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Author Interview ~ Lauren Elizabeth


I’m not sure how Lauren found me.

No matter—she requested an interview and I was more than happy to oblige :-)

[ this interview was done before she published—go here for the interview after she published :-) ]

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Where are you from, Lauren?

I was born and raised in Central Illinois.

When did you begin writing and can you remember how it felt inside, back then?

I wrote all though grade school, about anything and everything. Seventh grade was when I started getting serious about my writing.

What are your hopes, dreams, or goals for your writing?

I just want to get my story out there, my dad always told me to reach for my dreams and I want other young writers to see it’s possible.

What do you feel has taught you the most about “how to write”?

Being only 17 years old I’ve done a lot by myself, or through teachers I had who were writers. I also did some classes at a local community college.

How do you find time to write being a busy 17-year-old student?

Well I actually take an independent study, so everyday I have an hour to write. I sit in the hallway outside the yearbook room and write. It’s the best hour of the day!

Well, that certainly shows your commitment, Lauren!

Who are your favorite writers and why?

I love the author David Baldacci, along with Vicki Myron. I read so much I could list pages of favorite authors! Hard to say why; their just inspiring!

Where or how do you get your ideas for your writing?

The book I am getting ready to start publishing started as a joke between my friends and I; then, little by little, came together as a book.

Are you published?

No, not quite yet but I am going to start the process of self-publishing this summer.

So, tell us about your blog: its purpose, how you go about deciding what to post, and what you want to do with it in the future?

I post about writing, particularly publishing. Mainly self-publishing as that is the road I am taking. I hope in the future that I can use my blog to help other writers gain some knowledge about publishing. I am just hoping readers will find it as a place of enjoyment, through my journey as a writer. Also, I plan to put some fun things on it like recipes, crafts, etc. Whatever floats my boat!

Once you’ve published, how do you plan to promote the book?

Having already started with Twitter, YouTube, a blog and a page in my school’s yearbook, I’m off to a pretty good start. I’m hoping that while I begin the publishing process, I can reach out to readers and writers through these sites. Once my book is published, I’m planning on doing a book tour, along with school visits. I want to show the world that anyone can do anything they set their mind too.

Thanks, so much, Lauren, for taking the time to let us know about you and your forthcoming book!

I certainly hope you’ll come back after you’ve published your book and grace us with another interview :-)

Ask her a question or two in the Comments!

Here’s a shot of Lauren writing in the sand :-)
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