Believe in Me, Ballantine Books, Contemporary, Release Date: 1/18/2011
Please tell us your latest news!
I'm just wrapping up the final story in my Rosewood Trilogy. It's entitled Trouble Me, and it's Jade's story. She's Jordan and Margot's little sister and a bit of a trouble-magnet. I had a great time writing her story and having the chance to bring Margot and Jordan into it. I'm going to miss spending my days thinking about the Radcliffe sisters and the guys they love.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Not really. I truly enjoyed writing Jordan's story because she represents a new kind of heroine for me: she's someone who's been horribly hurt in a relationship and has to find the courage to take another chance on love. For some reason the scenes in Believe in Me just clicked. I hope my readers will thinks so, too!
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I have lots of different authors I love. If I had to pick a favorite though, it would be Jane Austen. In terms of romance writers, let me give you a partial list: Nora Roberts, Anne Stuart, Linda Howard, Jennifer Crusie...I admire them because they do all the things I'd love to do better in my own writing. I'm in awe of Nora Roberts' ability to create such strong and convincing friendships between her characters; I can never resist Anne Stuart's bad boys (she does such good riffs on Heathcliff); Linda Howard has some pretty amazing alpha males as well and is slyly funny; and I love Crusie for her great dialogue. Those are just a few names off the top of my head. I could go on and on...
Do you see writing as a career?
Absolutely, and an incredibly demanding one at that! The more I learn about writing and the more I learn about the publishing industry, the luckier I feel to be able to say I have a career as a writer, let alone a published one. In addition to the difficulty of getting published, writing's something you really have to love doing, because for every great page you write, there are just as many where the story seems flat, your characters seem like idiots, and everything's just blah, blah, blah...
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I'm one of the few writers I know who hasn't always wanted to write--probably because a lot of members of my family have various writing careers and I saw firsthand how unglamorous and difficult it is. Instead, I wanted to do things like be a race car driver, a competitive rider, or a marine biologist. But then I got interested in art history and after that, art education. It was while I was in graduate school that I began I writing a story in a notebook that I carried around. I quickly realized I was writing a romance. Much to my surprise I also realized I was having a blast doing it. Then for my birthday my husband bought me a laptop, and soon the story I'd penned during some of my less than scintillating art education classes became my first novel, Ride a Dark Horse.
How does your family feel about having a writer in the family? Do they read your books?
I'm incredibly lucky. Everyone in my family is fantastic and supportive about my writing career. They not only read my books but also drafts of my work-in-progress and offer comments (my husband's terrific at catching grammar mistakes). I even get them to attend book signings and suffer the embarrassment of being identified as my relatives.
Do you write full time? What did you do before you became a writer? Or Still do?
When I lived in New York City and later outside of Chicago I gave gallery lectures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and at the Art Institute, both wonderful experiences. Right now, I write part-time and teach English as an adjunct instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design. Although it's hard to get a lot of writing done during the semester, I love teaching literature and being among bright, creative students. It's also a good balance to the solitary slog of getting words onto a page, where the only talking I do is inside my head. Too much of that and I start to feel like Jack Nicholson in The Shining.
What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?
I do a bit of both. I typically write an outline for my editor that's part plot summary, part character analysis, and then basically go from there. This approach seems to work best for me.
Do you have a favorite object that is pertinent to your writing? If so what is it and please describe it.
I really like to be next to my dog when I write. We've had Labradors for as long as I've been writing and for a while we had two males who would lie by my feet while I wrote. Both Marlowe and Spencer died but last spring we got a new puppy, Hardy. He's already figured out where he should be when I sit down at the computer. You can see photos of them all on my website (www.lauramoorebooks.com).
In addition to my canine companion, I need several cups of coffee, and when I get down to my deadline (or past it) vast quantities of chocolate are essential.
Do you have a ritual when it comes to writing? Example..get coffee, blanket, paper, pen and a comfy place
I like to work in the mornings so my ritual goes pretty much as follows: first I walk my dog. It helps clear my head of cobwebs and makes me feel less guilty about the hours he'll be lying by my feet once I turn on the computer. When we get back home from the walk, I run down to the basement and start a load of laundry (because there's always laundry to be done at my house). Then I pour a cup of coffee and sit down at the dining room table, open my laptop and pray that I can fill that blank screen with some good scenes.
What main genre do you write in?
Thanks so much for letting me do this interview. I hope you Night Owl Romance readers enjoy Believe in Me. Please write and let me know what you think. I love hearing from you.
Wishing you all a great 2011!