Name Laurie A. Green
Age Hmm. Do I have to be honest? Okay, okay. I’m 61. But in my head, I’m still in my 30s. Where has the time gone?
Where are you from
I’m originally from Michigan, but wanted to live in the Southwest from my first visit as a teen. Just felt like I belonged here. My husband and I moved to the Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1988, and my first thought was, “I’m home!”
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
It’s exciting and it just broke! I was one of the authors in the very popular Pets in Space collection, a series of stories by award-winning and bestselling science fiction romance authors that included pets…in spaaaace. It was named one of the Best Books of 2016 in Fiction E-Originals by LibraryJournal.com. This October, a second collection will be released titled: Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2. We have some new authors onboard and this one promises to be even better than the first. My story in the collection will be a sequel to both my original story—StarDog—and to my novel, Inherit the Stars. [ http://www.amazon.com/Inherit-Stars-Complete-Novel-Inherited-ebook/dp/B00VDUUSNU/ ]
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I wrote to entertain myself as a kid and took creative writing classes as I got older because I enjoyed it so much. I was really shy and my teachers’ encouragement stuck with me for a lifetime, though it took me 59 years to publish my first novel!
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
The force to write has always been strong in this one. I can’t remember a time I wasn’t compelled to pen stories. From the time I learned to scrawl words on paper, I started crafting adventures. I’m just wired that way. So I guess the answer to this question would be “Always.”
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
This sounds cliché but the basic idea came to me in a dream about a man communicating with an advanced prototype starship. My first novel—Inherit the Stars—includes a conflicted romance, politic struggle, and amazing technology all of which unfolded around that one simple, central idea.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I’m a total Pantser, which means I write by the seat of my pants. I usually begin with a general plot and character ideas in my head and just go for it! In the process, a lot of spontaneous things happen and exciting twists pop up that keep the story fresh. No cookie cutter plots for me. I know this method sounds chaotic, but it works well for me and thousands of other writers. I just don’t fit the Plotter mold. Trying to write and follow an outline crushes my creativity.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Inherit the Stars came directly from a line of dialogue in the novel.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Freedom isn’t free. It sometimes takes personal sacrifice to forge a future worth living.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Inherit the Stars takes place in the year 3500, give or take a decade, so no. The characters and events are completely fictitious, though some of the characters’ actions and phrasing may have been influenced by military officers I’ve worked with over the years.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey, specifically. Most of the Science Fiction Romance genre in general. I’ve always loved Sci-Fi, but there was never enough romance in the stories to suit my tastes. So I started writing them.
Games of Command by Linnea Sinclair and The Outback Stars by Sandra McDonald are two books that I absolutely adored. I strive to write books that are up to those standards.
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?
Yes! I just started reading a new book by author Vivien Jackson and I’m hooked. As much as I love SFR, it takes one that really checks all the boxes to get me excited. This one is a science fiction romance dystopian titled Wanted & Wired. So far, I love everything about it—the author’s voice, writing style, suspense elements, great characters, gritty realism, and believable actions on the part of the female sniper heroine. I’m hoping it will prove to be my next great book love.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
It’s like the famous potato chip quote, I can’t pick just one. My core critique partners were fabulous and one or all talked me off a ledge too many times to count. A strong support group is vital to a developing author because it’s such a tough, isolated endeavor. All of my peers are now published, some with quite a following: Barbara Elsborg, D.L. Jackson, Arlene Webb, Sharon Lynn Fisher, Donna S. Frelick and Pippa Jay.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
That had always been my dream but I got such a late start, it didn’t happen. But since I retired from my “day job” as a military budget director last year, I guess I can honestly say it is my career now.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Not a thing. I had two terrific editors—Paula Dooley and Danielle Fine—and I worked really hard to get Inherit the Stars to the point I felt it was a strong and moving story with plenty of twists and surprises. When I was able to read the entire manuscript with enjoyment and without even once cringing over something in the story (never an easy thing for the author) I was ready to turn it loose on the universe.
The effort paid off when LibraryJournal.com selected it as one of the Best Books of 2015: E-Originals, and it won the 2016 Carolyn Readers Choice Award and finaled in the 2016 Aspen Gold Readers Choice Award. Oh, and I failed to mention a biggie—it also finaled in the 2011 RWA Golden Heart Awards before it was published. (That was an incredible experience!)
