Interview with: Laura Brown [thatgrrl]
What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
I don't remember what I first read. The books that haunt me from childhood are 'We Have Always Lived in the Castle' by Shirley Jackson and one about a ghost named Miranda. I began to write as a kid, as soon as I was able to form sentences. I've kept journals I wrote since I was 4 years old. My family were the first to read what I wrote.
What is your favorite genre? Can you provide a link to a site where we can read some of your work or learn something about it?
Right now I am reading a lot of paranormal romance, urban fantasy. I've given myself the goal of writing one for Harlequin, one of their series. But it is not available to be read anywhere. My daily posts about writing and such are on http://wordgrrls.com
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
Chaos, basically. Right now I'm working on the 500 word plan. Write 500 a day then stop, even in the middle of a sentence and don't get back to it until the next day.
What type of reading inspires you to write?
Anything that has strong writing, the kind that you get so deep into you forget you're reading something written at all. It just seems to be taking on a life of it's own. I also really like reading something that doesn't forget life is funny, crazy and should never be taken so seriously that we smother ourselves with the weight of it all. Great ideas and new things inspire me to write, I write every day.
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
A beginning, a middle and an end. Which is why poetry is so over my head most of the time.
What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
It doesn't matter. The writing itself makes more of an impression on me. Some people can't pull of the basic plan of showing not telling. That is what spoils a story for me.
What well known writers do you admire most?
Those who have published a second time, gotten the first done and then had the balls to do it a second time and do it well. Shirley Jackson will always be special to me.
What is required for a character to be believable? How do you create yours?
They must be imperfect. Mine evolve as I write the story. I have to go back and fix things to make sense when I'm finally done.
Are you equally good at telling stories orally?
No! My brain tries to work faster than my mouth and I get it all bungled up.
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
The future. No one person just people in time ahead of where I am now. That could be a day ahead, a year ahead, just the future sort of anonymous and in need of filling.
Is writing a form of personal therapy? Are internal conflicts a creative force?
I've written when I needed to. But I kept that to myself or have long since deleted it, never to be seen again.
Does reader feed-back help you?
I get some feedback in my blog. It's nice but too unscheduled and unpredictable to be there when I really need it.
Do you participate in competitions? Have you received any awards?
I came in second place in an erotic writing competition once. I don't enter competitions really.
Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?
No. Who do you really trust that much?
Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
My voice changes as I grow and evolve and learn new things.
What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
I'm not very good at that part.
What do you surround yourself with in your work area in order to help your concentrate?
Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?
I never use my printer. I love having the computer to write with, especially since word processing became so simple and effective.
What sites do you frequent on-line to share experiences or information?
Twitter is the one I most like these days.
What has been your experience with publishers?
Good. I haven't had a book out yet but I've only been rejected once by a publisher actually. I'm sure the ratio will change once I start trying to find a place for my book.
What are you working on now?
Weblogs and sites, copywriting. A paranormal romance/ urban fantasy as a longer term goal.
What do you recommend I do with all those things I wrote years ago but have never been able to bring myself to show anyone?
Keep your old copy for sentimental reasons and to have a clean copy of your original. Then rewrite them all based on who you are now and things you have learned.