Interview with Laurene Bobb-Semple

When did you first start writing?
I used to write stories when i was younger but I never really thought about taking it seriously. I started writing Chasing Happy my first novel when I was 22 and almost ten years later I decided to publish it. It was never my intention to share it with the world so to speak and I put it down for ages and then after about five years i started writing again and since then I haven't stopped! I knew I wanted to write a really good love story and it was only after family members and some of my friends had read it and said it was good i decided to publish it and now here I am!
What's the story behind your latest book?
Chasing Happy is about a young woman's journey to find true love and happiness. She is stuck in a mentally abusive relationship and cant seem to find a way out. She makes a lot of mistakes along the way and out of the blue falls in love with someone who isn't her boyfriend - needless to say her life changes in more ways than one.
What are you working on next?
Chasing Happy is part of a trilogy, Chasing Dreams the second title in the series is being edited now and I am working on finishing the last part of the trilogy - which is still untitled. I am also working on another project which I will share news about soon!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social Media is quite powerful and I think that is probably the best way to get your name out there, I have accounts with the popular social media apps, facebook, instagram, linkedin, twitter. In this day and age i don't think you can successfully market your book without these mediums.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I think the greatest joy of writing is being able to express yourself - your thoughts and your feelings and sharing that with people. Some may relate and some may not but it's nice to know that maybe your words or the way you see things might resonate with other people.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love romance books which is probably why I like to write about romance! i also love the Harry Potter series - which i have read over and over a number of times! It's one of those classic series that you never get bored of!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a tablet and get a lot of the apps you can use to read ebooks on like Kindle and Kobo, however i truly believe you cant beat the smell or the feel of a real book! There is nothing else like it!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Well I actually work full time so I dont get to write as much as i would like, when I am not working or writing I spend my time reading, shopping, spending time with my family and friends and trying to go on as many holidays as I possibly can! I love travelling but it's another thing I don't get to do as much as I would like!
Published 2015-07-02.
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Books by This Author

Rome in a day
Price: Free! Words: 5,820. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Romance » General
Meet Romeo, or Rome, as he likes to be known, one of the main characters of ‘Chasing Happy’. Not featured all the way through the book, he plays a big part in the main protagonist [Kieran’s] life and story. ‘Rome in a Day’ re-tells the story of the two meeting, but his version of events. It gives you further insight into his situation and you’ll learn first-hand how he really feels about Kieran.
Chasing Happy
Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 120,520. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Will Kieran ever escape her controlling boyfriend Darren in her quest for love and happiness? Confused and wanting to be free of her painful past and pitiful present, she goes on holiday and meets Rome, a handsome man who sweeps her off her feet. He is, however, not all he portrays to be and learning the truth leads Kieran on a downward spiral of self-destruction which changes her life forever.