Larry Landgraf

Larry Landgraf

Larry Landgraf was born and raised in the swamp country of the Guadalupe River delta along the Texas Gulf Coast. He is an ex-commercial fisherman, an ex-contractor, and now after a death-defying on the job injury, he has turned to writing. He never planned on becoming an author, just something which fell into his lap when he woke up one morning with a story in his head and started writing.

Now, with four books to his credit, he finally considers himself an author. His first book was written decades ago and is now out of print, but a few copies are still floating around. He wrote this first book to try to save his commercial fishing career and never considered himself an author at this point. The book and the career failed in the late 80's. His second book was written in 2012. Even then, he didn't consider himself an author. It wasn't until he had written his fourth book, Into Spring, the sequel to his third, Into Autumn, that he considered himself an author. Now as a bona fide author, he has decided to write two more books, Into Winter (in progress) and Into Summer, to complete his Four Seasons series. These will be out by the end of 2017 and 2018, respectively.

Larry attended college four years, majoring in mathematics and minors in chemistry, biology, and history. Not wanting to spend the rest of his life in an office or classroom, he turned to commercial fishing at age twenty-two. Larry loves the outdoors, and even today, he spends many hours outside, barefoot most of the time.

Larry divorced in 2007, a marriage which produced three children, who are now adults pursuing their own dreams. He met Ellen in 2009, who at this writing, has been with him for eight years and has moved into his swamp on the Delta. Larry teaches her the ways of the swamp and she teaches him more than he could have imagined.

Larry is an avid poker player and has been playing in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas for over ten years. He placed in the money in the Senior Championship three consecutive years. This competition had around 4,000 entrants in each of those years, which is a big accomplishment for Larry.

Larry and Ellen travel to exotic destinations regularly, and most recently, Turks & Caicos, Costa Rica, Curacao, and Hawaii. There will be more trips. When not traveling or writing, Larry and Ellen enjoy fishing in the Guadalupe River which flows alongside their home, working in their gardens and orchard, or just taking leisurely walks down the desolate road down the river.

Larry also writes "Tales from the Riverside" on his blog on his primary website, which are true stories about his life and struggles in the swamp. Larry deals with alligators, snakes, mosquitos, and fire ants on a daily basis. He has had two bouts with killer bees in his swamp and other dangers are always present. You are not likely to find stories like these anywhere else.

Larry is a doer and is constantly learning to do new stuff. He built his own home with his own two hands, and now that he has become an author, he learns what he needs to perform to the best of his ability. He makes his own videos between remodeling projects at home, works on social media while taking care of a nine acre yard, and still finds time for Ellen.

Most of Larry's content on his sites are his own work, unless something was designed specifically for him by professionals. He even designed his own websites and gets a lot of his content from photos he has taken on his travels or around his swamp. The mold was broken after Larry was made. He is as unique as his stories.

Larry would love if you'd drop in and say hi sometime. He is a wealth of knowledge and you will most likely learn a thing or two from reading his stories.

Lenka's List had the pleasure to publish this interview on: March 15th, 2017
I wrote my first book way back in 1986 to try to save my commercial fishing career. The career and book failed and it is out of print. A few copies are still floating around however. My second book, "How to be a Smart SOB Like Me" just happened. I was in a bad mood about stupid motorists and started writing. This non-fiction book started out as a self-help book, but turned into my autobiography. I was mostly venting, and when I finished, I decided to go ahead and publish. I never thought of becoming an author.
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