Interview with Lauren Himmelreich

What are your five favorite books, and why?
Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr. Seuss, Blubber, by Judy Blume, The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan,The Blind Assassin, by Margaret Atwood, Harry Potter, by JK Rowling. If it hadn't been for Dr. Seuss, I never would have learned how to read, the man was an absolute genius! The other authors I love, which are many more than just the ones I have listed, have taught me how to really love to read! I have learned, through reading their books, how to be a good reader, and how to be a good writer. they have been my University. I feel deeply indebted to these amazing people who put their imaginations and their hearts, and in all truthfulness, a lot of who they are, into what they write. It is such a gift and honor to be able to pick up one of their books and just enjoy it so much!
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything! Whatever happens to peak my interest. When I need a break from getting too involved with the characters I write about, or need to get a bit of a breather from the whole intensity of writing, I usually read something that has nothing to do with what's going on in my head. A good gardening book or gardening magazine usually does the trick.
Describe your desk
A shared family computer station, my husband made it out of the leftover oak in the shop when we were newly weds and he used to work as a cabinet maker. We've been married almost 21 years, and never got a new one! There are usually little toy cars and candy wrappers strewn around the desk, which I always have to clear before I start to write. I like a clean clear surface so I can focus.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Calgary Alberta, Canada, but I was born in Manaus, Amazon, Brazil, and did a little growing up there as well. Having been born and raised for part of my life in a totally different country, and then having had the experience of moving to Canada, as well as all the other experiences in my life, has definitely had a profound influence on my writing. I never see things just one way. There's never just one way to tell a story with me, I'm always looking for a way to tell a story that will be understood by anyone, from anywhere. I think the way I describe things, and the characters in my stories has a lot more "flavor" to it, than maybe someone who's only ever really had one main perspective on things. i add a lot of personal experiences and memories into my writing.
When did you first start writing?
Probably, as soon as I knew how to write. I've always had stories in my head, always.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, called Finding You, is about a woman who finds out after the death of her father that she has a half brother. It's an emotional journey about not only discovering a long lost brother, but also coming to terms with the relationship she had with her father and her mother, and how all of those relationships intersect and influence who she is.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I just want to write. Writing makes me happy, it frees my mind and it heals my soul. I don't want to spend the rest of my life 'waiting' for somebody else to give me approval to write and publish. I really don't care if my manuscript doesn't "meet their publishing needs at this time" and that they "wish me every success in finding the right publisher for my work." I just want to write what I need to write and put it out there for people to enjoy.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I think the greatest way they have contributed to my success, is by helping me to just get what I write published. This is a very empowering thing. Now my focus is just on writing more stories, rather than being held back by the fear of not finding a publisher. That to me, is real success, not how much money have I made, or how many people know my name, but to have the ability to just write and share it with others.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing has been a healing balm in my life. I'm not much of a talker, I find I can express myself much better in writing. It is my real voice. The greatest joy of writing, is to be able to express my thoughts and share the deepest parts of my heart with kindred spirits.
What do your fans mean to you?
well, I have no fans that I know of, but if i did, they would mean everything to me! I imagine they would probably be the kind of people who I would want to spend time with and be fortunate enough to call my friends.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My husband and my six kids! You don't need much more than that for inspiration right? Duty calls!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Always with my family, or in my garden. I really love to play in the dirt!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don't remember the FIRST story I ever wrote, but I do remember some of the first stories I wrote when I was about twelve years old. One was about a girl who died of some obscure disease, it was very sad and dramatic of course. Then there was another one about a group of friends who discovered that two people from their circle of friends were actually aliens! I was being heavily influenced by the work of Orson Wells at the time.
What is your writing process?
If no one has kept me up too late into the night, then I try to wake up before the rush of the day begins, and work on my writing. Otherwise, whenever I can squeeze it in. I usually write to music. The type of music depends on the mood of the story.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Murmel,Murmel,Murmel, by Robert Munsch. My 2nd grade teacher read it to us, and the following week robert Munsch actually visited our school, and read his stories to us, complete with sound effects and awesome facial expressions! I was so amazed by him, and by his enthusiastic story telling, that later on when I threw up at recess from spinning too long and too fast on the tire swing and was being driven home by my dad, I didn't even care! All I could talk about was meeting Robert Munsch and how fantastic his stories were! Somewhere in my heart, before my mind could even comprehend it, I knew I wanted to be a writer.
Published 2017-11-01.
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