About Laura N. Andrews:
Canadian born Laura N. Andrews moved to Australia when she was three years old. When she finished high school, she successfully completed her studies in law enforcement. Since then, she's been working for over seven years as a pharmacy assistant. When she's not working or spending time with family and friends, you can find her either curled up with a book or writing one of her own.
What inspires you to write?
I'm not entirely sure how I became inspired to write. I've just written stories ever since I can remember. When I was much younger I'd write children's books, and now I'm a published author! On a day-to-day basis, the smallest thing can inspire a new book. Whether it be a situation I experience, or the line of a song, it can spread out until it takes on a life of it's own with a plot and characters.
Tell us about your writing process.
At first I was definitely a seat of the pants writer. I would write the story as I saw it unfolding. Now, I'm much more of an outliner, however there are moments when I'm writing where the story can take control. I might have a few points outlined to type, and then suddenly the book takes a new turn and the character's surprise me!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes, I do interact with my characters. One example is that I'd started writing Time for Love and I was half way through when two characters (who weren't the MC's) told me their story was to be told first. They were very chatty. So, in the end This Time was written and published first and Time for Love became the sequel. I sure hate it when my characters give me the silent treatment!
What advice would you give other writers?
Just keep writing. No matter what is coming out, just go with your gut and keep on typing or writing what's in your head. Even if you're working on one book and a whole new plot jumps out at you, go with it! Another piece of advise is to just be yourself. Take on the constructive criticism – you're learning as you grow and improve, – but don't let it change who you are as a writer, the book you want to write, or the message you want to put across to readers.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I reached out to an author who helped inspire me to publish my book. She gave me the name of her editor, Hot Tree Editing, who I then learned was one branch of the company. Another branch of the tree was the publishing company, Hot Tree Publishing. I researched this particular publisher, what they stood for, and how they worked with their authors. My favourite aspect is that Hot Tree is more of a family than a company. The support they give their authors is wonderful and greatly appreciated. The only advise I can give in this respect to writers is: research. Find out which path you're comfortable with; self-publishing or submitting your book to a publisher. If you choose the latter, do your homework and make sure you find a company (or family) you're happy with.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Eventually we'll reach a point where paperbacks are no more. Digital publishing is the future.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Romance, Gay Romace, Contemporary Romance, Sport Romance
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
Link To Laura N. Andrews Page On Amazon
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