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Interview with Laura Greenwood

As we gear up for this amazing event, I’ll be bringing you author interviews so you can get to know the attending authors in more detail! There are lots and lots of authors for you to discover, not to mention, hundreds if not thousands of books! Why not grab a cuppa and sit back and relax! All while hearing more about our writers and their writing lives, inspirations – and maybe even a secret or two!

Q. What is the first thing people should know about you?
That I live and breathe books. It might be a cliché thing for an author to say, but that doesn’t make it less true. I’ve loved reading since I was a child, and have grown into an adult where there is something book related in every room in the house (including an entire room dedicated to books and swag!)

Q. Tell me which genre or trope you are most well-known for writing.
I don’t really think I’m known for any particular trope, but I mostly write paranormal romance and urban fantasy romance, so likely those – but it probably depends who you ask! 

Q. What is your favourite book (not your own), and why?
The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. A friend got me the first book (The Final Empire) as a 17th birthday present one year and I fell straight into it and devoured the whole series. It was the series that made me fall in love with reading all over again and set me on the trajectory to becoming an author. Plus, the magic system is amazing, and Vin is a great kick ass female character.

Q. Was there a book you wrote that broke you and made you feel like you’d never write again?
I wouldn’t go as far as saying it made me never want to write again, but Stoking The Embers nearly broke me from writing it at all. I went through three completely different first acts before getting it right. I don’t think I’ve ever cried so much over a book – and I’ve written some emotionally draining ones. Luckily, once I figured out the problem (which wasn’t a very complicated one), it went a lot better and the series went on to do well!

Q. Is your desk/writing space tidy or messy?
It depends on the day. Sometimes my desk is super tidy other than the various notebooks that I use to keep track of everything. Other times, it seems to collect a lot of stuff. Then I get the urge to tidy it before I can actually write anything.

Q. Who or what inspires you as a writer?
Everything. Which is not an exaggeration. It can be something as small as a flower or a fleeting shower thought, and suddenly I’ll have a series planned and a main character ready to go. Other times, a cover or writing prompt will inspire me.

Q. Are you an introvert or extrovert? Or something else…?
Definitely an introvert. There’s nothing better than staying in!

Q. The literary world moves fast, but what’s the one thing that never changes?
That it always comes down to good books.

Q. What is your advice to authors just starting out?
Focusing on your craft is one of the most important things you can do. It’s not quite as easy as just writing good books, but writing the best books you can and constantly learning and improving does help.

Q. Your favourite place to read and/or write?
Anywhere. I think I have a mild preference for my desk for writing, but it depends on the day – I’ve written everywhere (including in the shower!)

Q. When you’re as old as Gandalf the Grey, how many books do you think you might have written?
I don’t even know how many books I’ve written now which makes it hard to guess other than saying a lot. I love to write and have so many ideas

Q. What did you always want to be when you were growing up?
So many things! I never really settled on what I wanted to be, but several of the jobs I thought about do appear as jobs for my heroines (for example, Arabella in The Vixen’s Bark is a lawyer, and the witches of Broomstick Bakery own a bakery).

Q. If writing is your full-time job, have you ever been told to get a “proper job”?
I haven’t been told that since being full-time, everyone in my life is very supportive of my work – even if they don’t always understand what I’m talking about! But I was told several times after I decided that it was what I wanted to work towards. I’ve never been more glad for not listening to people.

Q. Who is your biggest cheerleader?
Arizona Tape, both in life and in writing. I wouldn’t be where I am without her support. Whether it’s making me dinner while I’m working on a tough deadline, talking through ideas while walking our dog down the beach, or helping me work through a tough plot tangle, I know she has my back and is cheering me on to succeed.

BONUS QUESTION: Tell me a secret about one of your books that nobody else knows yet!
Flipping Tails For Seasick Mermaids includes two scenes that were written because of things other people said after learning about the project. Arizona Tape insisted that she wanted to see a scene involving a drunk mermaid in the shower, and my cover designer, Ravenborn, had a conversation with me about sushi and mermaids eating it while she was working on the cover. I wrote both into the book!

Thank you so much for your time, Laura! To find out more:-

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