Interview with Laura Benson

What do you read for pleasure?
I like to read so many different genres! I love British Literature! EM Forster, Jane Austen, Jane Eyre, etc. I'm also partial to YA. Contemporary, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy. If it sucks me in, I done for. I was never one for romance, per se, but lately I've been gobbling it up. The New Adult part of it is a lot of fun because it includes an age that was never included. When I was younger, we went from Little House on the Prairie to Flowers in the Attic to anything Jackie Collins wrote. Which for a 15/16 year old, was bit too sexualized.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I'm an anti-Kindle person so I have a Samsung tablet and a Kobo Auro to read outside in the Arizona sun!
Describe your desk
My desk is my lap, on my couch with music on low.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Boston, MA. I don't think it really influenced my writing. I'm now in Arizona and have been to a few states, so I can write about them and not completely mess it up. I could definitely write a whole story in Boston because it was a part of me for 45 years!
When did you first start writing?
I started writing as a young girl, like most people do. I never really made much sense and they were tossed pretty quickly. I've started and stopped so many times, it's embarrassing.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've seen people go through the process of looking for an agent to represent them. It's so discouraging that so many great voices are silenced because one person didn't think they had 'IT'. I know eventually getting a traditional publishing house is a dream, but if I can write what I want and do it my way, then it's the way to go.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are life! If they don't buy the book, then you don't have anything. Even the ones who are critical of the book are important, because they're giving me another level of reading that perhaps others aren't getting and they only help to make me better. Reading is so subjective and I love to see all responses from fans. I'm trying to be more out there for the fans.
What are you working on next?
I have so many ideas right now. I'd like to write a companion piece to my debut book. I have a forbidden love story that I'm stuck on and I'd love to try to write a romantic comedy! If I could write something in the vein of WHEN SALLY MET HARRY, that would be my life goal. That writing is brilliant (Nora Ephron, RIP) and I would love to be that witty and genuinely funny.
Published 2016-11-26.
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