Interview with Lauralynn Elliott

What motivated you to become an indie author?
After hearing how traditionally published authors only get to keep a small percentage of their royalties, and realizing I would have almost no control over my content, title, and book cover if I went with a publisher, I decided indie was the best way to go. I've never even tried to get published the traditional way.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is a very "author friendly" company, doing all they can to support us. Smashwords gives us the ability to not only publish on their site, but also on many other popular venues. They are always looking for more retailers willing too sell Smashwords books.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love being able to create something that's all my own. I like getting into the characters' heads, and it's really cool when a character does things that surprise me. It's funny how they can do that.
What do your fans mean to you?
I'm a people lover in general, so having fans is fun and rewarding. It's great to be able to give readers something they can enjoy, especially when they tell me how much they like my books. What a warm feeling!
What are you working on next?
Most of my books have been paranormal romance except one. I'm currently working on a book that was originally supposed to be paranormal romance, but it looks like it's going to end up being horror.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King, F. Paul Wilson, Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, Shannon Mayer, Rose Gordon, Ruth Ann Nordin, Michael Connelly, J.R. Ward. So many more! My reading taste is so eclectic.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I want to see what the day has in store for me. And I want to spend time with my family and friends. Every day is a treasure and a blessing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to read and play computer games. And, I have to admit, I love to watch TV.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Several ways. Word of mouth, emails from retailers and authors, reviews on blogs, suggestions on Facebook and Twitter.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes! When I was somewhere between 8 and 10 years old (I don't remember exactly), I wrote a story on note cards about a girl named Angel.
What is your writing process?
Generally, I just go in my office and sit down and write. I've always written by the seat of my pants. But as my plots are becoming more complicated, I'm finding I have to do a little plotting first.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I've been reading all my life, so I have no idea what my first story was. But I DO remember my first Stephen King book. The librarian at my high school recommended "Carrie", and I've been a SK fan ever since.
How do you approach cover design?
I have a cover artist I've worked with from the beginning of my writing career. She actually reads my books first, then we work together to decide what will be the best way to proceed. She says I'm her pickiest author.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
This is not a fair question! I do know which four books I've read the most times. IT by Stephen King, A Gift of Violets by Janette Radcliffe, The Doomsday Conspiracy by Sidney Sheldon, and The Touch by F. Paul Wilson. Remember I said my taste is eclectic. These four books are nothing alike.
What do you read for pleasure?
Almost all genres! And NO nonfiction, except the Bible.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Original keyboard Kindle. I like the e-ink design with no backlight because it's more like reading a print book - easier on the eyes.
Describe your desk
My desk has enough room for my laptop, mouse, and my Diet Coke or tea. I keep all my manuscripts there. And I have swag from other authors in my desk, too.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Southeastern United States, but I don't believe it influenced my writing at all. I think that's mostly because I read books set in all kinds of places.
Published 2013-09-04.
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Books by This Author

Hearts of Evil
By Lauralynn Elliott
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,310. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2014. Category: Fiction
After horror author, Lily Grey, has a bad experience in the city of Atlanta, she moves to a small town on the Florida panhandle, Eden Beach. Little does she know, this small town has dark secrets and a history of violence. Lily finds herself attracted to the sheriff, Rob Vega, but he seems to be dealing with his own demons. She soon realizes she's in danger in this little town.
Soul of a Vampire
By Lauralynn Elliott
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,950. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2012. Category: Fiction
A vampire searching for what was taken from him. A woman who may have the answers. Nikolas longs for his soul even as the darkness in him tries to take over. Tessa searches frantically for a way to help Nickolas before it’s too late. Together they fight physical and emotional battles in their quest for the one thing that could allow them to be together. Will they make it before time runs out?
The Gnome
By Lauralynn Elliott
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,670. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2012. Category: Fiction
When Tara Reed inherits her grandmother’s house, she shudders at the ugly lawn ornaments she finds, one which is even politically incorrect. Although she plans to eventually get rid of them, she decides to leave them until her friends come for a visit so they can all have a laugh. Little does she know there’s much more to these statues, and to her family, than she can imagine.
