Check out this author spotlight for Laura Drake!
You can find all her links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out her books!
1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!
Laura Drake is a New York and self-published published author of Women’s Fiction and Romance. Her debut, The Sweet Spot, was a double-finalist, then won the 2014 Romance Writers of America® RITA® award. She’s since published 12 more books.
Laura is a city girl who never grew out of her tomboy ways, or a serious cowboy crush. She gave up the corporate CFO gig to write full time. She realized a lifelong dream of becoming a Texan and is currently working on her accent. She’s a wife, grandmother, and motorcycle chick in the remaining waking hours.
2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 (or more!) of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!
Winter, spring, summer or autumn? Autumn – colors, leaves falling, hot chocolate…sigh.
Cat or dog? Both!
Tea or coffee? Coffee, coffee, coffee. Drink like 8 cups a day
Morning or evening? WAY morning – get up at 3 am.
Library or museums? Both!
Hunter or gatherer? Does hunting meat in grocery stores count? I couldn’t kill anything…
Witches or wizards? Neither
Ninjas or pirates? Pirate! Arrrrgh!
Mountains or beaches? Both! Anything outdoors.
Plotter or pantser? Total Pantser
Pen and paper or computer/phone? Desktop computer
Standalone or series? Both!
Book or ebook? Shocks me to say this, but ebook.
Hero or anti-hero? Both!
3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?
Emotional. I’m fascinated by the human condition.
4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!
I write Women’s Fiction and romance. My WF, The Road to Me is comes out April 19, and I can’t wait to get it in readers’ hands! In my spare time, I fish, knit, right and wait on my husband and 2 spoiled cat.
5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!
Here’s the blurb:
Jacqueline Oliver is an indie perfumer, trying to bury her ravaged childhood by shoveling ground under her own feet. Then she gets a call she dreads—the hippie grandmother she bitterly resents was apprehended when police busted a charlatan shaman’s sweat lodge. Others scattered, but Nellie was slowed by her walker, and the fact that she was wearing nothing but a few Mardi-Gras beads. Jacqueline is her only kin, so like it or not, she’s responsible.
Despite being late developing next year’s scent, she drops everything to travel to Arizona and pick up her free-range grandma. But the Universe conspires to set them on a Route 66 road trip together. What Jacqueline discovers out there could not only heal the scars of her childhood but open her to a brighter future.
6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!
My main inspiratioin for the story are my own experiences – my husband and I have travelled the west for over 200,000 miles on motorcycles! I love reading WF, and aspire to be as good as Barbara O’Neal and Charles Martin, to name a few.
7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!
Oh wow, it’s very strange. I get up at 3 am every morning, do social media until I have enough coffee onboard to think, then start writing. I started the habit when I was working, getting up 2 hours early to write before I had to get ready for work. Now, it’s just habit. But I’ll tell you, I’m a drag at parties – I’m in bed by 8 pm!
8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to becoming an author, what would it be?
Relax and enjoy the journey and the process. Don’t be in such a hurry to sell. This is the only time you’ll have to just PLAY!
9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!