Interview with Laura Warby

When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was about eleven. I rarely finished a story back then; I mostly just wrote chapters or scenes or character plans. I still do that today; most of my story ideas form around a specific scene or character that I want to write about, but which as a stand-alone would make no sense, thus a complete story is born.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Finishing a story.
The sense of completion and success I have when I finish a book is great, particularly if I know I'll be publishing the book soon. I love going back over my work and editing and proof-reading; I see so many mistakes in the first draft that I have to fix; I strive to always make my works better.
However, I also love the sense of escape that writing gives me; the ability to hop into another world, or into the life of one of my characters, is a great way to relax after a bad day.
What is your writing process?
Sit down and get on with it.
Aside form having a scene or character in my head, I don't plan out a story. I just write and see my mind takes me. Then, I re-read the finished book, and fix any plot-gaps or errors.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I can't really remember what it was about, but I know the main characters were called Danny and Elizabeth, and that they could shape-shift in various animals.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up living on a military base until I was seven, before moving to a quiet little village.
A lot of my characters tend to live or move to the country throughout the course of my stories, because, for me, there is no better place to live than the countryside. The sight of new lambs, cattle and horses, the sound of church bells, the lovely views and the peace and quiet are what make country living so great. There is inspiration everywhere, if you know where to look.
I've got a lot of police, military and education professionals in my family, which also tends to impact on my character profile; I write about a lot of policemen and teachers.
How do you approach cover design?
I use photographs supplied by a user on deviantART, and crop of re-colour them slightly to form the cover images for my published ebooks.
For my unpublished Wattpad books, I tend to just Google themes within the book, and select an image or two that I think make a good cover image.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I trawl websites such as Amazon ans Smashwords, looking for bargains. But I do have several authors bookmarked, so that I know when they have new books coming out.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mostly fantasy and crime novels, particularly anything by Terry Brooks, Karen Rose or Mark Billingham, but I also enjoy a good romance novel every now and then.
Describe your desk
Messy!
I usually have a little bag of sweets (pear-drops or sherbet lemons mostly) to hand; plenty of pens and paper to hand in case I need to make a note of something; almost always a cup of tea or coffee; a scented candle which I tend to burn when I need some inspiration (I don't know why it helps, but it does!); and a set of speakers, for when I watch YouTube videos to pass some procrastination time.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything.
On Wattpad they leave positive reviews, which encourage me to continue writing; they give constructive feedback, letting me grow as an author; and they point out editing mistakes, helping me to polish a book before publication.
On sites like Amazon, they leave good reviews, which really make my day; and they leave constructive feedback about the formatting or editing of my books, so that I can continue to improve them, even after publication.
Published 2014-04-26.
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Books by This Author

The Porn Star
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,460. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Alexander Oxford makes adult films. He hates his work; he feels sullied by the films he makes. And he's lonely. Men expect so much when they realise he has sex for a living. Alex has pulled away from dating, from men in general. He makes his films and he goes home alone, and he's tired of it. Then, a fellow film-star moves in and a reunion puts Alex back on the path to happiness.
Blind Love
Series: The Discover Yourself Set, Book 4. Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 16,070. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
When Owen and Nate are introduced in a bar one night, neither of them have any idea of the impact the other will have on their lives. Nate, shy, reticent and blind, finds it difficult to trust Owen with his secrets, but after the two become roommates their relationship blossoms into more than either of them could have ever expected.
Oscar
Series: The Discover Yourself Set, Book 1. Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 17,980. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
(4.00 from 1 review)
Oscar is shy, reserved and a little bit lonely. In an attempt to cheer him up, his mum buys him a puppy. When Comet runs away, Oscar is thrust into the path of a boy who is about to change his world, forever. At first unsure about the boy's advances, Oscar soon relents and begins to realise just how much having a boyfriend can change your life.
Aaron and Philip
Series: The Discover Yourself Set, Book 2. Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 16,420. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Aaron and Philip have been together for almost a decade. They have a loving, easy relationship, until Aaron is promoted at work; after his partner misses anniversaries and birthdays, Philip decides he can't live with Aaron's indifference towards him any more.
Playing the Game
Series: The Discover Yourself Set, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 6,190. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
(4.00 from 3 reviews)
Doran McKenzie and Mitchell Coburn are in a secret relationship. Doran is dissatisfied with Mitchell's reluctance to openly declare their relationship, but can't see how to change Mitchell's mind. Then, Mitchell makes a gesture Doran can't ignore.