Len Myers

lenIf the reviews on today’s indie author’s new book are anything to go by he has a sure fire hit on his hands.  Confronting and emotional, Tears with Rain has hit the ground running.  An amazon reviewer says, “A copy of this book should be MANDATORY READING for every Family Court Judge and Commissioner on the Bench. People who have not faced this problem in their lives, do not believe it is real. As a person who has, it is real, it is numbing, destroying, crippling and life changing, especially when most of the time all you can do is sit back and through tears watch the horror unfold.

Tears with Rain, sits in one of the latest bestselling literary trends that examine life-and-death issues, such as suicide, rape and cancer. Editor, Laura Rennet (from Andrea Brown Literary Agency) suggests such works that deal with these subjects ‘demonstrates the voracious appetite that exists among teen, and a cross-over adult audience, for gut-wrenching fiction’.  Not only that, but these issues are real and we all need to be made aware of them.  We might not personally be experiencing them but chances are there’s someone you know that is.  And its not an easy issue to talk about.

On a lighter note, today’s indie author, Len Myers, comes to writing with a background in technology and teaching.  He has a house full of cats (well just 3, but thats 3 more cats than I could bear 🙂 ) and for some reason mouldy cheese and raw squid in the fridge. Maybe he could whip us up a nice little fried calamari with blue cheese dressing!!

Anyway, enough of my waffling.  Let’s hear from Len in his own words. (All the best with your book Len!)

Tell us a little about yourself.

Retired from semiconductor industry. My passion for wilderness exploration was cut short by Multiple Sclerosis. My wife, Tammy, and I co-exist with 3 cats we rescued from a hole after their mother was killed by a fisher cat.

Who are the literary heroes that inspire your writing?

One of my all time favorite books is “A Prayer for Owen Meany” by John Irving. I also love Leon Uris who wrote “Trinity” and “Exodus” among others. But, one of the great characters of all time is Jean Valjean of Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.

Why did you decide to become an indie author?

Always wanted to write but became sufficiently motivated when my wife’s daughter became alienated from her. I felt the need to create a story when I learned the scope of this social epidemic and the isolation and shame experienced by victims.

What were you before you were a writer?

Out of college I spent several years in experiential education, working with delinquent teens. I taught a few courses at Boston College’s Department of Education Psychology before transitioning to
High Tech.

If you could give one piece of advice to new indie authors what would it be?

Just get an idea and start writing. I still find that a story begins unfolding on its own and finishes somewhere else than I originally planned. Write because you have a story to tell. Don’t be consumed with dreams of wealth. Remember, Vincent Van Gogh never sold a painting in his lifetime

What’s your number one cure for writer’s block?

Stop writing until the story comes back and tells me what happens next.

What is your greatest accomplishment to date?

Three expeditions into the interior of Labrador.  Raised 4 healthy children

Look out the closest window.  What’s the first thing you see?

Shivering, naked trees, silently bracing themselves for the first snowfall.

Name one thing in your refrigerator that probably shouldn’t be there.

Moldy cheese and raw squid that drives my wife crazy.

What do you least like about writing ?

Self-promotion, marketing

Finish this paragraph: “Helena shook the flashlight, hard.  She …”

instinctively reached for it after hearing something scratching outside her window. But, realizing she was more vulnerable holding a light she discarded the useless tool and carefully peered out under the cover of darkness.

Latest Book: Tears in the Rain

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“Tears In The Rain” is a novel about a teenage girl’s struggle to survive her father’s debilitating narcissistic manipulation that leads her to despise her own mother but, driven by guilt and depression ultimately seeks relief by attempting suicide.

Find out more here.