Yesterday, I posted a review for "Graveyard Shifts" by Laura Del. As part of the review process, I also had the opportunity to do a brief interview with the author, which I wanted to share. Cheers!
MTG: I posted a review for your book yesterday; tell us something about the book that is not in the summary. (About the book, character you particularly enjoyed writing etc.)
Laura: Well, Pat Wyatt is a very strong character that really doesn’t take any nonsense. She was the first character that started me writing, and I love her for that. Pat was the one to get me to stop worrying about what was happening around me, and that’s what I tried to do for the reader as well. Don’t get me wrong, she’s not perfect. Far from it. She gets messy and makes mistakes! But she also doesn’t whine about her situation. And she is always surprising. That’s why I like writing her so much. Pat surprises even me. In her story, she is thrust into the supernatural world and instead of falling apart, she tries to figure out everything she needs to know about the creatures she’s surrounded by. It is so much more than a romance novel. In fact, it is more about the mystery than the lovers in Pat’s life.
MTG: Do you have a favorite book(s)? I know it’s often impossible to narrow it down to one, so just pick one (or a few) that is a new favorite or consistent “go-to”.
Laura: My “go-to” books are:
- “Catcher in the Rye”
- “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West”
- The Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris
- The Jaine Austen Mysteries by Laura Levine.
MTG: Sounds like I have some new books to add to my "to read' stack! Where do you find inspiration for your writing? Is anything inspired by real-life or do you typically let your imagination run wild?
Laura: I find inspiration everywhere I go. From a beautiful painting to something that caught my attention in a movie or TV show. And a lot of the emotions that my characters feel are from real life experiences, but the rest of the situations…I just go with my imaginations flow.
MTG: As a (relatively) new author, what has been the biggest challenge?
Laura: Getting publicity and selling my book. It’s been very difficult to get the word out about it.
MTG: What has been the biggest reward?
Laura: When someone tells me that they loved my book, and that I have inspired them to write. It just makes my heart soar when I hear that.
MTG: Why indie publishing?
Laura: I like the freedom it brings. You have no contract to a major publisher and you get more say in your work.
MTG: Where do you usually find yourself writing?
Laura: Anywhere. I always bring a pen and paper with me wherever I go.
MTG: What books are you reading now?
Laura: At the moment, I am reading “Parade’s End”. It is truly magnificent.
MTG: Do you have any upcoming projects?
Laura: Yes, I sure do! The second in the Pat Wyatt series, “Dueling Moons”, will be out on Halloween of 2014! I can’t wait!
About the Author:
Laura Del has her bachelor’s degree in radio, television, and film from Rowan University. She currently lives in New Jersey, where she runs the blogging website www.thefictionwriters.net.
Thanks again to Authors, Large & Small for making this possible!