Skip to main content
  1. Arts & Entertainment
  2. Books

Take 5 Interview with historical Christian fiction author Laurie Alice Eakes

Christian historical fiction author Laurie Alice Eakes
Christian historical fiction author Laurie Alice Eakes
Laurie Alice Eakes

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

Blog - www.seizethechance.blogspot.com
Website - www.lauriealiceeakes.com

Read more Story Behind the Story Articles
Read Take 5 Interviews with Laurie Alice Eakes and others

Comments

Advertisement

Arts & Entertainment

  • Brad Pitt
    Find out how a $10 donation could win you a date with Brad Pitt
    Video
    Today's Buzz
  • Johnny Cash
    Famous men and their cats prove you don't have to look tough to look good
    Camera
    Celebrity Buzz
  • Valerie Harper
    Valerie Harper clarifies her 'cancer-free' statement with some additional information
    Headlines
  • Kate Middleton
    Kate Middleton's beautiful DVF dress sells out in just minutes
    Camera
    Pop Culture
  • Robin
    As Batman ends the search for Damian's body, we wonder who the next Robin will be
    Camera
    Comics Buzz
  • Vampire Diaries
    See the hottest predictions for the upcoming season of 'The Vampire Diaries'
    Video
    TV Buzz

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about Examiner.com and apply today!