Recently, I had the opportunity to catch up with my friend Laura Beege, author of These Things About Us. Laura and I met last summer when she contacted me to participate in her blog tour for her debut novel! We chatted about self-publishing, books that make us swoon, and were-creatures. Check it out!
Amanda: Hi Laura! Thank you so much for agreeing to do another interview with me. I had so much fun talking to you last summer about your debut book, These Things About Us!
Laura: Hi Amanda! Thank you for having me!
Amanda: What is the best thing that has happened to you since becoming a published author?
Laura: I realize you might want to hear about the writing life and bestseller lists, but the best part has been meeting some of the loveliest people in the world. Seriously. I got to know a bunch of bloggers and writers who are fun and nice and overall completely awesome. And between email chains “Re: Sexy Chocolate Scenes” and more support than anyone could wish for, they overwhelm me every day with their love and friendship.
Amanda: Where do you get ideas for your novels?
Laura: That’s a tough one. Everywhere, really. I just had another one today when watching an old Eisenstein movie in class. The other day I saw a picture on pinterest that immediately sparked the idea for an entire series. And sometimes I just lie on the floor and listen to music when it hits me. To me, the problem isn’t getting ideas but finding a way to filter the good ones from the bad ones.
Amanda:What advice would you give to other writers who are looking to self-publish their work?
Laura: Grow a thick, thick skin. Do your research. And take the jump.
That last part is vital, I think. You’ll never know what could have happened if you don’t click that small “publish” button. I had no idea where publishing These Things would lead me, and while there have been bumps in the road, all the good that has come from it makes up for every bit of trouble.
Amanda: What are your favorite books or authors?
Laura: My favorite book is The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. By now I own three copies, two of which are falling apart, and Maggie Stiefvater is, hands down, my favorite author. She manages to weave words in a way that makes my heart both heavy and light at the same time.
Amanda: It’s almost Valentine’s Day, what are some books that make you swoon?
Laura: I’m currently addicted to Anna Bloom’s Uni Files series! There’s so much to swoon for and I definitely need my next Anna Bloom fix soon.
And then there’s The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater, home to my favorite male character of all time: Cole St. Clair. He’s the bad boy we all want a love-hate relationship with.
Amanda: You’re a full time student, how do you find time to write?
Laura:I have no hobbies. – That’s not entirely true. But my major is Theatre and Film, so many of my hobbies (acting, filming, photography) I can incorporate into the classes I have to take. That way half of them don’t feel like work at all because I get to do the things I’m passionate about. Then in my free time, I get to write. It’s not until the weeks before the finals that writing has to move into the background.
Amanda: What music/tv shows do you listen to or watch while you write?
Laura: Oh dear, that could be a long, long list! I’m a tv show addict and my music taste is all over the place. Let me try to give you a short list of either anyway.
Music: The National, Hinder, Three Days Grace, Taylor Swift and The XX. (You see what I mean with ‘all over the place’?)
TV: Dark Angel, One Tree Hill, Doctor Who, Castle, The Mindy Project, Buffy, Suits and Gossip Girl. (I’m not even kidding when I say I have a program that keeps track of the 50+ shows I watch on a regular basis. But it’s okay – it’s for my career after all ;D)
Amanda: What are your guilty pleasures (can be anything books/ tv shows/ silly things)?
Laura: *hides* Wedding-themed Reality TV. If Don’t Tell the Bride is on, you can bet that I’ll be watching.
That, and reading fanfiction. Mind you, good fanfiction, not the terrible self-insert kind. But yes, if you were looking for Captain Hook erotica, you’d find some on my computer.
Amanda: If you could make any animal a were-creature what would it be and why?
Laura: That depends. If I had an arch nemesis and had to turn them into a were-animal, I’d go for were-goldfish. That seems like such an inconvenient were-creature to be.If I were to decide for myself though, I’d be a were-squirrel. Fast, cute, spends their time hopping from tree to tree and gets to eat nuts all day – what’s not to love about that?
Looking for a swoon-worthy romance to read this Valentine’s Day? Check out These Things About Us by Laura Beege!