Interview with H.H. Laura

What motivated you to become an indie author?
My mother with Alzheimer's. I wanted to get my story 'out there' so she could see a part of her story immortalized in print. She used to say "Did that really happen? Read it to me again."
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
<Laughing> Yes. It was about a pirate and a lovely young lass in Ireland. I had the book halfway finished when my children deleted it off the word processor. Twenty years later I left my pirate behind and decided to create my own race of people.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is a series where a group of people have ESP. They live in secret and adhere to a strict moral code. They live an extended life span. The oldest is six hundred twenty-seven years old.
Describe your desk
I write at a roll top desk that is usually cluttered. It sits in my sunroom that overlooks my back yard. From there I have a view of a farmer's field, my rhododendron bed, gazebo, and backyard swing. When I write scenery, it inspires me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, gardening, and time with my grandchildren are how I choose to spend my time.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I predominantly read the classics. I'm working my way through them. Prior to that, in earlier years, I read any and every historical romance I could get my hands on. Back then, I chose them by the cover and synopsis. I find the same is true with ebooks. The cover draws me in and the synopsis seals the deal.
What is your writing process?
I tried outlining, writing particular scenes when the inspiration moved me, and individual chapters (then putting it together). The only thing that works for me is just sitting down and hammering away. I edit my own books, which some say is folly, but I have a distinct method. First, I set the finished book aside for a few months. Second, I read it for flow, typos, and believe-ability. Third, I have the computer read my book to me. This last step is the most critical. I pick up so many typos and bad flow instances with this technique. It works for me.
How do you approach cover design?
Sometimes, I have a vision of a character in my head before I begin. I have the cover made and use it for inspiration. In the case of Larkspur, my heroine was specific. She had to look innocent. I searched for her the longest. Ryeth's character is strong and powerful, but is also dark and brooding. It was hard to find the exact male model for him, because most powerful and dark men are cast as sinister, and that wouldn't work.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter series is one of my favorites. He was able to write about fantastic things and make them believable. I love Stephen King - I've read everything he has written in book form. His gunslinger series kept me going back for more.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Whatever I have with me at the time. I read on my phone, my laptop, and on my Kindles.
Published 2016-03-30.
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Books by This Author

Heartseed (Sensate Nine Moon Saga - Book 3)
Series: Sensate Nine Moon Saga. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,000. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Heartseed is the story of a benevolent race of people with telekinetic, teleportation, and astral-projection capabilities, who have chosen a life of secrecy so their powers are not used by governments to change the course of human history. Can a few hundred Sensates fend off the technology and military power of the United States government and still maintain their anonymity?
Ryeth (Sensate Nine Moon Saga - Book 2)
Series: Sensate Nine Moon Saga. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,320. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Book 2 of the Sensate Nine Moon Saga, Ryeth, is a Sensate’s journey through a life of rage and revenge that lasts for nearly five hundred years. Condemned as a murderer for the deaths of his parents, he must flee and face the world alone. When his extrasensory powers begin to emerge, he is shunned as ‘not worthy,’ thrown into a realm of disbelief and awe, and tied to a stake as a demon.
Larkspur (Sensate Nine Moon Saga - Book 1)
Series: Sensate Nine Moon Saga. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 110,290. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
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Alexandra's world shifts into one where many miraculous things are possible and moral boundaries are put to the test. Three men impact the destiny of her birthright. Jediah waits two hundred-thirty years to claim her; another plans for nearly half a millennia to exact his revenge; and a third captures her to bend her will to his own.