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Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Our current featured author is Lara Bernhardt!
Lara recently released her first novel "The Wantland Files" through the Amazon Scout program. I had the chance to meet Lara in person about a year ago & she is an absolutely lovely lady, inside & out! I'm thrilled to be able to work with her to help get her new book out to readers everywhere!
Lara recently took a little time to sit down with us & answer a few questions... Hope you'll take a moment & check her interview out!
Author Q & A Questions
Why did you decide to start writing?
I can’t remember a time I didn’t write. I’ve read voraciously for as long as I can remember. Going to the library was the biggest treat as a child and I always left with a stack of books. I told my younger siblings bedtime stories I made up and I started writing my own stories in elementary school. Why? Because I love it! I love to escape into a good book and always wanted to provide the same thing for others.
Do you think authors can succeed in multiple genres or should they stick with a single genre?
I read almost any genre - if it’s a good book, I’ll read it! Traditional publishers want authors to stay firmly in one genre. I think if you write a good book, it will be a success. I hope that proves to be true because I don’t want to be constrained to one. I love what I’m writing now but have lots of other ideas too.
What do you feel is the biggest reward to you with writing?
My biggest reward is hearing people tell me how much they enjoyed my book.
Who are some of your favorite authors & why?
Jojo Moyes, Katherine Center, Jodi Picoult - these authors write beautiful women’s fiction, moving stories that grip me emotionally with protagonists I enjoy spending time with. Dean Koontz - read everything of his I could get my hands on as a teen - loved his intriguing stories with sci-fi elements. Douglas Adams - not only hysterical but brilliant - stories take you on a wild ride with even wilder characters and keep you laughing - they’re timeless as well, considering my 16-year-old son just read them at my recommendation and loved them. He was a visionary - imagined computers and devices half a century before they existed. Ann Rice, JR Ward - vampire stories before the genre exploded that captivated me years ago.
What are the biggest hurdles to overcome as an author?
Finding time to write is my biggest hurdle. Now that my first book is published, the biggest hurdle is marketing.
Is there any advice that you can offer for new writers?
Take the time to seek out writing instruction prior to hammering out that first novel. Writing is a craft like any other art. You’ll be less frustrated with the process and far more satisfied with the completed project if you learn the craft first.
Tell us a few random personal things about yourself personal & professional!
I love Asian food - noodles, rice, sushi. I love to cook. Some of my favorite movies are Poltergeist and Ghostbusters. The X-Files remains one of my favorite series ever. I have 5 biological children and 3 stepchildren (4 boys and 4 girls so extreme Brady Bunch). My favorite place to write is in a hot bath with a mug of hot green tea.
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The Wantland Files by Lara: *AMAZON LINK*