After writing purely as a hobby for many years, Laura Kyle decided to take the plunge into the world of professional publishing. She has a background in computers, writing, and health care, including an exciting, rewarding stint as an Emergency Medical Technician. A resident of New Jersey, Laura lives with her husband, daughter and a Bearded Dragon named Butternut. She loves all animals, and has previously enjoyed the companionship of dogs, cats, ferrets, gerbils, rats, hamsters and a horse, though allergies now sadly limit sharing her house with companions without fur or feathers.
Laura’s novels span several genres and often deal with characters on the fringe of society. Her stories involve character driven development combined with ample complexity and plot twists, and are designed to thrill, entertain, and touch peoples’ hearts.
What inspires you to write?
I write stories that I long to read but haven’t personally seen for sale. My stories all have a unique perspective or twist – vivid, eccentric characters that fire my imagination or plots that explore an intriguing topic from an unusual angle.
My first novel, “Kavishar: Reflections In A Wolf’s Eyes,” was inspired by my fascination with wolves, especially true stories about individuals raising wolf pups.
My medical thriller, “The MOROCO Project,” was inspired by real-life news stories of medical wrongdoing and by my personal experiences riding an ambulance. As a former EMT, I am intimately familiar with the exhausting, heart-wrenching experience of performing CPR, leaping out of bed at three in the morning to respond to a life-and-death call, and experiencing the rewarding satisfaction of comforting a sick patient.
My stories are inspired by news stories, my imagination, and developing ideas from my family and close friends.
Tell us about your writing process.
I conduct significant research, but am selective what factual information I include in the finished product. I believe realism and authenticity should enhance a fictional tale, not overwhelm it.
After performing research, I produce a rough outline, allowing plenty of leeway for the characters and plot to evolve. As I’m writing, my characters often take me in fascinating directions I had not initially imagined. My final step is to edit, edit, and edit some more, until I’m satisfied that the text flows smoothly, the plot maintains a decent pace, and the characters appear as vivid on the page as they are in my imagination.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I see my characters in my head, as intense and vibrant as any movie. Often I envision scenes that will never actually be written, because they don’t relate directly to the plot. Such scenes help me to understand my characters, to crawl deeper inside their heads and backgrounds. My characters are like close friends whom I get to know well. As such, they are constantly evolving, sometimes surprising me with new aspects of their personalities and opinions on how the plot should evolve.
What advice would you give other writers?
Writing is a never-ending journey of self-improvement and self-discovery. Use your personal strengths to your advantage, and strive hard to improve your weaknesses.
I find it helps to read quality books with the goal of not just enjoying them, but understanding what makes them so good (writing style, plot development, characterization, descriptions, etc.). Such fundamental understanding can help with analyzing and improving one’s own writing.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My first novel, “Kavishar: Reflections In A Wolf’s Eyes,” was handled by an agent. It attracted publisher interest, but no offers. My second unpublished work, a science fiction novel set on an alien world, received positive comments as well, but failed to find a publisher.
Before taking the self-publishing route, I heeded constructive comments I had received, and rewrote “Kavishar.” Looking back at my first draft, I realize the new, rewritten version is much more professional, sleeker and more polished. My experiences with the world of professional publishing have helped me grow and mature as a writer.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think digital books will continue to be a fast growing segment of the industry. They are cheaper, easier to produce, better for the environment, and easier to carry around and store.
At the same time, I don’t think print books will vanish anytime soon. Some people consider print books easier on the eyes, and more practical in certain settings. Brick and mortar stores are still excellent places to browse and find new authors. There is something magical about walking into a bookstore and seeing shelves brimming with an infinite number of worlds.
As for self-publishing, I believe it will be increasingly popular. Often self-publishing is the only way to break into the crowded book field, since many big name publishers don’t accept unsolicited submissions.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
Medical Thrillers, Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction, Anthropomorphic Fantasy, Young Adult
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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