MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR LAURA BICKLE
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Hi! I’m Laura Bickle, and I write fantasy. My latest project is the Wildlands series for Harper Voyager, which is a contemporary dark fantasy – weird west mashup.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
WITCH CREEK is the latest installment in the Wildlands series. It follows the adventures of Petra Dee, a geologist working in the back country of Yellowstone with her coyote sidekick. She and her formerly-undead husband, Gabe, are up against a sheriff with a grudge and the carnivorous mermaid he’s just released from her underwater prison.
I’ve always been fascinated with mermaids and alchemy. This book gave me a chance to explore the dark side of mermaids and delve further into the magic of alchemy.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
Several years ago, my husband and I took a trip to the Yellowstone area, and I was enchanted. Everything I saw was larger than life – the mountains, the wildlife, the broad expanse of sky. I knew that there had to be magic in the shadows and the creeks, and I wanted to write about it.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I find that I write best in my office at home. I can’t write in coffee shops or in crowded places in public – they’re too noisy, and there are too many distractions. Here, the primary distraction is whichever cat is demanding to be in my lap at any given time.
When I’m on deadline, I do set up daily writing goals with a calendar. That helps me keep on-track and keep me motivated.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
The next book in the Wildlands series, PHOENIX FALLING, is out February 26. PHOENIX FALLING received a Publishers Weekly starred review, which I’m so thrilled about! Mysterious wildfires are consuming Yellowstone, threatening the town of Temperance. Temperance was founded two hundred years ago by an alchemist, Lascaris. Petra fears that he may have returned from the spirit world to wreak havoc on all his unfinished alchemical projects roaming the backcountry and seize control of the Alchemical Tree of Life. The Alchemist of Temperance is going to arrive on the scene, and the world Petra knows will go up in flames.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The blank page is the most terrifying thing in the universe for me. There are so many ways to mess it up, and it’s intimidating as all get-out. So beginning – beginning a book is the hardest.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
I encourage everyone to try NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month – at least once. It really was a breakthrough for me in terms of productivity. It also taught me that editing as I go is not efficient, and that there is a time and place for that after I have the bones of a book down on paper.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
In an alternate universe, I’m quite sure that I’m a veterinarian. I adore all the animals in my life. They’ve had some very significant health challenges, and I’d like to think that another version of myself decided to go to veterinary school to help them and other critters who need care.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
For the Wildlands series, I think I love Petra’s coyote sidekick, Sig, the most. Sig appeared in Petra’s life with a magical artifact, and he seems to be sticking around because she feeds him lunchmeat. What Petra doesn’t know is that he might actually be the Coyote with a capital C, pursuing his own agenda.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both! There’s a push and pull on the expenditure of energy. Sometimes, I’m burning a lot of energy to get things down on the page, and sometimes I gain energy from what I’m doing, when the momentum is high. There’s an ebb and flow to writing; it’s not always easy.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
My writing Kryptonite is the internet. It has to get turned off for me to make good progress. I fall down research rabbit holes all the time, and I find that I have to schedule specific time for that. Otherwise, I will have spent hours researching nineteenth-century fashion, or what Paracelsus said about quintessence, or how to make a mirror in a pizza oven. And I’ll have three words. So, yeah…I have to really be careful about guarding my time.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
The latest updates on my work are at http://www.laurabickle.com.
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️
Thank you so much for hosting me!