An Interview with Len Trappe

Where are you from?
I am from Philadelphia, Pa. USA

Why do you write? 
I enjoy telling stories and the art of imagining characters and scenes.

What do you write about? 
I write fiction about immigration and anything that invloves children.  I like detective novels.

Do you have a specific writing style?
I usually write in 3rd person.  I tend to follow the hero’s journey but I’m trying to learn new techniques everyday.

What are obstacles that come in the way of writing? 
Name it.  Everyday life.  A job, family, errands.  And then writers block on top of it all.  It’s not easy.

Whats the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work?
That the book was fantastic.  You know when someone generally loved it or not.  When they do, it’s thrilling.

How long have you been writing?
Since high school.  I wrote songs, poems, etc.  I wrote short stories all throughout college but I was too hyper to sit and write for hours at a time.

When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer?
After money stopped becoming the focus.  It is really an enjoyable process.  It’s hard and stressful at times but the journey always ends with excitement.

What is your work schedule like when you are writing?
I can go for 14 hours straight in a good day or lose it after 20 minutes.  I try to write consecutively everyday for at least 4 hours.  If I do that, the book will get done.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Not sure.

How long does it take to write a book? (if you’ve written one -published or non)
The first one is the long one.  It’s like anything else, the first time you do something, you critique it so many times that you stretch the process.  I’d say on average it should take 6 months.

Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer?
Research, listen to other writers, take a course, keep writing-practice makes perfect.

What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story?
Changing the outline mid story is a big one.  Getting the characters down so they’re consistent throughout the book.  Thinking of a story that is different.  Very challenging.

What do you think makes a good story?
Characters having passion about something makes the story.  And also making it exciting.

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