Back when I was on inkpop, every week, they had inkpopper of the week – they’d interview a person online and it was really cool. It’s been four (what the heck?!) since I was innkeeper of the week and since it was the week of my birthday, so I thought it would be fun to do a then and now type thing.
inkpopper of the week interview
Now | Laura:Â Ahh, the hiccup scene. Man, I wonder if I still have that. Now, what makes my writing different? I’m publishing to a market that is 90% or more romance books, and the 10% that isn’t certainly isn’t mystery based. High fives forÂ creatingÂ a book market, yes?
â˜…Â All three of your inkpop projects fall under the general fiction/adventure/mystery genreâ€¦would you say this is your favorite category to write? Would you ever contemplate writing within a different genre?
Then |Â Laura:Â Mystery is my favorite genre for sure. I love the suspense but hate it at the same time. And right now, Iâ€™m actually hand writing a romance book, so itâ€™ll be interesting to see how that turns out without a mystery to be solved!
Now | Laura:Â Mystery is still my favorite genre to read, but the funny thing is, I don’t actually read a lot of mystery. I watch a lot of true crime TV shows and I read a lot of romance, chick-lit books because romance is something I. do. not. understand. And I still never wrote that romance book. whoops.
â˜…Â What is your favorite place for thinking and why?
Then | Laura:Â When I walk my dog. For twenty minutes a day I have nothing but my dog, my iPod and my walk to worry about. Last year I wrote the last book inÂ The Assassin Sagaand all of my major plot points, I came up for them while walking my dog. I get to let my mind just run free while I walk her.
Now | Laura:Â well, now that the dog is still back home and I’m not, I’ll be honest, I get a lot of my ideas and do a lot of plotting in class. Whoops.
â˜…Â If you had the chance to star as a character in any book what book would it be and why?
Then | Laura:Â Um, Iâ€™d have to say Em Watts from theÂ AirheadÂ series by Meg Cabot. I read those books having chills down my back, it was an amazing story and I love Emâ€™s thoughts and the way she handles things.
Now | Laura:Â Stephanie Plum. One reason: Joe Morelli. Also, I love that book series. That book series and I are the same age. Yet Stephanie has found a way to not age and who doesn’t want to not age after the age of thirty?
â˜…Â If you could have a dinner party with five of your favorite authors who would they be and why?
Then | Laura:
Â Janet Evanovich, she has humor and mystery in all her books and Iâ€™m always laughing out loud at the crazy schemes she creates; Meg Cabot because she writes really good, lighthearted stories that make great books for when youâ€™re in a bad mood; Philippa Gregory because she writes amazing historical fiction; Rhys Bowen, because sheâ€™s also great at historical fiction; and Richard Castle, because who doesnâ€™t like Castle?
Now | Laura:Â You know, I really actually like that answer. Let’s keep it.
â˜…Â Do you hope to make writing a career; or do you have other aspirations?
Â Then |Â Laura:Â Iâ€™d love to be writing as a career, but Iâ€™ve grown up in a home where Iâ€™ve learned to have a back up plan. I really want to do something in the law field when I get older. Iâ€™d be a lawyer, but law school has no appeal to me.
Now | Laura:Â OKAY! So, true story: two months after this interview came out, I took a forensic science/law enforcement class in high school and I soon realized that I have more fun writing about crimes than actually working them. So, now I’m a public relations major. At one of the best criminal justice schools in the country. That has to be a weird full-circle kind of thing.
â˜…Â What do you think makes good writing?
Then | Laura:Â Knowing your plot and characters is a really good start, and being able to know what works within your writing style. Basically, I think knowing your own writing style is the best way to know good writing. You have to know what works and doesnâ€™t work.
Now | Laura:Â BE CONSISTENT WITH YOUR WRITING, LAURA! That’s all.
â˜…Â Who is your favorite character(s) in any of your work and why?
Then |Â Laura:Â Probably Cassie because Iâ€™ve known her the longest and I know her the best. Cassie is a lot like me, so I can relate to a lot of the stuff I put her through.
Now | Laura:Â Obviously, Cassie still. But very close to that is Connor. You’ll meet Connor soon enough.
â˜…Â Whatâ€™s on your fall/winter reading list?
Then | Laura:Â A Farewell to ArmsÂ by Ernest Hemingway;Â The Great GatsbyÂ by F. Scott Fitzgerald (both for English AP);Â Royal BloodÂ by Rhys Bowen;Â The Red QueenÂ by Philipa Gregory;Â Wicked AppetiteÂ by Janet Evanovich. I read a lot of adult books, and AP books.
Now | Laura:Â I don’t actually have anything specifically on my list, but I know that Christmas break, I’ll be cranking out books left and right because I read all the time during breaks.
â˜…Â Anything else youâ€™d like to add?
Then | Laura:Â Iâ€™ve got a new book going up in late January, so be sure to look for that! Itâ€™s calledÂ Snatched.
Now | Laura:Â SnatchedÂ is still hiding somewhere in the deepÂ abyssÂ of my computer’sÂ hard drive.
Pop, Pop, Pop! Rapid Fire Questions:
â˜…Â Favorite ice cream topping?Â Chocolate chips. // SPRINKLES.â˜…Â Whatâ€™s on your iPod?Â SHeDAISY, Sara Evans, Miranda Lambert, LeAnn Rimes. // This one really hasn’t changed. I mean, all these people/groups are still on my iPhone.
â˜…Â Hidden talent?Â Good dog walker? // Certified klutz?
â˜…Â Favorite cartoon character?Â Kim Possible! // This hasn’t changed. My phone makes the Kimmunicator sound.
â˜…Â Favorite vacation spot?Â Grand Canyon. // D.C. – we went there the summer after this interview, and being the political junkie I am, I was in love. That, andÂ The Assassin,Â takes place there.
Well, funny how things change and things don’t change. I really loved reading all these old answers!