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Author Profile – Levi Montgomery

Levi Montgomery

Levi Montgomery

I first became familiar with Levi Montgomery when he requested a review for his excellent book Cursing the Cougar at the LLBookReview site.  I started reading and was quickly hooked.  Soon, I had unwittingly agreed to not only review Cougar but also his smart collection of novellas Other Loves.    Although his author photo bears a slight similarity to Lieutenant Worf

Distant cousin?

Distant cousin?

of Star Trek fame, I boldly decided to go where no reviewer had gone before and asked if I could interview him for my blog.  He cheerfully agreed and below is the result.  Levi has an interesting take on many topics near and dear to writers, so I also invite you to check out his blog

The topic of much of your writing seems to be how love comes to be. Why are you compelled to explore love?
I don’t think I’m compelled to explore love so much as to explore who we really are, and I think who we really are only comes out under stress. For most of us, discovering sexuality, discovering love, discovering this odd idea of spending our life with someone else, all come at us in a sudden stressful rush, somewhere in that blink between adolescence and adulthood. I think that’s why the coming-of-age story has been so enduring, and so endearing, over the centuries.
How much do you ‘write what you know’ versus research? For instance, who is the car buff, you or your character?
Well, I’ve done enough work on enough cars and trucks over the years to make that a pretty easy write, but he’s definitely the car buff. I also haven’t shot a bow since high school. When I was in school, bow-hunting was a vital skill. It’s how we killed the mammoths. But research is easy these days. Just hop on the web, and you can find out anything. Moon phases, tide tables, name popularity in 1949, why you can’t silence a revolver. The best place to slice your femoral artery. Anything.
When did you decide to pursue writing in earnest?
March, 2007. Or when I was twelve, depending on what the question really means. I decided I was going to be a writer when I was twelve, but I let the naysayers and circumstances talk me out of it. I kept writing, but not seriously, until March of 2007, which was more years lost than I care to think about. Since that time, I’ve completed three novels and two books of four novellas each, with three of those books published.
What writers do you enjoy reading?
Margaret Atwood, Dick Francis, Judy Blume, Robert Heinlein. An eclectic group, really. Ann Patchett, Ngaio Marsh. A bunch of others whose names escape me right now. I’ll read anything if I have to. I’ve read Barbara Cartland when I’ve had to. That part of “The Summer of Being” was autobiographical.
I saw your contest asking readers to donate food to a food bank for a chance to win a copy of your book. Do you have any more book promotions coming up?
I am determined to have more charity-based give-aways, but I’m not at all sure how to go about it. My first 5 Day Give-Away was basically a huge failure, and I’ve been told in emails and direct messages on Twitter that it was because I expected people to actually go out and do something. I firmly believe, though, that people are better than that. I’ll do something, but I’m not sure what. I’m open to suggestions. People can email me, or I’m essentially always on Twitter.
Which of your characters do you think most resembles you?
Well, there seem to be two characters that crop up a lot. One of them is the teenage boy who’s unsure of who and where he is or where he’s going, while most of the fathers in my writing seem to be the father I wish I was. So maybe I’m the awkward teenage boy, growing into the father I’ll never be. For what it’s worth, my children, especially the girls, are always saying “Are you kidding me? He’s just like you!” so maybe I’m all right.
Which character was the biggest challenge for you to create and why?
Actually, I haven’t felt any serious challenge in creating any of the characters that have been published to date. There’s a seriously deranged killer in my upcoming novel, Jillian’s Gold, that I really didn’t like writing, but I can’t say too much, because it’s sort of a spoiler.
What’s next for Levi Montgomery?
Well, my latest published work, Stubbs and Bernadette, which is actually the first novel I wrote, will be out by the time anyone reads this. Stubbs and Bernadette explores the differences between who we think we are, who others think we are, and who we really are, as well as the power of being accepted. Jillian’s Gold, which should be out soon, is about a young lady who has lost her mother, her home, her favorite aunt, and every friend she ever had, and whose new boyfriend may be a serial killer with a grudge. There’s also another book of novellas coming, Crossroads and Other Obstacles, one of which, “The Death of Patsy McCoy,” can be downloaded as a free PDF.
What’s the attraction of the novella format?
I like the novella length a lot. It seems to be long enough for serious exploration but not long enough to begin to drag. I have several more in various stages of completion.

You can follow Levi on Twitter as well.  Happy reading!


September 22, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Very nice write up of a deserving author. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Comment by Jeffrey | September 23, 2009 | Reply

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