Laurene Bobb-Semple


If you’re anything like me, you’re usually curious about the person behind a book you’ve read, or plan on reading, so I thought I’d share a little about me.

I was born in London, England, and have lived there my whole life. I currently work full time – no easy feat when trying to pursue other passions, which I am learning the hard, but hopefully rewarding way!

My greatest passions are, of course, writing, reading, listening to music, travelling the world, shopping and spending quality time with my family and friends. Oh, I almost forgot, I support Arsenal… the only team in North London, haha!

My other interests include, dining out. Gosh! You would not believe how much I love food. My favourite is… that’s a tough choice, I can never really choose between Indian or Mexican cuisine. Still it’s usually washed down with a cocktail, or three:) I also enjoy dancing, visiting the theatre, movies and I’m a feline lover and have a beautiful cat, Jasmine. I’ll introduce you to her one day.

So with a full-time job and an active social life, where did I find the time to write? Well, Chasing Happy which is the first book in the Chasing Happy trilogy was not meant to be published (I’ll get to that in a few), writing it was just a bit of fun and I stopped and started over a four year period then one day I decided to finish it, plus it was only ever meant to be one book.

But as I added new characters, they became central to the plot and the ending (no spoiler alert here), and I knew I had to write a sequel, Chasing Dreams, which I actually started before I’d even finished Chasing Happy. That became so long that it, too, had to be split and Beyond the Chase (working title) was born.

During this time, members of my family and my friends read ‘Chasing Happy,’ and told me how much they enjoyed it and loved the characters and encouraged me to publish it. I decided to pursue releasing it officially, and now it’s here!

It has been a long journey getting to this point, where I’m finally ready to share it with the world. I have kept it so close to my heart for a very long time.

However, I’m extremely excited, nervous and scared, but fingers, eyes and toes crossed, you will like it and fall in love with the characters the way I and others have. If that’s the one thing I accomplish out of this, I will be very proud!

Smashwords Interview

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.
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Where to find Laurene Bobb-Semple online

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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.

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