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?
Hello, my name is Laura McComas and I write under the Pen Name Laurie Sorensen and I am 48 years young.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I am originally from Falconer NY, having been born at WCA Hospital in Jamestown. My father was military and I grew up all over the place, including being overseas twice.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I grew up as a military brat, having lived in many different states, and twice overseas, once in England while I was at about 5 years old. I even had to repeat the first grade when we returned to the states because I couldn’t count American money. I also lived in Okinawa, which is a smallish island off the coast of Japan. It was a lovely experience. I have been married twice, and the man I am married to now is my Knight in Shining Armor. Between us we have 5 children, two of which are married, and we have 4 granddaughters, with another granddaughter on the way. I sell Tupperware, I babysit one of my granddaughters and I write. Just your normal Domestic Goddess here. I have a Shi Zhu who is named after an Ewok from Star Wars, a cat who was rescued from the cold someone left her in, 3 ferrets, 1 hedgehog, 3 outdoor dogs, 2 outdoor cats, one of which was dropped on us, and just had kittens, still not sure how many kittens we have.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
The latest news for me would be that I have just received the rights back to 2 of my books, and have purchased new covers for them. I should be re-releasing them the first week of May. I am also almost done with book 2 of the Ravenwood Series, Storm’s Destiny.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing in 2007, and quite frankly, I never meant to ever publish it, I just never thought I was good enough for that. A dear friend of mine convinced me it was indeed good enough, and that I should take the steps to publish.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I don’t think I ever have considered myself a write yet. I still have space on the walls of my office for more rejections. I have a few stories that have come out, but I am not a “known” author. I want to be able to walk down the street one day and have someone stop me because they recognize me from my books. So is anyone ever really a bonafide writer? I mean, if you are not JK Rowling, or Stephen King, someone who is well known, are you a writer? Or, are you a hobbyist?
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Dreams, I kept have recurring dreams, and they wouldn’t go away until I managed to write them down. It then hit me that it was a developing story, so I pieced it together, added more meat to it and my friend got to read it before I realised it, and she told me to work toward publication.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The title of my first book is within a sentence toward the end of the book. It seemed to fit, so I used it.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I am not certain hat you may consider a style. I write Historical Romance, and my biggest challenge is making the time line correct with authentic historical facts. The characters within my stories are not real, but I do place true historical figures into the stories mainly to authenticate the time frame.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Many of my fictional characters have attributes of people within my life, such as the hero, Night Ravenwood from my first book has a lot of my maternal grandfather in him, and that was something I didn’t even realize I had done until it was in edits and the editor asked me about a particular scene within the book an asked if it had to be in the book. When I re-read the scene, I saw my grandfather there and of course he had to stay. The intimate scenes are based mostly on my own experience, just to be able to make them sound more real. One Chapter in the first book was actually based upon a friend’s experience that I was there for, and I used it, because I just didn’t have any experience to draw upon for it.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No, I don’t have to travelfor my writing, unless you consider using my mind for that traveling, that and research from library books.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I don’t know who designed the cover of my first book, as it was gifted to me when the contract expired from my publisher. The other book covers I have, were done by FantasiaFrog on WordPress. She is bloody awesome…and very affordable.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The only message I can think of is that Love can really conquer all. I am a romantic at heart, and Love means the world to me.
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?
I don’t get the chance to read as much as I would like too, and I have discovered a new author to me, though I know she has been writing for a long time. Suzan Tizdale. I love her writing. My all time fav is Catherine Coulter, and have even met her in person. It is because of her that I write, she encouraged me to write from the heart, write what I love, not what an audience would love. She keeps me on the edge of my seat, I find it a rare occasion that I know what the end will be, before I reach the end with her work, which is what I love about her work.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Catherine Coulter, she is a rock for me, an encouraged me to write.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I would like to see it as a career, but that would require me to have more time to do it. I would love to spend my day doing nothing but writing, but for me that would be difficult. I would like to sell enough books to have it be called an income, a career, and perhaps one day it will be.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
The book I am working on now, was complete, finished. I changed my mind on how to end it, and that required some re-writing. That particular ending needed to be in another book.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned I have no real cure for writer’s block. I have tried to begin work on a different story, but so far it hasn’t helped.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I have actually got an application to the Oprah Winfrey Network for my first book to be turned into a mini series, but I haven’t finished it because I can’t get past the whole poetic license things that directors do. I don’t want my story changed, if it were to be put into a series, I would need it to be true to the book, that would be a stipulation. As for the actors I would like to play the leads? I just don’t know. I don’t watch much TV, and since I can’t picture it being put into TV or the big screen, just not sure how to answer this one.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
My only advice would be the same advice that was given to me. Write from the Heart, be true to yourself.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I would like to say thank you for reading my work, and I hope that it has touched you in some fashion that lasts a lifetime of memory. Also, I would ask them to be patient with me while I do my best to get book 2 out for them to read.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I haven’t started a new book, since finishing the last one I read.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I can recall the storyline of the book, can even recall the look of the cover, however I can’t for the life of me remember the author or title of it.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Two very different emotions, but no other emotions are as connected as these two. I cry sometimes when I laugh so hard it makes it hard to breathe. And sometimes I laugh when I want to cry. Many things make me do both, sometimes together. I cried over the weekend, while I had to attend the wake of a friend. Wakes and funerals are very difficult for me, and it’s so very hard to not cry. Even if the person laying in the casket isn’t someone I know. In this case however, she was a friend of mine. Seeing her laying there was hard, and I couldn’t stay because of it. My grandchildren make me laugh as do my children.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Abraham Lincoln. He was a wise man, and all that he could tell me would be amazng.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I cook, and bake, decorate cakes and cater for parties and weddings
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Game of Thrones and Outlander, both based on wonderful books.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Favorite food would be Turkey (roasted) Favoritecolor is green, I don’t have a favorite type of music, I love most music, and have even developed a liking for some heavy metal music. But I mostly like the 80’s, country, pop and the 60’s and 70’s.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I would cease to exist if I couldn’t write. They would have to bury me.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
With my loved ones without the TV on, just enjoying what time I had left.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Domestic Goddess at Rest
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
www.Lauriesorensen.wordpress.com is my blog, which I have been posting in lately. Trying to get it restared.
https://www.facebook.com/Laurie-Sorensen-115077118573644/ is my Author Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/laura.mccomas.14 is my regular Facebook
https://www.amazon.com/Nights-Salvation-Ravenwood-Laurie-Sorensen/dp/1477622187/ref=sr_1_8?keywords=Laurie+Sorensen&qid=1555976613&s=gateway&sr=8-8 This is the purchase link for the print copy of Night’s Salvation A Ravenwood Novel. This is the first book I wrote, and this version is a second edition. This is book one of the series. My books are found on Amazon.
https://www.amazon.com/Coffee-Time-Indulgence-Collection-Stories/dp/1493542842/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=Laurie+Sorensen&qid=1555976797&s=gateway&sr=8-5 this book is a collection of short stories that I did. A couple of the stories have co writers, but most of the book is my own work.
https://www.amazon.com/Music-Speaks-LB-Clark-ebook/dp/B008C88QTE/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Laurie+Sorensen&qid=1555976797&s=gateway&sr=8-1 This book is a book done for charity, I have one short story in it. A sweet contemporary love story.
I have two books re-releasing the first week of May, and I hope to have the second Ravenwood Novel, Storm’s Destiny out by Christmas.