Welcome to Lauralynn Elliott, this week’s Blog Ring of Power guest. Lauralynn is an independently published author of paranormal and fantasy romance books, as well as some horror. She started the indie journey several years ago and has never regretted it, loving the freedom to publish what she wants when she wants. You will find everything from vampires and ghosts to elves and wizards in her novels and novellas. She enjoys putting a little bit of a different twist on some of the old ideas about our favorite fictional characters.
Lauralynn lives in the southeastern United States with her husband of many years. She has two grown sons whom she adores. Reading, playing computer games, and spending time with friends are some of her favorite activities.
PART 1: ABOUT YOU
How long have you been writing? I’ve actually been writing since I was about 10 years old. I’ve been publishing since 2008.
Tell us about your early works—what was the first thing you ever wrote? The VERY first thing I wrote was a little story about a girl named Angel. I was about 10, and I wrote it all on index cards.
When did you first consider yourself a professional writer? When I published my first book in 2008, A Rocky Path.
What genre do you write? I write mostly paranormal romance and a little bit of horror. I’m currently working on a murder mystery.
If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be? An artist…if I was artistic. LOL
PART 2: THE WRITING LIFE
What is your writing process? Do you follow a regular routine? Do you use pen and paper or computer? Work at home or at the library/Starbucks, etc. I go into my home office to get away from the TV when my husband is watching it. I use the computer because writing it with pen and paper never has made sense to me. There’s no set routine since I have so much other stuff going on.
How do you balance writing with other aspects of your life? It’s very hard. I have a full-time job, plus a job as a proofreader. I have to remember to set aside time for my own writing.
When do you write? I write in the evenings and during the day on Saturdays.
What is the strongest criticism you’ve ever received as an author? The best compliment? The strongest criticism was when a reviewer accused me of stealing a character from a book I hadn’t even read. To me, the best compliment is when someone tells me they had to stay up late reading my book because they couldn’t put it down.
How do you deal with rejection and/or negative reviews? Negative reviews hurt. Especially the nasty ones. But I’ve learned to just forget about them because I realize even the best authors get them.
Is your book in print, ebook or both? Ebook right now, but print is coming soon.
Please let us know where your readers can stalk you:
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lauralynn.elliott
Goodreads author page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3920577.Lauralynn_Elliott
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lauralynnelliot (@lauralynnelliot)
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Lauralynn-Elliott/e/B003OXFFH8
Smashwords Author Page: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/lauralynn
FIRE WIZARD: When an arsonist sets a series of fires hotter than anything the local firefighters have ever seen, Finn McLain becomes the prime suspect. But all he’s trying to do is find out which of his fellow fire wizards is really guilty.
Niki Hansen is a firefighter who rushes into fires to save those trapped inside but always remains unscathed. She wants nothing more than to find out who’s setting these fires that burn everything down to ash, including the bodies of the victims.
When Finn sees Niki, he realizes she may be the first female fire wizard in a century. When she accuses him of setting the fires, he convinces her he’s innocent. But will he be able to convince her to embrace her unique abilities? While they try to find out who’s behind the fires, they end up starting a few fires of their own.
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