L. Salt is a multi-genre author from the United Kingdom. She studied History of World Culture and earned her Master’s Degree in Art Expertise at the St. Petersburg University of Culture and Arts. Born in Belarus, she lived for many years in Ukraine and Russia and, eventually, settled in the North of England, where she currently lives with her husband. Salt’s interest in writing dates back to her teenage years. Apart from creative writing, she has a passion for traveling, arts, history, and foreign languages.
Her debut novella, His Personal Reich was released in April 2018 by Crazy Ink Publishing. It will also be featured in the boxed set Chills and Thrills in May 2019. Her second novella, a thriller/mystery story Legacy of the Iron Eagle, released in February 2019. She is the author of the Off the Ways Series including The Ways We Follow Book One and Angels of Zion Book Two. Her short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies, including the Crazy Ink Publishing anthologies Royal Scoundrels and Beyond Wonderland, as well as magazines, both online, and in print. Another of her suspenseful stories, The Seeds of Stars, will release in December 2019.
What inspires you to write?
I think my passion for reading, my imagination, and my creative nature. Music, travels, history, art, films, books, everyday life—everything could be a source of inspiration.
Tell us about your writing process.
I'm a plotter. First, a general idea comes and then I build up the whole plot around it. I write down my ideas, a short description of characters (age, background, names, profession, etc.), sometimes scenes' sequence as well. Then I start to write the very first draft. Lots of things can change between the first version and the last one.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I'd say I rather observe them talking to each other. Probably, that's why I prefer to write in third person. Sometimes, my characters talk so much, I wish I could shut them up:))
Who are your favorite authors?
It's such a difficult question, because there're so many of them, starting from classics to modern days' thrillers and sci-fi authors.
I put here just a few, who influenced my taste and my writing the most.
Albert Camus, Hermann Hesse, Jack London, Jules Verne, Carlos Casteneda, Dan Brown, Philippa Gregory, Mikhail Bulgakov, Henryk Senkevich, Alexandre Dumas, Alexander Belayev, John Le Carre.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I preferred traditional indie publisher, because for such an inexperience author like me, it was a better option. My publishers do all the “hard” job for me, such us editing, proofreading, formatting, promotion, graphics/covers, etc. I feel more comfortable, working with the professionals who’re always ready to give advice, share experience, guide through the process, whereas I can focus on more creative things like writing itself.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
With our life getting busier and busier every year, I think the future for publishing belongs to audio books. However, I do believe there will be many people wishing to buy paperbacks, and it will be always a market for good old printed editions.
What genres do you write?
Thriller, drama, suspense, historical fiction, speculative fiction, magic realism, mystery, sci-fi
What formats are your books in?
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