Interview with Laura Stapleton

What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are 90% of why I write. I can make up stories all day, but others enjoying those stories? That's why I publish. The other 10%? Because I like writing the romances I want to read but can't find.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee. Instant, hot, and don't ask me for anything until I've seen the bottom of the cup. Chances are, I've stayed up far too late the night before, researching and writing. I need the caffeine.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'd like to say goofing off. However, there's always housecleaning, volunteer work, and pets to feed. I also love running and knitting but am too much of a klutz to do both at the same time.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No, because it was way back in grade school.
What is your writing process?
I open a blank document, close my eyes, and start typing the skeleton of the story. It's all high level stuff, getting my characters from point a to point b. I always begin with the end in mind, even if that end is a moving target. After the bones are written, I go back and flesh it out or pare the extra away. I tend to not put in a lot of description, so end up having to add in extra. While I love writing novels, screenplays are the most fun and easiest for me, personally.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember! My mom read to me so early and so often, I could 'read' when I was three years old. I wasn't so much reading as I had the books memorized and knew when to turn the pages. Sounds like I'm bragging until my confession of being a math dunce.
How do you approach cover design?
I like my covers to invoke feelings in the potential reader. I also like them to capture a moment from the story. For my first book, Undeniable, I couldn't find just the right photo, so I painted the landscape with a covered wagon on it myself. The print version also looks a little old fashioned, something I wanted and liked once seeing the proofs. For the second book, The Very Best Man, the cover is perfect. It's a photo of a groomsman helping a bride from a limo. Considering it's a story about the best man helping a jilted bride? I couldn't have commissioned a better cover. I'm looking forward to painting Undesirable and Uncivilized covers in the next couple of months. Hopefully I'll do Wyoming and Oregon's landscapes justice. For The Very Worst Man, I already have the cover and it's steamy. The story is one I'm already in love with and can't wait to begin.
What do you read for pleasure?
For pleasure? Just about everything, really. I love historical romance, of course. Contemporary is great, too. Chick lit is cute and it's a love/hate for me. I never feel 'eh' about a chick lit book. Science fiction is the same way, hot or cold, nothing in between. In mystery/crime/legal, I love Steve Martini and C.J. Box's books and will read everything by either gentleman. New Adult is a new genre I'm enjoying, too.
Describe your desk
Ha! Somewhat messy. I've pulled up a bar stool for my new laptop so there's two computers side by side. I have an empty wine glass, some index cards, a wireless mouse, and three sets of knitting needles on the desk. My iPod is charging so I can read from my Kindle app later, and next to it is my reporter style notebook with my to do lists written on it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My impatience and somewhat greed motivated me. I love the quick turn around times and enjoy the higher royalties paid to indie authors. Mainly, it's the chance to tell stories that aren't quite within the guidelines of publishers. I could never have published my first book with the heroine being married yet falling in love. Plus, I was able to tell 'the big secret' early, and let the characters deal with the aftermath. That was super satisfying. I'd read a lot of romances where the secret was told in the last five pages of the novel and everyone was ok with it. Well, everyone but me. So, I 'fixed' it in my own story. The freedom to write my story my way is what keeps me liking the indie author status.
Published 2013-12-18.
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Books by This Author

The Very Best Man
Series: The Very Manly Series. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 63,940. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
The best man for this bride may not be the groom. When a bride-to-be asks a friend to help plan her wedding, he accepts, although not for the reasons she thinks. Will he still be there for her if the wedding doesn't go through at all?
Love's Prisoner (Love's Travels: Australia)
Series: Love's Travels, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,320. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Victorian, Fiction » Romance » Historical
From the smash hit anthology, Love's Prelude, Love's Prisoner is now its own book! Same love story, same sweet romance. Lachlan Sinclair didn't let transportation to Australia's prisons destroy his soul. He worked hard to build a new life in hopes his wife and children would join him.
Betrayal: A Nova Scotia Murder Mystery
Series: Nova Scotia Murder Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 75,810. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Welcome to the first full novel in an Atlantic Maritime series soaked in romance and murder. When a family friend of Mandy Hays washes up on shore, everything points to homicide. But how, when he was alone on a fishing trip? Her sexy neighbor, Dr. Aaron Nicholson, knows much more than he can say.
The Oregon Trail Series Short Stories
Series: The Oregon Trail. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,730. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Now for the first time in one volume, the entire short story collection from The Oregon Trail Series. Includes Unavoidable; Unexpected; Unfortunate; and Lucky's Christmas Wish.
Uncivilized - Book Three: The Oregon Trail Series
Series: The Oregon Trail, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 136,110. Language: English. Published: February 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
The third in an epic series of three sections of the Oregon Trail and the completion of three love stories. Adelard Du Boise disregarded people’s snap judgments of him. He knew that as a French-Indian, he’d fit in nowhere and everywhere at the same time. When Ellen Winslow captured his mind and heart, Del knew he’d do whatever it took to win her love. To her, Del would always be uncivilized.
Undesirable - Book Two: The Oregon Trail Series
Series: The Oregon Trail, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 103,410. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Western
The second in an epic series of three sections of the Oregon Trail and the three love stories continues here. Marie Warren worked to make the best of a journey west with her husband and his sister. Going from living on a plantation to walking along their wagon, she enjoyed making friends and planning her life in the Oregon Territory. Her life changes when the wrong man steps into her room.
Undeniable - Book One: The Oregon Trail Series
Series: The Oregon Trail, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 109,170. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
The first in an epic series of three sections of the Oregon Trail and the three love stories begin here. Beth Ann Roberts expected to live out her life as her sister Lizzy, married to Daggart Bartlett. When Daggart sells the farm to join the Gold Rush, Beth must go with him, never expecting how much her life will change.