Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”
A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with the characters we love and want to call friends.
Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you Selena Laurence!
Selena Laurence is the USA Today Bestselling Author of Edgy Contemporary Romance. In 2014 she was awarded the Reader’s Crown Award for Contemporary Romance of the Year. In 2015 her rock star romance A Lush Betrayal was a finalist in three national contests. Selena lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with her kids, Mr. L, “Goldendoodle” and “Demon Cat.” When she’s not writing, she can be found at soccer games and tennis matches, or one of her favorite coffee shops.
Without further ado, here’s her interview.
I love reading the bios of authors. Many of them did not start out as writers. Sometimes people stumble upon the craft. Did you always want to be a writer? Not in a serious way. I’d always thought writing as a career was too far-fetched, but yes, if someone had asked me what my dream was in a perfect world, writing would have been it.
Why did you choose to write contemporary romance? There was never really any question, I read romance, I watch romantic films, I majored in English in college and did my senior seminar on Jane Austen. I’m sort of “all-romance all the time”!
What is the strangest subject or topic you’ve ever written? I’m not sure I’ve written about anything all that strange, but some of the more entertaining things have been big city prostitutes, cattle ranches, and the backstage accommodations at rock concerts.
What are you currently working on? I have a book coming out in April called, The Kingmaker, and I’m writing the first book in a new series that I haven’t announced yet, so I can’t tell you the title.
What motivated the plot of your latest book? The Kingmaker is a political romance that takes place in Washington, DC. It was inspired by my personal history with life in politics (my father was a politician and I worked in a US Senate office). I also love shows like House of Cards and Scandal!
What was the hardest story for you to write? There have been books that were hard to write because I had burnout, but probably the book that was the most emotional to write was Loving a Lush, which is about an alcoholic struggling to maintain his sobriety. He goes through a lot, and it was tough to write about him.
What process do you use to plan your novels? I tend to be what most people call a “pantser” although lately I’ve been working to do more upfront plotting. One thing I don’t do is plot out every scene ahead of time. But what I do work on is what the major turning points and the black moment will be. Those I determine up front, then I start writing and see what happens!
Who has been your favorite character to write and why? My favorite character that I’ve written was Joss Jamison, the lead singer of a rock band in the book, A Lush Betrayal. Joss came to me sort of full formed, and I’ve always said that he’s some part of me, like my alter ego or something.
Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? As I said, I think Joss definitely reflects some of my personality. As for other characters, I’m sure many of them include some of my views or experiences. I don’t do it consciously, but it’s bound to leak through!
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? I don’t consider it writer’s block so much as burnout. It can get hard to write a lot of books back to back, and sometimes I have to stop, do something else, let my head clear, then after a few days or a week I can get back to it.
If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? I love Steampunk, and also historical mysteries. Pretty much anything that has somewhat unexpected combinations of elements. I love incongruities and surprises.
Which authors inspire you? Lauren Layne, Kristen Callihan, and Tracey Wolfe are some of my current favorites, both in terms of their writing and their careers.
What novel would you read multiple times? I have read Anna Karenina and Pride and Prejudice several times each. Generally, I don’t read things over again, though.
If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? Honestly, I would love to meet President Obama…or Charlie Hunnam. Lol
What is your favorite quote? I don’t have one. That would require picking favorite words, and I love ALL the words.
What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary? My dog, Chester, the Goldendoodle. [Not Chester’s picture, but a happy Goldendoodle!]
What is your favorite color? Purple.
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It was a pleasure getting to know you Selena! Thank you for being a part of my Author Spotlight.
Join me next week when we feature Brinda Berry.