Monday, July 2, 2012

Author Spotlight: Interview with Larry C. Kerr

1. Quickly, give us the title and genre of your book and a 30-word or less tagline:

By the Light of the Moon. Horror. A morning of baseball turns terrifying. The horror in Blacksville has just begun.

2. How did you come up with the title of your book or series?

I wanted something that gave a clue about the book’s horror character.

3. Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

I would have to say the protagonist, John Reynolds. He’s not really based on me but we have similar backgrounds. However, at least one reader really liked Cindy, who was a werewolf victim.

4. How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?

Police Chief Harley Winston, although he did turn out to be an okay guy. I think it was because he was a foil for John Reynolds.

5. If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be? Why?

Perhaps I would make it more imaginative about the werewolf. I wanted the werewolf character to be a traditional sort of werewolf, but it may have been too traditional.

6. Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:

It gave me a small taste of what famous authors go through and some opportunities I wouldn’t have otherwise gotten.

7. Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?

I also run competitively. I have run a marathon and participated in the National Senior Games.

8. How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

My web site is My e-mail address is

9. What can we expect from you in the future?

I have another novel scheduled to come out in September of October. It is historical fiction and is the first manuscript I wrote. By the Light of the Moon is the second.

10.  Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?

Readers, support your authors and open yourself up to more than one genre.

Writers need to be persistent. They need to persist with writing and perhaps be even more persistent with submissions.

11. Is there anything else you’d like to say?

Thanks for the interview opportunity.

12. And now, before you go, how about a snippet from your book that is meant to intrigue and tantalize us:

He was going full bore, concentrating totally on the ball, when his right foot slipped on something wet. He didn’t go down on that step, but when his left foot struck the ground and slid, he was a goner. Tommie threw out his arms in front of him in an effort to break his fall, but they went out from under him and he slammed into the ground in a spray of red sending him skidding along on his belly. What had he fallen into? Whatever it was, it stunk. Cow shit? No, it didn’t smell like that. He didn’t have a reference for how this smelled. When he stopped sliding, Tommie opened his eyes and saw that he was covered in red.

“What is this?” he asked as he pushed himself up.

He stopped when he saw it.

“No! It can’t be!”

He blinked his eyes, wiped his glasses and looked again. It was still there.

Tommie tried to shout, but his voice failed him at first, then he screamed. He leaped up from the ground as if it were electrified and ran back toward the field, screaming the high-pitched screams of a boy who has not yet reached puberty.

Thank you Larry for taking part in my Author Spotlight interview! I hope your writing continues to flourish and we hope to see more of you in the future.
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