Vampires' Curse
By Lauralynn Elliott
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,760. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2012. Category: Fiction
The Libby Fox novellas are now available in one book! Dark Relic: Vampires’ Curse, Secrets of the Wolf, and Search for the Vampires’ Curse are all included in this compilation, Vampires’ Curse. Libby Fox is a private detective whose clients are a little different than the norm. And one of them has captured her heart.
Search for the Vampires' Curse
By Lauralynn Elliott
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 25,720. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2011. Category: Fiction
The third and final novella of the Libby Fox Series, Search for the Vampires’ Curse, takes Libby, Adam, and friends from the bayous of Louisiana to the rain forest in Brazil. In this story, the search for the deadly cross introduced in book one continues. Meanwhile, Libby and Adam continue to question whether or not a relationship between them is possible. Approximately 25,700 words.
The Beast in the Mirror
By Lauralynn Elliott
Price: Free! Words: 4,980. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2011. Category: Fiction
He watches her from the shadows of the ruins. But he can never let her see him, the cursed beast that he has become. But when he falls in love with her, he thinks just maybe she will accept him as he is. The Beast in the Mirror is a short, sweet love story between a beautiful young woman and a beast that has been cursed by a witch to be ugly forever. A short story of less than 5,000 words.
Secrets of the Wolf
By Lauralynn Elliott
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 28,590. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2011. Category: Fiction
While private investigator, Libby Fox, is still trying to wrap her mind around the fact that vampires exist and that she actually has feelings for one of them, she gets involved in another case where there's more to her client than meets the eye. When Blake Harding walks into her office, hiring her to find a secret book that's very important to his family, she has no idea of the danger involved.
Dark Relic: Vampires' Curse
By Lauralynn Elliott
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,640. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2011. Category: Fiction
Libby Fox is just a regular private investigator, snooping on wayward husbands and cheating business partners. That is, until Adam Ryder walks into her office and asks her to find a missing person. But there is more to her client than she could possibly have realized, and Libby is drawn into a world darker than she dreamed had existed.
Haunted Lake
By Lauralynn Elliott
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 50,540. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2011. Category: Fiction
After losing her best friend in a fire, Rachel Madison rents a cabin on Misty Lake, trying to work through her guilt and sorrow. While there, she meets two men, one good looking and friendly and the other handsome, but scarred. Soon, she realizes that the peace she was trying to find here wasn’t to be, as supernatural events begin to take place.
Guardian Vampire
By Lauralynn Elliott
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 26,930. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2010. Category: Fiction
After witnessing something so terrible in a nightclub that it causes her to lose her memory of it, Kendall St. John finds herself the target of ruthless killers. Her father hires Logan Steele to protect her, but everywhere they turn, the killers continue to find them. As Kendall and Logan struggle with their feelings for each other, Logan struggles to protect her from the killers…and himself.
A Rocky Path
By Lauralynn Elliott
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 57,270. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2010. Category: Fiction
After losing her husband, Emily Adams starts a new life in Maine. She meets an attractive and mysterious artist and finds herself falling for him, but there is something strange and puzzling about this man. Then Emily finds some old letters, journals, and paintings which cause her to make a shocking discovery about the man she loves that changes everything she believed about him...and the world.
Starfane
By Lauralynn Elliott
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 61,810. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2010. Category: Fiction
In a house that she's redecorating, there's a large mural on the wall of a world much different from hers. One day she steps through the mural into Starfane. In this strange world, she has to choose between two men–one very good, and one very bad. Lauren finds love, desire, and danger in Starfane-but she never could have imagined the real truth behind the mural and the three men in her life.
See Me
By Lauralynn Elliott
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 26,900. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2010. Category: Fiction
When Maddi Drake inherits an old house from her great aunt, she decides to move in and fix it up. But it seems she isn't quite alone there. Then she meets the perfect man...so she thinks. But someone in the house disagrees. This novella combines a little mystery, a little humor, and a little romance for a quick, entertaining read.
Club Blood
By Lauralynn Elliott
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 28,900. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2010. Category: Fiction
After being paired with a new partner, Ethan James, Detective Kerry Harrison is assigned to a murder case in which Kerry and Ethan disagree about the suspect's guilt. They find that there have been similar murders in other cities and that the suspects all belong to a secret club. Their partnership and friendship is tested when Kerry learns the true nature of the club... and Ethan's involvement.