Interview with LainaRuff

What are you working on next?
I'm in the final editing stages of my first novel "Crashing In'. I hope to release it within the next month.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have so many of them that we'd run out of room here. But I have a special place in my heart for Sue Grafton. Unfortunately, the alphabet ends at Y.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My alarm gets me out of bed. Okay, that's not what you're looking for but it's true. However, once I'm up it's the idea that you never know where the day will lead you. Some days I have a plan to get all these things done and the whole thing gets derailed by something silly. Or amazing. Or annoying. You never know where life is going to take you.

Oh, and chocolate. I'll always get out of bed for chocolate.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
A friend of mine once said "I'm so busy doing nothing, I don't have time for anything." I think that's my life some days. But I spend time with my friends as much as possible. And I love to cook with my husband. And yes, that's actual cooking. Not some perverted sex thing in the kitchen. Not that I'm opposed to that...
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually by accident. It's a link from a different book or something on the New Releases list on Amazon. Or a recommendation from a friend. Lots of places. I don't think it matters how you find books, as long as you find them.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No, not really. I've been writing since I was a young child. I wrote all through high school and university and then life started to get in the way. I started writing seriously again a couple of years ago after a series of personal events shifted the focus of my life. Once I started this time, I couldn't stop. The muse grabbed me by the back of the neck and held me down until I wrote it all out. Then the next day, it would happen all over again. Sometimes I find myself in a sort of fugue state and when I emerge, I've written pages and pages I barely remember. Someone or something else is definitely guiding my hand this time and for as long as it lasts, I'm going to ride this train.
What is your writing process?
That's simple. I sit down at the computer and I write. I rarely struggle over words and phrases. If I do, I move on to editing something else I've written or to updating my social media. Sort of like I'm doing now.
Honestly, I've never had writer's block. That sounds like a humble-brag but it's just the truth. I've got so many stories in my head I can't get them all out. I've got outlines written for more than a dozen stories and 2 more roaming around in my head that need to be written soon.
That's my process. I write. Then I write more. Then I edit and re-write where necessary. Then I write some more.
It's simple. And utterly complex at the same time.
How do you approach cover design?
That's a tough one for me. I hate that most romance stuff is full of half naked bulked up men usually covered in tattoos these days. I hate the ones with mostly naked women even more.
The covers that draw my attention are ones that are different. Sharp. Creative. I've got a wonderful friend who takes amazing photographs and another who set up a stand format for my future covers. I have no idea how that's going to work in the long run.
The bottom line for me is that I want a reader to be able to readily identify my stuff on sight. I can only hope I succeed.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read all genres. A family member is into westerns, which I usually hate. But since he passed some books to me I read them. It felt rude not to. And I liked them. Who knew?
But mostly I read general fiction, romance and erotica. I like mysteries and thrillers and I put Sue Grafton in a category of her own.
For the record, I did NOT like 50 Shades of Grey. For at least 50 reasons.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read on my phone, mostly because I have time when I'm sitting in a waiting room or on my way somewhere. It's convenient and easy and I can load things in and out quickly.
But I still like to read on paper. There's nothing like curling up with a good book and a cup of tea on a cold afternoon. Oh, and chocolate. You need chocolate.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I haven't released my first novel yet so I don't know what will work. I'm thinking that I'll just make my family and friends buy a ton of copies each!
Describe your desk
Wow, that's a strange question. It's messy, which is weird because I'm normally neat about everything. There are mints in one container, caramel hard candies in another and usually some chocolate remnants somewhere. I've got little notes for ideas and lists of things to write and do and work on all over the place.
But my office is my oasis. I look out at a park and when I seem to need a distraction, there's usually a bird or a squirrel looking back at me.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing almost as soon as I could read. I was very young and it was all total crap. I started writing seriously enough to consider publishing it about 2 or so years ago.
What's the story behind your latest book?
"Crashing In" is the first in a series that takes place in and around a bar commonly known as J's Place. When I started it I had no idea it was going to lead me to a whole series of stories about all these characters. But that's what happened. A whole community grew up in my head and now they each have their own story. With a lot more to come. But they are all stand-alone pieces so if you don't like one, just wait for the next.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted control. Of my content, of my covers, of my release dates, of everything. I didn't want some publisher telling me that I need to think about adding more sex. Or less sex. And I have no desire at the moment to be a print author. That's a personal choice and I may change my mind down the line.
Published 2018-03-07.
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