Welcome to the fourth AOTM post!
I’d like to welcome this month’s featured author, Laura Howard!
She has graciously donated a couple copies of her books that you can win! To enter the giveaway, click HERE!
Now, without further ado, let me introduce…Laura Howard!!!
10 Questions with Laura Howard
1. Can you tell us about yourself and what made you decide to go into writing?
I’m a stay home Mom to four kids. I write when I can, and read as much as possible. We live in small town New Hampshire in an old farmhouse where we sometimes see deer eating apples outside our dining room window.
I’ve been the writing type as long as I can remember. Whether it was making up little stories as a kid, or writing in my diary, I’ve always had the itch to put words on the page.
2. Do you feel that new technology has helped or hurt new authors? Why?
Absolutely helped authors! The ability to connect with readers is incredible. I sell only a handful of each of my books in paperback, but ebooks are inexpensive and easy for readers to get the story instantly!
3. What’s your favorite book that you have written and why?
I don’t think I have a favorite. My trilogy is one long story, so it’s hard to pick a favorite.
4. What’s your favorite food? (Inquiring minds want to know! 😉 )
I am a chocoholic. I find myself thinking about chocolate in almost every form (NOT Tootsie Rolls), at least once per day.
5. How old were you when you wrote your first book?
In the seventh grade, I wrote an alternate version of Tom Sawyer set in modern day. I guess it could be considered Fan Fiction haha.
6. What’s your favorite book that you have ever read?
Another tricky one! I have lots of favorites, I’ve loved the Mortal Instrument books, the Twilight Books, everything by Holly Black,the Outlander series, the Sevenwaters series… I could go on and on.
7. Are you currently working on a book? If so, can you give us any juicy details? 🙂
I’m writing a contemporary New Adult called Belong to Me. It’s about childhood best friends who are brought together because of a tragedy and how they are able to help each other heal.
8. On days when you are not reading or writing, what are you doing?
Those days don’t really happen…I try to read and write at least a little each day.
9. Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how have you gotten past it?
Absolutely. I consider writer’s block a lack of clarity. When I feel blocked, I write random thoughts in a blank document to get my brain flowing. I always feel better and more creative after clearing the pipeline.
10. Do you have any tips for budding writers?
Something I wish I had done was just write more and worry about what other authors were doing less. A new book is the best promotion tool you have. No amount of marketing or social media has the power of putting more work out there. It’s something you have to figure out on your own, but it’s inevitable.