Laura McVey is a university graduate with a minor in history, though neither of these things seem to have done her any good yet. She writes stories about heroes and kissing.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Well for starters, I didn't think the story I was telling with Sherwood Forest would fit with a traditional publisher. With traditional publishing, you tend to either publish standalone short stories or full-length books- that doesn't leave a lot of room for serialized novels like the kind I'm publishing here. But besides that, I have a lot of respect for the way indie publishing allows for a kind of freedom that traditional publishing still doesn't. Traditional publishing is market-driven- it has to be- and that means that often stories that publishers think won't sell never see the light of day. With indie publishing, that decision is entirely up to the author and the readers. Will indie books still flop? Of course, but they're getting a better chance than they would have ten years ago.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me, writing-and storytelling in general-is a way of looking at the world a little differently, imagining ways in which things could change. It could be a small change, like two people falling in love, or it could be a big one like the overthrow of a corrupt government. But whatever it is, is allows writers and readers to look towards something different- and maybe something better.
When a plague sweeps Nottingham, the outlaws are called upon to help as the town descends into anarchy. Meanwhile, disaster falls on the rebels, and a personal tragedy pulls Cecily's loyalty between the castle and her family.
When two bodies are found in Sherwood Forest, the Sheriff casts the blame on Robin, but the townspeople suspect otherwise. Meanwhile, Bess struggles with her father's role in the rebellion, and Allan begins his new job.
When a Nottingham villager stumbles across the outlaws' camp, Robin is challenged to find a new way to help his people. Meanwhile, the town innkeeper's daughter is romanced by a travelling minstrel, much to her father's disapproval.
When Robin of Locksley returned to England after fighting in the Crusades, he expected a quiet homecoming. He did not expect to find his home burned and his family kidnapped by the Sheriff of Nottingham- but now that he has, he must battle to save his people from the treacherous Sheriff.