I love all kinds of books, but my favourites are written in the first person: I love any true story that honestly reveals the struggles and triumphs of a life. It can be fiction, but it has to have an element of authenticity to grip me. I do love life's big adventures, the open road... and self-reflecting, soul-finding sort of stories. Characters don't have to be wise, just true to themselves. I really enjoyed Eat, Pray, Love; Long Way Around; Into the Wild; The Mosquito Coast... but I also love The Giver. The list goes on, really.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kobo eReader, which is great when I'm travelling and don't want to lug heavy books around, but lately I've been enjoying reading my eBooks on my laptop. I love the backlit screen, which means I don't have to struggle to find good lighting. It's great.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I've been ramping my marketing efforts through Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads. I've joined some forums, which has been an interesting experience, too. Once someone reads your book, if they like it, they will naturally talk about it to others... so word of mouth cannot be underestimated. Oh, and I'm expecting a call from Oprah any day now :)
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was nine years old. I was drawn to my Grandad's old, Royal manual typewriter and as I punched the keys down, all my feelings spilled out. I started with simple poems, then lyrics, then prose. Writing is just in me.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I love the idea that anyone can dig deep, let their creative juices bubble up and get their work out in the world. I'm a first-time published writer and I'm selling books! The traditional publishing industry is not an easy one to break into and the actual process is rather demoralizing. It's mostly a lot of rejection letters while being completely at the mercy of what the publishers judge as worthy. I love that indie authors have some control, some sense of self-worth and making money is not unrealistic. I really think it's an awesome option. My book has been getting positive reviews and people are reaching out to me, encouraging me to keep writing, telling me they want to read more. That's a great feeling.
What are you working on next?
Well, "Following my tug... all the way to Costa Rica!" is the first book in a series. I'm currently writing all the adventures prior to moving to Costa Rica. It's called "Following my tug... in retrospect". Following my tug (True Ultimate Guide) is something I have not always been good at. In fact, I've often ignored it, but all the decisions I've made led me to where I am today.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I feel incredibly blessed to live in a paradise setting. That wasn't always the case, but today, breathing clean air, eating 'real' food, hiking and getting out there, integrating my exercise in my daily chores... that's pretty inspiring. There's always something to write about... and my husband and I are always looking to push ourselves, take on new projects and go on new adventures... learning a third language and diving into a new culture is pretty inspiring, too.
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Ms. Lawrence evocatively chronicles the adventure of moving to a Third World country: from the decision-making process to the move to their first year abroad. You'll laugh, you'll cry... but mostly, you'll feel inspired!