In this newspaper issue of Book Addicts I reviewed a book by Laura Scott called Lawman In Charge. I was able to connect with Laura and do an interview with her and know you’ll enjoy reading about her:
1. Tell us about yourself.
I’m the oldest of four children and we grew up in a middle class household. I’ve always loved writing, but my father wanted me to have a career where I would always have a job (the starving artist idea did not work for him) so I volunteered as a candy striper at a nursing home and absolutely loved doing arts and crafts with the residents there. So I decided to become a nurse and thankfully for me, that career was a very good fit. It wasn’t easy though, as my dad lost his job when I was a senior in high school so I had to pay my own way, working three jobs to get through school. I was often on probation because of my grades, but thankfully I managed to pass state boards and enjoyed a wonderful career as a critical care nurse.
2. How did you find your way to being an author?
As I mentioned, I always loved writing, wrote my first YA book when I was thirteen (it was terrible) and then wrote my first romance when I was 17 (and that too, was terrible!). I let my dream of writing go to the wayside as I focused on my critical care/trauma nursing career. I met my husband, fell in love (he proposed after three weeks!) and got married. We had two children and after I finished earning my BSN and my MBA I decided it was time to go back to my dream of being an author. Thankfully, I managed to sell a book to Harlequin Love Inspired and am thrilled to be living my dream.
3. How did you draw on your experience as a trauma nurse, to help you write this book?
I have always loved CSI types of shows and being a trauma nurse there were little tidbits we learned, such as not to wash a victim’s hands, but to wrap them in paper bags (not plastic) to preserve any evidence. Unfortunately, with being the only level one trauma center in Milwaukee we saw a lot of victims of crimes. A nursing friend of mine was also a cop so she also gave me some insight as to what goes into solving crimes. There were times I wish I could have been a cop because I always wanted to help bring the perpetrator to justice.
I want to add though, that my teenage son went through some very rough times, so this book was helpful to me as Luke’s son Sam helped me to work through some of those tough times. I don’t think I’ve ever prayed so hard as I did during those trying years. I’m happy to say, my son has turned his life around and is starting college this fall.
4. As you’re aware, except for a few notable exceptions, Christian romance does not have the popularity of mainstream fiction, so why did you choose this genre?
I grew up reading Grace Livingston Hill books and always loved a strong faith story. But at the same time, I really love suspense. I didn’t think the two could really go together well until they started this new Love Inspired Suspense line. It was like a huge light bulb went off in my head and I knew that this was the perfect genre for me. I know these books might not have the same level of popularity but I will say my readers are the best and often write to me through my website. I’m so honored to be a part of this line.
5. With the advent of e-books and indie companies, there are many more opportunities for the aspiring writer. What is your thoughts on this phenomenon?
I have to say, I’ve really considered going out on my own at times. But truthfully, I still work full time so I’m not sure that I would have time to do all the marketing that’s required to make a go of it with the indie world. However, I’m going on record as saying that I am still seriously considering it. The only other part of me that is nervous is that I’m not nearly as techy as I’d like to be. The thought of uploading my own stories is daunting! I’m in awe of the people who can make this work. These indie authors are truly pioneers!
6. What advice would you give an unpublished writer in choosing a publisher?
There is no perfect publisher out there. Having an actual book to hold in my hand is very nice, but I can see that the way e-books have exploded, the publishing future is likely going to see less and less print books and far more e-books. I think indie authors can make a go of it, but I also think having some name recognition is important too, either from lots and lots of marketing or from first getting published by a bigger house. Honestly, these days? Anything goes!
7. What is a normal working day like for you?
I still work a full time day job, so I tend to do more marketing and e-mail author stuff during the week. I will also do line edits or revisions during the weeknights. But I tend to do most of my creative new work on the weekends. I like to have a couple of uninterrupted hours so that I can really get into my story. I’m blessed with the ability to write fairly fast so that I can put out a few new chapters on the weekends and then tweak them during the week.
8. What's the story behind the story? What inspired you to write this book?
As I mentioned earlier, I love CSI stories. And I know readers love to have little kids in a story, but I wanted to do one where there is a teenager struggling. I love to play the “what if” game, and soon I had the idea of a cop hero having his son as a suspect in a murder. From there, the rest of the story just came to me.
9. What do you read in your leisure time?
I like to read either straight romance or romantic suspense. I really enjoy the stories by DiAnn Mills but I have to say, I don’t have as much spare time to read at least, not as much as I’d like!
10. On the Book Addicts blog I recently asked “If you were to be stranded on a deserted island, what three books would you take with you?” Would you give us your choices?
Oh boy, this is hard. The Bible of course would be first. Then maybe The Stand by Stephen King. It’s the best good vs evil book ever. Could I take notebooks for the third choice? Because three books isn’t enough and I’d have to start writing my own stories, LOL!