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?
Laura: My name is Laura Birzulis and I am 21
Fiona: Where are you from?
Laura: I live in Nottinghamshire England
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Laura: I stared my education at Allsaints school and then transferred to The Samworth church academy. From there I went to college to study A-level English literature, English language and psychology.
I recently married my long term boyfriend Ashley Brown and live with him and my dog Vince. In my free time I love spending time with them, reading, and I’m a sucker for Disney or horror films. I work as a senior at a supported living home as well as write. I have always been drawn to writing and caring. I love both of my jobs!
I am dyslexic which can sometimes throw hurdles in my way but I can usually work around them with my writing. I don’t think anything can truly stop you from doing something you genuinely love.
I do also suffer with a chronic illness, endometrial cancer. So sometimes I do have to abandon writing and reading and just lay in bed and feel sorry for myself. I try not to let it have too much control on my life but with the best will in the world it can wear you out.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Laura: After working with Austin Macauley publishers in London with my new release Angel Of Whispers I am doing a signing this Saturday. It will be my first proper signing. The first book in the series The Watchers has been remastered due to the previous publisher I was with not doing what they claimed they would do. As a result the first book needed much more work.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Laura: I have been writing for as long as I can remember but I remember having the idea for The Watchers when I was 14 and just writing it with little direction until a year or two later, with encouragement from teachers and my parents I decided it had the possibility of being an actual book and not just something that would sit in my laptop forever. I have always loved to read! I’m a complete book nerd, anything supernatural or romance and adventure, I’m in! And anything by Jennifer L Arrmentrout I will buy instantly.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Laura: Only a couple years ago when people started to show interest and I got a few messages on my facebook page from people who enjoyed what I had wrote.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Laura: The story randomly formed in my head over time, it made my thoughts busy and I just had this burning need to get it down on paper, to get it out of my head.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Laura: One of the main characters, Shane, is a vampire with the gift of being a Watcher, which means he has the ability to see prophecies about Jade Grrover, my female protagonist.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Laura: When I first started I didn’t plan anything, it was all very scattered and when I needed to remember something about a character I would be racking my brain to remember. Now I have a hoard of notebooks with everything I need in them. The only thing that can sometimes cross my mind with the supernatural/fantasy is that I don’t want to over use certain situations or characteristics but at the same time I need to keep some characteristics to make them work in the story.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Laura: some scenes or little traits of Characters are from people I know or have known or situations I have either been in or witnessed myself. People say be carful how you are with an Author because they can put you in a story and kill you. Jade’s home situation is relatable because her mother is terminally ill, she’s struggling on her own, wants a normal life and feels selfish because of it. Her best friend Holly doesn’t have the greatest relationship with her parents because of how heavily religeous they are, the judgments they have of her. Hiding mental illness is also in there, not to Ann extent and not all of it is realistic but it does touch on it. The Watchers also has aspects of bullying. Angel Of Whispers touches on the dangers of strangers around your drinks when you go out.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Laura: sometimes I have found if I have been traveling I get more ideas and if I have had writers block it can help but I wouldn’t say it was something I need to do.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I had an idea with what I wanted, the first cover was done by my photographer friend Emma Goulder, the second was done by my publisher and the cover for Fractured Soul both kindle and the upcoming paperback was done by my husband.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Laura: The future is what you make it, the choices you make, how hard you fight.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
Laura: it’s hard to pick a favourite but I would say Jennifer L Armentrout. I just love her stories.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Laura: My friends, my husband, teachers.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Laura: It would be a dream come true!
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Laura: Each book is a stepping stone for the next one to be a little better so no.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Laura: Writing takes time, I shouldn’t feel guilty for it ‘taking too long’.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Laura: Mathew Daddario as Shane, Chloe Moretz as Jade, Zoey Deutch as Holly, Ausin Butler as Taylor.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Laura: No matter how bad you want to give up or how much you doubt yourself, don’t give up!
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Laura: Enjoy the stories you read, review when you can. They really do mean a lot!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Laura: Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare, Blood Shadows by Lyndsay J Pryor and The Cruel Prince by Holly Black.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Not the first book ever but the first supernatural book I read was Marked, book number 1 in the house of night series by P.C and Christen Cast.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Funny animals are always a good laugh, my husband is hilarious and is always making me laugh. I admit I cry at sad films like The Fault in our stars and Everything, Everything. I cry like a baby!
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Laura: Jennifer L Armentrout, I would love to pick her brain and find out how she writes, what inspires her and how she tackles writers block.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Laura: Does reading count?
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Laura: There are so many! Dexter is a favourite along with Luther. I love The Vampire diaries, The Originals, Teen Wolf, Shadowhunters. I love Disney and horror films but my all time favourite non Disney film is Everything Everything.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I love most foods but I would have to say cheese chips, garlic bread and chocolate. My favourite colour is blue in every shade, and I listen to heavy metal and rock if I’m writing a tense scene, I do like classical also and some modern music but the band I am really liking at the moment are Set It Off.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Laura: I’d go crazy! All of the stories, characters and worlds stuck in my head would be maddening. If I couldn’t though and I was still reading I might have taken up ice skating again.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Laura: With the people I love the most, going somewhere memorable and pretty like a Newstead abby and go to dinner, have fun and make the most of it.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Laura: That I was loved and missed.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
I have a Facebook page Laura Birzulis, Twitter @LauraMaryBee and instagram lauramarybee
Amazon Authors page UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Laura-Birzulis/e/B01GKF2XXU/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1553282490&sr=1-2-ent