Monday, 17 October 2016

Author Q and A with Laura Barnard

Today I am delighted to have a Q and A with Laura Barnard to celebrate the release of her new book, Heath, Cliffs and Wandering Hearts.

Q and A 

  1. What inspired you to write Heath, Cliffs and Wandering Hearts? 
I've always wanted to write a book about teenagers.  So much of their life is cringe worthy and I always find comedy there.   
  1. What does a typical writing day look like for you? 
I'll drop my daughter at school and then get straight writing as soon as I'm back home.  I go all the way until I pick my daughter up.  Then family time takes over until 8pm when I'm back writing until about midnight. 
  1. Do you have a favourite character that you have created? 
That’s like asking me to choose my favourite child!  They're all so different, its hard to say.  I'd probably go with a minor character – Lilly from The Debt & the Doormat series (first book free) as she's so in your face and doesn't care what people think.  You can write her being really aggressive, but the readers still love her. 
  1. Which comes first, the characters or the storyline? 
I normally have a rough idea of a story and then by creating the characters I find it leads the story.  I do in depth character work – I give them a birthday, background and find celebrities that look like them.  Once I have their personalities I can see potential conflicts that could arise. 
  1. The cover for Heath, Cliffs and Wandering Hearts is extremely eye catching.  Did you have any input into the designing of the cover? 
Thanks – I love it!  Yes, I'm lucky with being self published that I get total control over my covers.  I work with a fabulous designer who knows how hands on and controlling I like to be.     
  1. If you had to describe this book in one sentence what would it be? 
Teenagers being naughty and dealing with an onslaught of emotions . 
  1. What can we expect from you next? 
I'm working on a Christmas short story, but the idea actually has me writing loads so it may end up a novella for next year!  Then I'm writing Cock & Bull, a story about two sisters who inherit a pub in Ireland. 
  1. Do you have anything exciting planned for publication day? 
Release day is always manic.  I'll probably be sat at my laptop most of the day, but I normally treat myself with lots of junk food and a good take away and glass of prosecco in the evening. 

Life for sixteen year old Savannah Franks has just been turned upside down. Her Mum’s business has failed and they’re forced to move into a maisonette in the rough end of town.
She doesn’t want anyone to know her dire situation, not even her besties. So when the rest of the money for the school ski trip is due she can’t be seen not to attend. Everyone is going! She just needs to find a job. Add that to the list of getting a boyfriend and losing her pathetic virginity.
But working every spare hour in a job she hates on top of school work and mounting secrets doesn’t prove easy. Soon she’s keeping so many she’s not even sure herself what’s true and what’s not.
The only person she can lean on to tell the truth is her best friend Heath.
Only…did he get hot recently? That won’t make things awkward between
About Laura Barnard
Laura Barnard lives in Hertfordshire, UK and writes romantic comedy or 'chick lit' as its so often described. In her spare time she enjoys drinking her body weight in tea, indulging in cupcakes the size of her face and drooling over hunks like Jamie Dornan, Ryan Gosling and Leo Dicaprio.
She enjoys wearing yoga pants and reading fitness magazines while sitting on the sofa eating chocolate. She's a real fan of the power nap and of course READING!
She writes not to get rich or famous, but because she LOVES writing. Even if one person tells her they enjoyed her book it makes the midnight typing worth it!

Laura Links...
Twitter: @BarnardLaura

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