Please welcome the lovely Lauren Gregory to the blog this week!
What were you like at school?
I was always very quiet, not in the popular crowd—I was too nerdy and bookish—and a teacher’s pet.
Were you good at English?
English and History were always my favorite and best subjects. But I’ve still been amazed at how much I’ve learned in the last couple of years while writing When Doves Fly.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I’d love to build a solid audience and make enough to live on. But ultimately, I want to write stories with a message that speak to people, and to bring women into the spotlight in genres where they’ve been neglected.
Which writers inspire you?
I’m horrible with favorite lists. A start would be Stephen King, Tracy Chevalier, Jean Auel, and Helen Hooven-Santmeyer.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
Lily has a difficult, but sheltered, childhood. She follows a path most women did at the time—straight from her parents’ house to marriage—and could have stayed there. But she has a rebellious streak and sets out on a frankly ill-advised journey. In the process, she learns to depend on herself and stand up for herself in a time when independent women were scorned. She develops into a strong woman without losing her femininity.
What are you working on at the minute?
I’m writing the sequel to When Doves Fly.
What draws you to this genre?
My love of history and a desire to represent complex women in a traditionally male-dominated genre that often has women only as simplified tropes.
Why do you write?
I spent many years being afraid I had nothing important to say. Once I conquered that fear, I found a need to express some of my experiences and thoughts, and hopefully give women another voice.
What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
It sounds clichéd, but I actually just woke up one morning with an idea, sat down at the computer, and wrote for 16 hours. Something clicked, but I still don’t really understand what.
Do you ever get writer’s Block?
I don’t think of it as Writer’s Block. I think it’s a manifestation of fear and lack of direction—fear that the story or the writing is not good enough and/or not knowing the story well enough. I’ve encountered both a few times. Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block? Write. Write about the fear, the frustration, the daily obstacles, where you want to go.
Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
I revised/edited When Doves Fly six times, had six beta readers, a proofreader, and an editor. I firmly believe in having as many eyes as possible on work before it’s published.
Thanks so much for being with us on the blog this week Lauren! Please be sure to follow Lauren and to check out her books!
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Lauren-Gregory