Laura and I met at the Atria Indies Bus Tour, when I offered to take her and Christine Manzari’s picture in front of the bus!! We have been talking about books and blogs ever since! She has been a wonderful fixture over at the Nerd Girl Facebook Fanpage participating with our #RandomSwagging program and she recently had a HUGE SPOTLIGHT GIVEAWAY!! I see wonderful things for this well rounded beautiful young lady. Not just because I plan on following this local Marylander’s career but because I do believe she has what it takes to succeed in this business.
I hope the fans of Nerd Girl enjoys this installment of our Indy Author Talk! I have!
<3 Gladys #XOXOtheNerdGirl
*****Finding the Write Time*****
One thing I noticed when I started telling folks that I wrote my first book was how many people have that same goal or dream. I heard quite a few responses of, “I started to write a book…” or “I have the best idea for a book, I just need to get started.” And more often than not I was asked where I found the time to complete the project.
For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to write a novel. I was “that” kid in math class, daydreaming as I “wrote out” my story in my mind. The amount of math instruction I missed explains why decimals stump me to this day! In high school, I joined the newspaper and while I was not writing fiction, I was still immersed in the craft that I loved.
In college, practicality took over. I didn’t think I would ever be able to make a career out of writing, so I went into the field of education. I loved teaching and between work, getting my masters, and starting a family, writing fell to the wayside.
Eventually I became a stay at home mom, and while I felt blessed and honored to be raising my kids full-time, a part of me was missing. And I knew what it was. And it scared the bejesus out of me. The time had come to go back to writing. But, as all my family and friends asked, was it really the right time? Wouldn’t it be easier when the kids were older? For me, the answer was no. There would never be a right time. It was just time to write.
I think the hardest part of finding the time to write is actually doing it. Starting. Typing that outline, those notes, or just “pantsing” it and diving into chapter one. I promised myself one thing. That I would complete my goal. I wanted to write The End. I would NOT give up.
At first, I wrote each day during my son’s naptime. Then, I found I needed more time and I began writing after the kids went to bed. After self-publishing my first book, Not Yet, I now have to plan for time to market that book in addition to writing my next book.
Every day, finding that time and finding that balance is a challenge. But, the first step is to start. Just do it. Jump into your story. You will never regret taking a shot at writing your first book. The write time is now.
LAURA WARD LIVES in Maryland with her loud and very loving three children and husband. She married her college sweetheart and is endlessly grateful for the support he has given her through all their years together, and especially toward her goal of writing books. When not changing diapers, driving to lacrosse practice, or checking spelling homework, Laura is writing or reading romance novels.*****Contact Laura at***** www.facebook.com/LauraWardAuthor Twitter — @laurarosnerward Instagram — _Laura_Ward Email — firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. When and why did you begin writing? What inspired you to write your first book?
I’ve written stories since I can remember, but when I began college and then my teaching career, I let that part of me go. I continued, however, to make up stories in my mind! I got so wrapped up in the storyline of Not Yet, that I thought of it when I was driving and when I was in the shower. I decided I had to write it down.
Q. What book(s) / author(s) have influenced your life and writing?
As soon as I read Abbi Glines, Fallen Too Far, I was hooked. I love her style of writing and her ability to make the reader fall head over heels with her male characters. She was also my introduction in the New Adult genre. Not long after, I read Hopeless by Colleen Hoover. Her writing always moves and surprises me.
Q. Tell us about your characters and how they came to be? Have they been in your head for a long time?
Emma is very loosely based off of my life experiences. I was a lifeguard, track coach, and teacher. I am a sibling of a person with disabilities. I wrote some of Emma’s anger, devotion, frustration, and sensitivity from memories and feelings I had.
Landon was born in my blissful imagination. I’ve never had so much fun developing a character. I loved writing his flaws as much as I adored writing his successes.
Evie is based off of my brother and my brother’s wife who has Down syndrome. I worked very hard to get Evie on paper realistically and yet, with humor and compassion.
Q. What motivates you to write?
I love the creative outlet. I always leave my writing time feeling alive.
Q. What is the hardest part of writing?
Getting the courage to start.
Q. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I’ve learned so much! Most importantly, I’ve learned to trust myself. My gut instincts with writing are good and I need to believe in that.
Q. Where do you get your ideas?
Everywhere! Music, conversations, memories, people watching. I keep a notebook with me all the time, because I’m always getting ideas!
Q. What does your family think of your writing?
My husband and my parents are incredibly supportive. My kids feel proud. They love to tell their friends and teachers that their mom is an “author”!
Q. What is the best advice you would give to inspiring authors?
Don’t give up. Keep going and finish it. Then, be open to criticism and suggestions. If a friend tells you a part of your manuscript needs work, then a reader or reviewer will probably feel the same. Work at it and fix it and then work at it again.
Q. What book are you reading now?
Almost Lover by Steph Campbell and Liz Reinhardt
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