What’s the hardest part of being an author?
The hardest part of being a new author is finding someone willing to publish your work. First off, you have to find a literary agent or publisher that is looking for the genre of your story. The query process can be very daunting to a new writer because the odds are astronomically against you getting published. There is not a standard format for the query letter, so you can’t just design one and then mass mail it. Many Literary agents want it personalized. They want to know why you chose them. That means you have to go to their personal pages, read their blogs, look at the agency website, and look for any interview they may have given to the media. Why did you choose the agent to whom you are sending the query? Some agencies even want to be exclusive. Others tell you do not query other agents at the same agency. Sometimes the media or other authors publish lists with email addresses of agents for a specific genre. You still have to go to their agency page, make sure they are still open to taking queries, and still are willing to accept your genre. There are even some agencies that will not accept a query via email. They want it the old fashioned way via U.S. mail. Don’t get fancy with the fonts in the query, don’t use perfume or cologne, no colored paper, and no gifts or gadgets. Some agents may ask for the first five pages of your manuscript, 10 pages, 50 pages, first chapter, first three chapters or nothing. If they are interested, they will contact you and tell you what to send them. This whole process can take a year. Now, for the sad part, lets say they accept you as a client. That doesn’t necessarily mean that a publisher will accept your manuscript for print.
Can you give us a short synopsis of The One Path?
In The One Path, Thomas, God’s last prophet decides the best way to stop Lucifer from starting Armageddon is by using the world’s largest religious organization, the Catholics. They already have infrastructure and are capable of world scale events. Thomas finds scheduling a meeting with the Pope is not an easy task. Eventually Thomas meets with the Pope only to find out his hands are tied and he cannot move against Lucifer until it is confirmed that the end times have begun. Not only that, but Thomas discovers two of the Cardinals on the Popes counsel are possessed by demons.
Thomas decides if he can’t stop Lucifer then perhaps he can stop the birth of the Antichrist. He teams up with a young genius that has a severe problem with stuttering. Then, after a confrontation with demons, a fallen angel possesses Thomas’s young friend. The fallen angel decides to help Thomas in his effort to stop the birth of the Antichrist.
Thomas chases Lucifer across Europe in an attempt to stop Armageddon. He and his friends fight Dark Gypsies, thugs, and demons. Initially Thomas starts his quest all alone and with limited enhanced abilities. As the chase continues, Thomas finds he has more support than he initially thought. Not only that, but God has given Thomas a power that even demons fear.
What inspired you to write this book?
I love stories in which the underdog, an everyday, average person, must perform heroic acts to stay alive or stop something horrible from happening. For my novel it was mostly movies that got me thinking about the story. The Seventh Sign directed by Carl Schultz, The movie Constantine directed by Francis Lawrence, The Omen directed by Richard Donner and the epic Ten Commandments directed by Cecil B. DeMille
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
I try to get in 2-3 hours of writing or book related activities. On the days I don’t feel like writing I do some research.
Name your top five favourite books.
These are always subject to change based on mood and memory.
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
Enders Game by Orson Scott Card
Dune by Frank Herbert
Lord Foul’s Bane by Stephen Donaldson
Ringworld by Larry Niven
What are you working on now?
I am just finished writing the fourth chapter of Armageddon, the third and final book of the God Chronicles. I am also working on a horror story that I would like to make into a novella, it’s called The Vampir, A New Harvest. The story begins in Romania at a military complex called Poenari. Those of you familiar with Bram Stoker know the story of Dracula started in Romania. Then there are the true legends of a man called Vlad the Impaler. His hometown was Poenari. Vampir is the Romanian word for Vampire. I’m having some fun writing this story. It’s about genetic manipulation inside a government lab gone horribly wrong. The end result is that man will no longer be the dominant species on the Earth.
Title: The One Path
Author: Larry S. Gerovac
Lucifer asked the Gypsies, “What is the punishment for killing a Dark Warrior?” There was absolute silence. All the Gypsies were in fear for their lives. They did not want to draw the attention of this powerful demon.
Jal, seeing an opportunity for himself yelled, “Life for life.” Lucifer watched as Rayus tried to warn his dad by tugging on his arm.
That evil grin appeared on Lucifer’s face once again as he said, “Jal, was that you?”
Seizing his opportunity he said, “Yes, my Lord Lucifer.”
In this second book of the God Chronicle trilogy, Thomas, God’s Last Prophet, realizes that the only way to beat Lucifer, and prevent Armageddon is by stopping the birth of the Antichrist. In his efforts to find Lucifer, Thomas gets bonked on the head by the Pope using a religious artifact, gets beat up by Gypsies, and almost killed by demons. Eventually, Thomas teams up with a stuttering genius that is possessed by a fallen angel. The unlikely threesome seems to click on all cylinders as they work together and chase Lucifer through Europe. Will collaborating with a fallen angel prove to be a bad choice?
Larry was born and raised in the Midwest. He is a first generation American, U.S. Navy Veteran, ex-Air Traffic Controller, and a retired nuclear worker. He loves science, science fiction, fantasy, and horror. His goal is to entertain readers for many years with some truly out of this world stories.