MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR LAURA GREENWOOD!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Hi I’m Laura Greenwood. Genre…now there’s a tricky one. The vast majority of my books are paranormal. Some of them are reverse harem, and some are contemporary. I may have also experimented a bit with steampunk and dystopia…basically, romance. I write romance.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
Oh…for this I need to pick a book I guess! One of my works in progress is called Tea Day, I’m actually working on it with 4 other authors (Skye MacKinnon, Arizona Tape, Bea Paige and Gina Wynn – all have super amazing books I’d recommend!) It came about because Skye had a milk crisis at work and we pretty much ended up chatting about how that would be the fall of the UK if we couldn’t drink tea (four of us are British, the other is European) and a story was born. At first it was meant just to be funny but it kind of decided it had to have a plot. And here we are a third of the way in!
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
In romance? I guess I’ve always liked my books to have that little bit of romance. I like creating worlds and worldbuilding too, which is why I lean more towards paranormal and fantasy – my contemporary is more for a bit of lighthearted fun and steam.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
A lot of research goes into the Seven Wardens series which I write with Skye MacKinnon. It’s full of Celtic and Scottish mythology which means stopping writing every so often and going on a hunt for information about a weird and wonderful creature. We also get a little over excited about them all and have custom drawings done for the insides of the Seven Wardens books…it makes the paperbacks super pretty!
Can you tell me about your Series?
My completed Ashryn Barker Trilogy is all about a vampire hunter who accidentally gets turned into a vampire and learns that life isn’t quite what she thinks it is. There’s a lot of tension and adventure and the third book gets a little darker.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
I refuse to pick! It’s like picking a favourite child!
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
Inspiration comes from everywhere! Myths, legends, chats with friends (those normally turn into co-writes), dreams…I don’t think I’m ever not thinking about concepts and stories.
Was it always meant to become a series?
No. A lot of my books were never intended to be a series. A lot of the heroines insisted. In one case, two of my friends ganged up on me and made me turn one into a trilogy. I love them dearly for it.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I tend to do all my admin stuff first and then start writing. But really it depends on the day. I used to set daily writing goals but then some personal issues prevented me from hitting it a couple of times – which made me feel worse, so I stopped.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
Oh now there is a question! I’m currently working on seven or eight different projects:
- Reigning Eira (Fated Seasons: Winter #2)
- Fae Blessed (Blessed #1)
- Con With Me (Me #2)
- Kneel For Me (Me #3) which will be in the Royal and Reckless Boxed Set
- Beneath the Earth (Seven Wardens #3) with Skye MacKinnon
- Torn Soul (Dragon Soul #2) with Arizona Tape
- Pandora’s Pain (Harem of Misery #1) with A.K. Koonce
- Tea Day with Skye MacKinnon, Arizona Tape, Bea Paige & Gina Wynn
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
This really depends for me. Sometimes, my characters just decide on a name themselves (Macey, Amara, Ashryn), other times I pick them for a reason (Eira means snow – she’s a descendent of Jack Frost. Xylia means from the woods, she’s a dryad).
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The hardest part is not getting distracted by the seemingly hundreds of thing that need doing when you’re an author – take today for example. I’ve not actually written much yet. But I’ve been creating teasers, filling in interviews, sorting out my ARC team, submitting books for promos, ordering a cover…it’s a never ending list!
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I don’t have one. I don’t know if they work or not, but for the moment I do feel my marketing budget is best spent elsewhere – it’s a thing for the future!
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Oooh this is a tough one. Waking up on Christmas morning to find out my co-author and I had become Amazon Bestsellers in a major category was pretty amazing. But actually…still being here. There are times when being an author is stressful.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
So many things! I love being able to interact with readers, hearing their thoughts, playing silly games and more. And having my people around me: the four authors I talk to daily are some of the best people I’ve ever met and I’d be nowhere without them. Plus, being able to get my words out there and people love my characters like I do.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully with a wall covered in cover art! And writing even more words than now.
Have you always liked to write?
Yes! When I was a child I’d write very short stories about my stuffed animals. Thankfully the subject matter has changed a little.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
It’s okay to make mistakes so long as you learn from them. It’s better to try, fail and learn so you improve next time, than never try at all. Also your cover is important. Make sure it reflects your genre.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
Ohhh that’s a good question…some kind of marketing I think.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I do, yes, but not as much as I used to, mostly because having thirty plus titles, it’s almost impossible to keep track of each one. I don’t normally respond unless someone tags me in a review on Facebook, then I thank them for reading and reviewing. Bad reviews…I lament a little to my author friends, then leave it at that. Bad reviews happen, if I didn’t get any at all then I’d be doing something wrong.
What are you working on now?
A lot of sequels it seems! As well as a few first in series…but I’m not supposed to be working on those so it’s a secret.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
Outside of the authors I’m friends with, it’s the likes of Brandon Sanderson and J.K. Rowling I’m a particular fan of.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
I refuse to answer this! There’d be an actual riot in my head. They really wouldn’t like me picking!
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both, either, it honestly depends how it’s going.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Covers! I love covers. It’s getting to be a problem!
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Neither really. I tell the story my characters want, then worry about the rest of it. I find it hits most reader expectations though as I’ve read so much that those things become a little instinctive.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Some of my best friends are authors. I speak with Skye MacKinnon, Arizona Tape, Bea Paige and Gina Wynn daily. They’ve helped me in so many ways even before it comes to writing and craft. They’ve helped me get better by writing with me, sprinting with me (writing in short concentrated bursts), picking out teasers, alpha reading my work, and in Gina’s case, teaching me grammar rules (she’s a trained editor and she is a seriously amazing teacher).
Where can your fans find you and follow??
You can stalk me here:
Facebook Group: http://facebook.com/groups/theparanormalcouncil
Facebook Page: http://facebook.com/authorlauragreenwood
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️