Interview with Laura Drake

Who are your favorite authors?
So many! Ayn Rand, Stephen King, Catherine Ryan Hyde, JoAnn Mapson, Pat Conroy, Herman Wouk, Anne River Siddons . . .I won't go on, but know that I could!
What's the story behind your latest book?
This is a book close to my heart. I lost my younger sister to cancer over twenty years ago. She was the most important person in my life, and I've always wanted to write 'her book'. It's not autobiographical in the least, but the relationship of the sisters in the story is.

I finally felt, after seven published novels, that I was good enough to do the book justice.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Riding my motorcycle, fly fishing, reading, knitting, sewing, riding my bicycle, working out, spending time in nature.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand. That book saved my life; literally.
The Stand - Stephen King. I'm a huge horror fan, and King is the master. To me, this epic is his best.
The Prince of Tides - Pat Conroy. His characterization of southern men is amazing, and his language is poetry
King's Oak - Ann River Siddons. Classic Women's Fiction - compelling, high stakes, and a twist ending.
Marjorie Morningstar - Herman Wouk. A classic coming-of-age story that perfectly depicts the 50's setting. It's beautiful.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mostly recommendations from friends, but the Kindle Daily Deal is killing me! My 'to be read pile' is bigger than I could read in the time I have left!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, because it became the first book in my Widow's Grove series, Her Road Home. Years ago, I was riding behind my husband on his motorcycle (before I learned to ride my own) in the Central California wine country, came around a curve in the middle of nowhere, and there, on a hill, sat a dilapidated Victorian. We didn't even stop, but that house captured my imagination - who had lived there? Why had the owner let it fall to disrepair? I thought about that for a year - then began writing a story for that poor house. I gave it it's own happily ever after!
What is your writing process?
I am a pantser, which means that the only thing I have in my head when I begin, is a character with a flaw, an opening scene, and an ending scene. Everything in between comes as I'm writing. It's maddening, but then, we don't get to choose our processes!
How do you approach cover design?
To me, the cover has to be simple and compelling. I so enjoy choosing just the right photo that conveys the 'feel' of the book. Days Made of Glass has a theme of broken glass (and also broken lives, emotionally and physical danger), so the broken window in what looks to be an old, worn-out house was the perfect image for the book!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Writing! New ideas lead to new projects, which lead to new books. Ideas are still growing...
What do you read for pleasure?
Almost everything. I'm not a fan of espionage or political thrillers, but I've been known to read the back of cereal boxes, when there's nothing else available!
Describe your desk
I can actually show it to you! I did a video entitled 'Where I Write' for Hachette. Here's the link: https://youtu.be/bMhZuPwtNaE
What do your fans mean to you?
We writers pour our guts and souls into our books, trying to convey a theme, or a character, or a story. To hear that a reader connected with that is endlessly thrilling.

It's like meeting a stranger, and finding that connection - that you're alike, in some special way, because you connect as readers, not writer and reader. It's hard to explain, but it's powerful, and I don't think any writer ever tires of it. (Okay, maybe Harper Lee did, but...)
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wrote this book from the inside out; I hadn’t thought a second about the market, or a publisher. I think readers are going to love it, but New York was not going to want this book.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I discover the deep truths I feel about things, when I write. I've never found any other way to do that!
Published 2015-12-26.
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Books by This Author

Days Made of Glass
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 80,980. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas
The story of the first female rodeo bullfighter. She must learn to trust—her partner and herself, and learn to let go of what’s not hers to save. A story of family and friendship, trust and truth.