What time of the day do you usually write?

Nighttime, I’m usually up anyway so I make the most of it.

Describe a typical writing day.

This can change depending. Mostly I handle my responsibilities to my family, grab a cup of coffee, and start working on writing. Whether it’s setting up a draft, purging out my ideas, organizing, or writing. I take breaks and handle chores on those and then get back to writing if I’m able to.

Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?

Yes. Best I can say is breathe. If you’re becoming stressed step away. If you’re becoming emotionally drained step away. Self-care is important and if you’re not taking care of yourself, it will affect your work and those around you.

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.