Wednesday, October 26, 2011

~ An Interview with Laura Eno ~

I've recently had the pleasure of featuring a book called Deadly Intent On Chicks In Lit, a blog, where I and five other women feature interesting books to keep the world of literature foremost in the minds of avid readers. You may read my post here:

I thought it would be fun to interview the author of Deadly Intent....Laura Eno!!!!!

Her readers will be glad I did...............

     Laura, when did you start writing and why?

Although I took every English Lit and Composition course I could in college, being a writer never occurred to me. Maybe because I hadn't lost my sanity yet.

I was a silversmith until the economy tanked, then I baked a millionty-two loaves of bread and started gaining weight. That was when the characters started talking to me, so maybe it was an overdose of yeast.

How did you know you were ready to write a novel?

I didn't. I just sat down one day and started writing because a crazy story formed in my head and the characters wouldn't leave me alone. It was sort of like bloodletting. At the end, I had to find all my marbles again. I think a few are still missing.
   Where do you find inspiration to write?
Anything really—dreams, a picture, a single word. My YA fantasy Tempest Child  evolved from the word crossroad. Imagination is a funny thing, not easily defined.
   Do you have a favorite place to go when you write and what does it look like?

Definitely. My lanai. (a patio if you're not in Florida or Hawaii) It has the sound of a waterfall for white noise and I write on a yellow pad with a pencil. Writing longhand first allows me to hear the cadence differently when I transfer it to the computer and make my first corrections.
   How organized are you when you begin a new project, whether it’s a short story or a  novel? Do you outline everything or are you a “panster”?

I'm a panster for short stories but I start with a simple outline for novels—more bullet points actually—then fill it in as ideas hit me, but I'm writing at the same time. Maybe that makes me an outanster…
   What is the one thing that makes you take a project all the way from beginning to end without giving up?

Being ornery. Seriously. I think you can never be a writer without having that kind of drive. It's not a hobby to be set aside. It's a driving force in one's life. A true writer can't NOT write. It comes before eating, talking, showering…certainly before cleaning the house.

   What advice would you give a writer aspiring to be an author?

Just. Do. It. If you have the will, there is a way. Learn the ins and outs of the publishing industry. It's changing fast. Learn to be your own advocate. Read, read, read. Learn the craft. Grow a thick skin. Keep writing. Don't give up.
   What else would you like to share about your writing journey?

It's been a confusing journey at times, full of conflicting advice as I've learned the craft. I've finally figured out how to sort through it, keeping what works for me and discarding what doesn't. It's not a one-size-fits-all world and for a time I lost my voice as I tried to incorporate everything people said. Now I break the rules where I need to. (end of sentence prepositions, anyone?)
   What is one thing that you would love for your readers to know about you?

I have two muses. Jezebel is a playful, only occasionally deadly, creature from the underworld who loves to swim in punch bowls and scare unwary guests at parties. Mr. Fluffy is a human skull who balances Jez's nature by being very serious—aside from his fondness for Harleys.

They are both helping me write my latest YA fantasy, My Enchanted Life, which will be out before Christmas.
.  From the way “Deadly Intent” ended, I only have one more question for you…When will the sequel be ready for release. :-)

I will never say never, but Deadly Intent was sort of an anomaly. While much of my short fiction is humorous horror, my novels are mostly fantasy and romance, both YA and adult. Sorry, Cindy. :-)
Laura, how about giving us five random facts about yourself that will thrill and surprise your readers...............

Five random facts about me –
I don't like vampires—although, I've never personally met one. They might be nice people.

I've had a lifelong fear of ants. (I blame the 1954 movie "Them!")
I'm fascinated by swords and knives of all types.
Being left-handed, I fight with appliances and gadgets frequently.
I love archaeology but don't like digging in the dirt.
Thank you so much for inviting me here, Cindy! If anyone has a question for me, I'll be happy to answer it in the comments.

Laura, it was my pleasure and I know your fans will enjoy hearing from you in this very entertaining interview. I know I have.