Laurie Alice Eakes – in her own words:
Once upon a time, I thought I would begin by writing a novel. It proved so much fun, I wrote another one. Then I went to graduate school to learn how to write a novel and sold one. It won the National Reader’s Choice Award for Best Regency and was nominated for Best First Book. So I continued to write and, amazingly sell. In-between, I worked a corporate job and moved from Virginia to Texas, after my husband graduated from law school. We live with two dogs and two cats and lots of sunshine.
Now I have three books in print, Family Guardian, Better than Gold, which is also reprinted in a collection under the title Wild Prairie Roses, and The Glassblower. 2010 will see the release of three more books, and I have others scheduled for release in subsequent years from Revell and Avalon Books.
And now it's time to Take 5 with Laurie Alice Eakes
Q: Have you always wanted to be a writer?
A: Yes, I have. Probably since I was at least five or six. I hadn’t a clue how to go about it, and many things in life held me back like school, bad advice about how it was a ridiculous career choice, and needing to make a living, but the desire, the dream never left. Stories continually ran through my head from the time I was quite small.
Q: Do you plot out your story ahead of time, or do you think it up as you go?
A: I plot my stories ahead of time. I might even be a little obsessive, but have learned that I have to give my characters some wiggle room to adjust things because my plans don’t always work. What I’ve discovered about preplanning is that I only have to write one draft and can write a whole lot faster, which has been crucial this past year, when I had to write four novels.
Q: After becoming a published author, what surprised you the most?
A: Surprised may not be quite what I was, but certainly I got a reality check. Selling and writing is one thing, marketing and juggling the post submitted to editor details is quite another. I have to juggle three publishers at the moment, and sometimes they all want something from me, from reading a galley, to filling out a book cover and marketing sheet, to completing edits. Then I have to market the books that are being released. That involves a lot of social networking and other things that draw me from my comfort zone, but I’m getting more comfortable with it. At the same time, it can be a bit overwhelming.
Q: If you weren’t a writer, what would you be doing?
A: I’ve often wondered that myself. I’d probably be a history professor, or possibly a lawyer, but history professor seems more my style. After watching my husband go through law school, I think running in the other direction was a wise choice for me.
Q: What’s the one far out sci-fi technology you’d most like to see become a household item?
A: Robomaid. Oh, how I yearn for a robomaid. I want someone else to take care of the dishes and cooking and laundry and cleaning the cat box. Please, please, please send me a robomaid.
Books by Laurie Alice Eakes:
- Family Guardian, Avalon Books Regency Romance
- Wild Prairie Roses, Barbour Publishing, Iowa Historical Series
- The Glassblower, Barbour Publishing, New Jersey Historical Series
Coming in 2010 and 2011
- The Heiress and The Newcomer, Barbour Publishing, New Jersey Historical Series
- When the Snow Flies, Avalon Books
- Once Widowed, Twice Shy, Revell, Ladies, Courtship and Courage series, Regency Romance
- Bride of the Mist, Revell, The Midwives Series
And others in 2012-2013