There is no right or wrong way to go about an interview, but I’m going to share some of my favorite techniques for better understanding, empathizing and, eventually, sharing my characters with the world at large.
Your own book release shouldn’t come as a surprise to you.
There was never a time in my life I wasn’t making up mad tales and then eventually putting them to paper, where my love for the idea turned into a love for the words themselves and then the craft and then combination of all three.
What would I be if I wasn’t a writer?
I have no idea.
Because no matter what we write, we must give some of ourselves over the story, to the writing, to the characters, the sacrifice every writer must make to get it right.
The truth is, I don’t need some special date or day to set goals or plans for myself.
Where cooking is my portraits, baking is my African Masks, the art in which I both excel and create, an activity that, like writing, drives something strong and creative from deep inside.
The truth is, my imagination is often bigger than my gut. I’d like to think that if I ever got dropped into a situation, I’d take a deep breath and agree to some really cool things, but there’s a lot I know I’ll never get the opportunity to do.
And a lot I plan to do anyway.
It’s not every day you get to interview one of your favorite authors!
I met Laura over the summer at this year’s RWA conference in Orlando, and she was supremely kind, supportive and open.
I’ve learned so much from reading her books and from getting the chance to speak with her, and it’s my pleasure to share this interview, so you can get to know Laura too, as she celebrates her latest release, Theirs to Take.
I won’t get into the myriad reasons why this is the greatest job in the world, but every once in awhile, it’s necessary to take a step back and get away from the lonely office and misbehaving imaginary friends to regroup and recharge.
I think that the ongoing debate of pitting e-books and print books and audiobooks against each other in some fight to the death misses the point of reading entirely.
Which is why I’m not going to pick a favorite, but tell you a little about why I love each one.