Interview with Lara Song

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No. I'm pretty sure it was in my head and I probably had a difficult time expressing myself to the "big people."
What is your writing process?
I start with a general plot: Who did what and why? From there, I explore names and places. I use a very drawn out outline that my characters try to ignore. I've learned to map out half and see what happens. If I get stuck, I go back to the drawing board. I find knowing where I'm going leads to better creativity.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Not the first. My mother read constantly. I could recite Mark Twain from about six years old. I remember "A Wrinkle in Time" as being the first book I chose to read. I was overwhelmed by the fantasy elements. Ironically, I'm not a big fantasy reader now.
How do you approach cover design?
One day I will invest in Photoshop. For the time being, I open and play with colors. The cover is the hardest part of publishing a book. Unfortunately, a good cover is a necessity.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My iphone. I never leave home without it.
Published 2014-03-07.
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