Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel.
What inspires you to write?
The most inspiring thing for me is reading a book by one of my favorite authors.
Tell us about your writing process.
I put down my first draft and consider that like an outline. In each draft after that I add details and pretty language.
I like to write detailed character descriptions. There are so many places online to help with that. I love the process of getting to know each character.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Not really, but I do spend a lot of time daydreaming about how they would react in different scenarios. I’ve interviewed them, so maybe that counts as talking to them.
What advice would you give other writers?
I should listen to my own advice here. Just keep writing. Let your other stories go, put your blinders on to reviews and push forward.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I had zero expectation that any book of mine would ever be traditionally published. I just wrote for the fun of it. When I started hearing about self-publishing losing the stigma of subpar writing, hope grew in my chest. I love the way the self-publishing world has grown, every one has a chance to share their work!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I’m not good at predicting, but I think lots of smart authors will be hybrids. Some books self published and others through a traditional publisher. Whatever it takes to get our stories read!
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
paranormal, fantasy, young adult, romance
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print