Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Hi Fiona! Thanks for having me back and for the warm welcome. My name is Laurie Larsen and I am midway through my FIFTH decade!
Fiona: Where are you from?
I’ve spent the vast majority of my life living in Illinois in the middle of the US, but I’m thrilled to report that my husband and I have now made the big move to coastal South Carolina. This is where I’ve always wanted to live, this is where I’ve finally made it to, and this is where I’ll stay!!!
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Even as a little girl, I loved to read and write, so when I went to college, an English/Written Communication major was the obvious choice. I spent a year working as an assistant editor at a lovely little family-owned magazine publishing company for tiny wages, before I made the difficult decision to switch to a huge Fortune 50 corporation where I could actually build a career and make a living. Although I enjoyed my work there, and my career flourished, I always missed the publishing world. So, in 1999 I started writing my first novel, it got published in the year 2000, and my second career of published novelist began! Since that first book, I’ve never stopped writing. Juggling the big dayjob with my writing became a way of life. Nineteen years later, I have 20 published novels, have done some freelance editing, retired from the demanding day job, and now write whatever and whenever I want!
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
The fourth book in my Murrells Inlet Miracles series, Capsized, was published last week! It’s an exciting, adventurous, sweet inspirational romance that will get you cheering for the main characters, Sadie and Jett, while catching up on the primary couple from the first book of the series, Shaw and Nora. Reviews so far have been extremely positive, some of my super-readers telling me it’s the best book in the series so far!
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve written my whole life; even as a child I wrote journals and stories. But as an adult it took me a little bit to figure out what TYPE of writing was for me. Once I wrote my first full-length novel, I knew that was my format. It took me a little while, then, to figure out what TYPE of novel was best for me. I experimented with my first eight books or so, writing contemporary romance, Young Adult romance, family saga, etc., before finally discovering where my true comfort and strengths lie: inspirational romance that takes place at the beach. That’s my brand now, and it flows so freely. I’m a woman of faith, and a romance writer, so I blended the two.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I was one of the lucky ones whose first novel was picked up and published by a publishing company. So, I had no idea if my first book was any good until I got the offer and signed the contract.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Capsized takes place in the world of competitive yacht sailing, and I wanted a title that made that clear, along with the cover art. Capsized is a sailing term referring to when a boat goes over on its side and under, but I also want it to refer to a life that goes under and capsizes due to aspects being out of balance. And who is the One who can bring balance to a capsized life? God.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I hope my writing style is casual, fast-paced and easy to read. The most challenging thing about my genre is that I want it to be heart-warming and inspirational, yet I don’t want to “preach” to the reader or feel like I’m stuffing the inspirational message down readers’ throats. I want them to close the book with a feeling of peace and love.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Absolutely none of this book was based on my own experiences. In fact, I knew absolutely nothing about sailing before I started writing, requiring me to do some hefty research into the sport. That led me to engaging with three expert sailors, as well as one expert marathon runner to help me get those extreme sports sections right.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Since all my books take place at the beach, frequent trips to the beach are required or recommended! Fortunately, I’ve now permanently relocated and the beach is only a five minute drive away. I get there every day that I possibly can and soak in that inspiration.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The extremely talented Steven Novak of Novak Illustrations.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Keep at it, and do it because you love it and can’t imagine not doing it. Not because of some ultimate reward you might be expecting.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I recently discovered the NYT Bestselling Author Rachel Hauck and I’ve devoured her whole Royals series and loved them. Now I’m reading her breakout book, The Wedding Dress.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
My grandpuppies make me laugh. Both my sons have dogs and they are a hoot, especially when they get together. I’m a sap for sentimental movies/videos and they will always make me cry!
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I’m addicted to true crime shows like Dateline, 20/20, 48 Hours, and my new favorite, Homicide Hunter. I love the logical approach that investigators take and I could binge-watch them for hours.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Yes! My website is www.authorlaurielarsen.com and there is a tab for blog entries. Thanks for interviewing me today Fiona!! It was fun.
Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Laurie-Larsen/e/B007GRLY0A
Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorlaurielarsen/