About Laura Wolfe:
Laura Wolfe lives in her home state of Michigan with her husband, son, and daughter. She holds a BA in English from the University of Michigan and a JD from DePaul University. Laura is an accomplished English rider and a lover of animals and nature. When she is not writing, she can be found playing games with her highly-energetic kids, growing vegetables in her garden, or spoiling her rescue dog. She dreams of living in a log cabin on a minimum of one hundred acres, ideally, in a slightly warmer climate.
What inspires you to write?
I enjoy thinking about the way a character would react in the face of a betrayal or what a character would do if he or she uncovered a dark secret. I find it easy to get lost in my imaginary scandals, maybe because my real life is a little bit on the boring side. I am also inspired to write by things that I love–the animals in my life (especially horses), and the wonders of nature.
Tell us about your writing process.
I usually begin with a very rough outline done with pen and paper. I refer to my outline as I write to keep the story flowing in the right direction. Occasionally, I’ve been known to throw my outline in the trash as I get deeper into the novel. The story has a way of writing itself once I get far enough into it.
I also think a lot about my characters before I start writing. What motivates them? What are their flaws? What have been the defining moments in their lives?, etc.
I use Scrivener software to write my novels because I like the ease of rearranging chapters and the ability to leave myself virtual sticky notes.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes. I hear voices. I think about my characters constantly when I am writing. If my characters are encountering a certain problem or emotion, I try to think about a time in my life when I felt the same way so I can write the characters through myself.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t give up! Writing is a long, learn-by-doing process. The more you write, the better you’ll get at it.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I researched publishers of young adult books first. Then I narrowed it down to publishers of young adult mysteries. Then I focused even further on publishers of young adult books and mysteries with horse themes. When I found a few matches, I was confident my book would find a home with one of them–and it did!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Landing an agent is almost a must if an author wants to go with a big publisher. Smaller publishers are more accessible to authors without agents, and I think more and more small publishers will form within their specific niches in the future. Self-publishing is also becoming more and more popular and mainstream.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: mystery, young adult, thriller, adult, picture books, animals
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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