Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Author Interview: Laura Briggs

Laura Briggs
author, Boyfriend by the Book

Most writers are readers. What are some of the books you have on your nightstand and/or on your "must read" list? 

Right now, I am reading my way through Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories. A book I’ve just added to my “must read” list is The Reader on the 6.27. I’m also a big fan of historical suspense and mystery novels and looking forward to reading some more works by Lynn Shepherd and Alex Grecian (though Grecian’s Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad series can get a bit gory for me at times!).

Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go? 

London would be high on my list. Even though I was lucky enough to visit England on a college trip, we didn’t get to see that famous city, with all its wonderful landmarks. I would also love to see Cornwall and to visit a real castle somewhere.

What got you started on your writing journey? 

I had considered the idea of writing for years, but it wasn’t until I had graduated from college that I really gave it a chance. I wrote a short story about a bookshop owner who mistakenly requests the wrong author for her next book signing event. Of course, said author turns out to be a dashing, handsome adventure novelist who turns her store—and her life—upside down.  I titled it Only in Novels and sent the manuscript off to the company now known as Pelican Book Group. To my great surprise, they sent me a contract in exchange. I have published a few more titles with them, as well as publishing independently via Amazon and Smashwords.

What other things do you have planned with your writing for the next year or so? 

Right now, I’m planning something a little different from my usual work. A sort of chick lit/cozy mystery with an element of romance—though I haven’t got words on paper yet, so it’s very much in the idea phase. I’m excited about it, though, and hope it’s something my romantic comedy fans would enjoy.

How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing? 

Some of my interests and hobbies definitely show up in my work. For instance, a lot of my characters have been novelists or book lovers, and some of them have shared my interest in honing their cooking skills.

Please share about your book 

My romantic comedy Boyfriend by the Book is about a young woman whose love life is complicated by such classic novels as Pride & Prejudice and Jane Eyre. It all happens when she uses a bestselling relationship guide that claims women can find their perfect match by thinking like the heroines in famous novels. Of course, lots of romantic disasters ensue, as her attempts to use the relationship guide lead her to meet everything from a modern day Heathcliff to a Darcy-esque novelist.

Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book? 

You should read it if you love dreamy, feel-good romance novels with a hefty dose of humor involved.

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