Candid Interview with Larry Loftis, author and NYT Bestselling Espionage Author, Part II – ETB #64
We are back in the studio of Equipped To Be for part II of my interview with international bestselling author Larry Loftis. We begin this episode with how I met Mr. Loftis through a mutual friend.
During this part of the conversation, I share an untold story of how his advice positively impacted my journey to becoming a first-time author with a well-known publishing house. While writing Parenting Beyond the Rules: Raising Teens with Confidence and Joy, Mr. Loftis provided sage advice that helped me navigate the publishing world with increased confidence.
In the next segment, we change the topic back to Mr. Loftis. He began his writing career early in life by publishing numerous scholarly legal articles in university law reviews and professional bar journals. His desire for excellence drove him to author several business books, which he found dry and boring. When the housing market collapsed in 2008, he decided to take some time off to figure out what he was passionate about and interested in.
His friend, Michael Connelly, a #1 New York Times bestselling author and his closest friend, Steve Price, encouraged Mr. Loftis to consider writing spy thrillers. Something he was interested in, but wasn’t sure he could break into such a fierce genre.
His buddy introduced him to Vince Flynn’s work which got him thinking about combining his love of writing nonfiction and his passion for thrillers into memorizing books. When it comes to writing WWII espionage thrillers, he a unique gift for this type of creative writing that readers are want to read.
Larry’s first nonfiction thriller was Into the Lion’s Mouth. It’s the story of Dusko Popov, the real-life inspiration for James Bond. His second thriller was based on the female spy Odette Sansom’s story. Code Name: Lise is a riveting story of a highly decorated female spy who captures the reader’s attention from page one. His knack for writing thrillers continues with his latest book, The Princess Spy, which became an instant NYT Bestseller.
It’s safe to say that Mr. Loftis has earned enormous respect as a nonfiction thriller author. His journey to becoming a New York Times Bestselling author of WWII espionage thrillers took years of work.
During the last segment of our interview, Mr. Loftis shares the value of authentic relationships, the odds of getting published, and the mindset one must adopt to make it in the publishing industry. He attributes his success to the Lord and his commitment to excellence.
Mr. Loftis is one of the greats who has achieved great success yet remains humble and eager to encourage others in their calling.
If you haven’t read any of his books, I encourage you to buy a copy and enter a world of adventure as he masterfully brings tells their stories.
- All the greats started at zero. They didn’t begin as winners.
- Reaching out to help others is an important aspect of the writing world.
- Authentic relationships make a difference in moving forward with any area of life.
- Friends can be a common thread to making connections.
Advice to Future Authors
- What agents are looking for.
- Why no one wants a new author.
- Everyone starts at zero. Even the best start somewhere.
- Why you must learn the craft well.
- How to get an agent to see your proposal.
- The importance of believing in yourself or calling.
- Why selling yourself is critical to achieving success.
If God’s called you to write, then become excellent at your craft. Study and master it.
Points to Consider for Any Potential Author
- Give your best
- Be committed
- Hone your craft
- Put the time into your craft
- It will take years
- There will be defeat
- Aim high
- Persevere. It will get rough at times, but don’t quit.
- Write a superior manuscript
About Larry Loftis
Larry Loftis is the New York Times and international bestselling author of the nonfiction spy thrillers CODE NAME: LISE: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Spy and Into the Lion’s Mouth: The True Story of Dusko Popov—World War II Spy, Patriot, and the Real-Life Inspiration for James Bond. His third nonfiction thriller, The Princess Spy: The True Story of World War II Spy Aline Griffith, Countess of Romanones, is now out and was an instant New York Times bestseller. His books have been translated into multiple languages around the world, including Dutch, Portuguese, Chinese, Czech, and Serbian.
Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Mr. Loftis was a corporate attorney, publishing scholarly legal articles in the University of Florida Law Review, Suffolk Transnational Law Journal, Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, Florida Bar Journal, National Law Journal, and Florida Banking. He also has served as a Teaching Fellow at the University of Florida Law School, where he taught writing and appellate advocacy. He received his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Florida, where he served on the Law Review as Senior Executive Editor and Senior Articles Editor.
References and Links
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Larry’s books can be found here:
- God Can Heal Your Marriage with Jill Savage – ETB #62
- How to Cultivate Curiosity with Cheryl Bastian – ETB #61
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