IndieView with L.D. Valencia, author of The Gifted Complex

Do you have a target reader? What came easily? About the book
What is the book about? I grew up in upstate, New York. I can’t remember how many. Do you listen to music while you write? I edit a ton. I did send my pitch to a few local agents. I have it about half way finished. So, it is instrumentals, some soundtracks, and original scores from my favorite movies. Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? However, most of the ones I contacted weren’t looking for children’s books at the moment. As I said before, I go back and change a lot, so I went back and scrapped a bunch of the beginning and redid that whole bit. He travels to college where he must decide how he will use this power. Sorry, I kind of answered that in the last question. Then I went back and actually took this short story and made it a book. Then I start drafting. You just have to find what it is you want to say and work hard. I use Evernote to help me brainstorm ideas and take down notes. How long did it take you to write it? I love book series. I am also doing some online publicity work, like I have a Goodreads.com campaign coming out soon. About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? In the story, the two main characters have a really tight bond, and that was inspired by my relationship with my best friend. I have a notebook for each book, and after I have all my ideas I create a quick outline with Act I, II, and III. Where do you live now? Valencia – 9 March 2018
The Back Flap
The Gifted Complex is the first book in a series about a young boy who has a special power, or gift. I outline the book into my chapters and lengthen it out a bit. I’ve really enjoyed creating this world and these characters. If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? There was a part where I really struggled trying to make it flow better. However, he also learns that there is more on campus than pretty girls and grumpy professors. What are you working on now? I do. I will do a little of both, editing as I go, but most of it is done on the tail end. They said that is too hard to really get into at the moment. I quickly drafted a story about Gabriel, a kid with superpowers. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) I think everyone has stories or things they could write about, or at least to teach others about. In his first year on campus, Gabriel discovers that there are mysteries around every corner, and he is left unsure of who he can trust. I sent them a bit of concept art done by my friend. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? I sent that to the publisher who used that as inspiration. If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? I also wanted a publisher who could do everything in house. Yeah, there were. So, after I did my round of editing, they go through and edit too. Then I used it to teach my students what characters were, what a plot was, things like that. I am a big reader nowadays. Then I take that to Scrivener, my writing program. Answer in normal …
When did you start writing the book? I am a teacher by trade, and really my hope is that this book inspires kids and students to get into reading. I start off with a short general one on Evernote, and then I move over to a chapter-by-chapter outline on my word processor. Then I wrote some more of the other books, and went back and re-edited the second draft. If so can you please describe it? The final book looks a lot better than those original manuscripts. So, that set me back a little. Anything with a big world and a good story. Overall, the writing process has come pretty easily. I think everyone has stories or things they could write about, or at least to teach others about. Aside from marketing and other publicity stuff, I am trying to finish up book 2 of my series. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? You just have to find what it is you want to say and work hard. About Writing
Do you have a writing process? What would you like readers to know about you? I do listen to music as I write. I started writing about seven years ago now. He is a graphic designer, and he created a minimalist design for me. Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? Honestly, I wanted to remain in control of the story I was telling. V, you should publish.” As sweet as this was, I didn’t really start doing anything with it until much later on. Probably 3-6 graders. Right now, I am working on set up some local events and trying to get involved with some of the book conventions around me. I felt like this didn’t flow well, so I had to scrap it and re-draft that whole section. When one of my students told me at the end of the lesson, “Mr. What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? I wanted to control the themes I discussed. This project started out as a small short story I wrote as part of a lesson I was teaching on elements of a story. We all know how important it is for writers to read. I think the most important thing is to write about what you are passionate about. About You
Where did you grow up? I lived about an hour and a half north of the city. I think it was Steven King who said you have to write a lot of crap before you write anything good. I wanted the final product to be a really tight story. But then I went back and edited the first draft. I generally can’t listen to stuff with words, because I get distracted by that. Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? Did you hire a professional editor? I wrote the first book in about a year, and then I started working on the second, third, and so on. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? In early drafts, Gabriel went to see the bad guy, left, and then came back. I use Audible and Overdrive for audiobooks a lot. L.D. Do you outline? My publisher had a professional editing service. Where did you get the idea from? The characters are fictitious, but as with most authors aspects of their character or personality are borrowed from real world people. I think the most important thing is to write about what you are passionate about. End of Interview:
Got get your copy of   The Gifted Complex visit Amazon US or Amazon UK. My audience would be upper elementary and even lower middle school. Now, I live south of Nashville. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? I’m a big fan of Harry Potter, I Am Number Four, and I recently started The Wheel of Time series.