Getting to Know Local Author Vance Lavalle

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Local author for September - Vance F. Lavalle

 Mosquito by Vance F. Lavalle

Questions for Vance

Q: What is one thing you want people to know about your book?

A:  Puzzling question.  I simply wrote a story and hope people like it. I have no philosophical goal.

Q: Why did you become a writer?
I have had stories waiting to be written for 50 years, but life got in the way. Now that my family is grown and I'm retired, it's time.   

Q: Do you have any advise for new and upcoming authors?
A: Don't write for success or fame.  Don't write for others; write for yourself and be satisfied with the story. Pursue publication with determination, but be prepared that it may not happen; getting published is almost impossible and relies on the literary tastes of others. Doesn't mean your writing or story is bad.  Stephen king was rejected 15 times, JK Rowling was declined. So pursue the dream, but steel yourself.   

Past Authors and Illustrators

To check out September's local author, Jasmine Tiedemann, CLICK HERE.

To check out October's local author, Lindsey Bugnet, CLICK HERE.

To check out November's local author, Tom Dirsa, CLICK HERE.

To check out December's local author, JD Hornbacher, CLICK HERE.

To check out January's local author, Janet Little, CLICK HERE.

To check out February's local author, Nicole Brook, CLICK HERE.

To check out March's local author, Tony Chin, CLICK HERE.

To check out April's local author, Joel Lefevre, CLICK HERE.

To check out May's local author, Penny Benjamin, CLICK HERE.

To check out June's local author, Richard B, Ogle, CLICK HERE.

TO check out September's local author, Lance Dyjur, CLICK HERE.

We live in a hectic world. Many of us live high stressful lives and high stress jobs. Childhood to adulthood, we could all use an escape. I was no different. From the time I was little I sought out and found different means of escape. At first, I would disappear on horseback, then when that escape became a chore, I escaped into song. When I was no longer able to sing, I turned to poetry and when what I wanted to say could not be held in the lines of a poem, it became a book.


I had always been an avid reader, escaping into many stories to free my mind. It was family that gave me the courage to get my stories out to an audience so that may escape for a while too.