- Is writing a form of personal therapy? Are internal conflicts a creative force?
Yes, no doubt, in my first book. I've dealt with my personal issues related to Post Polio Syndrome in my first novel, Songs of Sadness, Songs of Love. However, my second novel The China-Africa Parallax: A Ryan and Gillian Mystery, doesn’t. It’s a mystery and mysteries are fun to write.
Does reader feed-back help you?
More than my draft readers know or appreciate! More than general readers know.
- Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?
Absolutely. They're acknowledged, 3-4 people, in every textbook and novel I've published.
- Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
I think I know which is my better voice, but I experiment with other voices regularly. One of the nicest compliments I’ve received, however, was from a friend: “Larry, in many parts of this novel Ryan Graves sounds just like Jesse Stone.” I don’t know whether that’s a compliment. I accepted it as such.