Laurie Breton

Biography

Once upon a time, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, I used to lie in bed at night and make up stories in my head. At the age of eight, seduced by the feel and smell of a fresh sheet of lined writing paper, I began writing them down. Those first stories, heavily influenced by the "Lad" books of Albert Payson Terhune, were usually about the grand and glorious relationship between a dog and its human. But by the time I reached the age of twelve, a curious thing happened to those man/dog relationship stories: I started writing about human relationships instead. Love stories. And although there have been many variations on that theme in the years since, I'm still writing love stories. I can't imagine writing anything else. As a matter of fact, when people ask, as they occasionally do, why I write what I write, I refer them to a well-known quote from the amazing Stephen King: "What makes you think I have a choice?" Yes. Exactly!

Although I now write on a computer, I still find myself unable to resist the siren's call of a new pen and a writing tablet. I collect those pretty little bound journals that I find in Barnes & Noble. The problem is, I never end up writing in them. They're just too perfect and pristine. So they sit on my bookshelf, gathering dust, while I do all my writing at the keyboard. And the next time I'm in a bookstore, and I see another one, with its lovely blank pages and colorful cover...well, let's just say it's an addiction I can't explain!

I've written and published a dozen books, the first three with small publishers; the six that followed were published by MIRA Books, a division of Harlequin Enterprises. My first book for MIRA hit the USA Today bestseller list, and several of my romantic suspense novels also made the Waldenbooks romance bestseller list. These days, I'm self-published, and loving every minute of it. I just finished book number twelve, and I can't wait to dive into the next one!

I've lived my entire life in Maine, although my heart resides in Boston. I must have been born to the wrong parents; I was supposed to be a city girl! But my husband likes it here in Maine, and I like my husband, so there you have it. We have two grown kids, two beautiful grandchildren, and two adorable grand-dogs. Life is good.

When I'm not writing, I can often be found at my easel, painting with acrylics, or shooting sunrises and sunsets with my Canon camera. Day trips to Boston help to keep the writing well filled, and I get most of my story ideas driving around the back roads of Maine.

I love to hear from readers! You can e-mail me at lauriebreton@gmail.com

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I traditionally published six books with a big publisher. When my publisher declined to renew my contract, due to a downsizing of midlist authors, I stopped writing. The voices in my head had stopped talking to me, and nothing came along to fill the void. It was five years before the voices came back. When they did, to my surprise, those voices belonged to Casey Fiore and Rob MacKenzie, from COMING HOME, the first book I'd ever written. I certainly didn't expect to ever be working with those characters again. But I didn't question why they were talking to me, just wrote down what they were saying. Halfway through that book, it occurred to me that since my first two books had been connected, this might just end up as a series. In the five years since my last book, the publishing landscape had changed. Self-publishing was now free, readily available, and no longer carried its previous stigma. I pulled out those first two books, did a little tweaking, and published them as e-books. The response was gratifying, so when I finished the new book, there was no question about whether I'd self-publish. And a series was born!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The answer to this is twofold. During the writing process itself, my greatest joy is when the characters take over and write their own story. This is when I know I'm doing it right. They've never yet led me down the wrong path.

Once the story is published, my greatest joy is connecting with readers who have loved the books. I feel so blessed to know that my books have touched so many hearts. My readers ROCK, and I love every one of them!
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Where to find Laurie Breton online


Where to buy in print


Books

Coming Home: Jackson Falls Book 1
Price: Free! Words: 148,870. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00)
Songwriter Casey Bradley is just eighteen when she marries handsome, charismatic singer Danny Fiore. Together with guitar wizard Rob MacKenzie, she writes the songs that bring Danny fame. But her marriage is troubled, and every time Danny breaks her heart, it's Rob who glues the pieces back together. After a devastating loss, Casey must find herself, and her happy ending, amid the wreckage.

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