THIS IS MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR LAINY BRADSHAW! THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO INTERVIEW WITH ME!!!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
I suppose contemporary romance would be closest, although maybe YA.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
My first novel just sort of happened. I started writing and four months later, From Solitude was born. I have to say, most of my books start with a character idea. I do find inspiration from anywhere though, even shock headlines from trashy mags..
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I never intended to write romance. When I started From Solitude, it was going to be a paranormal/fantasy novel but I naturally fell into the romance genre.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I generally have a VERY basic idea of the beginning, middle and end. I rarely know the details until I write, so tend to research on the fly.
Can you tell me about your Series?
The Ghosts of the Past series(From Solitude and Shadows Past) is basically about love, forgiveness and acceptance, I suppose.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
I get inspiration from any and everywhere.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Really mainly police procedures, some bible quotes and ceremonies, some pagan tradition(more of that in the prequel though) and some medical procedures.
Was it always meant to become a series?
No, I only wrote From Solitude to prove to myself I could write a book.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I have a ‘day-job’ so I dont write all day but I do try to write something every day
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I have serveral. I find that when I get writers block, if I write something else that can help. I’m working on a prequel/spin-off series for the Ghosts of the Past. Also two more in the Midnight Tigers series as well as a new novel called Millenius.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names
I suppose ‘Faith and Cain’(from Blind Faith) are the only two that I wanted specific names for, but not really for any particular meaning, I cant say I do. I just go for the sound of the name and how it works with the story
Where do your ideas come from?
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
I hate write the second half of a novel.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I do like them and I think they can help bring a book to life. I have teasers but no, I dont have trailers so far but I am considering them in the future
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Finishing From Solitude, just to be able to say ‘I’ve written a book and it’s been published’ was the best feeling
What’s the best thing about being an author?
I’ve met some amazing people who I would never have crossed paths with without writing.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I would love to be a full-time writer
Have you always liked to write?
I always have and used to write a lot at school but life got in the way and I stopped for many years.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Read-a lot and write but write FOR YOU. Write what you like to read.. That’s it.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
My second favouite thing is photography. So I guess that would be my next choice
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I never respond. I read all of them and use the comments as constructive criticism and use it to try and improve. However, you can never please everyone so no point in getting upset
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
I HATE writing blurbs and synopses…oh and titles!!
What are you working on now?
Several, a couple of sequels and something new
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress? Sure, this is the opening few lines from the prologue of The
Midnight Tigers, volume 3 – Jonah.(this is totally unedited and still the first draft)
‘Jonah King always knew he was different, he was always in trouble, for letting the beat in his head reach his hands. Drumming, or music of any kind was not just frowned upon, it was down-right banned. He was always being made to confess his sin at church, not really understanding how tapping a beat onto a table or a box was sinful but it was. However, it was nowhere near as sinful as his other desires. He would sneak out, when the house was asleep and lay naked in the moonlight, where he would find pleasure in his own body, knowing he was sinning. He couldn’t see why, even when he had counselling from the community elders telling him otherwise. He loved touching his body, looking at it. Already muscled and toned from the farm work he was occupied in since he was fourteen. No mirrors around, they were frowned on, so he would use the reflective surface of the creek that ran through his parent’s farm. He would watch his peers, the girls, and the boys, wishing their clothing would show more of the developing bodies underneath. Of all his friends, it was the twins, blonde-haired and blue eyed angels that were to be his ultimate fall from grace.’
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I originally wanted to write fantasy but it seems I’ much better at romance.
Where did your love of books come from?
I have been reading for as long as I can remember. The book that sparked my complete love of reading was The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
Well, the Narnia chronicles of course. Totally love the Harry Potter books and I think Terry Pratchett was a complete genius.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
I will always have a soft spot for Jacob Riley, he was the first character I created and he’s such a gentle man, with a good and kind heart(plus he’s hot…lol). That’s a really hard question. I like all my characters but I don’t know if I could pick a favourite.
Where can readers go to discover more about you and your books?
I have a website http://www.lainybradshaw.com and I’m all over social media and I love chatting to people.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both! When I’m in the ‘zone’ I feel like I could write forever but as soon as I stop I am totally wiped out.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Social media! I get carried away on facebook!!
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I just write what I like to read. If I don’t like it, you wont see it. I don’t think trying to write to a formula is a good idea. I think its important to try and keep things fresh.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I’m with an amazing publisher called Bella Tulip and all the authors within the various imprints are on my friends list, so I’m privileged to be friends with some incredible talent. We have a fantastic community in that group and we constantly encourage and hel peach other.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
“What would you like to drink?” – to which “A margarita would be awesome, thanks” LOL.
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