In conjunction with Letitia's latest release, Vibe/Sync, we thought we'd take the opportunity to get to know a little more about the author. Here's what she had to say:
What authors or books have influenced you?
I think everything I’ve ever read has probably influenced me in some way, and I really do enjoy a very wide range of writers. I like Alice Munro for her character development and the compassion she shows for those characters, and I also like Neil Gaiman for his absolutely boundless imagination. Those are two of so very many wonderful writers I’ve enjoyed!
What are you working on now?
I’m working on two books, one fiction and one nonfiction. The fiction is a YA novel about genetically engineered human beings; the nonfiction is a memoir about taking a road trip around the country with pets—lots of them.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Read. That’s always my first piece of advice. Read everything. Keep reading. But get your nose out of a book once in a while and experience the world, too. Writing isn’t just typing; it’s observing and thinking. Do plenty of that.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
My father frequently used to tell me “you are your own worst enemy.” It’s not the most rah-rah morale-boosting advice ever, and it took me years to understand and appreciate what he was telling me, but I get it now: I can be a very self-defeating person at times, and I need to cut it out, get past that, and keep going!
What's next for you as a writer?
I really enjoy writing nonfiction but I haven’t done much of that until recently. I enjoy writing short personal essays on my blog, so I’d love to get more into that.
Anything else you'd like to add?
I strongly encourage readers to actively and avidly seek out books from small independent presses. I love a lot of big-name writers just like everyone else, and I believe these writers deserve their praise and success, but there are huge numbers of brilliant writers who struggle to sell even a handful of books, not because they lack talent but because their books don’t fall into neat categories that are easy to market. Seek these writers out. You won’t regret it.
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