Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
I have always enjoyed reading and writing. I started writing as yearbook editor in high school. I continued as sports editor for my college newspaper and for six years was a contributing editor for a national technical trade magazine where I had a monthly technical column.
Tell us about your books.
My latest book was pulled out of the local headlines. A new company came to town with much fanfare and claims of adding thousands of high paying technical jobs. They made the news a few months later for failure to pay their employees for 2 months. It was the inspiration and basis for my latest book.
How did you go about getting published?
I went the self-publishing route. While I have written books that I sold to training organizations, this is the first book that I attempted to have published on my own.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
I write notes and plan an outline for my books. Then I sit at my Microsoft Surface tablet and type away. I like to write when I am alone in the house with no distractions. I immerse myself into the story and actually get to live in the story for a bit.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
I run businesses when I am not writing. I have been in technical manufacturing and distribution for most of my career. My wife and I have two dogs and our hobby is camping or as our daughter calls in “glamping” since we have a nice travel travel that we camp in.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
I knew the message that I wanted to send to my readers. I have a pretty good background in marketing and graphics so I was able to use some of the “design-it-yourself” sites. I created 20 different covers and after much studying, reduced to 6. I sent thumbnails of the 6 covers to my friend group of about 50 people to get their input and was able to make my final selection from their inputs. Don’t take your cover lightly! If the cover doesn’t attract attention, your readers will never enjoy your good work. I probably spent 160 hours on cover design and selection.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
I’m still learning the marketing aspect of being an author. Just posting your book on Amazon does not make you a best seller. That’s only the beginning. The next major step is to introduce you good work to the world. I reached out to my friend group and my social media contacts and have been promoting it heavily.
What’s your favorite book?
I have many, many favorites. I throroughly enjoyed J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, but I also read all the Clive Cussler and Stuart Woods books.
What are you reading now?
I’m currently reading the Clive Cussler series “The Oregon Files”
What’s your next book project?
Book 2 in the Delusional series is coming in about 9 months. I really like series that let you get to know and become friends with the characters, so I will be having many of the characters from Book 1 in this second book. We will get to know them much better and perhaps they will become part of your family.
Author Websites and Profiles
L. Lee Arrowood Amazon Profile