Interview with Lauralynn Elliott

Published 2013-09-04.
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.
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