Interview with Laura Richardson

What are your five favorite books, and why?
Divergent by Veronica Roth because it is so well written, it delves into the core of human nature and because of the beautiful love story between Tris and Four. Allegiance by Cayla Kluver because it is in medieval times, the characters are so well developed, Steldor and because she was 15 when she published the first book in the series! The Fault in our Stars by John Green (and all John Green books) because he is a genius, it makes you laugh and cry, I never get sick of it, I can't stop thinking about it, it rips your heart out and Augustus Waters and Hazel Grace. The Maze Runner by James Dashner because it is such an interesting plot/concept and I just couldn't put it down when I read it. And all the Harry Potter's by J.K Rowling because it is just always there for me, it is perfect, so clever, there are so many small details that J.K has put in there that make it awesome, all the characters are interesting and detailed, every time you read them you find more things, it is such an amazing world she has created and it has taught me so many things.
What do you read for pleasure?
Normally Young Adult Novels, or anything that is fiction.
Who are your favorite authors?
John Green, Veronica Roth, Cassandra Clare, James Dashner, Kate Morton, J.K Rowling +
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle Touch
When did you first start writing?
I have written song lyrics since I was able to write but in year 7 we had an assignment where we had to write a thousand words fictional fantasy story and I found out it was something that I was good at. When I was writing that story I realised how much fun it was and how much I liked making my own little world within words. This was the first time I thought of being the one who actually wrote the book and not just the person reading it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Watching movies, reading, doing school work, drawing, painting, singing and playing video games
Describe your desk
It is made of dark wood, I think Mahogany, it is very long, there is a bed over the top of it as it is a loft, there is a lot of scratches on it, spilt nail polish, marks from the bottom of a cup and there are drawers under the desk on the far left and right sides with nothing in the middle. As for whats on the desk: I have a small television on one side with a playstation, I always have a bag of mints sitting somewhere, I have a fish bowl on one side full of small paper origami stars, a box of crayons and a cork board/whiteboard hanging. And in the drawers under the desk there is a box of stationary, a bunch of like 50 CD's, a box of lollies, a drawer for school books and then a bunch of random nick-nacks. Its sort of messy but still clean?
How do you approach cover design?
I like simple cover designs so I usually first play with different colour schemes and when I find one I like I just put the background one colour with a texture and then some text on top and sometimes a small picture or shape under. But the picture will be simple also.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The thought that I can learn so much more about the world and meet people who can teach me things and who can inspire me.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was so cheesy and cringe worthy at points, it was fantasy so of course it was a typical old town with beasts and kings and queens.
Published 2013-09-14.
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