Laura Roberts is the author of several humorous erotica ebooks, including The Montreal Guide to Sex (http://bit.ly/sexguide) and The Vixen Files: Naughty Notes from a Montreal Sex Columnist (http://bit.ly/VixenFiles). She is also the author of the satirical novel Rebels of the 512 (http://bit.ly/rebels512), and is currently working on her second novel, Naked Montreal, inspired by her time in the Sin City of the North. You can read more of her dirty words at her blog, NakedMontreal.net, or follow her on Twitter @originaloflaura for daily updates.
What inspires you to write?
I write for a lot of reasons, but the most important reason is to share stories. I love to read, as much as I love to write, and I can’t NOT share a great story when I hear one. So I am always jotting down little notes and ideas, and eventually some of those turn into stories or even novels. I’m also a great fan of the absurd, so most of my stories probe that everyday weirdness and seek to find some meaning in the chaos.
Tell us about your writing process
My writing process definitely varies based on the project. I’ve written novels in 30 days for NaNoWriMo, or just 3 days for the 3-Day Novel Contest. I’ve also been banging away on my current WIP, Naked Montreal, for years. So different ideas take different approaches. But one thing is consistent throughout: I must write SOMETHING every day or else I will be unbearably cranky. Just ask my husband. Steer clear if I haven’t met my daily word count!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I usually listen to my characters, and try to take dictation as much as possible. When you hear a killer zinger, you just can’t ignore it. Even if it’s in the middle of the night and you woke bolt upright from a dream, you’d better write it down. NOW.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’ve self-published all of my books so far, and have no intention of doing otherwise. Unless someone drives a dump truck full of money up to my house, which seems highly unlikely, given the state of publishing these days. I enjoy the freedom of creating on my own terms, as well as learning all the ins and outs of the business and meeting others who have had some success at it. It’s always an adventure, so I try to enjoy the ride.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
People are always going to want to read books, whether they’re printed on dead trees or digitally zapped to your favorite device. I’ve always been an avid reader, and while I definitely enjoy reading printed books, I also love my Kindle and being able to read lots of great stuff online. So, really, the more the merrier. Keep the words flowing, and I’ll be a happy reader and writer!
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Nonfiction: Sexuality, Love and Romance, Relationships; Fiction: Humor, Satire, Erotica
What formats are your books in?