Hello readers!

Today I have a very special guest joining me! Whoa! Please welcome Laura Del author of The Pat Wyatt Novels and the novella Ghosts Among Men.

Laura, thank you so much for joining me today for an interview.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.

 

What were you like at school? What was your favorite/best subject?

To be honest, I was a bit of a loner. I liked to float from group to group and sometimes the group of friends I would drift to really didn’t like me. But I got over that as soon as I went to college and said to myself, “SCREW IT! I’m just gonna be my weird and sarcastic self.” That’s when I learned that people liked me for… well… ME! It was awesome!

To answer the second part of this question is kind of difficult. Growing up, I loved Math and English. But I hated Reading, which is weird considering that I love it now. I think the reason I hated it so much is that the teachers used to think that I couldn’t read, but really I was just nervous to read aloud. I would stutter something terrible, and usually mispronounced words. So I began to loathe it. That is, until my last year of high school. Then it became something that I was good at, and I began to love it completely. That’s when Reading and English became my best subjects!

Was that too much information? I feel like that was too much.

TLDR: I hated reading, but now I love it!

Laughs

Which writers inspire you? Do you have a favorite book?

Sharron Creech, Charlaine Harris, Holly Smale, J.D. Salinger, Mary Shelly, Jane Austen… to name a few. I just love all of their individual voices, and characters. They really know how to write a story.

And my favorite book? That’s like asking what child I like most.

Laughs

I guess a couple of them would be, Emma by Jane Austen, Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Geek Girl by Holly Smale, Parade’s End by Ford Madox Ford, Wicked by Gregory Maguire… and so many more. I just can’t choose one. Don’t make me!

What made you decide to become a writer? Why do you write?

I write for the plain and simple fact that I need to keep myself sane. Without writing, I wouldn’t know what to do with myself. I actually started to write because I used to have panic attacks about dying and all of my other problems. I just needed a way to escape from all the crap I was going through. So I guess you could say that my life being very… how do I put this? Messed up! Made me decide to make a world where I could control everything and entertain people along the way.

What have you written?

Lots!

But the ones I have published are Graveyard Shifts, Dueling Moons, Danville Horror, and the novella Ghosts Among Men. I’m also on the second of the novella series at this point. It’s called Ghostly Murders and I hope to have it out soon.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

Wow… good question. About a couple of months to hand write the first draft, and then up to six months to type it up. Not to mention all the countless editing sessions after. I am not fast.

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All in all, it takes about three months to a year, depending on the length of the book.

What’s the hardest part about writing? The easiest?

The hardest part is the actual sitting down and writing the darn thing. The countless distraction, the constant self-doubt and the endless, “is this really how I want this story to go?” can really put a damper on the creative spirit.

And the easiest is… hmmm… I don’t think there is an easiest part.

What does your writing process look like?

Hand written first drafts, a mess of papers everywhere and quite a few late, late, nights.

Be honest, how much coffee do you drink?

Not a lot. I know… SHOCKING! But since I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, I haven’t been able to have real coffee in years. Yes, I do realize how sad that sounds. But don’t worry, I can have… DECAF. Ugh!

Do you ever get writers block? If you do, how do you overcome it?

Not really. I just have lulls in my writing process. A couple of months. Tops. And in order to get over it, I just let it run its course. It’s easier not to fight it.

What artists are on your writing playlist?

Taylor Swift (Yes, I know. I hate myself too.), Lindsey Stirling, Train… you name it, I listen to it if it’s relevant to the book I’m writing.

 

How do you feel about the world of traditionally published vs indie world?

They both have their ups and downs. With traditional publishing it’s really hard to find an agent because all they care about is what sells, and authors are usually about what they like to write. And with indie publishing, it all depends on who you publish through that makes all the difference.

Each have their highs and lows, but really it’s all about what you, as a writer, are comfortable with doing. If you want to wait six years to get an agent… then go traditional. And if you have the time and energy to market, sell and keep your book in the public eye all by your lonesome… then go with indie publishing.

But seriously, do what you gotta do in order to get your work out there.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

JUST. KEEP. WRITING!

Seriously, never give up on your stories, because they will never give up on you.

Do you have any quotes that inspire you, if so, what is it?

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

It helps with all the haters. 

How can readers discover more about you and your work?

Website/Blog: http://www.thefictionwriters.net/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thefictionwriter1/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FictionWriter1

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Laura-Del/e/B00GR6QGEA

YouTube: www.youtube.com/LauraDelTheFictionWriter

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6857653.Laura_Del

 

Fun questions time!

YAY!

If you could meet anyone of your characters, who would it be and what would you do?

Pat Wyatt! We would talk about books, go to the book store and become best friends! In a perfect world.

If you could live in any other time period, when would you live?

Now! I wouldn’t be able to survive in any other time.

But if I had a TARDIS, or even a DeLorean, and could visit for one day, I would go to the 1920’s and the 1800’s. I would love to meet all the authors of those times. Man, just thinking about it makes me smile.

You’re stranded on an island and can bring three items with you, what do you bring?

Tea, books, and my laptop… to write, of course! Get your mind off the internet.

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Someday, I want to ___________(what?)

I want to be a bestselling author.  But I don’t think that’ll happen anytime soon. So in the meantime, I just want to make enough money off my work to make a living. Also not going to happen any time soon.

Sighs

Are you a listener or a talker?

Both. I love listening to others stories, and I love making people laugh with my own. But mostly I like to interact with people. Which is strange, considering I’m a writer and all writers are introverts. (That last sentence had the tiniest bit of sarcasm to it.)

What was the last song you played on your Ipod?

Perfect by Selena Gomez

Such a good song! 

Published by Dylann Rhea