Name Laura Henry.
I am 48 years old.
Where are you from Chicago, Illinois
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I have been married to my husband for 23 years. I don’t have any children but I have two cats, Rex and Clyde, and a lovebird, Frances. Aside from my writing, I am an accountant. I have an MBA in Financial Management and I am also a CPA. Additionally, I am a Certified Fitness Trainer, Specialist in Performance Nutrition, and a Specialist in Strength Conditioning.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I just finished my women’s fiction novel and am currently in the editing process.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I actually started writing when I was very young, although I didn’t understand the gift that I had of writing at that time. I did have some poetry published in the yearly poetry writing book in high school.
I started to dabble in writing again about eight years ago, but I didn’t create any works at that time.
About three years ago, I started writing health and fitness articles and had them published in on-line forums for the health enthusiast as well as for the fitness professional.
Since then I haven’t stopped writing. I found this is more than just a hobby for me. It is a career and an enjoyment I have never experienced before. I have since written three books. A health and fitness book, my memoir, and my current women’s fiction novel.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I first considered myself a writer when I started to write my first book on health and fitness. It was then that I realized writing was something I had to do.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I was inspired to write my first book, the health fitness book, because most of my life I have struggled with my weight. From morbid obesity to losing 120 pounds in eight months and developing anorexia, and then to gaining some of the weight back, I was looking for answers on how to lose the weight in a healthy way. I stumbled upon a fitness and nutrition regimen that helped me lose most of the weight I gained back. I wanted to know more, so I became a Certified Fitness Trainer in order to understand how I could continue losing weight and keep it off. This is what compelled me to write my first book. I figured I wasn’t the only one looking for answers on how to do this, and I wanted to offer that advice and educate others.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Writing comes naturally to me. I don’t use an outline or have any ideas formulated. I just sit and write and somehow it comes to me without any effort. I have been told that I write like Sylvia Plath.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I came up with the title for my new book, Reap What You Sow, by thinking about the premise of the book and I felt that it best captured what the book is about.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The message in my novel that I would like others to grasp is that no matter what your circumstances are, you can get through anything. No matter how challenging and how daunting it may seem at the time. There is always hope.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
The book is very realistic and the experiences are somewhat based on events in my own life. I feel that there usually is a little bit of the author in each book that is written. Whether it is in some small way, the theme of the book, or on a larger scale, I think it’s only natural to hear the author’s voice in their work.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
I recently read Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. After reading that book, I thought, wow, was he a phenomenal writer. It left a great impression on me.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
My favorite author was Maeve Binchy. My writing style is similar to hers as I have ready many, if not all of her books and I admired her as an author.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
I was introduced to writing workshops through Writer’s Digest. This has been the biggest help to me in catapulting my writing and helping me to pick up the pen and keep writing.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Initially I saw writing as more of a hobby. However, since writing my first book, I now know that is a career for me.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
If I had to do it all over again, there isn’t anything I would change in my latest book. It was a great experience to be able to feel the characters and write for them and not for myself.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I always had an interest in writing. I just didn’t know how to express it on paper until I was an adult.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
My current book is based on a woman who owns an art gallery. She has had a difficult childhood and although she is successful as an adult, her past slowly starts to creep back into her life. Through the challenges she faces, she learns how to deal with her past in a constructive way so that she could not just be a survivor, but someone who thrives.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I don’t really find anything challenging in my writing. It comes so natural to me that most times when I sit down to write, it just flows. Those moments that I have where I am doodling on social media, is just the characters percolating and aren’t quite ready to tell their story yet. Then when they are ready, the writing naturally flows again.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I currently don’t travel as it relates to my book. Although I could see in the future that I may need to do a little bit of that to market and promote the book.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My cover hasn’t been designed as of yet. I am currently in the editing process of the book.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
The amazing thing I learned from writing my book was that the characters will tell you what direction to take. I don’t have to think about anything when I am in the creative process. It all comes from the characters and not from my own thoughts.
Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead
If any of my books were made into a film, I would love for Naomi Judd to play the lead. I admire her and her abilities.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
The advice I have for other writers is to just let the creative process take over. Once you start thinking about it, I think the creative part is lost. If you just step aside and let it flow, it will be an amazing experience.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
What I would like to say to my readers is that I hope your experience is as joyful reading as it was me writing the novel. It is my desire that the reader walks away feeling good about themselves and humanity.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I am currently reading War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I don’t remember the first book I read, but I do remember that as a child, I fell in love with reading and getting into the character’s life.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
What makes me cry is a good sentimental book. I love to read and get lost in the characters. When they have a significant moment, this tends to move me, and my emotions come through.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
I would have loved to meet Maeve Binchy. Because I admired her work and the creations she wrote, it would have been an honor to be able to meet her.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
I would want written on my headstone, Here lies a writer who didn’t die with her creativity still in her. She shared it with all. I would want this on my headstone because this is how I intend on living my life. I want to leave the reader satisfied after they have read my books.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Other hobbies that I have are exercising. Surprise, right? I love to lift weights and that is one of my passions. I also love reading, which I think goes without saying for any writer.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I love watching the reality series The Real Housewives. I think it’s eventful and full of drama, and I love laughing, and these shows do just that.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
My favorite food is crab. Although it used to be lobster, it has changed over time. I know it sounds cliché for a woman, but my favorite color is pink. Lately I have been listening to a lot of classical music, although I also love jazz.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
If I weren’t a writer, I would have liked to be an actress. I think it would fun to play other characters and get lost in their life for a while.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
My website is https://laurahenrydotnet.wordpress.com . You can also find my fan page on Facebook at AuthorLauraHenry.