Today, I’ll post the interview with Laura Lond. She is the author of My Sparkling Misfortune.
Some people write for a paycheck, while others do it for the love of the craft or to fulfill a promise to a loved one. Can you tell me what drives you to get up and write?
When I have a story inside that wants out, I’ve got no option. I have to write it down. It simply won’t leave me alone. As to writing for love vs. writing for money, I think it can be a fair combination. I love to write; I want to do what I love, full time, and be able to support myself and my family through it.
What is the first book that you can remember having a true impact on you?
Oliver Twist. There was something special about that boy who went through all kinds of horrid things and yet managed to keep a good heart. One of my own books is inspired by Oliver’s story.
What is one quirky thing about yourself… something that no one outside of your friends and family might know?
I hate speaking on the phone. I’d rather send a hundred emails than make one phone call.
What is your current project about?
I am writing a sequel to My Sparkling Misfortune, a humorous fantasy featuring a villain as the protagonist. In the first book, Lord Arkus wants to capture an evil spirit who’d serve him, but he messes up and gets a good spirit instead. Book 2 continues the story of his misadventures.
How did the plot and overall story for that project come into being?
I knew Lord Arkus’ tale was not over, there had to be a sequel. Many readers asked for one, too, but I did not “see” it. Vague ideas just wouldn’t take shape. I then turned to a friend of mine, a talented writer Vladimir Imakaev. He immediately grasped the concept, saw my vision of the story and the characters. Our brainstorming together helped greatly.
Do you have any other projects on the burner somewhere (that you can talk about)?
I have a half-finished novel I need to get back to, The Silvery Castle. It’s another fantasy story, about a young warrior who got in the way of a powerful wizard.
Quick!… without thinking, what are the first five words that come to mind?
… Mind goes blank, LOL! Okay, let’s see. Books, books, books, books, and books, how about that?
What do you think those five words say about your personality?
I think it’s pretty self-explanatory. I am a writer and there is no cure.
Do you have any pets? Can you tell us about them?
I have three cats, all of them former strays. The first one was a birthday gift from my husband, during our first year of marriage. He’d asked me what I wanted for my birthday, I said I wanted a cat. So he took me to an animal shelter and we got one, an orange tabby who was scared of everything and spent about two weeks hiding under the bed. He is named Beanie, after Mr. Bean. Our second cat Charlie just showed up at our door, and we took him it. We thought two was the limit, my husband had actually said, “No more cats” – and that was fine with me. But some time later I volunteered at another shelter, and there was this huge twenty-pounder, all muscle, named Nixon. I did not say a word about liking him; it was actually my husband who came to pick me up, saw him and said, “Let’s adopt Nixon.”
Thank you for taking the time to answer these interview questions. Before I let you go, I have one more question. If the world were to one day have your name as a household name (aside from your writing career) what would you want to be known for?
Honestly, I’ve never had such ambitions. Why would I want to be known, especially aside from my writing? I am a very private person.
Thank you again for taking the time to interview with me.You can view and buy her ebook here: