Terra Vonn is fighting to survive in a destroyed world,
Surrounded by unspeakable horror . . .
And things are about to get much worse.
The first in a planned series, The Fountain of the Earth is set on the West Coast following a catastrophic solar flare that has destroyed civilization, leaving only a few people struggling to survive. After witnessing the vicious murder of her mother, Terra Vonn (15) has a singular focus—exacting revenge on the killers. But before she can complete her plans, savagery intervenes and she is cast alone into a brutal post-apocalyptic world. As she trails the men south through a land filled with cannibalistic criminals, slave traders, and lunatics, the hunter becomes the hunted. Terra quickly learns that she is neither as tough nor as brave as she thinks she is. Worse, she may be the only one who stands between what little remains of civilization and destruction.
Where were you born and where do you call home?
I was born in San Jose, California and currently live in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, east of Sacramento, California.
What or who inspired you to write? And how long have you been writing?
I’d always been an avid reader and I think that tends to inspire a person. Writing has always been a desire of mine and in fact I received a fair number of rejections from science fiction magazines when I was about ten.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Maybe fifteen years ago, when I wrote a monthly column for a regional motorsports magazine.
What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say?
The Fountain of the Earth – Fifteen-year-old Terra Vonn, cast alone into a brutal and savage post-apocalyptic world, is the only one who can save can save what remains of civilization from destruction.
Do your characters try to make like bunnies and create ever more convoluted plots for you? Or do you have to coax them out of your characters?
Interesting question. Some of my characters do tend to wander down rabbit warrens. Sometimes they lead me astray, sometimes they lead me to magic.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I try not to deliver messages to my readers. I just want them to be entertained. I don’t like to be lectured to. Not in life, not in the movies, and certainly not in books.
Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?
The Fountain of the Earth is the first in a series. I’m nearly finished with book two tentatively titled The Heralds of Juno and I have two others plotted.
How did you come up with the cover design?
It was a struggle. The designer of my first book wasn’t accepting any new assignments. Then I found an absolutely wonderful designer, Ravven. www.ravven.com in the U.K. She came up with the cover, spine, and back. Her design won a gold star award from www.thebookdesigner.com
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Hawaii. Since that’s not going to happen, right where I am.
Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?
Of the dead, Poe or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Alive, Robert Crais or Suzanne Collins.
Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?
As far as I’m concerned, they are all books. I love them all.
Are you a self published (Indie) Author or big trade published?
I started my own imprint, Tranquille Press, and hope to begin publishing other authors in the near future.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
I’ve already published a mystery short story anthology and I’m working on a thriller as well as my young adult series.
Have you ever suffered from a "writer’s block"? What did you do to get past the "block"?
While I don’t think I’ve ever had “writer’s block.” I have written my way into difficult places. Sometimes just forcing yourself to write will fix it. Sometimes you can just cut the offending section and start again.
What was your favourite chapter (or part) to write and why?
I really enjoyed the backstory of Terra and Leslie. It shows Terra’s goodness and humanity. She is someone you would want as a friend.
What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/ paperback/ hardcover)?
I just finished rereading The Silence of the Lambs on a Kindle.
ou have any advice for other writers?
Find a quality editor, book designer, and cover designer. If you do it yourself, it’s obvious.
Do you write under a pen name?
Cats or dogs?
Coffee or tea?
Vanilla or chocolate ice cream?
What are 4 things you never leave home without?
Book, cell phone, notebook/pen, and the dogs.
Laptop or desktop for writing?
Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?
In good weather, out on the deck.
List 3 of your all time favourite movies?
Alien, The Godfather, and Tropic Thunder. (Surprised you with that one, didn’t I?)
What is a movie or TV show that you watched recently and really enjoyed?
I am also the author of the award-winning mystery anthology, Street Crimes (2012), featuring the first appearance of Jillian Varela, a tough, no nonsense, female private investigator. http://tinyurl.com/7qybgja
H. L. (Holly) LeRoy is an American short story writer and novelist, author of the award winning Street Crimes anthology and the novel The Fountain of the Earth (Nov. 22, 2013), first in a series of young adult adventures. Born in San Jose, California, LeRoy currently resides in Pioneer, California with his family.