Lawrence Weill, Lyon County novelist, wrote his first short story in seventh grade.
"We had a student teacher in our English class who taught a basic premise of writing stories and then assigned a story to be written by each student," Weill said. "I labored intensely over that story, writing and rewriting it until it was due."
After writing this short story, Weill was hooked; he has written in just about any genre imaginable since then and will soon release his fourth and fifth novels.
"I love creating a world that I can invite readers into," Weill said. "Knowing others are reading my books and enjoying them brings me great pleasure."
He also enjoys meeting readers at signings and book clubs where he can hear directly from them what they think about his novels.
A variety of things spark inspiration in him.
"Sometimes I find myself inspired by a character that I imagine (or have met), sometimes I am caught up in a particular setting that I find intriguing for a story, and other times I have a plot in mind first that I want to flesh out," Weill said.
In his latest novels, The Path of Rainwater and Silas LaMontaie, he even uses Lyon and Crittenden County as settings.
"Writers will tell you: write what you know," Weill said. "Because I live and enjoy the area, that is what I find compelling as a setting."
In The Path of Rainwater, he found particular spots and events he'd witnessed in Lyon County that fit with what he was going for.
"In every instance, they are still fictional to some extent so that they fit the narrative," Weill said.
His intrigue in the history of Between the Rivers pushed him to use that as a major setting for his fifth book, Silas LaMontaie.
"When I needed a spot for a following portion of the book, my wife and I drove around researching various places until we found little Tolu," Weill said. "Then I did as much research as I could to be accurate in my depiction, although, again, it is fiction."
He said his wife Jennie is an amazing supporter at all levels, from letting him bounce ideas off her, to keeping his writing atmosphere conducive to writing, to giving him feedback on drafts and driving with him to book signings.
"In many ways, she is my partner in writing," Weill said.
He enjoys book club conversation; if anyone would like him to attend a book club, he said he hopes they will reach out.
He can be contacted through his website at Lawrenceweill.com or through his personal Facebook page.
According to his press release, in August, his novel The Path of Rainwater releases from Adelaide Books. This work reveals a modern America that Huck might recognize--brutal, cruel, and sometimes kind--as Rainwater, an aging drifter, tries hard to leave as little trace of himself as he can.
Fear and guilt drove Rainwater away from family and home years ago.
His travels since have been like that of nature's rainwater; always seeking the easiest course, always moving downward under the power of fateful gravity.
Now he spends his days looking for a place to sleep, a meal to eat and a reason to go on.
A man is more than a culmination of his past, though, and Rainwater knows that he has the power to change his course. But will he?
Some chapters of the novel take place in Lyon County or were based on events that occurred in Lyon County.
In November, Black Rose Writing will publish Mr. Weill's novel Silas LaMontaie.
The LaMontaies of southern Louisiana are on the run after Silas' father is implicated in the burning of the local sugar mill, first to upstate Louisiana then to the river bottoms of far western Kentucky.
Whenever the past closes in, they leave, taking with them their family traditions of Cajun country.
Silas learns to move on whenever the family must, until he meets the beautiful and enigmatic Jessie May, his muse.
Captivated, he turns to his father's gift to him: Music.
Family wisdom carries them.
Much of the novel is set Between The Rivers near Sardis Church, as well as in the town of Tolu along the Ohio River in Crittenden County.
It is a highly atmospheric and engaging story full of the sights, sounds, and lives of the deep south.
The lyrics of four original songs are included in the novel which have been set to music by professional musician Travis Tench.
The songs can be listened to by visiting this website: lawrenceweill.com/?page_id=577.
Both books will be available on Amazon. Mr. Weill will be signing copies of his novels at area events and bookstores.
To find out about his events, you may visit (and "Like") his Facebook page: www.facebook.com/lawrence.weill.1/.