Voted Breakout Author of the Year in the 2011 GraveTells Readers’ Choice Awards, Laura is the bestselling and award-winning author of over a half-dozen books in paranormal, contemporary and erotic romance. Hearts in Darkness is the EPIC eBook Award Winner for Best Novella and HOLT Medallion Award of Merit Winner for Best Romance Novella, Forever Freed is the NJRW Golden Leaf Winner for Best Paranormal of 2011 and is a finalist for two GDRWA Booksellers’ Best Awards, and North of Need, the first book in the Hearts of the Anemoi series, is a finalist for a FF&P PRISM award, was named GraveTells’ Best Book of 2011 and won their 5-STAR Gold Heart Award, and won Sizzling Hot Read of the Year at Sizzling Hot Books. Laura lives inMaryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of theChesapeake Bay every day.
Now on to the FIVE QUESTIONS
1. What was the spark of inspiration for Her Forbidden Hero?
Her Forbidden Hero was inspired in part by the Jack’s Mannequin song “Hammers and Strings.” That song really grabbed me and I started listening to it on repeat. Soon after, the image of a very damaged man sitting in the near dark struggling to play the guitar, and hero Marco Vieri was born. That was last summer, so the characters were in my head for nine months before I could finally write them.
2. Describe your writing routine?
I just to write or do some writing-related business every day. And when I write, I shoot for a daily goal of 2-3,000 words. That allows me to complete a draft of a novel in 4-8 weeks depending on the length of the story, how well it cooperates, and what else is going on in my life. I tend to write either at Panera with my best friend who is also a writer, or at night after I put my young kids to bed.
3. What’s next on the horizon?
First, I’m writing a follow-up story to Her Forbidden Hero that will feature the heroine’s brother Brady in his own book. Expect Brady’s story late summer/early fall. Second, I’m very excited that the second book in my Hearts of the Anemoi series, West of Want, releases on July 10—and it will be the first of my books to release to bookstores everywhere!
4. What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Definitely! First, butt in chair, hands on keyboard! You can’t revise what you haven’t written. You can’t submit what you haven’t written. And getting to the end of a manuscript draft is hugely important for proving you can do this and finish. Second, dive into the next manuscript right away. Having multiple stories to offer gives you another manuscript to give an agent/editor if they like your voice but not the first manuscript you queried, and publishing multiple (quality) stories as fast as you can provides you with a backlist that will help build your readership and income. Third, find a critique partner or group—and not family or friends, but other writers pursuing publication and a professional writing career. Fourth, become a part of the profession, by which I mean the writing organizations relevant to your genre. Doing so will give you friends, networking opportunities, and the insider knowledge you need to be fully successful. Fifth, practice your craft. That means write a lot, read a lot in your genre, read craft books, and take writing workshops and seminars. Finally, have confidence and develop persistence—you will hear a lot of nos on the way to getting those yeses!
5. Finally, Beatles or Rolling Stones?
I like both, but…BEATLES!