Interview with Lauren Marie

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Being that I'm still new to the book market, I still have a day job. When I'm not working on that job or writing, I work out in the yard on nice days. I love cooking and other indoor chores, such as sewing. I read anything I can get my hands on. Just lately a friend has gotten me into line dancing. I have left - right issues, so as long as I don't crash into anyone, it is fun.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I was in junior high school. I wrote about a girl running away from home in Oklahoma. She ends up in New York and becomes a radio disc-jockey. After ten years she goes home to reconcile with her family and finds out her younger sister has married the man of her dreams. The one thing I really remember about that story was the girl was driving an Audi Fox. Don't ask me why that was so important, but I did love those cars.
What is your writing process?
First, I try to outline the story from beginning to end. Even though I know I'll change a lot of the basic story from there, it gives me a general idea of how the story should flow. I then start writing out the story in long hand. It's usually three small note books long, with a lot of scratch outs, miss-spelled words and words I can't even read. Then I spend a couple of weekends putting it into the computer to start the editing and adding process.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Anything by Jane Austen
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson
Anything by Sherman Alexi
Anything by Karen Moning
It's hard to list just five though. I have so many favorites
What do you read for pleasure?
Romance - paranormal, time travel, historical. I'm also a history buff and love to read about different times. I love a good thriller and suspense.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle, but it is the first device I've had so I don't really have anything to compare it to.
Describe your desk
It's a mess with notebooks piled on one side and, oh look, more notes on the other. There's a pencil jar and a lamp.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Boulder, Colorado, but we moved to Las Vegas, Nevada when I was three when my father got a job teaching at the university. I'm not sure Las Vegas influenced my writing so much. I have an older sister who was going university to be an English professor and I remember the work she did writing thesis and dissertation to get her degree. She and my brother influenced what I was reading and watching on television at the time. I think because I wanted to be like them, I started writing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My next story is a re-incarnation story. The heroine has been having progressive dreams since she was a child, but they are about someone growing up in a different time. When she becomes an adult, the dreams grow with her and the person in her dream meets a wonderful man, falls in love and starts planning their marriage. The heroine has one final dream and the couple from the past are murdered on their wedding night. She then meets the man from her dreams of the past and discovers he, too, has been having the same type of dreams only from the mans prospective. It's a story I've been working on for over twenty years, I've changed the names and their jobs so many times, I still get confused, but it's a basic story.
Published 2013-09-24.
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