Please welcome L. Salt to my blog. Hello, L. Salt! Happy to have you here today. Have a seat and we will get started.
Please introduce yourself to those reading this blog post.
My pen name is L. Salt and I am a multi-genre writer from the United Kingdom. I studied History of World Culture and did Master’s Degree in Art Expertise at the St. Petersburg University of Culture and Arts.
I was born in Belarus and have lived for many years in Ukraine and Russia, then finally settled down in the North of England, where I currently live with my husband. My interest in writing dates back to my teenage years. Apart from creative writing, I have a passion for traveling, arts, history, and foreign languages. So far, I’ve written three full-length novels, two novellas, and a few short stories in different genres.
(Wow! How many languages do you speak fluently?)
Has writing always been part of your life and when did you “know” that it was time to start writing your first book?
I started to write at school, at the age of 12-13. I wrote a sci-fi series about time travel and another dimensions. I always liked to tell stories, creating new fancy worlds. I haven’t written anything for more than ten years, but then, I started to write again, and this time, in English. I think my relocation to the U.K. combined with boredom of living in a small industrial English city has trigged my interest in creative writing. Relocation from St. Petersburg, the second largest city in Russia, wasn’t easy to me, so creative writing became my option to escape to a better, fancier worlds.
How difficult was it writing your first book?
It was extremely difficult to write my first novel The Ways We Follow (Book 1 of the duology) and it took me about four years to complete it. I was a newbie in the world of writing and publishing and didn’t know its rules, I just had a story inside me and I wanted to share it with readers. I became a member of a local writing group which helped me a lot, authors’ support and feedback played a huge role and kept me encouraged. My efforts paid off as The Ways We Follow was published by an Australian indie publisher in 2018 and then re-released by Crazy Ink Publishing, an indie publishing house I currently work with.
Have you ever wanted to give up and what stopped you?
I still want to give up sometimes, but my already published works require promotion, my family and friends support me and ask me about my next release, so I think it’s a bit too little too late to stop. Besides, my journey to publication was far too long and difficult to give up now, when I finally became a published author and even won a few indie awards.
Who is the most supportive of you and your dream to be a writer?
As I’ve already mentioned, my family, especially my husband. My friends and my publisher are extremely supportive too.
Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Thank you very much for reading this interview and buying my books. I hope you enjoyed them . Your feedback and reviews mean a lot to me, so I’d be extremely grateful, if you could leave an honest review about my books you’ve read and, if you enjoyed them, recommend to your friends.
If you like thrillers and suspense with some historical references and elements of sci-fi, if you like a mix of action and stories based on real events, check out my latest releases. I’m sure you’ll find a new read for your TBR pile there.
What is the best advice given to you (book or otherwise), and by whom?
I like Dan Brown’s advice to authors to write about a subject they’re passionate about, because there’re so many people around who’re passionate about the same things.
What is your target audience and what aspect of your writing do you feel targets that audience?
I’d say my books are for a wide adult audience. They’re for readers who enjoy thrillers, suspense, and sci-fi and interested in history and travels, for people with an active lifestyle.
Did the cover evolve the same way, or did you work with someone to make it come together for you?
All the covers for my books are designed by Crazy Ink Publishing.
What are you working on now? Can we get a peek, an excerpt?
I’ve just finished the very first draft of my thriller/ action novella The (U)-nseen. It’s a story about two naval historians who discovered a World War II German U-boat on the bottom of the North Sea. The U-boat carries a top secret Nazi super weapon able to shift time and space.
Unfortunately, the draft is unedited and pretty raw, so I’m not able to provide an excerpt on this stage.
Any last words before we wrap things up?
Thank you, Mary, for this amazing opportunity to be featured on your great blog. I hope your followers will enjoy this interview and find a couple of new reads for their TBR list. I’d be happy to see you all amongst my followers on my social media.
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The Seeds of Stars
The life doesn’t promise to be joyful for a “Chernobyl child” born straight after the nuclear disaster. True…but not for such an adventurer, adrenaline junkie, and popular extreme sports’ blogger like Yuliy Kobrin, aka Kobra. Adopted by a British couple, Kobra spends his life in urban exploring and travels.
Skiing in the Scottish Highlands, Kobra meets a young German couple, Edel Baum and Kira Schneider. The new friends invite him to their luxurious house, where Kobra’s attention is drawn to Edel’s collection of World War II antiques and a mysterious Yugoslavian file which the couple asks to translate for them.
The file reveals classified underwater facilities from the Cold War times, hidden deeply in the Kotor Bay of Montenegro. Yuliy can’t miss an opportunity for such a discovery.
Six months earlier, a prominent scientist died in his apartment in central Berlin. The authorities believe it was a heart attack, but a police officer, Trina Stahl, thinks this case is far more dangerous and complicated.
All hell breaks loose for Kobra when he comes under attack in the Kotor Bay, when he realises his new German friends are not who they say they are, and his life now is of an interest for many parties. From Montenegro to Scotland, from Berlin to the Isle of Skye—Kobra is on the hunt for a mysterious alien object, the Seeds of Stars, but also for the truth about his own past.
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Salt is a multi-genre author from the United Kingdom. She studied History of World Culture and earned her Master’s Degree in Art Expertise at the St. Petersburg University of Culture and Arts. Born in Belarus, she lived for many years in Ukraine and Russia and, eventually, settled in the North of England, where she currently lives with her husband. Salt’s interest in writing dates back to her teenage years. Apart from creative writing, she has a passion for traveling, arts, history, and foreign languages.
Her debut novella, His Personal Reich was released in April 2018 by Crazy Ink Publishing. It was featured in the boxed set Chills and Thrills in May 2019. Her second novella, a thriller/mystery story Legacy of the Iron Eagle, released in February 2019. She is the author of the Off the Ways Series including The Ways We Follow (Book One) and Angels of Zion (Book Two). Her short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies as well as magazines, both online and in print. Another of her suspenseful stories, The Seeds of Stars, will be released in December.
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