Exclusive Author Interview- Larry Green's Newest Release The Root Cellar Chronicles
The Root Cellar Chronicles- Exclusive Interview
We've been excited to share this one-on-one interview with you. Comment anymore questions you have for Larry. If you haven't had the chance yet to purchase his amazing novel, click here for pre ordering! Book is released November 15th, 2018
Explain how you came up with the title?
I had originally called the book, which I thought would be a single volume book for my grandkids to read, Willie and the Root Cellar. None of my family seemed to like that title and I was encouraged to make a series out of it so naturally, it became a “chronicles.” It also seemed natural that since the series would take place largely in a root cellar, that the series should be called The Root Cellar Chronicles.
What category or genre did you intend this to be?
I’m a Sci-Fi junky so I would like to think that I have created something in that genre. I wanted to write something that expressed what my reserved, inner self dwells on but my grown-up public self has learned to keep to myself.
What was your purpose in writing this novel?
There were several purposes in my writing this book. First and foremost was my desire to give my grandkids a fun story to read. They were all young readers (pre high school) when I started and I wanted to share some story telling with them. Secondly, When I read something that is written well, I marvel at how much can be conveyed so beautifully by the skillful crafting of words. I want to someday be able to do that and I believe that happens by writing, writing, and writing. Lastly, I enjoy writing.
Something you liked about it
I liked the idea of finding something so completely mind boggling; a complete game changer, tucked away in something as overlooked and marginalized as an old fashioned root cellar. It’s the epitome of an oxymoron.
Something you disliked about it.
In the first volume, I dislike having to lay the foundation for what is happening and for developing the characters, how did they come to be there, etc. Once the story gets going, it gains traction and becomes much more entertaining.
Why did you choose this setting?
I had originally thought I would have Willis discover a discrete cave in the side of the mountain located behind the home his family moved into out in the country. However, the root cellar was closer to the house and wouldn’t require so much time to access plus the logistics of utilities, etc.
Who is your favorite character?
Willis, of course, is my favorite character. He is a cerebral, nerdy, gutsy, cool type of kid that will grow up to someday rule the world. He is quite possibly a young version of Mr. Pugmire; a real deep thinker.
Who is your least favorite character
My least favorite character is Luke. We’ll just leave it at that.
Describe the most significant episode in your book. (most meaningful to you)
The most significant episode in the book for me was when Willis is pushed to his limits as he tries to understand what has happened to him and then tries even harder to explain it to his father. An almost subconscious action turns out to be his only link to sanity which grounds him to the reality of the events that have happened to him.
How did writing it change you, or your views?
Writing has changed me in that it has made me start to think again. I began writing because, of all things, filling out insurance information. Each year, I would have to break down all of my flying hours into categories for the insurance company; type of air craft, multi engine, single engine, day, night, cross country, the number of landings, etc. One year as I was going through my log book to complete this task, I began reading the comments for each flight and remembering all the fun times and people that were part of each flight. I decided to write these stories down so my children and grandchildren could enjoy them as well and maybe even understand me a little bit better. The result was What a Rush, a book that I gave to my children and some of the key players in it. That book made me realize that I enjoyed writing. It also caused my brain to wake up and start working again by remembering the chronology of events and names of people and other details of the flights. Writing continues to change me as I become more aware of others writing and learn the difference between just writing and really good writing.
Have you thought about a Sequel or Prequel?
Originally, I thought this book would just be a single volume project. However, with some encouragement it has turned into a series with several volumes. I think a sequel (or at least additional volumes) would be would be fun to develop since I have already exposed the prequel in the second volume.
Both a Writer and a Marketer
Social media is a great way reach potential readers. Authors of all kinds need to learn how to use it effectively in order to do so.
“Effectively” has different meanings for every writer. With new technology and new social media platforms forming everyday, this task can seem unreachable to some. There is Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and the list really does go on… Don’t get so carried away in the networking you forget about writing. Decided what you can handle and make that work. It is better to have a strong online presence on a couple platforms then a weak presence on all of them.
We strongly suggest prioritizing these platforms, Facebook, Personal Blog/Website, Twitter and Instagram. Decide which of these platform you can handle on a day to day basis and then go from there.
If you are new to the social media world here are a few guidelines to follow.
Content Is Key
Keep your post interesting and full of emotion. Share links to articles or other online content that you find interesting. This includes posting links or tweets from people YOU follow. Doing so creates a good relationship with the person whose work you're sharing, and it gives your followers interesting content.
Be Real and Be You
Don’t try to be someone you’re not. Your followers will catch on and they WILL unfollow you. Try not to blast new followers with links on where they can buy your book. You wouldn’t walk up to someone you’ve never met and try that so don’t do it online either.
Social Social Social
Be social on social media. You would think this one is easy, however, several people don’t do it right. Make meaningful comments on other people's posts, engage in sophisticated conversations and share information your followers will read.
Try hard to stay away from constantly promoting your book but please refrain from doing so. The occasional promotion is fine. Updates on releasing new books so on and so forth should be kept to a minimum. Make social media about creating and building relationships and sales will follow after.