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I would love to! It’s titled Courting Disaster: Star Dog 2. As I mentioned earlier, it’s going to be an October release as part of the Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 collection.
From monk to married…
Captain Navene Jagger’s certainty he will be promoted to command a new battleship is doused when the admiral instead assigns him on what appears to be a suicide mission. If that wasn’t bad enough, he finds his self-imposed decision to be a military monk is thrown to the far reaches of the galaxy when he is ordered to escort Ketsia Tayah and her StarDog through the treacherous, rogue-infested Bradley’s Rift in a battered derelict of a vessel – a task that also forces him to confront his painful past.
Ketsia’s past had taught her a lot. The universe was not only a very dangerous place, it turns out that it is also a lot smaller than she would have liked! Ketsia is rattled when she discovers that she and her StarDog are to be escorted by the man she formerly had a crush on. She swears life couldn’t get any more complicated until they are thrown into jeopardy and have to pretend they are married!
Jag soon realizes there is more at stake than his pride when dangerous rogues threaten their spaceship. After he learns the ship, the mission, and the StarDog are all much more than they seem will he be able to save Ketsia, his career, and the day? Or will self-sacrifice be the only way to save those under his protection?
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Yes! How slowly I write. I can’t crank out a lot of books in a short time. I’m a bit of a perfectionist and that has a downside. My goal is to learn how to write smarter and faster in the future.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I wish! I’d love to go explore the stars, or even our own solar system, or to see our beautiful planet from the vantage point of space, but that’s not likely to happen in my lifetime, so I explore the universe through books. Better to reach for the stars in my imagination than to never get there at all.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The amazing and talented Danielle Fine, who also serves as my line editor. I had these crazy ideas in my head how I wanted my covers to look but absolutely no skill in graphic arts. With each cover, she nailed it. She’s a very multi-talented individual.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The first draft. Getting the entire story down in a logical, compelling sequence. It can be grueling at times. Once I have a complete story, I can fix and polish and revise as needed. That part comes much easier and much quicker, though I do have one unpublished novel that’s been an exception to that rule.
Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead
For Inherit the Stars, I’d love to see Jennifer Lawrence as Drea and maybe Henry Cavill as Sair.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
If you want to be a published author, be certain you realize the amount of time, effort and heartache that’s required, and how much of yourself you’re going to put on the line. If that doesn’t deter you, then stick to your guns and persevere. Never give up, never surrender!
If you’re already published and struggling (as most of the author community is with the current state of the industry), then invest some time trying to find new ways to reach your audience. Standard promotional methods don’t work anymore. You need to think outside the box. And keep publishing more books!
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Absolutely! Hello, readers! If you love great science fiction with soaring romance, I hope you’ll try my books. In fact, if you’d like to check out one of my stories, here’s a link to a free copy of my novelette, Farewell Andromeda via Instafreebie. (I offered it to my newsletter subscribers, so I’ll extend that offer to you, too. It’s good until the end of July 2017.)
If you’d like to subscribe to my newsletter—Escape to the Stars—I’d love to have you onboard. You can sign up here: Laurie Green’s newsletter [ http://eepurl.com/b1gzAv ]
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
So many novels…so little time.
If I lived to be a hundred, there will never be enough time to write or read all the books I’d like to.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
It’s not exactly a hobby, but my husband and I raise Thoroughbred horses. In fact, I’ve named a couple of them after SFR books. Inherit the Stars (or “Star”) is our two-year-old filly in training. Echo Eight (named in honor of peer Sharon Lynn Fisher’s Echo 8) is a three-year-old race winner.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I love, love, love the SyFy original series, The Expanse. But my tastes are eclectic. I also watch Dancing With the Stars, Nashville, Designated Survivor, Sun Records and just about any documentary I can find about space exploration or new technology.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Pizza and prime rib, purple and teal, classic or soft rock and modern country.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I would have loved to have been an astronaut. Or a horse trainer. Or worked for a movie studio. Yup, eclectic tastes. J
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
My website: http://www.laurieagreen.com
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