L.T. Vargus grew up in Hell, Michigan, which is a lot smaller, quieter, and less fiery than one might imagine. When not click-clacking away at the keyboard, she can be found sewing, fantasizing about food, and rotting her brain in front of the TV.
L.T. Vargus now lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan with her special man friend/writing partner, Tim McBain.
Oh yeah… The “L” stands for Lex.
Books by L.T. Vargus and Tim McBain include: The Awake in the Dark Series (Fade to Black, Bled White, Red on the Inside, Back in Black) and Casting Shadows Everywhere. Book 0.5 and Book 1 of the Scattered and the Dead series are both available now.
You can connect with Lex via her web site, Twitter and Facebook.
Okay, not really. We do have disagreements, but generally it only makes the story better. When everything gets screened by two people, the weak ideas either get better or get cut. By Laser.
You wrote a great blog post on why being an indie author is awesome. What other tips do you have for all the aspiring indie authors out there?
Write. Just do it. Stop talking about how "someday" you'll write or finish your book, and just do it. That's the only difference between an "aspiring" indie author and an indie author. The indie author sat in the chair and did the work.
It really is that simple. Read and write every day for as many hours as you can. No one can stop you but you.
Becoming an Amazon bestseller is no easy accomplishment. What did you do to celebrate your big win?
We tend to celebrate all victories -- large and small -- with food. Sometimes it's as simple as a pizza. Sometimes it's a bit more elaborate, and we'll get two pizzas. When we're feeling especially fancy, we'll pay the delivery guy a little extra to deliver the pizza in a limo.
What is the best line from a book, TV show or movie that you wish you wrote?
"I may have fucked up my life flatter than hammered shit, but I stand before you beholden to no human cocksucker!" It's from Deadwood. I like fancy swearing. And I like to think that I am beholden to no human cocksucker. I'm self-employed, so I'm at least not beholden to a boss, right?
If all the words dried up tomorrow and you could no longer write a grocery list, let alone a whole novel, what would you do for a living?
Before the writing, I did fashion design. So I'd probably go back to that full time. Or if I was in the mood for a career change, I think it'd be awesome to do special effects makeup. I don't know if I'd be any good at it, but it looks fun. You get to play with clay and goop and paint. I like messy stuff..
The zombie apocalypse has hit (as we all knew it would one day). Which TV or movie characters do you want as part of your crew? (no superheroes...
MacReady from The Thing - he gets shit done. Jamie Lannister from Game of Thrones - before he got his hand cut off. And Lisbeth Salander from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Make that two Lisbeth Salanders - I want the one from the American version and the Swedish version. Two Lisbeths is better than one. And speaking of dragons, let's go ahead and throw in Daenerys Targaryen. Because dragons