Interview with Laura du Pre

Published 2015-06-22.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing professionally back in 2005. Technically, my "first" writing was a Stand By Me fanfiction in the 7th grade.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Two reasons:

1. I'm a control freak and I don't want to handle over any aspect of my book to another person.
2. It allowed me to realize my dream of being published. How many times can you get INFP on the Meyers-Briggs without wanting to dash off a few pages?
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords makes it so convenient to give readers a taste of what I write with no investment on their side. I'm a huge fan of offering quality for little risk, so being able to publish some of my work for free has been a Godsend.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing gives me a sense of accomplishment, relief from anxiety, and total exhaustion at the same time. I love the mix between the three.
What do your fans mean to you?
"You mean I actually HELPED someone? REALLY?!??!???!??!"
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a book devoted to who I (and others) can maintain a thriving career despite struggling with Depression and Anxiety. It's very near and dear to my heart.
Who are your favorite authors?
Phillipa Gregory, Emily Bronte, Mary Shelly, Steve Scott, Melanie Clegg, Jean Plaidy...how many characters do I get again?
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My cat refuses to shut up and leave me alone. "No hablo el Gato" never seems to pacify him.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I watch the crappiest, lowest form of reality television. And I teach myself new languages.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
A Stand By Me fanfiction. All of the boys were grown up and River Phoenix's character miraculously survived his gunshot wound and married me. Did I mention that it was "fiction?"
What is your writing process?
I write hard for a few days, take a few days off, and then edit. Then it's off to my editor to try and make some sense of all of that crap. I'm trying to get on a schedule of one book per month. Next month, I'll probably get there. Probably.
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Books by This Author

The 13 Most Common Mistakes New Freelancers Make and How to Fix Them
Price: Free! Words: 5,580. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2015 . Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Business writing, Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
Want to get into freelance writing? It's a great career, but if you jump in without doing your homework first it could give you headaches. New writers make the same mistakes without realizing it, and the costs to their careers quickly adds up. Inside this guide, you'll learn how to avoid low balling your freelancing fees, working for free, suffering from an incompatible work schedule, and