1. You incorporated many of your husband’s memories into Escaping the Tiger. Tell us a little about that.
2. What was the toughest part about writing Escaping the Tiger?
3. The most rewarding part?
(Wow. I’m awed and amazed at your husband’s family’s determination and the will to overcome.)
4. I love the picture of your writing space on your website. It’s fun and full of color. What are some things that you must have or love that keep you inspired?
The night sky. It makes me wonder. An open window. It clears my mind. And my lamp that has a blue bulb to simulate moonlight. It makes me feel a certain kind of longing that I need when I write.
5. Once you finished writing Escaping the Tiger, what was your next step toward publication?
I had another novel that had been on submission through my agent, and wasn’t appearing likely to sell, so while I waited to hear back from the last editor who had it, I finished Escaping The Tiger, and thankfully, it sold in the first round. But prior to all that, I racked up over 100 rejections on my own with various projects picture books and poetry.
(Another story of determination and the will to overcome!)
6. Share with us the one piece of writing advice you wished you had when you first started writing.
Read a giant stack of books in the genre you’re writing before you ever take pen to paper.
(Now that sounds like fun.)
And here are some quickies:
7. Favorite type of chocolate:
Cheap. That fancy stuff makes me gag. And if it has a little of that crispy, puffed rice in it, well that right there is music in my mouth!
8. #1 country you’d like to visit:
Wow, this one stumps me. A real, live vacation seems so impossible right now, so I don’t even think about it. But let’s say Greece. I want to wear some long, white, flowing clothes and stand in front of the Parthenon.
9. Favorite mode of transportation:
Dreams. (okay, I know that was sappy.) But seriously, a car. I love the open road with the radio blasting and the sky stretching out in front of me. That is my kind of freedom.
10. Preferred writing method (i.e.) computer, pen, pencil:
It depends. If I’m doing structural stuff, the cut and paste feature is priceless, and I can’t understand how novels ever got written on plain old typewriters. If I’m doing revisions and finessing the prose, I gotta go with pencil and paper. When I’m holding the manuscript in my hands, it reads more like a book, and I can see it more as a reader would, as opposed to being the author.
Now for your chance to WIN Escaping the Tiger (fabulous title BTW). All you have to do is make a comment below.
Laura has also agreed to pop by and answer any questions that you may have. Isn’t she rocking awesome?
Oh! And before you start commenting away, watch this quick 30 second book trailer.