It seems I have been invited to join in with a blog tour. I have never been a part of anything like this, so I want to thank Jean Reinhardt for asking me to participate in the ‘My Writing Process Blog Tour’. To see Jean’s answers to the blog tour questions and find out more about her work you can visit her blog by clicking on her name in this introduction. Since I haven’t had the time to organise any Bookish Banter interviews recently I thought I would include this post in the Bookish Banter category.
Jean: What are you currently working on?
Laura: Well Jean, you know I’m always working on a million projects at once, that’s why it takes me so long to finish anything! Procrastination is my middle name. If you check out my novels in progress section you will see that I have a few different novels in the making. However, I am trying to concentrate on a Young Adult book called Atlantis and the Dolphin of Knowledge at the moment, as well as a children’s book about aliens landing in the school playground and a book about dreams. I don’t know when my next book will be published but I’m in no hurry because I enjoy the writing process, it’s my hobby, I really do get lost in the story. I’m also a bit of a perfectionist so it might be a while – watch this space…
Jean: How does your work differ from others of its genre?
Laura: That’s quite a question. I think I actually find writing for a particular genre quite difficult. I have an idea for a story and I just start writing, it may turn into a science-fiction story or a fantasy story or a mix of both. My stories usually have some kind of spiritual component because I am quite a deep person, I’m on a journey just like any of my characters, like any writer actually and those deep burning questions that are in your heart just tend to come out in your writing. I find writing for children and young adults easier because I think I’m really quite a simple person myself. I don’t like to read, write or watch on television any violence or sex or anything too graphic. I think that’s why my novels are perfect for young adults as well as the older generation. Also my work with children over the years has naturally given me the love of story telling, and that even includes for toddlers.
Jane: Why do you write what you do?
Laura: I write whatever is in me to write and usually I have a feeling that I have something to share with others. I might not be as ingenious as some writers, but I think I have a pretty vivid imagination. I really am there in my story, viewing it unfold as if it were a real place and the characters were real people – like a day-dream I suppose. I just try and write what I am envisioning. It’s an addictive thing writing, once you are in the zone. It is my little bit of escapism from the pressures of every day life, much like reading, only I’m writing down the story as it happens – or drawing it, with the kiddies’ books. If I can sneak in a little of my own pearls of wisdom about life, the universe and everything – well, that’s an added bonus, I just hope it inspires someone at some point. I write a lot of poetry too, and the process works just the same for poetry as it does for a short story or a novel – if you have something to say, write it however it needs to come out. Why does anybody write? Because we all have something to say!
Jean: How does your writing process work?
I am a really disorganised writer. Sometimes I try to make a plan and other times I just start writing and then just see where it takes me. I would say being an organised writer works better, since the only novel I have published so far, my first children’s novel The Realm of the Purple Dragon was meticulously well planned. It had to be because the story was woven around the Norse runes and each one needed to come out at the right point in the story. The reason the second book in the series The Fire Giants and the Heart of Ice is taking so long to be written, is because it needs more planning than the first story and I need to be in a very organised place in my life to be really focussed with the planning for the book. It will be worth the wait, don’t worry about that! So basically my writing process is all about writing when I am in the zone and really making the most of those moments of inspiration, because I think that is when my best writing happens. Also not worrying about how other people think I should write, because a writer’s work comes from somewhere deep and personal and only you know where it is going.
I enjoyed that – thank you for the chance to chat about my writing Jean. Here are some links for my work and of course you can explore my blogs as a lot of my writing comes in blog post form. I will think very hard about which other authors I will invite to carry on this tour and post their tour posts here on the Bookish Banter when they hop on board the tour bus…