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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Laurie Alice Eakes ROCKS as an historical novelist!

CONGRATULATIONS to Pamela Williams, who won a free copy of Better Than Gold!

I am so excited to have my good friend Laurie Alice Eakes as my guest for these next few days. PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT AND YOUR EMAIL ADDY SO YOU CAN BE ENTERED IN THE DRAWING FOR HER LATEST RELEASE!

1. Laurie Alice, what book or project is coming out or has come out that you’d like to tell us about?

Better than Gold, Heartsong Presents, Barbour Publishing. It's been released to the book club this month and is available from the publisher. 1876 Iowa.

2. How long had you been writing seriously before you got “the call” that you were going to be published? Tell us how you heard and what went through your head.

This is always a difficult question to answer. My writing has taken many twists and turns over the years with long hiatuses for things like grad school and work schedules that left no time for writing. So I tend to say two years from when I finished grad school and when I got "The Call". I'm ashamed to say that my reaction was, "It's about time." Not that I wasn't ecstatic, but I was also relieved.

3. What’s the best advice you’ve heard on writing/publication?

If you want to be published, sit in the chair and write.

4. What’s something you wish you’d known earlier on that might have saved you some time/frustration in the publishing business?

I could write whole books on this, except I think people have. Probably make sure your agent knows the genre for which you are writing. Or make sure you know the genre for which you are writing.

5. Do you have a scripture or quote that has been speaking to you lately?

Matthew 28:19-20: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.

6. What piece of writing have you done that you’re particularly proud of and why?

My master's thesis novel, True as Fate. It's complex both in plot and character emotion, and sometimes I think I managed to pull off that which I set out to do—create a novel that readers couldn't put down. Ironically, I haven't yet tried to sell it. (Louise speaking now. I must add that this as an awesome, exciting novel!)

7. Can you give us a view into a typical day of your writing life?

On my favorite kind of writing days, of which I get too few due to other commitments, I get up at 4:00 in the morning, write for three hours, then go to the gym for 30-45 minutes, eat breakfast, shower, nap, then put in another two-three hours of work. Since I live in the city, I love the early hours when everything is quiet. No one is Iming me or calling me or wanting me to do something. And my brain is fresh. Later in the day, if I don't have a nap, I just can't get that energy up to be creative.

8. If you could choose to have one strength of another writer, what would it be and from whom?

The answer to this question can be found at

And visit Laurie Alice at her Web site and blog:

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Blogger Susan Page Davis said...

Hey, Laurie, congratulations on your new release! Nice interview, Louise.

March 18, 2008 8:35 PM  
Blogger Doreen said...

Hi Laurie, congrats on the new book!!

purposedrivenlife4you (at) gmail (dot) com

March 18, 2008 8:52 PM  
Blogger Ausjenny said...

Congrats on the new release Please pick me to win.
(ok please put me in the draw)
ausjenny (@) gmail (dot) com

March 18, 2008 9:07 PM  
Blogger Pammer said...

Great interview. The book looks good. :) Beautiful blog, Louise.


March 18, 2008 9:48 PM  
Blogger Missy Tippens said...

I'm so excited for your release, Laurie Alice!

Louise, please enter me in the drawing!

missytippens [at] aol [dot] com

March 18, 2008 11:14 PM  
Blogger Vickie said...

Laurie Alice,

I'm so excited that your book is being released. You're a great writer. I still remember parts of your stories from when we were in the same crit group a long while ago.


March 18, 2008 11:51 PM  
Blogger stampedwithgrace said...

sounds good, please enter me, thanks!

March 19, 2008 1:12 AM  
Blogger Pamela J said...

"3. What’s the best advice you’ve heard on writing/publication?"
"If you want to be published, sit in the chair and write."
I have to say, I'm passing this advice down to my author wannabe friend here in Hooper, CO. She is busy writing but sometimes frustrated with time getting to 'sit down'.

I'm thrilled to see Laurie Alice Eakes' name and book. Since the Home by Christmas story so many authors contributed to, I've been anxious to read books by each author and watching for them to pop up for the chance.

Please enter me in your drawing, Louise. Laurie, we are SO GLAD you sat in that chair as you did and here you are!! Congratulations on your book.

cepjwms at yahoo dot com

March 19, 2008 5:21 AM  
Blogger TK said...

The Home by Christmas story was awesome. All the authors were great and I look forward to reading more of there work. Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks, TK. vcw1476{at}gmail{dot}com

March 19, 2008 8:04 AM  
Blogger bookwurm70 said...

Please enter me.

bookwurm70 [at] yahoo [dot] com

March 19, 2008 9:53 AM  
Blogger Cherie J said...

Wonderful interview! Please enter me in the drawing.

March 19, 2008 11:06 AM  
Blogger CherryBlossomMJ said...

1870's is when I plan to place my stories, and I know nothing about Iowa. I would love to read this book to learn what she shares about the place and time.


March 19, 2008 11:12 AM  
Blogger Robin Bayne said...

Great interview! I am so happy for you!! Can't wait to read it.

March 19, 2008 3:48 PM  

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