Who’s That Indie Author? Geoff Le Pard

Author Name: Geoff Le Pard

Genres: magical realism, mystery, relationship, thriller, comedy/coming of age, poetry, anthologies of short fiction, contemporary/ gritty urban and a memoir

Selected Books: Life Sentences (2022); The Art of Spirit Capture (2021); Booms and Busts (2020); Walking into Trouble (2020); Buster and Moo (2017). For more titles visit: geofflepard.com.

Bio: I started writing to entertain in 2006. I haven’t left the keyboard since. When I’m not churning out novels, I write some maudlin self-indulgent poetry, short fiction and blog, I walk the dog for mutual inspiration and most of my best ideas come out of these strolls. I also cook with passion if not precision.

What got you started as a writer? My wife suggested I join her at a summer school where she was taking a printing class. We ballroom danced in the morning and, in the afternoon, while she printed I took a creative writing class.

What is your writing routine? Mostly I start writing from about 4 pm, stop to cook dinner and begin again ending at any time between 9.30 pm and 1.00 am. I try and write daily

What route did you take to get your books published? I briefly flirted with approaching agents but thought better of it. I didn’t want to delay; I didn’t want to be told to make major revisions that I might well not agree with. Self-publishing is so straightforward these days I thought, why not go that route. Publishing has not been about kudos or sales but to stop myself tinkering with the latest book. Once it is published I leave it alone. Before that I’m always nibbling away at it.

What things do you do to promote your books? A bit on the blog I write. Occasional guest posts and pieces like this.

What is your favorite genre to read and why? Probably crime fiction. I like well plotted books with good characters and intriguing stories. After that it is comic fantasy.

Do you prefer to write dialogue or description? Dialogue

Have any of your characters ever surprised you? Did this change the plot of your book? Every time. It’s true they take over. If you let them into your subconscious they work away at you until you do what you’re told.

What is the most difficult thing you have accomplished in your life? Staying in the same job for thirty-five years—a quite extraordinary example of patience, determination and a supreme lack of imagining alternatives.

What three events or people have most influenced how you live your life? My wife is (and has been since we met in 1976) a constant source of guidance, surprise and ruthless criticism; being able to obtain a high quality and free education right through to my degree that allowed me to become a lawyer in the City of London just when the need for financial legal services exploded in the 1980s; and the example of my parents who combined humour, old fashioned manners, a love of literature and the spoken word, a deep affection, an utterly surreal take on some aspects of life, kindness and a love of cake and gardening.

What would you tell your younger self? Stop worrying and yes, your nose will always look too big.

Have you ever met up with a bear on a hike? If so, what did you do? If not, are you looking up what to do right now? I read A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson who has a section on human-ursus interfaces and what to do. My main take away was not to eat Snickers. The nearest bear to me right now is a small statue of my ursine hero Paddington at the station he is name after.

You’re locked in your local library for the night with no dinner. Thank goodness you have water, but you only have enough change to buy one item from the vending machine. Choices are limited to: Fudge Pop Tarts, Snickers or Doritos. Which would you choose and why? Doritos. Pop Tarts are merely jam that has not had the packaging removed; fudge can only be eaten with tea or coffee or my fillings rebel at the excess of sugar and Snickers remind me of Bryson’s advice.

What’s the largest number of people you’ve had in your kitchen at one time? We have had several parties here so we’ve squeezed in a fair number but probably something like the seventy-two teenagers.

Closing thoughts: Having lived to be three score years and five, I have reached a few tentative conclusions about living life well: try most everything once; look up more than down or you will buy too many shoes; outdoors is better than in so long as you wear the right clothing; instant coffee never gets any better; failure is a myth—it’s just another example of ‘not yet’; everything will be alright in the end and if it’s not yet alright, it’s not yet the end; and there’s good in everyone.

Website and social media links:
Blog: TanGental
Twitter: @geofflepard
Facebook: Geoff Le Pard
Instagram: geofflepard1


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56 thoughts on “Who’s That Indie Author? Geoff Le Pard

  1. How great to see Geoff over here, Barbara. He is a writer who deserves to be showcased (or is that his work?). I enjoyed the interview, especially the wisdom in his closing thoughts.

    1. Thank you Jill. Back when the man proposed it took me seven years to ask her. She often reminds me that I was probably unique in having a sort of seven year reverse itch…

  2. I like how ballroom dancing led to a life of “dancing” with words. Geoff, your discipline in writing inspires me. I also like your assessment of Pop Tarts. ha!

    What an entertaining writer. Thank you, Barbara.

    1. Thank you Marian. It’s a surprise to be called disciplined. I can hear my extended family chortling at that. I will however print you comment and carry it with me
      ..

  3. Great to see our friend Geoff here, dispensing his wisdom with his typical humour. I shall remember not to carry snickers with me should I go hiking anywhere near bears.

    1. Bryson is hilarious on the subject of bears, albeit in a terrifying way. Ever since I’ve avoided all possible interactions which, to be frank, in London has been pretty straightforward

      1. I met someone who had been mauled by a bear and has the scars to prove it. His story was terrifying. Funny enough, he was a lawyer. Yes, stay clear of bears.

    2. Hi Darlene – thanks so much for reading and commenting! It’s fun to see how everyone is connected here on WordPress. Geoff had some great answers and his remark about the Snickers bar seems like good advice to follow!

  4. Not surprised at the fab interview. Geoff is an excellent writer but also an entertaining, funny guy. Lovely to see him here, Barbara. Also, I’ve not been online much so very happy I popped in because I didn’t know Geoff had another collection out. Off to get Life Sentences. Cheers to you both! 🙂

      1. Not to add too much flattery but that’s a great photo, as well. 🙂 Cheers to you, your family, your garden, your dog, and your wicked cool mapped-out walks.

      1. Hi Sarah – I get it – I try hard to read other posts and can often catch up on the weekend, but midweeks especially are always busy! Doing well, hope you are too 🙂

  5. Thanks for introducing Geoff, Barbara. I enjoyed his talk about his wife, and how he danced into writing. I also loved his humor and poignant closing thoughts. I haven’t read Bryson’s book, but I love Snickers. 🙂 Wonderful interview!
    ~Lauren

    1. Oh dear, and things were going so well for two sentences, Priscilla! It’s a Mars Bar for me, which sadly didn’t even make the cut, hence defaulting to a savoury… I suppose that means we have to duel (having just seen Hamilton, that appears to be the debating style du jour); I choose blunderbusses and hot air balloons?

    2. Hi Priscilla – I”m in your camp with the Snickers. That’s the only candy bar to consider. Though Peanut M&Ms (not a bar, obviously!) are a close second. Thanks for stopping by – I’m glad you enjoyed Geoff’s interview!

  6. HI Barbara, what fun to see Geoff Le Pard pop up here. This is such a Geoffish post too. ON reflection, I think my staying in my job for 25 years shows a distinct lack of imagination too. I’ve read a few of Geoff’s books and enjoyed them very much.

    1. Hi Robbie – well, you know, bills have to be paid and there’s something said for staying in the same place. I don’t think you need more imagination – you have so many creative ideas! Thanks for the visit 🙂

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