Interview with Laura S. Kearney

What are you working on next?
I am working on the third book of the Lorinathas Adventures series and then I will finish out the last three books for the Stolen Heritage series. After that who knows? I have so many plans I will be busy writing for a long time.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are the ultimate focus of my writing. They are my happy meter and keep me on the right track. I write with the mind of a reader, telling stories that would have enjoyed picking off a shelf, and as long as the fans are happy I must be doing something right.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are J. R. R. Tolkien, Robert Jordan for "The Wheel of Time" series, and more recently Brandon Sanderson. I also really like John Flannigan and Rick Riordan.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I love life.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have lots of college homework, housework, mom work, and crazy cats to keep me busy.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I find ebooks by browsing or by word of mouth. I am new to ebook readers but I enjoy the ease of using them.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was a writing assignment for my 6th grade language arts class. It was about an animal who had to cross the road without getting hit by cars. I didn't keep any of my assignments from that class and I regret it now.
What is your writing process?
I start with an idea. Then I make a plot summary and a chapter outline. After that I just start writing and let the story come out as it will. After I have a rough draft I start adding more detail and back story until I am comfortable with it. I usually let my children read an early draft to get their feedback.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Wow, that's a tough question. I would have been around five, and I read so much I don't remember any one book standing out except for "Green Eggs and Ham" by Dr. Seuss. The first book that really got my attention was "The Hobbit", and I have been hooked on fantasy and medieval adventure ever since.
How do you approach cover design?
For each of my series I have a general theme in mind. For Lorinathas Adventures I tried to find a background picture for a particular scene that evoked the mood I was looking for. In Stolen Heritage I tried to incorporate a design that best represents the spirit and colors of each flag or crest for the kingdom in which the story takes place.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
This is another tough question. So many of the books I read are series. How do I pick just one from each? My first favorite book is The Hobbit, because it was my introduction to fantasy and hooked me immediately. Lord of the Rings follows closely after that because it's the sequel and I love the characters. Another favorite series is the Faded Sun trilogy, a science fiction story. It reads similarly to a fantasy epic journey, but it has a futuristic twist. The suspense in the book just wouldn't let me stop reading. The Wheel of Time is the longest series I have been hooked on, and I love it for the vast story and memorable characters. I read fast, too fast sometimes, and finish books too soon. This series let me dig in and stay for awhile. Sometimes I would get so wrapped up I felt like I was in the story and the characters were like good friends. The most recent favorite book I have read is Elantris by Brandon Sanderson. I strongly related to many of the experiences the characters went through, and it helped me to deal with some similar issues.
What do you read for pleasure?
I mostly read fantasy, medieval adventure, and some dystopia. My daughter also brings random books home from school and says "Read this!" So, I do just to keep track of her preferences.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a rooted Kindle fire given to me as a present. I use it for nearly everything I read.
Describe your desk
I usually use a laptop now, so my lap is my desk! But my official desk is a computer cart in the living room where I keep my writing supplies.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in sixth grade. My language arts teacher presented a unit on short stories and assigned us to write. I enjoyed it so much and had so much positive feedback from her that I decided this was what I wanted to do with my life. I got a late start, but I am finally pursuing that career.
Published 2015-04-03.
Smashwords Interviews are created by the profiled author, publisher or reader.

Books by This Author

The Rogue
Series: Stolen Heritage, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 101,970. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Kithe, Raenai, and Maragor have been pounded by a series of unusual natural disasters; but when Raenai's ancient volcano reactivates again, Rynn Tebarah finally realizes that Lord Martan Hendreli is behind the process. The Ahyn'ain council charges Rynn with bringing the rogue viscount under control, but he soon realizes there's a more sinister hand behind the destruction.
Return of Callanath
Series: Lorinathas Adventures series, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,410. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Dalanthas is looking forward to seeing his human friends again for the Elven Harvest Festival, especially Kirsta; but when his and Kirsta's older brothers are kidnapped, it's up to the humans and elves to track them down. Dalanthas takes charge, determined to bring his brother and Chad home safely, but when his company is also captured, Dalanthas discovers someone he never expected to see again.
Hidden Trail
Series: Stolen Heritage, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 102,100. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Kidnapped, abused, and held for ransom, Prince Kylen Rithael waits for the Maragoran Grand Dukes, Rynn Tebarah, and his brother Kayden to rescue him. The Andarans don't realize the royal twins are telepathic or that Kylen is telling Kayden exactly where he is. His rescuers scramble to catch up with the evasive kidnappers, but can they rescue Kylen in time before the appointed ransom exchange?
Aldina's Quest
Series: Lorinathas Adventures series, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,840. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
"We're going to Kirsta's world?" Dalanthas shouted. "When do we go?" Kirsta's elven friends must track down a fugitive elf on Earth, but Liastra is dangerous, so they first contact Kirsta for help. After getting caught by Kirsta's brother Chad and his friend Adam, Aldina also enlists their help. Then disaster strikes, and Aldina realizes she might not be strong enough to challenge the older elf.
Kindred People
Series: Stolen Heritage, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 101,110. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Prince Darathe Caloran is Kithe's rightful Heir Apparent; but another nobleman from Kithe is heading a rebellion against the ruling emperor Greston Dorendi to gain control of the country. Darathe returns to Kithe to present his claim to the throne before Marquis Liano seizes control; but if Darathe has to fight his own countrymen before facing the emperor, regaining Kithe may cost him his life.
The Mission
Series: Stolen Heritage, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 99,000. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Vassal prince Kayano Rithael wants his kingdom back. He has two weeks to spy out enemy defenses before beginning his military coup, but assassins stalk his heels, and his own adviser resents him. At every turn, new obstacles or intriguing developments threaten the success of his mission. And if he can't straighten things out before the appointed day, the coup may be over before it even begins!
The Crystal Journey
Series: Lorinathas Adventures series, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,890. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Kirsta Williams had no idea the magical pendant she found would transport her to another world. Lost and scared, she meets four elves who try to help her find a way home; but the information they need may or may not be in a library fifty miles away. Their journey is dangerous, the town is not friendly to elves, and if the information isn't there, Kirsta could be stuck in this other world forever!